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July 14, 2008

'He's Gone'

One of the downsides of living in the city is I can't leave a book of CDs in my car overnight.

And I always forget to bring one when I leave for work in the morning. So I'm stuck with the four or five CDs in my center console. And I won't name names, but three of them stink.

Thusly, for the past several weeks, I have been listening almost exclusively to ...

grateful dead... the first disc of the Grateful Dead's Europe '72 double album.

Bet ya didn't peg me for a Dead Head, eh?

I'm more like an ex-Dead Head. I was big on them in college, and saw (ex-Dead bassist) Phil Lesh at least once (his super low singing range ruins nearly every song he sings, by the way).

Obviously, the Dead were much better live than in the studio. But of all their live albums, Europe '72 really brings together a tight studio sound with the spark they had on stage.

My favorite track? "He's Gone."

Dig this video with the first two minutes of it. 

(AP Photo of who else but the Grateful Dead) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 2:05 PM | | Comments (12)
Categories: Random stuff


Gotta love The Dead!

Another interesting look into Sam Sessa's soul! Where's the journalism, huh?!

Firmly in your camp with not being a Dead fan. Had friends in college who liked them and saw Dylan & the Dead at RFK before Jerry died. That said "Brown-eyed woman" is by far the best song on that album.

Just got back from All Good Festival and seeing Phil Lesh and friends. Widespread Panic put on one of the best live shows I've seen/heard in a long time.

Sessa, you saw Lesh "at least once"? Too many wine coolers in you the other times around that you can't remember?

JTK, I have a soul?

Bryan, my memories of said event(s) are spotty at best. Try asking David Lee Roth about the '80s and see what happens.

Sam, if you like that CD, get yourself a copy of the Sept. 17, 1972 show recorded live in Baltimore, a 3-disk set.

Sam, Europe '72 is a great listen. My hands down favorite off that album is the China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. I know, its not on Disc 1, but its great rock and roll nonetheless.

TD, I love Keith Godchaux's piano work on Europe '72 -- especially on "He's Gone" and "China -> Rider." It sounds gorgeous.

I second the China Cat -> Rider combo as my favorite tracks on the album. I always get a charge as soon as I pop the CD in and hear the opening licks of Cumberland Blues....I also have an attachement to the first disc, especially since it suffered the "borrowed but never returned" fate that so many of my albums have. So will you be heading back down to Merriweather for a review of the recently announced Phil & Friends / Allman Bros show in September??

Fast forward to 1:40 and listen for a minute.

I rest my case.

I always liked the song "Eyes of the World."

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