Soo many to listen to, so little time

Soo many to listen to, so little time

Postby violanojblues » Mon Jul 12, 2004 9:25 am

On several occasions I felt like making a tape of just Bird Songs. Soo many good ones out there, never enough time to hear them all. Let me know what some of your favorites are and why.
One of mine has to be the '73 Watkins Glenn soundcheck. Billy is so on, very jazzy, giving Jerry a solid foundation for some beautiful soloing. Blissful.
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Postby qiuniu » Wed Jul 14, 2004 10:30 pm

Know you've probably heard it a hundred times, but the one on Reckoning just ripps!!!!!!!!!!! Hard pressed to think of one I like better.
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Postby violanojblues » Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:09 am

I often overlook that one because of its popularity. It is very sweet . I think this song, in general, is the epitome of psychedellic cowboy rock. Any others?
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Birdies

Postby Mason Dixon » Mon Jul 26, 2004 4:46 pm

Fantastic tune. If you want to hear a ton of versions, check out pretty much any Philly show. For some reason, they love(d) to play it here. Probably b/c we love to hear it. But when you play it, do you use a true E7? I usually play it acoustic in just plain ol' E.

But I think the epitome of cowboy psych rock is Loser (or Deal.... or Me and My Uncle) -- more card playin', drinkin', and gamblin'. I guess Birdsong was written in that 74-75 period, so it could slip right in.
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Postby paul jacobs » Sat Aug 21, 2004 11:12 am

February 22, 1973 is otherworldly. Plus, the "They Love Each Other" that comes before sets it up perfectly. The intervening "El Paso" only slows you down a little!
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Postby violanojblues » Thu Aug 26, 2004 12:26 pm

I think that Deal and Loser are great cowboy rock songs, but they lack the extensive psychedelic exploratoration that makes Bird Song what it is. Some of the later Deals can get pretty crazy, but right from it's debut in 2/71 you could hear that Bird Song had something special. Even a year and a half after it debuted it had already become one of the prettiest pieces of music I've ever heard. Listen to the Veneta show (8/27/72). I agree with Mr. Paul Jacobs though, there's nothin' like those '73 Bird Songs. I know it's almost blasphemy saying this, but I often prefer Bird Song over Dark Star, but that's just my opinion.
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Postby AugustWest » Fri Apr 08, 2005 2:28 pm

The birdsong from 3/29/90 is a must have for me. It's got Branford Marsilis adding some of his magic along with some killer jerry leads. Whole show is great with him, but the birdsong and eyes from that show blow me away.
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Postby nicolasalk » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:22 pm

11/30/80 is very very good, i love it, simply love it
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Postby tigerstrat » Wed Feb 07, 2007 6:50 pm

My favorite one to have seen live that holds up very well on playback is 12/28/88.

8/27/72! "Sleeeeep in the sun..."
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Postby chinacat503 » Wed Feb 07, 2007 7:47 pm

my favorite is the Dp36 (9/21/72) version. breathtaking! bobby really kicks this one into another gear. just tremendous rhythm guitar playing.....jerry is also absolutely on fire...... actually this was the second song of the first set from that show! This show also contains my favorite Dark Star (the Morning Dew that it segues into is also up there)
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Postby bodiddley » Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:17 am

Yes, DP 36 is a gem. One of my favorite "Birdsongs" is from 7-21-90 (BE WARNED: There is a feedback burst shortly into it that made my deaf and crippled dog jump to attention while he was sound asleep...I'm not kidding). Another one I dig is the New Years '87 show...they just wrap it up so tight after the jam...love it!
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Postby nicolasalk » Thu Feb 08, 2007 1:14 pm

8/27/72 Incredible I've never listened it before, overwelming


9/21/72 Very Good Too
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Postby LazyLightnin » Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:31 am

the final bird song makes me wanna cry my eyes out
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Postby nicolasalk » Sun May 27, 2007 4:34 pm

Warfield 80's acoustic Bird Songs are really great, specially 9/29 , 10/3 , 10/13 and 10/14

In fact I'm thinking about making a record of all the good acoustics versions of Bird Song, Ripple and Cassidy that were played on the Warfield concerts.
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Postby ker1227 » Sun May 27, 2007 4:47 pm

i always thought that bird song was the song that DSO does the best. Theres some good one from 74 if im not mistakin
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