December 22, 2006 09:28:56am
Re: One doctor re: another
Reviewer: dr. flashback - - December 21, 2006
Subject: Europe 90!!
It's hard to say which run is stronger in 1990, the MSG run in September, or this following run through Europe in October.
With all due respect to Brent, it's a testament to how much spirit the Dead had to manage to pull together so soon after the tragic loss and deliver what is possibly some of the best runs of their later period.
It's obvious that the infusion of Hornsby into the band inspired Jerry to step up to the plate again and take on the Lion's mantle of leading the band - at least for a while. And it's also obvious that to undertake a major Europe tour so soon after a personnel transition speaks volumes about how much confidence the band had in their ability to regroup and perform high quality shows.
And nowhere is this more true than this show. Definitely one of the best shows from the tour. The first set really gets going with a slow, slippery Candyman - fine vocals from Jerry here, as well as everyone else. Ditto the Box of Rain - who says Phil can't sing? A powerful version of a crowd favorite gets the crowd fired up. Then - they light the fuse with Maggie's Farm. This song is right up Bruce's alley, and he and Jerry build the song to a peak of energy that will make you get up and dance. Listen to Vince's great Dylan impression!!!
And while you may have reservations about the Dead doing a Hornsby song, "Stander" is SOOO Garcia/Hunter style that it fits in seamlessly here, not to mention it smokes! All in all, a great setlist for Set One. I'm happy.
Victim kicks off with some mind-warping midi effects, a sign that this set will be of a different dimension entirely. Surprise - a reverse Estimated>Eyes, with Jerry peeling off lines right and left. The Bar>Space segment is, well, pretty weird, even for this period. Everything from going through black holes, to Amazon jungle drums to bullfrogs croaking. Really a treat for the senses. Save a nug, or two for this part!!
The Other One is everything it should be - Jerry riding a blazing comet of fury and sound, not to mention the drummer's work here. The Second Set just keep getting better, what can I say. Then they manage to come back for a spine-chilling Heaven's Door, with Garcia just bringing tears to your eyes his singing is so strong.
Not a weak moment in this show friends! A must have for this tour, and for 1990 as well.
Dr. Flashback :-)