Friday, October 19, 2018

Full Show Friday: Action Bronson 2018 Miami

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Action Bronson!

Some hip hop for this Friday from Action Bronson. RtBE have reviewed him in the past so how about some Full Show Friday action? Well hip hop rarely, if ever, gets better live and this is no exception but why not give it a spin this week.

From Bayfront Park Miami Fla... Pro shot, pro sound, Enjoy:
 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Album Review: High on Fire - Electric Messiah

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!

It is of High on Fire's bad ass Electric Messiah

This band is so fucking consistently great, each of their last three albums could be considered their best and long time fans may even like Surrounded By Thieves but there is no denying that they are still blisteringly awesome in 2018. Who saw that coming?  

Personally, at present time, RtBE would rank Der Vermis Mysteriis slightly ahead of Electric Messiah and Luminiferous third out of their recent run, but Messiah may just prove the best after it sinks in a bit...we shall see. There have been a lot of good 'heavy' records this year and this one is way up there, killer album cover art included. 

Support the band, buy the album, read the review and peep some video below. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Album Review: Restorations - LP5000

Restorations
LP5000
***and 1/2 out of *****

The fourth full length from the Philly five piece Restorations, titled LP5000, is a strain of atmospheric emo rock with layers of guitars around direct lyrics from front man Jon Loudon.

The opening "St." is a gorgeous slow burn, conserving energy while creating a evocative musical scene. The follow up "Nonbeliever" is more inline with the bands bread and butter; direct lyrics, buzzing guitars which fill the complete sonic space, never letting the sound drop before a bass fill twists things up. The lines "Got a partner, for starters, and a kid on the way / Can't be doing all this dumb shit no more" shows exactly where this bands collective head is at.

"Remains" is bright with organ strains and swelling guitar work while the mellow and looped augmented "Melt" is more restrained with Loudon mentioning he reads a lot, which is pretty clear from his frank lyrics which are displayed in a writers fashion. It is also pretty clear he is fed up with the current political state as closer "Eye" (which begins drab before ending in cinematic fashion) connects with the line “Glance at your phone and you mumble, ‘I hope he dies’/Yeah, I hope he dies, too,’” a common thought when checking your news feed these days.

While the band works with the interlocking levels of guitar work, each track on the short LP5000 adds a unique element which keeps it from becoming routine. "The Red Door" is a shining example at the band clicking on all cylinders fiddles with tinkling sounds around a racing snare run before breaking into a climatic ringing chorus, displaying the traits that make Restorations an engaging band.

Like The National this is middle age rock, but with a shade more directness and slightly less artsy pretense, hence better. Never jubilant the band is mature and a touch dour/tired/weary at times because they just can't be doing all that dumb shit anymore.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Album Review: Loretta Lynn- Wouldn't It Be Great

Loretta Lynn
Wouldn't It Be Great
**** out of *****

In 2016 Loretta Lynn released the excellent Full Circle. It was the first release culled from a huge  collection of tracks that were recorded at her leisure by her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash. After a Christmas album, now comes Wouldn't It Be Great the third (of a planned five) in a series which allows Lynn to look back on her best tracks, covers and tunes she just liked to sing. While parallels can clearly be drawn to Johnny Cash's American series, Lynn is totally in control, sounding vibrant in these tracks; it is hard to believe she is 86 years old.

The opening title tune is a take on her song that was first released in the mid 80's then again with Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette in the 90's. This version is stripped down with simple acoustic backing and Lynn's solo vocal performance which is stately and yearning, not only a great song writer, an exceptional singer. Her newer effort "Dying For Some One To Live For" is embedded with a more melancholy sense of failure and longing that seems flat but drives the songs point home even stronger.

Lynn sings "The Big Man" (co-written with Shawn Camp) to show her devotion to God above by twisting proverbs and blossoming with her vocal take. The mid tempo waltzing with strings "Another Bridge To Burn" is pure Nashville roots country while the fiddle led "Ain't No Time To Go" and the murder ballad "Lulie Vars" push more into Appalachian folk mountain territory before the delicate "My Angel Mother" finding Lynn backed only by a acoustic guitar on a number she first released back in 1968 and still sounds sweet.   

Her feisty side comes out in the pep in your step, pissed on a Friday Night, brand new track "Ruby's Stool" finding Lynn still fighting for her man in sneaky fashion. The excellent tune is just another example of her top notch song writing before one of her most famous tunes "Don't Come Home A Drinkin'" solidifies that notion in a more upbeat manner using steel guitars, banjos and soft backing vocals.

Lynn is and always has been one of American Country musics best songwriters and while a few of the tracks don't really improve on the originals ("God Knows Best") all the songs on Wouldn't It Be Great find Lynn in killer voice with tastefully strumming strings. On the disk closing steel guitar driven biographical "Coal Miner's Daughter" Lynn sings and smiles through the pain and proves that even at this juncture she is worth hearing as Wouldn't It Be Great continues her late career string of top notch records.   
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Another stunningly great collection of fantastic songs from Loretta Lynn. Full Circle made RtBE's top ten in 2016 and this may just do the same this year.
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Monday, October 15, 2018

Dylan Cover #346 Bettye LaVette "Ain't Talkin'" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Bettye LeVette playing "Ain't Talkin'" Live

This month we are doing another special focus in RtBE's Dylan Covers series. In the past we have highlighted The ByrdsCoulson-Dean-McGuiness-FlintThe HolliesJoan OsbourneMountain and more. Now the spotlight shines on Bettye LaVette and her recently released Things Have Changed covers album.

Thoughts on Original:
The closer on Dylan's excellent Modern Times (old Glide Star Structure, would be 10 now) is a haunting work of minimalist accompaniment. The clipped tone of his vocal delivery sound so pissed off, rather than distant he seems engaged and frustrated. Live the song takes on a otherworldly feel and has been the highlight of some of his sets as the mood turns on a dime from a soft love song to an instant sense of dread. These words in others hands may convey different messages, but in Dylan's the cold reality burns through.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE first became aware of Bettye LaVette while watching The American Epic Sessions on PBS and were semi shocked to learn that until the last decade or so LaVette only had minor success in the industry. She is a powerhouse singer and can turn a phrase with the best of them, using Gospel, R&B, Soul and Funky backings to croon her way forward.

Thoughts on Cover:
Mixing it up as we reach the half way point on our monthly focus on Ms. LaVette, we are using a live version of her covering the Bard. We choose "Ain't Talking" live because her band and her vocals add more to the scene than Dylan's original. LaVette's warm vocals add a different tone, the lyrics make it clear she is pissed, but sense of hopelessness isn't present. The band sounds locked in and grooving as LaVette traverses the lyrical passages with grace and ease.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Full Show Friday: Johnny Winter & Dr. John - In Session 1983

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Dr. John & Johnny Winter!

Keeping October rolling as this is a really cool find with some great playing and chatting between Texas and NOLA. Back in 1983 (the tile of the video is wrong as you will see a few seconds in) the two idiosyncratic stars (who were friends) teamed up for a set of music on the television program In Session.

Dr. John and Johnny Winter getting after it for 50 minutes, (along with Brian Russell - Guitar John Paris - Bass, Harmonica & Terry Clark - Drums). There are shorter higher quality versions on youtube, but this seems the most complete so it gets posted for Full Show Friday.

Enjoy:


Johnny Winter & Dr. John - In Session (1983)

Tracks : 01. A Right Place At The Wrong Time 02. Johnny Be Good 03. Junior Parker's Song 04. Talk To Your Daughter 05. You Lie Too Much 06. She Doesn't Mean Mistreated 07. Tipitina 08. Such A Night

Line up : Winter - Guitar,Vocal Dr.John - Piano,Vocal Brian Russell - Guitar John Paris - Bass,Harmonica Terry Clark - Drums Live Studio "In Sessions" 1983

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jack White Playing Brooklyn, Chicago & Nashville

Jack White is wrapping up his Boarding House Reach world tour with shows in Brooklyn Chicago and Nashville next month.

Tickets are on sale tomorrow and the wide ranging tour has already spawned a live DVD and Vault released live vinyl collection. The tour has been a blast and having caught him twice can highly recommend seeing these final dates as per Dominic Davis's Instagram, it is looking like Jack will not be touring solo next year....

Which brings us back to RtBE's post yesterday...new Raconteurs tunes...New album on the horizon...pretty please tour dates!?!??! From someone who has seen the band all across the country, we would happily do the same again as they are a blast live.

So until the good word comes down from Mount White...how about a few live Boarding House Reach tunes to commemorate the end of this great tour:



Album Review: Integrity & Krieg - Split

Integrity & Krieg 
Split 
*** out of *****

The newest release from the Cleveland metallic hardcore godfathers Integrity is a split offering with their friends in the black metal band Krieg. The disk is punishing and raw, captivating for fans of either of the bands.

Starting with one of the two new songs they offer up on this release Integrity is immediately propulsive. The band are blasting through "Scorched Earth" an aptly named title that delivers a wasted landscape in it's path. "Flames of the Immortal" continues the onslaught with blistering crazy fast riffs from guitarist Dom Romeo and a grooving drum beat under the chaos before a straight up metal solo fire out from the depths.

The galloping "Sons of Satan" is a take on lead singers Dwid solo project tune (the expertly named Vermapyre)of the same name and it is a brutal attack which is fist pumping singalong ready. Integrity's part of the album wraps up with steam slamming straight ahead cover of "Document One" from GISM stuttering out in digital feedback before Krieg takes over the record.

The blistering pace which started off this project is scaled back as the more sludge driven pummeling of Jersey dark metal rockers takes over on the longest offering here, "Circle of Guilt". The throaty screams of Neill Jameson dominate "This Time I'll Leave You To Drown" while a dramatic heavy score moves around the raw vocals.

The split release closes with "The Sick Winds Stir the Cold Dawn" which ends up the weakest offering here, with muddy production but as it wraps up it proves that the metallic ferocity before it was pretty special as both bands excelled on this brief banging release.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

10th Anniversary of Consolers of the Lonely + New Raconteurs Songs

The Third Man Vault announced some exciting news this week, While the 10th Anniversary pressing of a gorgeous vinyl for the kick ass Consolers of the Lonely is fantastic in and of itself, the big bombshell explodes that The Raconteurs have two new songs out in a few months and they are recording a new record for 2019!

The 38th Vault package is a great one and for lovers of Consolers of the Lonely. Our original review spewed our love into word form (would have been 10 stars in the new system)  and we helped Glide rate it extremely high on the 50 Best Albums of the '00's (4th overall to these ears). We will love adding the pretty records to our stash, but Holy Moley have we been waiting for new Raconteurs tunes and (fingers crossed) new live dates from them for a loooong time.

Word is next month marks the final Boarding House Reach tour dates and inside word makes it look like Jack will not be touring solo next year, so here is hoping we get some Raconteurs shows to rock out to in the near future.

Until then enjoy some of the kick ass tunes from the ten year old record:




Album Review: Nothing - Dancing on the Blacktop

Nothing 
Dancing on the Blacktop
*** out of *****

The Philadelphia based Nothing's third album, Dancing on the Blacktop is filled of crunchy riffs, distorted guitars and inward searching lyrics that deal with literal pains of the brain.

The dreamy shoegaze mixed with alternative rock sound starts from the first track as "Zero Day" pairs the breathy vocals of Domenic Palermo with layers of feedback and straight ahead rhythms. Palmero has been recently been diagnosed with CTE after a brutal attack that almost killed him in 2015 and his lyrics deal with a possible bleak personal future while taking in the moment.

Sleeping all day, stealing kisses and the wonders of nature are sung about on the flowing "Blue Line Baby" which is an early highlight with fuzz/electric/acoustic guitars all added to the mix. "You Wind Me Up" pulls a mellower Dinosaur Jr. vibe to the forefront without the fiery solo work, but more melody while "Us/We/Are" puts a bit of crunch around Pablo Honey era Radiohead sounds. "Hail on Palace Pier" is a good showcase for the drum work and

The slow "Plastic Migraine" addresses Palermo's head issues directly but also drags as does "I Hate the Flowers". Both tracks are intentionally plodding with wallowing in the pain central themes, also "I Hate the Flowers" rumbles fairly well. Produced by John Agnello the group is in capable rock hands and their sound pleasantly fuzzes up fairly standard arraignments to very pretty heights combating the trauma in the lyrics.

Nothing's Dancing on the Blacktop is palpable for fans whose noiserock taste doesn't go much more angular than Sliversun Pickups and Gish era Smashing Pumpkins; Sunday morning shiny pop shoegaze with a side of bleakness in the lyrics. 
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Murphy's Law Return on Halloween with Drunken Rampage

A few weeks ago RtBE had the privilege to attend a benefit for Jimmy G the lead singer of Murphy's Law who has been dealing with medical issues and bills. Jimmy was in attendance and thankfully is recovering. So much so that they will be playing their first show back on Halloween in Brooklyn.
It is great to hear that Jimmy and crew will be back hitting the stage at The Kingsland in their home borough, even better news is that Drunken Rampage will be opening the show. RtBE has a personal connection with that band to as our friend Simon is the lead singer.

While Halloween falls on a school night, we may need to head out to BK to catch this great punk/NYHC lineup. Below is a few songs from both bands to get in the mood.



Album Review: Cedric Burnside - Benton County Relic

Cedric Burnside
Benton County Relic
*** and1/2 out of *****

Cedric Burnside is the grandson of hill country blues legend R.L. Burnside and son of blues drummer Calvin Jackson who played with R.L. as did Cedric to start his career. Clearly Cedric has the blues running through his veins and on Benton County Relic he dips into those basic cosmic truths with confidence.

These are minimalist back country blues, no flashy solos, or overproduced sounds; things are raw and incredibly stripped down. A track like "Call On Me" is a shining example of the simplicity when it works, a basic slow drum beat, easy strumming with the occasional lead riff and nuanced singing that proves Cedric's restrained vocal range can deliver the goods.

There are a number of these successful semi-simple offerings on the record, "Give It To You" is slithering and sexually direct, "Please Tell Me Baby" picks up the tempo and vocal dexterity and "Get Your Groove On" swaggers and struts around the back porch. "There's So Much" takes it a step further beautiful breaking it down to just Burnside and his quiet guitar with a passionate direct vocal, proving less can be more.

Opener "We Made It" is built around a dynamic blues riff and basic stomp that retro electric blues fans will naturally gravitate too while "Don't Leave Me Girl" sounds produced directly out of a band like The Black Keys catalog (they are fans of both him and his grandfather who've they covered in the past).

The two most raucous numbers show up late on the record with the country blues boogie getting an airing on the energetic "I'm Hurting" while disk closer shows off some great slide playing around manic drums and ganged up vocals during the chorus; an exciting autobiographical track that ends the record on a high note.

Songs in this vein/genre also can become dull fairly quickly if one of the two or three elements present doesn't grab you and the overly long and repetitious "Hard To Stay Cool" for example goes nowhere during its extended run. Also placing the two most upbeat numbers at the end makes for odd pacing overall for the record but for the majority of it's run Benton County Relic successfully scratches that electric, hill country blues itch.
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Dylan Cover #345 Bettye LaVette "It' Ain't Me, Babe"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Bettye LeVette playing "It Ain't Me, Babe"

This month we are doing another special focus in RtBE's Dylan Covers series. In the past we have highlighted The ByrdsCoulson-Dean-McGuiness-FlintThe HolliesJoan OsbourneMountain and more. Now the spotlight shines on Bettye LaVette and her recently released Things Have Changed covers album.

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
One of the best Dylan songs because it is universal, to the point, lyrical, smirking, self-centered and a perfect statement. Dylan has written lots of songs that can be covered well (as evident by this series) but "It Ain't Me, Babe" fits perhaps better then almost any other one into a huge variety of styles. That is because we have all been in the singers position one time or another...and it is a damn good song.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE first became aware of Bettye LaVette while watching The American Epic Sessions on PBS and were semi shocked to learn that until the last decade or so LaVette only had minor success in the industry. She is a powerhouse singer and can turn a phrase with the best of them, using Gospel, R&B, Soul and Funky backings to croon her way forward.

Thoughts on Cover:
RtBE has showcased lots of covers of this song often in this series because it is so universal. This may be one of the best we have ever heard as the soul just drips from LaVette and the band. The slow light drumming tempo and warm Rhodes piano sound works expertly letting LaVette's vocals growl, soar and emote in a subdued but incredibly effective manner. Another showstopper from LaVette and crew.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Full Show Friday: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 10/2/94 Mountain View, CA

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's. These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

I know we have featured them recently on Full Show Friday, but RtBE couldn't help celebrating Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers playing the Bridge School Benefit from almost exactly 24 years ago. Tom and crew are in great form, playing acoustically, mixing old and new favorites together right around the peak of the bands career.

Pro shot, pro sound, full setlist and info below. Enjoy:


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Full Concert Recorded Live: 10/2/1994 - Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, CA) More Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers at Music Vault: http://www.musicvault.com Subscribe to Music Vault: http://goo.gl/DUzpUF

Setlist: 0:00:00 - Thirteen Days 0:03:19 - I Won't Back Down 0:06:50 - Girl On LSD 0:10:43 - King's Highway 0:13:56 - Mary Jane's Last Dance 0:19:29 - Learning To Fly 0:24:05 - You Don't Know How It Feels 0:28:15 - Time To Move On 0:32:28 - Runnin' Down A Dream 0:37:09 - Free Fallin' 

Personnel: Tom Petty - lead vocals, rhythm guitar Mike Campbell - lead guitar Benmont Tench - piano, vocals Scott Thurston - guitar, harmonica, vocals Howie Epstein - bass, vocals Stan Lynch - drums 

Summary: Enjoy Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers tearing it up acoustic style at the 1994 Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California. This unique performance features several choice obscurities as well as a wide ranging selection of Petty classics - from "I Won't Back Down" and "Free Fallin'" to "Mary Jane's Last Dance" and "Runnin' Down A Dream." One of the last Heartbreaker's performances to include drummer Stan Lynch, who would briefly be replaced by Dave Grohl, prior to the band's recruitment of drummer Steve Ferrone.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Album Review: All Them Witches - ATW

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of All Them Witches newest release ATW

It is a pretty solid collection of tunes that run the gamut of rock styling. Blues based psych rock that is fun. Can't get enough of "Harvest Feast" and others are also good.

Support the band, buy the record, read the review and peep some video below:

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Boys and Girls in America Released 12 Years Ago Today

Today The Hold Steady's best album turns 12 years old today. Happy 12th birthday or anniversary or whatever to the record.
Sure, others may have their favorites, but it is hard to top this record from the band. They seemed to be clicking on all cylinders back in 2006 and in ranking the best albums from the first decade of this millennium we placed it very high on Glide's list.

We have written a lot about The Hold Steady, and we were happy to have caught the band on the original tour for this album and their 10th Anniversary shows as well. RtBE loves this disk so we won't go into much more about it here.

Can not wait to catch the band @ Brooklyn Bowl in  a few months. Until then  Let's let a few of the tunes speak for themselves and grab a copy ASAP if you don't already have one.






Album Review: Turkuaz - Life In the City

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!

It is of the colorful jam band Turkuaz and their most recent studio album Life In the City.

RtBE has discussed this before a few times, but when a record or a song reminds so much of another BETTER record or song it can be tough to really enjoy the lesser effort.

Unfortunately right from the start Life In the City recalled one of our favorite records of all time, Remain In The Light by The Talking Heads. They worked directly with a Head as Jerry Harrison produced some of the tracks on the album.

The group are clearly talented and when they are in the live moment most fans won't care but as a studio stand alone release it is hard to give it a ton of love when I wanted to hear Remain In The Light (or even "Eminence Front") after songs ended.

Either way, support the band, buy the record and peep some video below.
 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Album Review: The Grateful Dead - Dave's Picks #27

The Grateful Dead
Dave's Picks #27 
9/2/83 Boise State University Pavilion, Idaho
***and 1/2 out of *****

There is no shortage of Grateful Dead music out in the world today. There is the Internet Archive, there is the fantastic Relisten app and there is of course all of the official releases that seem to come out in all shapes and forms these days, Box Sets, Collections and the ongoing Dave's Picks series which started in 2012.

After the immensely successful Dicks Pick's series (named after tape vault archivist Dick Latvala and started in 1993) brought a full generation into the band's legacy with expert show selection and quality recordings the series ended when Latvala passed away. The archivists moved into the (underrated in RtBE's opinion) Road Trip Series which focused on show highlights as compared to full concerts.

Dave's Pick's went back to the that more popular formula, showcasing obscure shows from some far out locations and it took up until release #27 for them to get to the mid 80's one of the most maligned eras in Dead history. The band was about to hit a wall, Jerry was only a few years away from his diabetic coma and in general the players and crew were not happy in the mid-80's for various reasons; The Grateful Dead almost didn't make it out of the heart of the decade.

You need to dig deeper in the early 80's to find a good show (unlike say '72 or '77) and that is just what current tape archivist David Lemieux did. The board recording comes from a cassette tape captured by Dan Healey which was expertly mastered by Jeffrey Norman for this release. The sound is utterly amazing as those involved did everything they could to put the listener in Boise on this night with the best seat in the house.

Shockingly this is the only time the road warrior outfit ever played the state of Idaho and the band is a fun loving mood with Phil introducing the takeover. The concert has special vibe as the band selects "Wang Dang Doodle" as the opener marking only the second time they had tackled it onstage. The bluesy beginning drips into a powerful version of "Jack Straw" and Phil Lesh's bass in particular sounds thunderous in the mix throughout.

A pretty "They Love Each Other" and soulful "Brown Eyed Women", have Jerry forgetting a few words (reoccurring theme this evening) but using his six string expertly around the upbeat "Mama Tried" > "Big River" pairing which lets Brent Mydland and Bobby Weir tag team some twang.

It is the close of the first set where the band kicks this show into a second gear as the "Big Rail Road Blues", "Looks Like Rain" > "Deal" trio elevate the night. The energy of "Big Rail Road Blues" flows from both drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzman, the whole band hops on board as conductor Garcia leads the fiery way; this is the best version of the song RtBE has ever come across.

While "Looks Like Rain" can become sappy and dull this version is anything but, really playing up the drama as Weir croons the tune before the band drops into possibly their longest version of "Deal" ever; just check out that guitar solo to end as Garcia picks up where he left off in"Big Rail Road Blues"; this "Deal" rivals 7/19/89 as the best in the groups history.     

The second set starts with the segue trio "Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower" with Garcia forgetting most of the words to the opener but playing extra hard through the end including a very powerful "Slipknot!". The "Estimated Prophet" is par for the course rendition as is "Eyes of the World" (which features some audience tape in the middle) as the versions of both of these are fine but far from must hear. The end of Eyes however lends itself to some unique strumming and playing before "Drums" as Bobby and Brent start noodling around during "Jam". This sense of musical experimentation leads to a very listenable "Space" (don't skip this one) before a bouncing version of "Throwing Stones".

Garcia may not have had his singing/lyrical chops on this night, but he surprisingly pulls everything together to close out the show with an engaging "Black Peter" (not normally one of RtBE's favorites) and an upbeat "Sugar Magnolia". Jerry's most heartfelt vocals were saved for the encore on this night as "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" shows how dynamic Bob Dylan covers are when the Dead decide to tackle them.   

We here at RtBE are huge Dead fans, (see this for more) so giving this a Star Rating is tough. Comparatively to all the excellent records released this year, this is solid, but nothing earth shattering. If you are new to the Dead, Dave's Picks #27 isn't the greatest place to start (go with the old standby Cornell '77) but for people who are fans already, looking for a quality show from an underrepresented era of the groups history, presented with pristine sound, where every player was pretty on-point, this is a damn good listen.
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Monday, October 1, 2018

Dylan Cover #344 Bettye LaVette "Things Have Changed"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Bettye LaVette playing "Things Have Changed"

This month we are doing another special focus in RtBE's Dylan Covers series. In the past we have highlighted The ByrdsCoulson-Dean-McGuiness-Flint, The Hollies, Joan Osbourne, Mountain and more. Now the spotlight shines on Bettye LaVette and her recently released Things Have Changed covers album.

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
One of Dylan's late career highlights is this haunting tune of isolating coldness that is sprinkled with some of his coolest vocal images and smirks. You can see him wheeling a lady down the street, drinking champagne with one and doing a creaky jitterbug. It can be the lighter side of "Love Sick" or a more urban update to "Mississippi" but even taken on it's own it is a hell of a slick tune. Unfortunately it was only released on the Wonder Boys soundtrack and not an official album, which is a let down, but it did win Dylan both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE first became aware of Bettye LaVette while watching The American Epic Sessions on PBS and were semi shocked to learn that until the last decade or so LaVette only had minor success in the industry. She is a powerhouse singer and can turn a phrase with the best of them, using Gospel, R&B, Soul and Funky backings to croon her way forward.

Thoughts on Cover:
Wow, what a way to kick off this months focus on Ms. LaVette. The title track of Bettye's recent cover album of Dylan tunes is a stunner. Funky, soulful playing, and a singer who slithers into the song, making it her own. She inhabits the characters, switches roll's, drops F bombs, gets all sorts of juices flowing. This is a master singer at work, a blistering version and one of the best covers this long running series has ever had the pleasure of showcasing; this is going to be a fun month of Mondays.