Seattle Center Coliseum - Seattle, WA
Set 1: Jack Straw, Deep
Elem Blues > My Brother Esau, Brown Eyed Women, Little Red
Rooster, Ramble On Rose, Looks Like Rain > Deal
Set 2: Touch of Grey >
Playing In The Band > Uncle John's Band > Drums > Throwing
Stones > Black Peter > One More Saturday Night, E: It's All
Over Now Baby Blue
Being ignorant, I was blissfully unaware
of conventional Deadhead wisdom while I spun this show for a second
time today. This hindered me from realizing how bad this show must
be, for (as we all conventionally know) 1983 sucks, especially any
show that doesn't have 'Help on the Way' & certainly not a show
devoid of 'St Stephen' or even a 'Scarlet > Fire'. Ignorance is
indeed bliss :-)
Listening the second time,
I found Jerry's attempts at higher notes in 'Ramble On' even MORE
thrilling than the first time -- not quite
falsetto-in-Comes-A-Time-during-11-7-71-type of thrilling, but
almost. Then, in the set-closing 'Deal' solo, it sounds like the
notes are just pouring out of his guitar by the bucketful -- much
like Stevie Ray Vaughan used to do. Hey, I understand; SRV-type
energy isn't for everyone, only those who like blazingly soulicious
guitar solos -- and this is the mood Jerry throws on us with both
hands. Any sane person would prefer long, uneventful excursions into
'Row Jimmy', so you can tell I must be crazy!!
Fortunately, Jerry starts
off set 2 with a primitive 'Touch' & botches a couple
lyrics, preventing the more sensitive audience members from
potential cardiac arrest. Not truly a segue, but closely following,
Bobby launches us into PITB (not surprisingly followed by
UJB), which soon slides into long & dreamy jamming. It's
like they couldn't even stick to songs, because they jammed
for what seemed like forever to get to UJB, and then they jammed
bunch more. If this sort of thing got widely known in trading
circles, it would probably ruin their reputation for brief trips
& to-the-point songs.
After the drums and a scary
Space, they finally turned to 'Throwing Stones', which you may know
was quite different in these early phases: they really took off
after the 'on our own' line -- nothing like that 'Samson' melody
that later took hold. Since there's nothing to hum along with, it's
understandable that most listener's would want to skip right over
this; otherwise, this long & intense jam might distract them to
the point of neglecting a bong rip.
Then there's 'Black Peter'.
After grumbling his way through the verses, Jerry almost ruins it
with fine solos, and Brent offers great support from the Hammond
B-3. I'm sorry to hear it end, but I breathe a sigh of relief that
Seattle's fire department didn't have to be called in. No doubt they
were on red alert, just in case.
Bobby closes the show in
good form & the 'Baby Blue' encore is a good one, if you like
that sort of thing; I know the REAL fans would rather hear another
'U.S. Blues', if not 'Day Job'. I guess the boys just didn't have it
in them this night. And we didn't even get 'Me & My
Uncle'!! If they hadn't included a 'Rooster', I'd probably have to
shave my head in humility just for the privilege of hearing this
show. A very fun show, and only two discs.
Joe sez check it out.
Ramble On Joe ©
the Grateful Dead's concert
8/27/83 at the Seattle Center Coliseum - Seattle, WA.