2012, Music

Spring 1990: So Glad You Made it (2012) by Grateful Dead

The standard line about this tour seems to be it was the best Dead tour in some time. I have no idea whether or not that’s true, because this is only the second live album of theirs I have heard. This album is a sample from the box set, something I would only ever buy if I was a massive Deadhead. You can guess from the fact that this is my second Dead live album that I am not, in fact, a massive Deadhead.

I don’t know what the Dead tours were like in the ’80s, but if this is the best one they did in a while, I feel like they must have been pretty weak. It’s not that the performances are weak – they are impassioned and they feature the usual seemingly telepathic interplay between the musicians. But I just can’t shake those Terrible ’80s Keyboards and there is even an appearance of Terrible ’80s Drums (i.e. “gated” drums). And I hate that stuff. I mean, I hate it. For me it significantly weakens what is otherwise a pretty strong collection of performances.

7/10

  1. “Let the Good Times Roll” (Sam Cooke) (Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, March 16, 1990) – 4:00
  2. “Feel Like a Stranger” (Bob Weir, John Perry Barlow) (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 22, 1990) – 7:32
  3. “West L.A. Fadeaway” (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 22, 1990) – 7:33
  4. “Easy to Love You” (Brent Mydland, Barlow) (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 22, 1990) – 5:58
  5. “Beat It On Down the Line” (Jesse Fuller) (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 22, 1990) – 3:19
  6. “Loser” (Garcia, Hunter) (Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, New York, March 24, 1990) – 7:31
  7. “It’s All Over Now” > (Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack) (Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut, March 19, 1990) – 7:30
  8. “Jack-a-Roe” (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) (Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut, March 19, 1990) – 5:00
  9. “The Last Time” (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 22, 1990) – 5:14
  10. “Bird Song” (Garcia, Hunter) (Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, March 16, 1990) – 14:04
  11. “Blow Away” (Mydland, Barlow) (Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, March 16, 1990) – 11:58
  12. “Samson and Delilah” (traditional, arranged by Grateful Dead) (Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, March 22, 1990) – 6:59
  13. “Scarlet Begonias” (Garcia, Hunter) (Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, March 16, 1990) – 11:11
  14. “Estimated Prophet” (Weir, Barlow) (Capital Center, Landover, Maryland, March 16, 1990) – 10:57
  15. “Playing in the Band” (Weir, Mickey Hart, Hunter) (Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut, March 19, 1990) – 8:30
  16. “Eyes of the World” (Garcia, Hunter) (Civic Center, Hartford, Connecticut, March 19, 1990) – 14:50
  17. “Gimme Some Lovin'” (Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis, Muff Winwood) (Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, New York, March 26, 1990) – 5:09
  18. “Morning Dew” (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose) (Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, New York, March 26, 1990) – 11:13
  19. “Not Fade Away” (Norman Petty, Charles Hardin) (Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 30, 1990) – 5:51
  20. “Attics of My Life” (Garcia, Hunter) (Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 30, 1990) – 5:08
  • Jerry Garcia – lead guitar, vocals
  • Mickey Hart – drums
  • Bill Kreutzmann – drums
  • Phil Lesh – electric bass, vocals
  • Brent Mydland – keyboards, vocals
  • Bob Weir – rhythm guitar, vocals

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