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 #53611  by jonarobb
 Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:21 pm
The Dead at the top of their game. I've had various copies of this going all the way back to a teenager. Just gave it a fresh listen while trying to do some work and had to stop working. Just got sucked right into all the stuff going on. Is this the zenith, so to speak, of Eyes of the World. Every part of it is sick. Vocals, tempo, tone of instruments, arrangement.....

Right from the top the way Kreutzmann kicks it in

The main thing that jumps out is Kreutzmann's steady 8th notes on the hi-hat. He never wavers and if you listen it sounds like the band is strictly playing to just that. Weaving in and out of the hi-hat rhythm....

Track 8- Eyes of the World ... eok.flac16
 #53621  by tigerstrat
 Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:08 pm
I love this wild Louisville show overall (and had an awed sense of the history going into Freedom Hall 4/9/89), but the Eyes itself probably doesn't quite crack my top ten 73-74 versions. To which I would hastily add that 73 & 74 Eyes are in a different class than later versions imho, and bear no comparison. 10/19/74 and 8/6/74 pretty much rule the roost. My highlights from 6/18 are maybe the Loose Lucy and def the WRS and the huge jam with the It's a Sin.
 #53629  by DooDahDan
 Fri Dec 12, 2008 6:59 am
I gotta go with 8/6/74 as my all-time favorite. :cool:
 #53669  by George
 Fri Dec 12, 2008 9:31 pm
I love the '74 show with the Eyes > Big River segue. Is it 6/16? Anyway, that countrified, psychadelic, bluegrass jazz is fantastic from that show. If I remember correctly, it also has a killer morning dew w/ some great phil lines permeating thru and thru.
 #53704  by owL
 Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:59 pm
6/18/74 has been one of my favorite shows since I first heard it. Keith was on fire during this period. He shines throughout the eyes. Hell, everyone in the band was on.
 #53705  by jonarobb
 Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:30 pm
Yeah, I guess I didn't mean to say this was the best Eyes, I just got excited after giving it a fresh listen. The latest round of MSR transfers has been exceptional and this Louisville show just got that much better. I think it's the intro though for sure that seems so hopping. Billy really does a cool kick, almost this John Bonham rock thing, with the band jumping onto the new "one" at the head so tightly.
 #53706  by frankielee
 Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:40 pm
This show does not let up. The Other One from this show is what keeps me coming back to it. Billy's drumming here reminds me alot of the late great Mitch Mitchell. Clean and quick. Kick ass one second-delicate as a feather the next. This show is in my top five :thewave: :cool: :hail:
 #53842  by groovemongrel
 Thu Dec 18, 2008 9:32 am
jonarobb wrote:The Dead at the top of their game.
I'd say the '74 tour has my favorite Eyes versions.
 #53848  by hogan
 Thu Dec 18, 2008 12:48 pm

trust me.

74 shows are like shooting fish in a barrel.
it's like saying you like steak, pussy and oxygen in the same sentence.
Really!? No shit!

 #53853  by tigerstrat
 Thu Dec 18, 2008 2:59 pm
can't resist a shout out for the (underrated, and relatively unknown) Dark Star> Eyes of 6/24/73 and the lively and full-sounding AUD of 6/30/73.