From '87 till Brent died in '90, man in some ways that was pinnacle GD in my opinion.
My bass player and I argue about this all the time. He actually never saw Jerry, but his favorite period is the 73 era. He almost discounts anything else. Even 77. And certainly the 80s. What a shame for him. He is very talented and has his head around Phil style than anyone Ive played with, but he is missing out on some great shows.
My favorite era was 77 then late 79-80 when Brent came on board, then 89. 89 Freakin SMOKED!!!! The dark moody psychedelia, that distortion Jerry had, just everything. I remember my favorite show I saw (not favorite tape) was 1989-10-19 Philly. I remember thinking that they were on the verge of something great. Or greater than they were . Some new territory for them. It was just so dark and weird. ( I was, well you know...
I think 91-92 was just bleh, I saw a bunch of shows, but some were just so hard to get through. Vince's sound choices were just terrible. 93 was a bit of a resurgence. Jerry was healthier than he had been. He was bouncing around on stage, smiling. The Loose Lucy's were fun. They turned vince the FUCK DOWN.
94-95 was his physical and mental descent. Again if you've ever been around anyone in the throws of unmanaged diabetes, the descent is very familiar. Even the soft puffiness of his face is sad. I hate to see pics of him then. I guess being the alpha dog of that group, there was no way telling or making him do anything. They even gave him an intervention, and he called their bluff. We all certainly would have followed JGB around if they kicked him out.
Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom is not beauty. Beauty is not love. Love is not music. Music is the best.- the girl from the bus