Furthur Live at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on 2011-12-31
tuning > Morning Dew > jam > Dark Star > Mason's Children > Dark Star > Mountain Song > I Know You Rider, st. Stephen > Fire on the Mountain
countdown > Sugar Magnolia, Playin' in the Band > Uncle John's Band > jam > Colors of the Rain > Born Cross-Eyed > jam > The Wheel > jam > Playin' reprise
Phil's Donor Rap, E: Terrapin Suite
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|Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)|
|Next Time You See Me|
|Viola Lee Blues|
|The Mountain Song|
|I Know You Rider|
|Fire On The Mountain|
|Countdown > Sugar Magnolia|
|Playin' In The Band|
|Uncle John's Band|
|Colors Of The Rain|
|Born Cross Eyed|
60 feet away , Dead Center
The first set of this fileset is 16bit. A purely 24bit version is available here:
- 2012-01-03 04:57:44
- San Francisco, CA
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Subject: Dunno Which Is Better
This one or the other one (See my review). Actually the other one sounds more accurate from a spot 50-60 feet from stage dead center, but this one has more pronounced vocals, which I prefer, so this is the better one if you are partial to hearing vocals. Also, the lead guitar is more prominent.
On John Kadlecik: I have heard DSO perform over 50 times (it was fun to get this kind of music in a small venue again) and felt he was an awesome guitarist in his own right. I heard him perform with his own band on the American Spring tour of 2005 and he was a great player then.
At first I believed (as did many fellow listeners) that he was holding back -- kind of testing the "Furthur" waters. Or perhaps Phil and Bob wanted him to ease into his role. I dunno. I just thot that he sounded wimpy at first when they started Furthur in 2009. I used to ask myself where he was in the mix and why were Phil and Bob singing Jerry songs?
Since then he has either assumed or taken a much more defined status with this fine band. His lead playing (as demonstrated by this stout recording)is much more clever and inventive and it is rather much more surf guitar raucous ala Jerry. He acquits himself very well in this band and his singing, altho not great, is comfortably established. In summary, JK does this band with scope and polish.
Having heard Phil & Friends in numerous ensembles, the former Furthur, the Other Ones, and The Dead I think this is the best re-incarnation of Grateful Dead-related music so far.
As someone so aptly pointed out in another review, this band is not a Grateful Dead cover or tribute band. They are a band that plays Grateful Dead music, true, but this current Furthur is a band that has found its own spot dead center and right down in front of our hearts.
Subject: 25 Years in the Making
Many endless miles, countless dollars and lots of questionable sense finally led me to this show, and what a fine experience it was. From that first show at RFK in 1986 to now, it has been the time of my life. Really...the time of my life.
I need to thank Kim & Dena for making this show the culminating event of a lifetime. I met Kim at RFK in 1990 & Dena the following spring. One from California, the other from Maryland, and both provided me with full support on both coasts throughout all these years. They were the fulcrum upon which the vast majority of my shows were balanced. I love you both and am so happy that we were all able to share this amazing experience.
We sat straight back and a tad off to the left, 2nd row. Periodically I heard people say things such as, "Wow, are they really playing..." or "Did they just do..." or "Where did that come from?" And I concur.
Cosmic Charlie brought a tear to my eye. Shakedown was as dangerous to me as ever. Did they really start that 2nd set with Dew? Where did Mason's Children come from that it woke up in the middle of Dark Star? I think...I think that something inside of me broke free during St. Stephen>Fire.
When I was a lad, we used to rent hotel suites for NYE and play the radio simulcast of the show. I always wanted to be there. I'd replay the tapes, envisioning the balloon drop, the stilt walkers, the floats. I saw a Chinese New Year's show in '93 perhaps, and that was fabulous, and yet it felt like second fiddle to the one show I had yet to experience.
So when St. Stephen>Fire sort of, ok, wait...not sort of...it DEFINITELY broke out, quite unnecessarily, I might add, considering what they had already done to us, something inside finally gave way and I felt that I could be selfish with the sounds that were washing over me, the feelings running through me. It was my time. This was my show.
A slow golden dawn of awareness dripped lazily over me: after all these years, after all the amazing bits of life I have lived, I finally made it to the one event I wanted to share and experience for longer than anything else.
When the dragon broke free, and Sugar Mag broke out, the tears streamed from my eyes, my heart broke and reformed a thousand times and an adult lifetime of desire was finally satiated and put to rest. I don't know what else to say...I'm still moved by the experience.
I looked in my Deadbase IX as I recalled some weird stat, and sure enough on page 426 it lists the nights where Saturday Night wasn't played. I'm sure it happened a lot since that printing, but still, I had never experienced it, and now, well, I have. Funny that a footnote for this epic show would be what wasn't played.
I'm sure other reviewers will go on about Phil bombs and Jeff jams and such, and that's all well and good. It was a great show. But for me, it wasn't the music that made this show great. It was the years of longing, the twists and turns of friendships and life, and being there live and in person that made this show all that it was. And for that, I thank everyone.
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