Billbbill wrote:And one more thing - for you anti CC Rider folk (and you know who you are!), I dare you to listen to this shows version and proclaim that it's not SMOKIN!.
I'm sure we can all agree that we do generally like CC Rider and there were many good ones. What none of us ever liked was to use the words "Grateful Dead Concert" and "predictable" in the same sentence. And we all know, that's we got in the early 80's with regard to CC/Rooster.
And I get Bob wanting to do a standard 12 bar every night.....but this band was so versatile, could they not have rotated, oh I don't know, 50 similar songs to fit this bill instead of 2?
No doubt Ed - hell, they had some numbers in their past that would have been nice, say Next Time You See ME or China Town Shuffle for just a couple. Don't know why they didn't mix it up. That being said, it still seems like a bias against ccr and lrr goes beyond the predictability issue.
While I had some preferences I was always more interested in how a song was played rather than what song it was. Their predictability did register, but was a blip on my radar compared to how well or lousy a particular tune was played. I would agree however that a rarely played tune played well, was certainly more fun than a song beaten to death played well.
I'd guess the number of shows one has been to would be a factor as well. Now I've beaten this issue to death.