" - as if you're just some name-less / face-less mechanical monster - that just' happens' to kinda kick-down a " MONSTERSHOW!!! And, I just gotta say straight-up & first and foremost - if 1973 Live-Dead is one-of your own personal Favorite! Bag of tricks - or, it's perhaps your " Favorite " bag of Dead-Tricks!Are in for one heck of a ride! A Spring Tour'73 Mystical! As " Monster " is even a little bit of an' understatement'... And what I really-mean is MoNsTeR!!!
Jerry, Bobby, Phil, BK, Keith & Donna Jean... " of this Winter'71 to Fall'74 " Uni-Drummer Dead Unit! The' Mick-Free' years - but, you already know all about that. So yeah & getting right-back here to " 1973 " - the one-question just' still-remains' - and, I have to imagine that it always-really-will... As it's indeed true-fact that the " Opinion(s) " are just always (and always have-been) all-across-the-board on' What?
" - clearly one-of the Grateful Dead " Prime-Era Years - that is indeed' beyond-worthy' of that degree of vitally-important' dissection'. And I'll say it loud & clear that my vote has always traditionally been pulling on the " Winter'73 " lever (for almost the last 30-years, myself) - but, my steadfast commitment to headphones like... Almost a " headphones-only " type of commitment over the last near-decade not to mention the " so-many-killer-'73-releases " that have newly surfaced!Has really-truly-began to' tilt' my eyes, ears, and mind - in the direction of Spring Tour'73! And I mean hey - to just put it bluntly... It's' earlier' - and I think at least in the vital-case of analyzing " Jerry " - it matters all the more. I mean it's kind of like the similar impossible' pick' of... As that's almost something-like Who's a better British Rock Band?
But, it's just like this... 71 >'73 Garcia-Live is arguably the " Mastery-Point " of getting the Most! And also even laying-down the earlier Mid/Late-'60's Gibson(s)! One of the " Most " critically-altering' Decisions' in really' All' of Rock & Roll which Jerry made here in this Live-Dead Period & Era!And, at least to my ears... I'm sure damn-glad he did it! Just think of the differences in sheer Gain! That this period would have' faced' Forever! If Garcia played it with say... He chose to rifle This-Era This Magical! With the choice of Clean-Tone!!
And, then the more I listen (and believe-me - I listen a-lot)... I'm almost starting to get hung-up on " Spring Tour'73 " being really the " Pinnacle-Flagship " of this Single-Coil Pick-Ups " Clean-Tone " Era! It's So-Incredibly' Brisk' that it almost Snaps!
" - and even' with' what one might call " unity-gain-buffing! And with the sheer " Timing " of Bobby playing a Gibby Double-Cut 336? There are Moments that both border & also truly-achieve' Crystal-Clean' Live!And, I have to say (&' admit') too that I'm' Extra' Head-Over-Heals with this 3/24/73 Spectrum release - because I only' ever' owned a roughly 90-minute (or' less') portion of This-Show! I got it in the'80's from Metal Tape (Cassette) and Recorded it Carefully! To Chrome Tape (Cassette) - and could never track down the other' portion' of this Show like' Most' of this Show! - simply because I just could-not find the proper & respectable Sound-Quality in which it rightfully deserved to be archived. And so - just for fun...
" This " is all that I-Ever-Had! As I'm kind of even embarrassed to say - but...
And so, with no further adieu... Kind of funny (really-funny) to think about this' now' like 30-Years! >>> Big River - Stella Blue - Me & My Uncle - He's Gone > Truckin' > Jam Cut / Flip! Jam > Dark Star > Sing Me Back Home > Sugar Mag - Encore : Johnny B. And, at least in my' Rack' it's Better-Than the Nassau'73 & Springfield'73 Shows that both' border' this " Tape ".
And, from a say " Dave's Picks " perspective? It's not fair to call this UCLA'73 level but, what really-is? - but as far as say the 3/28/73 Springfield & 4/2/73 Boston Shows??
They sure-have their' hands-full' in a straight-up Show-to-Show' overall' type comparison. And, as far as going against some of those 15-25-Year " Friends " that we all have in the " Dick's Picks " Series?? As I don't even know-what to even say' there' - and don't even really feel' comfortable' approaching This-Subject!And, heck - as we all well-know... There's no' correct' answer - nor, will there ever-be - but, that still doesn't mean that You! Shouldn't go & get on Your! " - and get right to " Work! Gotta Get Down To The Mine!!!
As I sure just have to say... " as it stands' Way-Tall' kind of much-like a " Broad Street Bully! Time to go & Fire-Up those Cones!! TRACK LISTING >>> Grateful Dead Recorded' Live' at The Spectrum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA) : March 24, 1973 (3/24/1973) : Disc 1 : Bertha Beat It On Down The Line Don't Ease Me In The Race Is On Cumberland Blues Box Of Rain Row Jimmy Jack Straw They Love Each Other Mexicali Blues Tennessee Jed Looks Like Rain Wave That Flag El Paso Disc 2 : Here Comes Sunshine Me And Bobby McGee Loser Playing In The Band Promised Land China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider Big River Stella Blue Me And My Uncle Disc 3 : He's Gone > Truckin' > Jam > Dark Star > Sing Me Back Home Sugar Magnolia Johnny B.
Out of Print (2019 GDP / Rhino release) Grateful Dead Dave's Picks 32 Volume Thirty Two The Spectrum - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PA) - March 24, 1973 (3/24/1973) Limited Edition / Individually-Numbered Set (of # 20,000) 3-CD Set is Brand New / Factory Sealed! Please see all photos provided. Photos included are of the actual item you will receive. Grateful Dead Spring Tour'73!!! This Grateful Dead " Dave's Picks " release series has constantly growing in popularity...From 12,000 Limited Edition 3-CD Sets in 2012 - to 13,000 in 2013 - to 14,000 in 2014 - to 16,500 in 2015, 2016 & 2017 - to 18,000 in 2018 - and... To 20,000 in 2019!!
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