Friday, July 26, 2019

Full Show Friday: The Grateful Dead 9/10/91 MSG, NY, NY

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...Grateful Dead!

For July The Masters Focuses on The Grateful Dead

July finds RtBE mining familiar ground when it comes to our Masters Series, but there is just no better summer band, so enjoy The Grateful Dead in the sunshine to end the work week. This month we have four shows from the band and we will be using the four decades they were active for each week. This week the 90's get some love, 1991 in particular.

The nineties saw the end of the band with Jerry's Garcia's passing in the summer of 1995 and even though the music never truly stopped, things have never been the same. In truth if you are listening with a critical ear, anything after 1991 is not that great, there are moments sure, but '91 is pretty much where the must hear shows end, and this show we are highlighting today is the best of an underrated year. 

Once Brent Mydland died the band used both Vince Welnick and Bruce Hornsby for sometime as replacements, sharing the keyboard work. Bruce in particular is excellent on this night but for this MSG show a different addition to the band plays a huge part, Branford Marsalis.

The saxophone player is a huge plus and while he had played with the band before this is the pinnacle of his contributions in what many fans consider the last great Grateful Dead show, 9/10/91. From the first notes of "Shakedown Street" things are just on. The first set is a joy through and through, other highlights after the opening "Shakedown Street" (an RtBE personal favorite) are...well hell, the whole set rocks. It is one of the best first sets of any era, let alone the 90's.

The second set gets a bit more adventurous but that is never a bad thing with this crew.  The opening "Help>Slip>Frank" with Branford is must hear as is the "Dark Star" reprise coming out of drums. This version of "Standing on the Moon" always brings a bit of a tear to the eye as well, this is a great one so put it on and enjoy. 

Not quite pro shot, but pro sound, full set list info below. Enjoy:

Grateful Dead September 10, 1991 Madison Square Garden New York, NY Lazy Cow Production Video: AUD (Tripod) Master NTSC 4:3 8400 kbs 720X480 Set 1 & 2 Master: JVC Single Tube Camera, Nak 300 Shotguns ? Decks JVC Deck VHS Master Transfer: VHS Master Panasonic AG-7150 Canopus ADVC-100 iMac G4 Final Cut Pro 3 DVD Studio Pro 1 Audio: SBD DAT(M) DAT(1) DAT(2) Transfer: DAT R500 M-Audio 24/96 CD FLAC LPCM 1.5 Mbs DVD 1 Set 1 Intro Shakedown Street C.C. Rider It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry Black Throated Wind Hight Time Cassidy Deal 01:00:20 DVD 2 Set 2 Intro Help On The Way Slipknot Franklin's Tower Estimated Prophet Dark Star Drums 00:57:43 DVD 3 Space Dark Star Space I Need A Miracle Standing On The Moon Lovelight It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 00:43:57 Jerry Garcia - Guitar Bob Weir - Guitar Phil Lesh - Bass Vince Welnick - Keys Bruce Hornsby - Piano, Achordion Branford Marsalis - Sax Bill Kreutzman - Drums Mickey Hart - Drums

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