This 1992 show, with the crowd energy in the mix, and so many good things to listen to, had to be today’s pick, despite the excellence of today’s 1969 show. This is the kind of solid show you recommend to a non-Head, as a taste of what we’re all talking about: the singing is good and the band is tight. Even the more pedestrian tunes raise your heartbeat and get your foot tapping. And the noodling and exploring is focused in a way that shows that the band is on, working together, and trying to answer the same question.
The real gem of the first set is When I Paint my Masterpiece. Bobby’s singing is perfectly intense. The second set is where we move from a simmer to a boil. I’ve never heard a China>Rider I didn’t like and most of the reviewers mention it in their comments (and to a Head they include the messed up ending). The Women Are Smarter alone makes the show worth your time. Stella Blue will especially break your heart with its just gorgeous perfection. And just when its got you heavy in your boots and your diving down thinking those deep thoughts around comes Around and Around to lift you out and get your feet moving again.
Not too many reviews at the Archive of this one, but I have to agree with alabama_getaway in that despite the fact that the show has a lot of heat, it is almost completely overlooked. Exploding Rodent calls it, “one of those well-balanced audience tapes where you really appreciate the interaction between the Boys and the crowd. Not too much Bob or too much Phil, etc. Tremendous energy and vibe for a post-Brent era show.”
I strongly considered today’s 1969 show, which followed yesterday’s pick. Check it out if you’re not into this one. If you follow Dead For a Year, you’ll recall that they highlighted the Dark Star from this show with an excellent play-by-play of the song, its placement in the lineup, and a little bit about the rest of the show.
Set 1: Cold Rain & Snow, Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women, It’s All Over Now, Loser, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Deal
Set 2: China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Women Are Smarter, Terrapin Station-> Drums*-> Jam-> The Other One-> Stella Blue-> Around & Around,
E: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door