Bertha compared

Bertha compared

Postby jkstraw » Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:40 am

My apologies if this is a double post (I looked I swear!).

I ran across this video on youtube this morning - it is Jerry playing the solo in Bertha over the years (1974 1977 1979 1981 1985 1995). Great listen for comparing his playing, tone, etc.

My vote is for '74 BTW :peas:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzVCAPB9 ... re=related
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Re: Bertha compared

Postby jerrys.kids » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:32 am

i like 74 also.
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Re: Bertha compared

Postby strumminsix » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:33 am

Are my headphones that bad or is the audio awful on most and the band off on others?
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Re: Bertha compared

Postby jerrys.kids » Tue Apr 06, 2010 6:39 am

no they seem a little off. how about that speeeeedy version? 81 i think. damn jer was pumped for that show i guess.
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Re: Bertha compared

Postby tigerstrat » Tue Apr 06, 2010 1:17 pm

10/12/81's Bertha makes the Kessel run in less than twelve parsecs! Check out the absolutely insane China>Rider transition as well...
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Re: Bertha compared

Postby bodiddley » Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:10 pm

I've always been partial to the late 80's versions but '77 does have some beauties.
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Re: Bertha compared

Postby jck_strw » Fri Apr 09, 2010 7:37 am

This is a really cool video. It's interesting to hear the 'arc' of Jerry's playing. 71 and 74 are my favs (74 is my fav fav). 81 sounds like cocaine and the 95 sounds sad--Jerry seems to be missing some notes.

But it's really amazing that he played the same song for over 20 years and still had some interesting things to say almost every time.

Thanks for posting.
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Re: Bertha compared 1988

Postby gr8fullfred » Fri Apr 09, 2010 8:12 am

Check out the Bertha on the 1988 new years show as well as the 1988 show from Saratoga springs NY, both of these shows have excellent solos. Prime examples of the golden tones.
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Re: Bertha compared

Postby tigerstrat » Fri Apr 09, 2010 11:08 pm

'81 and '71 are fiery-fingered and bubbling with creativity compared to all the other examples, imho. That's the stuff. The vid creator got a couple of the pics misdated, as far as illustrating the year: "1977" is one from 76 (w/the TB-1000A), and "1985" is clearly post-coma, '87 or '88 Jerry. Kind of a fun idea to hear the progression of a particular structured solo, through the years.
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