Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Dick's Picks, Vol. 9: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 9/16/90
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
This show from September 16, 1990, the second night of a six-show Madison Square Garden run, catches the Dead in a period of transition. Brent Mydland had passed away less than two months earlier and former Tubes keyboardi... more »
This show from September 16, 1990, the second night of a six-show Madison Square Garden run, catches the Dead in a period of transition. Brent Mydland had passed away less than two months earlier and former Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick had made his Dead debut a mere 9 days before this show. In addition, pianist Bruce Hornsby began his tenure as a semi-regular member the very night before. As you might expect with all of the new blood, the band sounds a bit tentative feeling each other out, but when they are comfortable, they cook. Welnick is still finding his way through the songs and experimenting with often-harsh sonic textures, though for some reason he remains prominent in the mix (and you thought it was just your seats!). Hornsby, however, is the real star of this show, blending in beautifully and tastefully on acoustic piano and bringing out the stateliness in many of the Dead's tunes. Hornsby finds the ragtime in "Tennessee Jed," lends firepower to "Samson and Delilah" and "I Need a Miracle," and spruces up a number of spontaneous creations. Jerry Garcia clearly feeds off Hornsby's playing and responds energetically. Unfortunately, their little musical love affair didn't last very long, as Hornsby's appearances became more sporadic until he left for good in the spring of 1992. This document makes you wish their partnership had gone further. --Marc Greilsamer
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Less energetic, yet beautiful performance
Ryan Thiel | 07/16/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As Grateful Dead fans know, the Dead's shows during the nineties tended to be less energetic, and more melloncolic than their earlier years. The shows tended to reflect Jerry's condition sometimes to the detriment of the show, and sometimes it sounded so sweet it could bring you to tears. This show is no exception. "Cassidy" is an energetic song which has seen much better performances (see: acoustic version from Reckoning). However, Hornsby is able to pick things up with riffs during "Tennessee Jed" and "Samson and Delilah." My favorite moment comes in the third cd with an immaculate and heart felt version of "Standing On The Moon." This is not their best, but more than worth the money for true Dead fans who can't get enough of the Dead's live stuff."
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domino007 | CA United States | 10/06/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I bought this thing because I wanted one w/ Hornsby on it, in spite of the reviews. The reviews above were correct in their details but wrong in their conclusion. Yes Welnick often-plays harsh sonic textures - but they are cool sounding. Yes, we could use more of Bruce - but he helps the band rock. The comment that real story on this CD is Phil Lesh - is on target. The Dead play not that tight - yes. But, the CD rocks all over the place. The first set cooks, the mix is great - the drums are sooo clear and the band just grooves. I gotta recommend it - its great. For a tight Hornsby show try DP18."
Pretty Good Gig -- Poor Sound
Paul of London | London, UK | 02/13/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The gig here is pretty good, considerably better played than the gig on Dick's Picks 17, but the very muffled sound quality lets it down badly. I would have given it four stars were it not for the poor sound quality."