SEASTONES! Yes, I picked this show for show #9 in the Summer of Dead live archive exploration because I wanted to hear a rare live outing of Phil Lesh and Ned Lagin’s insane experimental opus. Is Lesh the godfather of noise? He totally is. After Lagin and Lesh provide the harsh feedback and atonal sonics, the band responds with a cool drink of water — an unnamed jam that eases everyone back into the groove. Far out. The whole show is great, occasionally veering into jazzy/prog territory on the “Weather Report/Let It Grow” sequence. The Dead are pulling in a lot of directions in 1974, but they make it all work.
Choice cut: “To Lay Me Down” is given a truly heartbreaking reading during this set.
Non-choice cut: Getting tired of “El Paso” in all of these shows. Does anyone really like that song?
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- pfcidb said: i used to listen to the shit out of this show in college…nice choice
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- newspeedwayboogie said: El Paso = bathroom break. That being said, 8/27/72 Dark Star into El Paso is a slice of acid fried goodness
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