Series 2 review
The Grateful Dead download
series began in June 2005 with the release of two volumes. The
second is their performance on 1/18/70 at Springer's Inn in Portland, Oregon.
This is a curious debut primarily because it is average and
you'd think that they'd want to hit a home run to begin the series.
Nevertheless, the single disc contains some good music. The version of "Big Boss Man" displays
the bands inventiveness, which is their strength. Rather than play
the blues standard in the form of the original, they experiment by
incorporating riffs of their new song "New Speedway
Boogie" as part of its theme. The rendition of "Mason
Children's" is not really tight, but "Black Peter" is
a highlight with soulful singing and good playing.
A few Pigpen highlights are
found throughout the disc, "Good Lovin'" and "Turn On Your Lovelight,"
but arguably better is the Bobby led "Dancin' In The
Back in the tape collecting
days I had a box of shows from January 1970 that I seldom played,
usually I'd reach for something from February, May, September, or
October. The Download Series Volume 2 will not change that
habit. Overall, this release is a good piece of music from a year
that has always been hard to come by. However, this is not
essential, unlike some of the other releases from 1970.
Grade B -
it today from GDM