Grateful Dead Live at Rec Hall, Penn State U on 1980-05-06
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
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Sennnheiser 421 > Nak 550 fob analog; mastering and analog to digital by Rob Eaton; dat > cd: sony pcm r-700 > hhb cdr-800; via Seth Kaplan, Steve Barbella
- 2004-08-10 13:36:40
- Sennnheiser 421 > Nak 550 fob analog; sony pcm r-700 > hhb cdr-800
- State College, PA
- Taped by
- Transferred by
- Rob Eaton
- Rec Hall, Penn State U
Subject: Penn saved is Penn earned
Given that they played here two years in a row and then never again, I'm guessing the impresarios graduated. This isn't one of the tour's top shows but as usual for May '80 there are fine highlights.
First Set. Both this Alabama and the next night's were left off the official release, as was this worthy Greatest Story. But Peggy-O is where the set takes off. The next few are arrant X. The way Bobby and Jer play off each other - especially in Big River - is money. Loser is perfection. I love it when Jer gave this tone to Far From Me, backing Brent and adding all he could. The rest is average '80 with a sluggish and loose, but still dynamic, Althea; and a deceptive, well-played, but somehow still lifeless Sailor>Saint.
Second Set. There's a brief In My Life tuning, then Take a Step Back with an English Country Garden tuning. The start is average fare, with things gelling at the jam for He's Gone. Note: this is the only Stranger into a He's Gone. A fine, pre-Drums The Other One is the set peak. On the official release Drums has two edits: a 15sec cut @1:12 & a 26sec cut 3:06. The rest has few sparks though Phil is great in Wharf Rat. The double Berries are rough - and would be even without Bobby's Daltrey. The encore offers a truce.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: C
Overall = 3 stars
Me & My Uncle - guitar interplay is great here
Big River - and here
Loser - Jer perfecting Hunter's tale
SOURCES: The senn_kaplan_6691 is the best, clearly. It runs just a hair slow (needs +0.75%). Unfortunately it has the tunings at the beginning of each track, as well as a 37sec cut in Drums. Most AUDs run fast; the best for complete Drums is the morris-patch_111027. Road Trips v3n4 has all but four songs (though a partial Drums). However it was mastered at the wrong speed and runs very slow, needing +2.75% pitch adjustment. It also has the channels reversed. The SBD is not in circ - apparently the extra three songs plus a partial Brokedown are in the vault.
Subject: beautiful show
i was at cornell but missed this show at u-penn and second set of this show my fav of the four total sets, all of which are killer.
other one and wharf rat jst blew me away here.
also as someone commented: outstanding quality aud that 'puts you right there'
thx rob eaton for this gem
Set 1 - good, but doesn't really get cooking until the back half - check that *thick* rhythm behind Jerry on Althea.
Set 2 - they kind of stumble through the new Stranger while still managing some pretty wild passages through the tune; really, though, the Other One OWNS this set - check the 'cap' they lay on this thing right before the drums start - I mean, :::woah, nellie:::...and don't forget about Brokedown. It's as beautiful as ever.
This show and the next night's @ Cornell are pretty essential companion pieces from what really is one of the Dead's best years.
Recording is 5/5 in my opinion. Classic cassette sound you're lookin for.
Subject: Oozing With Magic
This is the most exciting show of Brent's tenure to this point. Better even than the top Fall '79 outings. You really need to give this a spin.
It's not so much that there are spectacular highlights to draw you in. It's the whole package, and the vibe. Everyone in the band is listening to one another. No one's in a hurry. They are playing like it really matters and the results are magical.
Chronologically speaking, probably my favorite show since 1/22/78.
Subject: good show download this
Subject: blistering big river
Subject: all good
Subject: My Alma Mater
1st set highlights include an absolutely fiery Big River. There is a downright daring Loser with Garcia bending notes and taking chances on his solo. It's that wonderful thing where he seems trapped in a musical figure but miraculously escapes and just shines. Althea is typically great for the era. Lazy Lightning>Supplication is also impressive with a very strong ending jam in Supplication.
The second set is terrific. China-Rider is in no hurry and the Rider is particularly strong. Stranger has an unusual instrumental part that has the ending jam coming first and then gradually dissolves into a great transition into He's Gone. The wonderful ending jam of He's Gone with Phil leading the way leads into a happy and energetic Other One. There is an audience clap-a-long part and a trippy Hammond B-3 solo in TOO before Jerry comes roaring in before Drums.
The post-drums section is short but blazing. The jam out of the "I'll get up and fly away" part of Wharf Rat is searing. Brokedown warmly concludes the show and has a dripping mercury-like solo from Garcia that has great tone and sonic clarity. Brent's insrtumental and vocal contribution overall is fantastic, Phil is ON, Bobby is not showing off and the drummers are in the pocket all night. And Garcia? Well, I'll let y'all decide, but I say "Oh Lawdy!". All of this is brought to life by the exquisite recording by Mr. Eaton. I urge all readers to seek out his audience recordings which are uniformly excellent and capture the room, the audience and the band in their individual best light.
Subject: Althea, Lost Saint, Stranger
Subject: GET IT NOW
Subject: I was there
Subject: Great sounding upfront, FOB
Why would you want an SBD with this out there?
Subject: Was JoePa There???
Subject: Great Show
Check out the crescendo during the last minute of The Other One, it sounds like they almost are ready to go back into Cryptical, but that is still a few years away. Minus 1 star for no SBD.
Subject: Feel the power of Phil
Thanks to all that brought this...
Subject: insane He's Gone > Other One
Subject: I'm a happy little kid~!~!
I thank anyone who helped record this show, and get it on archive. I thank archive especially for allowing me to relive my Dad's Dead experience as closely as I can!
* You might be dead Jerry, but you're spirit lives in us all!
Subject: Just Another Gem in The Diadem
for me, but this one sparkles and glints, moving
along at a far brisker pace than normal with
atypical bright tones.
Phil uses an unusually gruff, fat tone throughout
and Bob revels in his fine voicings (note how he repeats several lines over and over again in Rider, obviously pleased at his rendering)
Subject: My 2nd Show
It was a solid show overall. The China/Rider is great albeit relatively short. Loved Peggy-O too.
KUDOS to the taper! It is an outstanding quality AUD. Rec Hall was an old college gym even then, 27+ years ago, but the sound on this recording is terrific.
- Ron from Desolation Row -
Subject: The crowd played the band,...
Subject: one of most underrated of 1980?
Subject: Tight first set and very listenable set II
Subject: Buttery Aud
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