Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Warfield Theater on 2004-12-17
- Live concert
- Phil Lesh and Friends
December 17, 2004
San Francisco, CA
THIS SOUNDBOARD IS **FREE** THANKS TO PHIL & FRIENDS (WWW.PHILLESH.NET)
1) ~*The Times They Are A Changin' (music from behind closed curtain, * standing on the balcony)
2) +Cosmic Charlie
3) Althea (Chris vocals)
4) ~*+Everybody Wants Somebody To Love
5) ~%Lay It All On Me
6) ~Next Time You See Me
7) *High Time (Phil vocals, no Chris)
8) *Sugaree (Chris vocals)
1) *%$Shakedown Street>
3) +Viola Lee Blues
4) ~+The Seven
5) +*Wharf Rat>
6) ~Wicked Messenger (CR on harp)>
7) ~#What's Become Of The Baby (Phil vocal, no Jimmy)>
1) ~*+^Drifting Too Far From The Shore (no Chris, * on balcony)>
2) Caution (Chris vocals)>
3) $Hard To Handle>
4) *The Other One (Phil vocals)>
5) *+Fire On The Mtn (Chris vocals)
6) E: Donor Rap/Band Intros
7) +A Little Piece For You (no Chris)
8) +^$Reuben & Cherise
~1st time played
The band is
Phil Lesh (bass, vocals)
John Molo (drums)
Jimmy Herring (electric guitar, @acoustic guitar)
Chris Robinson (vocals)
Barry Sless (guitar, %pedal steel)
Steve Molitz (keyboards)
*Gloria Jones (vocals), Jackie LaBranch (vocals)
+Tim Carbone (violin)
^John Skehan (mandolin)
$Dave Ellis (tenor sax), Kevin (trumpet), Marty (trombone)
CDs mastered by Wizard
CD covers can be found at www.phillesh.net
Big thanks to all the mirror sites
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|The Times They Are A Changin'|
|Everybody Wants Somebody To Love|
|Lay It All On Me|
|Next Time You See Me|
|Viola Lee Blues|
|Wicked Messenger >|
|What's Become Of The Baby >|
|Drifting Too Far From The Shore >|
|Hard To Handle>|
|The Other One>|
|Fire On The Mountain|
|E: Donor Rap/Band Intros|
|A Little Piece For You|
|Reuben & Cherise|
Source: DSBD - Official Release from www.phillesh.net (CDs mastered by Wizard)
- 2005-01-05 10:56:57
- San Francisco, CA
- Taped by
- Transferred by
- Warfield Theater
As far as whether or not Phil can sing...yeah, listen to those old Ramble on Rose 's from 71-72 - he's the one on the high vocals during the chorus. Then there's the American Beauty "Box of Rain" -before be blew his voice out the man harmonized wonderfully. When he started singing his own numbers again in the 80s he had this Boris Karloff swagger he's never really been able to shake - *although*, my friends, it's clear he's undertaken efforts to get better - just listen to "What's Become of the Baby". He hits every single enunciation Jerry evoked on AoxomoxoA, and the tender, haunting way he handles the chorus....I tell you, if this won't convince the doubting Thomases out there that Phil can't sing, nothing will.
The show itself: first set is short, loose, choppy, coming together on Everybody Needs Somebody like gangbusters. But it's clear that some vocal tweaking is needed - Jaclyn and Gloria have to carry Times They Are A-Changin' almost completely by themselves (which they do well!)
Set 2 is an absolute explosion - nothing in the first set will prepare you for the disco dynamite of Shakedown - I swear, you almost expect to see a hologram Travolta materialize in your living room. The Viola > Seven > Viola is positively orgasmic.
What's Become of the Baby is, I think, one of the most important songs in the Dead canon. Very few others, with the exception of Rosemary, capture the raw essence of psychedelic folklore the way this one does (those nitrous-infused lyrics, in case you never knew what they were: http://artsites.ucsc.edu/GDead/agdl/baby.html). Now, the Dead family never were ones to hang around the drone-Floyd wing of the psychedelic music arena, but they go there here, and Phil handles this thing so PERFECTLY you can tell the majority of the rehearsals must have gone into this thing (compare that delicate but crumbling bridge in Wharf Rat!). Phil GETS IT with this legend of a song, and does it right, uncompromisingly, without rhythm, 17-some minutes. It really is astonishing stuff.
To follow with a religious hymn, and then Caution > Hard to Handle is so perfect. They close the show out back on that somewhat shaky ground, but to soar to the heights they do On Viola and (see above) is more than I normally would ever ask for from Phil or anyone else in this post-Dead era.
In the end, there are 14 musicians and 190 minutes of music. Phil haplessly tries to introduce the band (a hoot). And then - Reuben? Sung by Chris R? Bring it on, yo!
Subject: CD covers?
Subject: Just love it.
This show is amazing, particularly the sugaree, althea, and fire. Download this whole set.
Subject: Great Phil Show!!!
Subject: QUIT BEING JERKS!!!!!!!!!!!
Subject: No Warren?
Great show, well done fellers! SBD for the masses? Automatic 5'er.
Subject: just phenominal on all accounts
everything about this is perfection
god bless phil lesh and thank you archive.org!
whats become of the baby = AMAZING
i'm blown away!! not only are these shows HOT but Phil is giving them away for free-- cd covers and all! what beautiful, deep, colorful, and complicated music...
and anyone dissing Phil-- well, i doubt you ever saw the Grateful Dead! or maybe you were a 1995 gatecrasher-- no one who has decades of appreciation for this music really cares what you have to say!!
i'm so thankful that Phil is still so inspired to do new things with these songs he's been playing for years and years... he has taken the music of the Dead into the next century... forward, positive, intelligent, and STILL fun to dance to!!
Subject: show sounds incredible
Subject: Ups and Downs
Subject: not garcia's songs
Subject: frointbum is stupid
Subject: Hey Mrs Weir
Subject: Sorry guys...
Subject: to the sound jester..
Subject: great run
Subject: re a harsh review
[mod note: referent review from a banned user is removed; context for this is therefore missing.]
Subject: Put Rocks book away
[interpersonal comments re deleted review removed- mod]
Subject: Living in the present and enjoying
Subject: I don't know if it can get better than this!
Great show, so much better with out Warren's cheesy white snake 1980's voice, and guitar wankin antic's! Warren's playing has become all ego it seems, and it has ruined so many shows. It takes much more talent to run lines like Kimock, or to improv sweet melodies, or even find some groovin rhythm work like Mayfield or Gossard. Haynes, does none of that. Instead of contributing (should I underline that.. CONTRIBUTING) he sounds like he is always trying to dominate. Every solo almost sounds the same, cheesy, with no soul, and over the top(he's just a string bending show off.) He is a second rate white boy blues player, with a completely un-original style. Thank god theres no warren! Finally I can enjoy some of my favorite tunes like they never been done! And thank god
for Chris' pipes, that killer fiddle playin and all the other musicians who make this the best Phil and Phriends show ever (and for me best I've ever heard my favorite songs played!) Why is this not nominated for the jammy's? (sorry about the Warren rant)
Subject: Best of Run
I first learned of this website last summer in the parking lot of The Dead concert at Blossom. Four or five guys had pulled up next to us, conversation went this way and that, and at least two of them were talking about this mythical place called Archive.org.
Fast-forward to the end of the football season in Pittsburgh. I'd gotten cable for two things: watching the playoffs, and burning CD's. Three things actually; the third being something to kill time with while serving house arrest for a DUI.
Just installing the CD burner was such a nightmare that I almost gave up on it. A friend of mine who manages web domains for the entire state barely knew how to help me over the phone, but he gave me enough threads of info that would ultimately help me over a few roadblocks.
Then I hit the impasse of winzip files. See, if you're as computer illiterate as me, EVERYTHING is an impasse for at least a few hours.
I happen to DJ a "Dead Night" in Pittsburgh, and for the last year I'd been obsessing with getting a good copy of the Dead doing "Devil With The Blue Dress". Naturally the 9.16.87 version was the one I went after, given its proximity to the 9.18.87 show. Once the euphoria of learning all this stuff wore off, it was inevitable I'd need something monumental for a new fix.
I'm assuming these shows weren't out for very long when I found them. I knew I wanted them just by looking at the setlists.
It was with this show that I conquered what I hope is my last obstacle in CD-burning land: decoding FLAC files. When the FLAC front-end started decoding each song in MS-DOS mode, I did what any computer airhead would do: I panicked.
Stopped it, read all the info that came with it, and finally looked at the results of what the front-end had begun doing. It was doing what it was supposed to do, obviously.
I was so pumped when I was listening to this show that I stayed up all night listening to it, and downloading the next two nights. The sound from these shows is simply unreal. It may even be better than the sound from the official 2003 Dead Tour (also done by Wizard). That's redeeming to me, because I fall on the side of the fence that feels 2003 was a mediocre tour because of Joan Osborne.
Everything in the mix from these shows is remarkably transparent. I was so excited during the first listen that when I played a heavy portion of this show the following week at my DJ gig, some things seemed anticlimactic.
Truth be told, the performance is as good as the recording. I don't feel the same about the following two nights. This night, they're focused and loose at the same time.
I've never been a big fan of the Black Crowes, particularly because of Chris Robinson. He absolutely converted me with this performance. Althea and Lay It All On Me were enough to make me think "Maybe I'm being a bit harsh in my opinion of him."
Speaking of opinion, it's only mine, but I think both of the following two nights are pale in comparison, with highlights fewer and farther between. If you had to pick just one of the three nights to download, TAKE THIS ONE.
Subject: Love Chris Robinson
Subject: Steve Molitz
Not only is he Phil's newest 'pal,' but he plays keys for Particle.
If you've never seen Particle in concert, you need to FIX THAT.
Not only are they sick on their own, but Mickey Hart just joined the band . . .
Look out for a five-headed HYDRA this summer . . .
Oh yeah, and this show is SICK.
These Warfield shows absolutely rip and are well worth the downloads. This may be the most interesting P & F lineup so far. Having Barry Sless, RRE and the guy from Particle added to the mix makes for some cosmic moments. Chris Robinson deserves a pat on the back as well.
Subject: great as always
Subject: Thank You Phil!!
Subject: Phils good to me
Where are all the reviews from people who were there?
Why did I miss these?
Whats next for this band?
Now I will need the Portsmouth '02 set with Bob and Billy.
Also the Fox show [8.1.02] before the renunion.
All of these shows I will need to sound like this.
Thanks archive again.
Chris is a nice choice for vocals,he should come out for Dead tour this summer!
Subject: THANK YOU!
Subject: In the words of the kool aid man
Subject: Viola > The Seven
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