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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 08:32 PM
I'm hoping I have all the great shows from 2003 but I was interested in what you guys think

My top Five are

1. 3-22-03 Beacon
2. 7-29-03 Chicago Theater
3. 9-19-03 Red Rocks
4. 7-26-03 Pittsburg
5. 8-10-04 Raleigh NC

What are your thoughts

 

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 08:39 PM
We had our very own Peachy Awards last year, you might want to look those up. The winner for Best Show was 8/8 (Atlanta). I think the runners up were 8/1 (Scranton, PA) and 3/21/03 (Beacon).

 

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 08:52 PM
You guys hit on most of the REALLY good ones...

I personally would include 3/15/03 - Bela Fleck sits in on "Come On In My Kitchen" and a Blistering "Liz Reed"...

Also - 3/20/03 - A killer Stormy Monday followed by an 18 minute Whipping Post>Mountain Jam closer!...this show also has the best "Stand Back" ever in the first set...

Another is 8/9/03 Charlotte which is one of the Instant Live releases with an amazing Mountain Jam with teases galore...

....The other Chicago show that wasn't mentioned is quite good as well..


These 4 would round out the "best of the best" of 2003 along with the ones already listed...




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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 09:00 PM
Nobody likes 3/25/03? I thought that was an epic show. Nothing really unusual or singular about the setlist, but every song was played very well, and there were a lot of songs played that night. Whipping Post is an epic.
 

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 09:07 PM
A portion of the Beacon DVD comes from that night (and the Whipping Post is on One Way Out), but I remember Kirk saying that show was "a little soft" and that the band wasn't quite happy with it- it was the first night of filming and they weren't really comfortable under the lights and everything. I think that had a lot to do with why they played for four hours the next night.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 09:12 PM
I have to agree with EddieP, the 3/20/03 show is my favorite. A great version of Who's Been Talkin' on there too

 

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 09:16 PM
8/8/03 has an awesome Mountain Jam. It has a Blue Sky jam in the middle. Derek plays the frets and Warren takes a slide solo. Derek's solo is pretty awesome!

 

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 10:16 PM
The one Instant Live show I took my kids to.

DARIEN!

 

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 10:42 PM
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A portion of the Beacon DVD comes from that night (and the Whipping Post is on One Way Out), but I remember Kirk saying that show was "a little soft" and that the band wasn't quite happy with it- it was the first night of filming and they weren't really comfortable under the lights and everything. I think that had a lot to do with why they played for four hours the next night.


marley, they played for 4 hours on the 26th as well? i was at the 25th and that show ended at around 12:40, clocking in at 4 hours.

 

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 10:44 PM
8/9
8/8
Dairen Lake
3/20
Red Rocks

 

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 10:57 PM
One show that hasn't received mention is the 9/19 Red Rocks show. Any show ending in Whipping Post > Mountain Jam & Layla deserves a few votes. Those that were there, and I was not, put it pretty high on the scale. The rest of us, unfortunately, were left with recordings that suffered from a fair amount of wind noise and smear. I have three different sources (no comments, please) and they all have it. I think this issue has kept it from getting the many votes it would probably otherwise receive.

I was at the 7/26 Pittsbirgh show next to Mr. Benjamin and, I agree, it was a smoker.

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***EDIT*** read the thread again and saw the JNC mentioned 9/19, whoops!

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  posted on 7/28/2004 at 11:44 PM
I love 9.19.03 at Red Rocks cause of the ripping solo Derek does at the beginning

also the 1st Chicago show is way out there with a Mountain Jam > Blue Sky

I think 2003 is the best modern era year, but 2004 is shaping up to be as good.

I know alot of people like 1995 or 1990 I just a toss up

but 2003 is special to me with Hitting the Note coming out and me discovering this great site.

I will never forget the summer of 2003

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I like Pittsburg cause they do Heart of Stone, but greg slips a little on the lyrics but it is still a great tune.

Did they play heart of stone at any other show



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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 06:21 AM
I'm pretty sure they didn't play Heart of Stone at any other show. I have the Pittsburgh Instant Live, and it's a very mellow show, which is great for some tunes, like Heart of Stone and Stormy Monday, but also zaps some energy out of the other tunes. Not a huge fan. Maybe it was cooler if you were there (it always is).
 

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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 07:29 AM
Absolutely Darien! Looking forward to this year's show also.
The Brothers have never disappointed us there!

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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 07:38 AM
We are gonna skip Darien this year since they are playing Syracuse.

Darien is a looong day, and the drive back can be brutal.

I'm 20 minutes from the Fairgrounds.

 

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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 08:30 AM
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One show that hasn't received mention is the 9/19 Red Rocks show. Any show ending in Whipping Post > Mountain Jam & Layla deserves a few votes. Those that were there, and I was not, put it pretty high on the scale. The rest of us, unfortunately, were left with recordings that suffered from a fair amount of wind noise and smear. I have three different sources (no comments, please) and they all have it. I think this issue has kept it from getting the many votes it would probably otherwise receive.


Yeah Ron I agree, although the show was listed by a couple before you I have to say from a pure-recording standpoint its a little bit of a tough listen with all that wind noise hitting the mics relentlessly giving the listener some distraction to the music being played. I'm sure those that were there did see a hell of a show though. By the way, 9/19/03 does have probably my favorite version of "Forty-Four" on it as well as an incredible "Desdemona" with Karl Denson who blows some very Coltrane-like sax complete with elephant-type noises that were very dynamic and weird at the same time.

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I have the Pittsburgh Instant Live...I'm pretty sure they didn't play Heart of Stone at any other show.

After some quick checking they did play Heart Of Stone on 3/20/03 and 3/28/03...I believe those 3 were the only ones where that tune made an appearance.
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I think 2003 is the best modern era year, but 2004 is shaping up to be as good.

Yeah 2003 is right up there as far as quality of show performances - Derek and Warren reaching new heights - and of course all the goodies that came with it like The DVD, Instant Live releases, HTN CD etc etc...

 
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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 09:26 AM
Atlanta:
Blue sky jam, Susan, Karl D, and most especially, the three song double encore!!!!!

Raleigh:
BRANFORD MARSALIS HOLY SH**

I saw the boys 6 times last summer, and those two shows took the cake for me!!!

 

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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 09:27 AM
3-21&22 were very good at the Beacon, they were the two I saw there.
6.27 at Nissan was very good. Otiel was smoking that night.
Those are the shows I was at and all were great.

Audience Tapes I like:

3.29 Beacon
8.1 Scranton
7.30 Chicago Theater

Instant Live:

Pittsburg
Hartford.

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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 11:32 AM
This is a great thread! Very Positive!

I like …..
-Pittsburgh 7/26/03 INCREDIBLE. On Stormy Monday I hear Bobby Blue Bland
In Greg’s singing! Heart of Stone played on Mick Jagger’s
60th Birthday, That was really cool on the part of the band.
-Hartford 8/3/03
-Darien 8/2/03
-Charlotte, NC 8/9/03 Smooth..
-Atlanta, NC 8/8/03

Runner up!
-Los Angeles, Ca 9/7/03 w/Chris Robinson jamming

RonB had a good point about Red Rocks 2003, if I could hear a SBD copy it would be
Easier to make a fair judge on that show since my copy is also kinda distracting.

Listening to 9/13/03 Salt Lake City today, so far it’s a good show!

Question? WAS THERE A BAD AUGUST 2003 SHOW?
It seems they knocked it out of the park each night!


Someone start a thread like this for 2000! Yesterday I was listening to 6/16/00 with
Greg’s B3 way out in front and lots of organ solos!


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Someone start a thread like this for 2000! Yesterday I was listening to 6/16/00 with
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marley, they played for 4 hours on the 26th as well? i was at the 25th and that show ended at around 12:40, clocking in at 4 hours.

Looking at the ABBbase, you're right, they played for four hours that night. I'm not sure how long the next night's show lasted, but it was Tuesday (the 25th) that Kirk said was a little soft.

 

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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 04:18 PM
Seems like no one who has posted on this topic listened/saw any of the West (is best) Coast shows. The band's musical inspiration did not diminish on this leg of the 2003 tour. They were phenomenal in Berkeley (9/5/03). Another of those great Dreams>Whipping Post>Mountain Jam>Layla closings. Warren played great and Derek was his usual amazing self. Great setlist also includes Worried Down with the Blues, Who's Been Talking, Desdemona (with Karl Denzel), and Instrumental Illness. Susan's also there on Statesboro.

Apparently, the band was so good that they didn't even try to schedule any shows near the Pacific Ocean this year for fear that they had set too high a standard for themselves . It's ok guys. We'll take what we can get.

 

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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 04:33 PM
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The have October 11-19 open on their Calander, I would bet after San Antaonio texas they head west for Phoenix, Vegas, Los Angeles & Bay area!

I was at the Los Angeles Greek Theater Sep 2003 and it was great with hometown Chris Robinson sitting in! Derek was way out front on that night!
That was a great show!

 

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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 05:23 PM
It's only one show, but it's the best I've heard EVAH!!

7/13/03 @ the Tweeter Center, Mansfield, MA

Layla was a fantastic opener, Derek's slide solo tore the house DOWN!!! Overall, a very good show!

 

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  posted on 7/29/2004 at 05:56 PM
9/12/03 - The Joint - crushing. As if the Bros weren't enough, Karl D steps out and kills it on Desdemona, Same Thing and Southbound. Susan T. in the mix on Statesboro and also sings Don't Think Twice. Ripping show.
 
 


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