Wednesday, July 26, 2006

From 1977 to 1969 without a car

Well it's been a little while since I've written anything probably being back at work has slowed me down a bit but also this week my car has been involved in an accident when my son was driving it so the car is off the road for about 2/3 weeks. Nobody was hurt so that was at least a blessing but I have been rather pre occupied with organising panel beaters, insurance claims, buses, taxis, hire cars etc.
Without a car I've been getting plenty of walking in so thats a pretty good excuse for listening to the Grateful Dead on my MP3 player.
I started off this year with a plan to listen to as many 1977 shows as possible and I have been working my way through a variety of shows from April with the aim of working towards May 8 and the famous Barton Hall show. When I dloaded May 8 I purposely did not listen to it reasoning that I would keep this treasure in my shoebox until I had achieved a suitable level of pre listening. The plan was to listen in an ordered sequence to the '77 shows but this week it all fell apart. On a whim I pulled out 04/21/1969 The Ark (another show I hadn't listened to) and I was simply blown away.
I have always loved the 1969 shows and this one is one of the best, Jerry's guitar has a thicker tone probably the SG Gibson I guess and his playing simply burns through the whole show. Jerry's fills in Lovelight and St Stephen are lovely and there is a Dark Star and an Alligator to boot. I must say that when I was feeling pretty down and suffering from the post car wreck blues on Wednesday morning this show lifted my spirits , the power of the playing is simply awesome.
So I guess I was pretty silly trying to think that I could listen in some sort of ordered sequence, the dead cries out for the unpredictable and the unplanned but all the same I'm feeling very tempted to have a listen to April 22 &23 very soon.

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