What is Your Favorite GD Era?

What is Your Favorite GD Era?

1965 - 1966 Warlocks & Beyond
0
No votes
1967 - The summer of Love
0
No votes
1968 - 1969 Rolling Thunder
3
16%
1970 - 1971 Pigpens Last Stand
3
16%
1972 - Europe and Beyond
1
5%
1973 - 1974 The Wall of Sound
8
42%
1975 - 1979 Dead is Jazz
1
5%
1980 - 1984 Bring On Brent
2
11%
1985 - 1990 Ups and Downs
1
5%
1991 - 1992 Bring on Bruce
0
No votes
1992 - 1995 This was the Last Time
0
No votes
1995 - now Ratdog, TOO, The Dead, Phil & Friends, ect.
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 19

Postby tigerstrat » Thu Mar 09, 2006 12:32 pm

Not sayin Pig didn't have highlights in Europe, but imho he's nowhere near as strong compared to 1-2 years earlier...god bless him! If 1972 is separate from 1973-1974, then 1973 is for sure separate from 1974. 1974 to me is easily the most distinct out of all three years.(on any song played during all three years, e.g. Sugar Mag or Sugaree)Ultimately its all really hard to divide up by year because the changes in musical direction and personnel don't always happen at or near year's end.
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Postby waldo041 » Thu Mar 09, 2006 1:19 pm

Tomatoe


Tomato


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Postby strumminsix » Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:01 pm

71 & 72 have a very different flavor from 73-74.

Let's take a look at a few shows to contrast:

10/19/71
Set I Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Sugaree, Beat It On Down The Line, Cumberland Blues, Tennessee Jed, Black Peter, Jack Straw, Big Railroad Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Mexicali Blues, Comes A Time, Playin' In The Band, One More Saturday Night, Casey Jones

Set II Truckin', Ramble On Rose, Me And Bobby McGee, Brokedown Palace, Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John's Band-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away

first "Tennessee Jed" - first "Jack Straw" - first "Mexicali" - first "Comes A Time" - first "Saturday Night" - first "Ramble On"


2/9/73
Set I Promised Land, Row Jimmy, Black Throated Wind, Deal, Me & My Uncle, Sugaree, Looks Like Rain, Loose Lucy, Mexicali Blues, Brown Eyed Women, El Paso, Here Comes Sunshine, Playin' In The Band

Set II China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Truckin'-> Eyes Of The World-> China Doll, Big River, Ramble On Rose, Box Of Rain, Wave That Flag, Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John's Band, Around & Around, E: Casey Jones

First Performances of: Row Jimmy, Loose Lucy, H.C.Sunshine, T.L.E.O., Eyes of the World, China Doll, Wave That Flag;


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IMO, 73-74 brought rockin' R&B back to the GD. If you know the 73 shows of TLEO you'll know it is a rockin' R&B beat. "Round & Round, WOO! Round & Round... "

Conversley, 71 & 72 were more country-like very Workingman's.



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Postby tigerstrat » Thu Mar 09, 2006 3:49 pm

hey that's cool. I view it just as easily being the other way 'round. And EPIC monstrously weird noise-jams throughout all of them.
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Postby jfaulhaber » Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:26 pm

no question...the wheels were #@$&in' smokin
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Postby jfaulhaber » Thu Mar 09, 2006 4:28 pm

oh yeah... i chose 68-69...he he ... guess i've been smokin a bit too
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Postby mikeohiostate » Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:22 pm

Hey! Thanks for all of the feedback. I saw a poll similar to this at some online trading vine, I can't remember where but it was a cool site.

I agree that there should be more precise categories, but in a very general way these seem to work.

It's hard to choose just one, I like to listen to differnt eras. Right now I'm in the '77, but often I go back to the '72, '69, pre-coma 80's, 89-90. Overall I listen to every year (including '95), and a lot of post-Jerry stuff. I think Ratdog is tighter then its ever been before, and Phil is also making wonderful music. As much as I would like to see the "Core Four" tour together again, the music they are making on their own is much better then anything the Dead or The Other Ones made.

Good discussion! :smile:
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Postby Billbbill » Thu Mar 09, 2006 5:38 pm

I know I could only pick one time frame but I'm gonna cheat and say 75 to 84. Truth be told there are jewels throughout and all era's have their 'magical' aspects.
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Postby caspersvapors » Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:44 pm

Im gonna have to say

73-74
and
87-89/90

gotta love 77 but one year cant be an era.
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Postby phreaker » Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:53 pm

arg. if only you could pick more than one.

i picked 68-69. just because i thought that was the era where they found the roots to their definate sound and style.

75-80 or 90-95 are my other favs. too.

btw, awesome topic mike
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Postby Shaggy » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:18 am

Can we imagine if Nicky Hopkins had joined the Dead instead of or in place of Keith? He was a brilliant player, and the Garcia Band he played in at the time was a real good unit. Though he was known for getting too messed up and missing gigs etc...shame, real talent.
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Postby jck_strw » Fri Mar 10, 2006 8:36 am

I agree that Nicky Hopkins was a fantastic player and would've probably added a ton to the Dead, I don't think he would've lasted long (see history of drug abuse). So while I agree they've could've been fantastic with him, I think he would have flamed out much earlier than Keith.
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Postby tigerstrat » Fri Mar 10, 2006 4:24 pm

I'd be willing to bet that NH was canned from the JGB on the very night of his 12/31/75 spectacle. Just seven days later, Jerry was rehearsing with Jimmy Booker.
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Postby strumminsix » Fri Mar 10, 2006 5:42 pm

tigerstrat wrote:I'd be willing to bet that NH was canned from the JGB on the very night of his 12/31/75 spectacle. Just seven days later, Jerry was rehearsing with Jimmy Booker.


Tell the story! I know GD history but no JGB.
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Postby tigerstrat » Fri Mar 10, 2006 7:27 pm

I don't know the story or anything, but on the recording of 12/31/75, Hopkins gets on the mic and acts outrageously drunk and crass. Over the top.
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