418

Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead: Road Trips - Volume 2 Number 2

Doug Collette By

Sign in to view read count
Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead: Road Trips - Volume 2 Number 2 Road Trips Volume 2 Number 2 not only contains a complete show—2/14/68 at San Francisco's Carousel Ballroom—but in keeping with the original concept of this archive series, excerpts from other shows during The Grateful Dead's winter tour of that same year. Experimenting in a second attempt to record its follow-up Warner Bros. album Anthem of the Sun (1968), this juncture is a pivotal period for the halcyon group and these performances find The Dead on the cusp of dance band deluxe and experimental improvisers extraordinaire.

The Grateful Dead's suggestion to label president Joe Smith to conduct live recording of shows to then intermingle with studio work was revolutionary in its own way but eminently practical for the band itself: it was never truly comfortable in a studio, but at this point, was rapidly becoming fluent on stage as it mastered new originals, the likes of which comprise much of disc two.

The suite of songs including "That's It for the Other One," as well as "Spanish Jam" and the freeform "Feedback" are light years from the R&B staples fronted by vocalist/keyboardist/harpist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan—"In the Midnight Hour," "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and "Turn on Your Lovelight." The septet's collective enthusiasm in playing throughout provides continuity and precludes any identity crisis per se.

The latter pair of staples also appear on the bonus third disc of this set and sound equally of a piece and well-contrasted with more exploratory likes of "Dark Star," "The Eleven" and "China Cat Sunflower," all of which numbers the Dead render in a tone at once playful and probing.

While many of these recordings have been in unofficial circulation for years, Jeffrey Norman's mastering for HDCD sound makes these forty-one year recordings by road engineer Dan Healy sound pristine in clarity and resounding in depth (with some exceptions on the bonus material on disc one). The stereo separation highlights the dual drumming of Bill Kreutzmann and relative newcomer Mickey Hart.

The group's other instrumentation is precise and uncluttered, Jerry Garcia's guitar in particular as big and sharp as it ever got as he cuts a swath through the air rivaled in aggression only by bassist Lesh in these months leading to the groundbreaking Fillmore shows recorded approximately a year later.

Blair Jackson's essay including reminiscence of rhythm guitarist and vocalist Bob Weir around Grateful Dead's relationship with Neal Casady might better set the historical stage for that epoch but regardless, the Grateful Dead's instinctive prescience in preserving its work is as laudable as the current archivists and designers of Road Trips.


Track Listing: CD 1: 2-14-68 Carousel Ballroom: Morning Dew; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl; Dark Star>China Cat Sunflower>The Eleven>Turn On Your Lovelight; Bonus Tracks Early 1968: Viola Lee Blues; Beat it On Down the Line; Hurts Me Too; Dark Star. CD 2: 2-14-68 Carousel Ballroom: That's It for The Other One>New Potato Caboose>Born Cross- Eyed>Spanish Jam;Alligator>Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks)> Feedback; In the Midnight Hour. Bonus Disc: Viola Lee Blues; Good Morning Little Schoolgirl; New Potato Caboose; Dark Star>China Cat Sunflower; The Eleven; Turn On Your Lovelight.

Personnel: Jerry Garcia: lead guitar, vocals; Bob Weir: rhythm guitar, vocals; Phil Lesh: bass guitar, vocals; Ron

Title: Grateful Dead: Road Trips - Volume 2 Number 2 | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Grateful Dead/Rhino


Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Attic CD/LP/Track Review The Attic
by John Sharpe
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Outside The Comfort Zone CD/LP/Track Review Outside The Comfort Zone
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 24, 2017
Read # 1 CD/LP/Track Review # 1
by Troy Dostert
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Tetrawind CD/LP/Track Review Tetrawind
by Geannine Reid
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Triplicate CD/LP/Track Review Triplicate
by Doug Collette
Published: July 24, 2017
Read Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs CD/LP/Track Review Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 23, 2017
Read "Liquid Melodies" CD/LP/Track Review Liquid Melodies
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 1, 2017
Read "Lello's Italian Job, Vol. 1" CD/LP/Track Review Lello's Italian Job, Vol. 1
by Jim Olin
Published: September 9, 2016
Read "Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs" CD/LP/Track Review Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs
by John Eyles
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "Planets + Persona" CD/LP/Track Review Planets + Persona
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 18, 2017
Read "Miguel Angelo Quarteto: A Vida de X" CD/LP/Track Review Miguel Angelo Quarteto: A Vida de X
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 10, 2016
Read "Living Water" CD/LP/Track Review Living Water
by Edward Blanco
Published: March 15, 2017

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!