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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 01:25 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Jld7XuoSc

sounds pretty good..what do you folks think?

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 02:45 AM
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-Jld7XuoSc

sounds pretty good..what do you folks think?


What do I think...I noticed that Dave did not shake Warren's hand after the incredibly lackluster performance of "Sugar Magnolia" .... Where would these guys be without Warren?...The music itself was tight, the rhythm section sounded fine, but the vocals?... C'mon now.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 03:04 AM
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sounds pretty good..what do you folks think?


What do I think...I noticed that Dave did not shake Warren's hand after the incredibly lackluster performance of "Sugar Magnolia" .... Where would these guys be without Warren?...The music itself was tight, the rhythm section sounded fine, but the vocals?... C'mon now.




IMHO lackluster at best, not very good at worst. Even Warren. Better than "The View" though.

I've asked this before, can't get an answer. What's up w/ Bobby's voice? Age, medical issues?



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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 03:31 AM
Thought it was great. 3:15 song, ha!
 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 05:08 AM
Honestly? Warren's tone was entirely too thin. Wrong tone all the way and he needs to play that one around the lower register more. Sound to me like he was trying to (and doing a pretty good job of) emulate the steel pedal sound from the album.
He should give him a nice 87 version and let him borrow one of Jerry's Irwins.

Having said all that, he;s doing a great job for being in such a no-win situation. Pretty tough to reconstruct the GD and all the expectations and scrutiny that goes along with it.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 06:38 AM
I believe I read an article once where it stated Sugar Magnolia was a song written by Bob about Bonnie Bramlett back in the day.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 06:38 AM
I thought they sounded really good. What type guitar is Warren playing?

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 06:48 AM
That was a non reverse Gibson Firebird . I thought Warren's thin tone sounded most authentic to the original sound. Bobby's vocals ????? As a whole with time restraints and arrangement editing it was OK . In my HUMBLE opinion.
 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 07:00 AM
Thank you Russ. I agree with you regarding Warren's tone. I hope you catch some shows with this band. From what I hear they keep getting better.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 07:03 AM
Excellento~!........Great to see these folks still Truckin on,,,,,

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 07:20 AM
I thought Bobby sounded pretty good compared to what I heard/saw on moogis with the ABB. I'm going to the show tonight and this got me pretty pumped up. Phil sounded good and so did the drummers. I think Warren and Jeff kind of take a back seat at these appearances out of respect to the original 4. I don't think Dave blew off Warren at all. It's the Dead, he went right to Bob and Phil as expected. Warren had a big grin on his face from what I recall.

I also work near Letterman's theatre and at 5pm yesterday there was big old hippie school bus parked right under the marquee with some heads milling about. Pretty funny. It must be weird at this point to the guys to have strange hippy throw backs following their every move.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 07:47 AM
I think they sounded good

did you see billy pat warren on the back??

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 07:52 AM
I LOVE the Dead - always have. But I thought the vocals here were really weak.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 08:31 AM
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I LOVE the Dead - always have. But I thought the vocals here were really weak.



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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 08:33 AM
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I LOVE the Dead - always have. But I thought the vocals here were really weak.


They were never really known for their vocals.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 08:39 AM
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They were never really known for their vocals.
Yes, but I've seen them quite a few times since my first GD show in 1971 and don't recall them sounding like this. Ratdog, too. Like I said, I'm a lifelong GD fan but it does sound like Bob's vocals have weakened considerably - even in the year it's been since my last Ratdog show. Not meaning to be disrespectful - just stating an opinion.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 08:50 AM
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sounds pretty good..what do you folks think?


What do I think...I noticed that Dave did not shake Warren's hand after the incredibly lackluster performance of "Sugar Magnolia" .... Where would these guys be without Warren?...The music itself was tight, the rhythm section sounded fine, but the vocals?... C'mon now.




The music sounds great. I agree with the comment regarding the vocals. Bob sounds pretty rough.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 09:18 AM
I would rather listen to Sheryl than Bob

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 09:37 AM
People listen to Dead music for the vocals?

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 09:40 AM
Thanks to youtube, I will be watching Jerry & Bob throughout the years as I get ready for tonight on Long Island. I fear that no work will get done today.
 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 12:28 PM
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Yes, but I've seen them quite a few times since my first GD show in 1971 and don't recall them sounding like this. Ratdog, too. Like I said, I'm a lifelong GD fan but it does sound like Bob's vocals have weakened considerably - even in the year it's been since my last Ratdog show. Not meaning to be disrespectful - just stating an opinion.


I agree with you. It seems what has happened is that Bob has changed the tempo of the way he sings these songs. It is a little odd, and being 60+ years old probably doesn't help the voice either.

I was listening to some of the tunes on the Sirius Dead channel the other day. They were playing a Scarlet>Fire, I think from Albany maybe. I must say the playing sounded really good, but I just wish they would hand over the tunes Garcia sang to Warren. Phil was singing Scarlet and it was god awful, but the playing was phenomenal. Then again, its a good possibility that Warren doesn't know the entire catalog of Garcia songs. I'd actually like to hear them bust out That's What Love Will Make You Do. Warren has been doing that with the Mule and I think it would sound great with this band.

I also heard Kreutzman interviewed the other day after the Worcester show. He sounded genuinely excited about one of the Worcester shows, said everyone was listening really well on stage. That is good to hear, as I can't imagine he would b.s. the fans at this point. The guys in the band have always been known to call a stinker when they play one, so its good to hear they are having fun and playing well. Apparently, they each get a turn writing a setlist because Bill asked who wrote the setlist for Worcester, and they told him, "The bass player wrote it!" I guess it was Bill's turn the next night to write it. I think that is a cool way of doing going about it. I wonder if they give Warren or Jeff a turn writing setlists.

Anyway, I am looking forward to MSG tomorrow.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 03:32 PM
I thought they sounded great. The band sounded tight to me and Warren's tone and playing were perfect IMO. Bobby's voice is Bobby's voice. He didn't sound great, but much better than that howling session during 'Sugaree' with the ABB at the Beacon.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 04:58 PM
I watched it...& then went & listened to some old G. Dead after reading this thread....IMO,Warren's tone was spot on,very close to jerry's...the playing was good,i thought...but,Weir's vocal...Geez....getting worse,I'd say...

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 05:03 PM
I enjoyed it but were was the Sunshine Daydream part

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 05:10 PM
Not as critical as some of ya'll ... and I've got no real Dead background to speak of, but I thought it was good.

Warren looked completely 'into it' and as far as Weir's voice, sounded fine to me for what it is.

And what was with that Letterman snub of Warren anyhow?

 

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