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Crimson White & Indigo Crimson White & Indigo July 7 1989 JFK Stadium - Grateful Dead
Philadelphia, PA
JFK Stadium
July, 7 1989
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Crimson White & Indigo 
JFK Stadium
July 7, 1989 

The release of Crimson White & Indigo brings Grateful Dead fans  the complete show from their performance at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia on July 7, 1989. It's a CD and DVD combination packaged together digipak style, accompanied by a booklet with an essay by Steve Silberman and photos. No bonus material :(.

It's a continuation to 2005's Truckin' Up to Buffalo release; the July 4, 1989, performance, which also offered both a DVD and CD. However, those were sold separately, not packaged together as is the case with Crimson White & Indigo. Also from that tour, a DVD, VHS release called Downhill From Here from July 17, 1989, from Alpine Valley in Troy WI (three songs from 7/19 included) can be purchased. I rented the Downhill From Here DVD and recall it being a solid second set, but it's been awhile. 

The year 1989 was an outstanding year for the Grateful Dead musically. The studio album, Built to Last was released in October 1989 and they were promoting it and this show features two tracks from it, "Blow Away," and "Standing on the Moon."

The entire first set is on disc one. It's pretty typical in structure for the summer tour. The "Iko Iko" follow-up to "Hell in a Bucket" is a true crowd pleaser. Another highlight is a thrilling "Loser." The set closers is the high point for sure. To start is the jamming vehicle is "Let it Grow" and commonly when it doesn't conclude the set, a short number normally follows it. Instead, a new song "Blow Away" gets royal treatment in it's twelve plus minutes as Brent leads the boys through a lively coda egging on both the crowd and the band. This is the kind of version that if you're looking to crank up "Blow Away," this is the rendition to pull off of the shelf. Go Brent! 

The second set is split between discs two and three. I always love hearing "Box of Rain," so to have that the lead off to "Scarlet Begonias" > "Fire on the Mountain" is without question having your cake and eating it too. While we can't opine that this is a definitive version of "Scarlet > Fire" it's no slouch. Then Bobby counters with a successful version of  "Estimated Prophet" that is driven by Phil. It's a nice set-up to display Jerry's ballad "Standing on the Moon," his voice seems to come through better on this song than anywhere else within the set. 

Post drums is fairly common terrain. I do find that 1989 is a good year for "Wharf Rat," and this version typifies that with its uplifting coda and a guitar solo that ends nastily. The encore seems to be just what the doctor ordered. Phil walks right over and through Jerry's melodic solo while Brent has an interesting counter statement to it; and as you're trying to comprehend all of that, Bobby throws in more confusion with his musical statement. 

I watched parts of the video, but I'm reviewing primarily from the audio soundtrack. The 24 track audio recording is quite good. However, it does seem to lack a warmth to it. A feeling that when you listen to it you immediately say, WOW, this sounds really good; Rocking the Cradle and Garcia's Let it Rock come to mind. 

A comparative comment is worth noting to Truckin' Up To Buffalo. Performance wise, the post drums portion of Truckin' Up To Buffalo is awesome and perhaps the best part of either release. Though, disc two of Crimson White & Indigo is nothing short of terrificSo you'll need both to make the perfect set two. It's hard to pass up 24 track releases. 

A closing comment -- Phil really drives the band throughout this release and that is usually the key to better than average shows. The mix does emphasize him and he doesn't take a minute off.

by Barry Small
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CD 1
1. Hell In A Bucket
2. Iko Iko
3. Little Red Rooster
4. Ramble On Rose
5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
6. Loser
7. Let It Grow
8. Blow Away*

CD 2
1. Box Of Rain
2. Scarlet Begonias
3. Fire On The Mountain
4. Estimated Prophet
5. Standing On The Moon
6. Rhythm Devils

CD 3
1. Space
2. The Other One
3. Wharf Rat
4. Turn On Your Lovelight
5. Knockin' On Heaven's Door

DVD tracklist is same as CD

*This was first released as a bonus cut on the remastered Built to Last.

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Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals 
Mickey Hart - drums, percussion 
Bill Kreutzmann - drums, percussion 
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals 
Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals 
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals  

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 2 - New release

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Released -  2010 
Photos - Bob Minkin 
Booklet essay - Steve Silberman
Produced by David Lemieux
Recorded by John Cutler
Stereo and 5.1 mix by Michael McGinn
Mastering by David Glasser -
Cover Art - Scott McDougall
Art - Steve Vance

The listening party included a video of "Ramble on Rose" and audio sampling of "Ramble On Rose," "Let it Grow," and "Fire on the Mountain."

From Deadlists 

Venue JFK Stadium 
Location Philadelphia, PA 
Date 7/7/89

One - Hell In A Bucket [6:34] ; Iko Iko [7:13] ; Little Red Rooster [9:03] ; Ramble On Rose [7:11] ; Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again [8:51] ; Loser [7:14] ; Let It Grow [12:36] > Blow Away [12:29] 

Two - Box Of Rain [4:37] > Scarlet Begonias [10:26] > Fire On The Mountain [13:23] ; Estimated Prophet [9:18] > Standing On The Moon [8:12] ; Drums [9:#30] > Space [6:53] > The Other One [10:34] (1) > Wharf Rat [10:27] > Turn On Your Lovelight [6:47] 

Encore - Knockin' On Heaven's Door [8:33]

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 2 - New release
From the Grateful Dead website
Here’s a cool way to kick off the new year and decade: Coming soon is a fantastic new release called Crimson White and Indigo, a DVD/3-CD set that captures every second of the Grateful Dead’s superb July 7, 1989 concert at Philadelphia’s John F. Kennedy Stadium. If you loved the popular 2005 DVD/CD release Truckin’ Up to Buffalo, from July 4, 1989, well, this is the very next show: why, it’s practically like being on tour without having to pitch in gas money, eat bad road food, swelter in the heat or score a miracle ticket. Nope, all the work has been done for you—from the crisp multiple-camera shoot (with no video effects, you’ll be happy to hear) to the crystal clear and powerful audio, mixed from the original 24-track analog tapes in both Dolby Digital stereo and 5.1 surround (for the DVD), and mastered in HDCD (for the CD). But the proof is (always!) in the playing, and this show from the sizzling summer of ’89 tour is sure to please both hard core and casual fans with its energy, diverse song list and passionate playing. 

Two years removed from the craziness that surrounded the “comeback” tour of 1987 and the Dead’s unprecedented flirtation with mainstream success—thanks to “Touch of Grey” and the In the Dark album—the group was still riding the crest of that wave and attracting thousands of new fans with each passing tour. The summer of ’89 began in style for the Dead on the solstice itself with a nationally televised/broadcast concert from Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. A week and a half later, the GD circus hit the road for seven East Coast stadium shows, followed by a handful in Midwest amphitheaters. The group was in excellent form throughout, offering a great selection of old and recent favorites, and polishing some of the new songs which would make up their album-in-progress at the time, Built to Last. Visually, the Dead’s stage set that summer was perhaps the most spectacular they ever mounted—designed by noted Czech artist Jan Sawka, it consisted of dozens of enormous painted canvas panels covered with various patterns, colors and shapes—some abstract, some concrete; quite an amazing sight in an enormous stadium. 

In what would turn out to be the final rock concert in Philly’s JFK Stadium (the first was The Beatles in August 1966; the aging stadium itself dated back to 1926), the Grateful Dead come out on a brutally hot afternoon (after a fine opening set by Bruce Hornsby & the Range) with rock ’n’ roll on their minds. “Hell in a Bucket” is an appropriate opening choice for a day that is nearly hot as Hades, and then Jerry takes the party to the next level with a truly inspired “Iko Iko.” He’s all smiles, and that’s always a good sign! From there, the first set dips into some blues (“Little Red Rooster”), Hunter-Garcia classics like “Ramble on Rose” and “Loser,” a potent version of Dylan’s “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again,” a wonderfully exploratory version of “Let It Grow,” and finally, Brent Mydland’s still-newish anthem “Blow Away,” which is one of his finest performances of that rockin’ tune. 

You gotta love a second set that opens with a warm and inviting “Box of Rain”—peppy and nicely sung—and then right on its heels a “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire on the Mountain” that is as “up” and celebratory as you could hope for: The “Scarlet” breezes along with joyous purpose, and the “Fire” hits all sorts of mighty peaks; at nearly 25 minutes, it’s a spectacular pairing. “Estimated Prophet” is marked by a smoldering intensity and then the jam that follows settles into the majestic Hunter-Garcia ballad “Standing on the Moon,” surely one of their greatest late-era compositions, and played only seven times before this standout version. The DVD depiction of the “Rhythm Devils” percussion duel gives us a fascinating glimpse of the tools and techniques Mickey and Bill used to create their magical alchemy, and then, following “Space,” the band launches into a hair-raising, careening “Other One” (dig how the camera shows us Phil’s rumbling bass intro up close!), Jerry takes us down to the docks of the city for an emotional “Wharf Rat,” and Bob gets back into party-mode for the concluding “Lovelight.” The encore of Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” offers a beautiful grace note for a show that has taken us through so many different spaces and moods. 

The beautifully designed package for Crimson, White and Indigo (the name comes from a line in “Standing on the Moon,” of course) includes loads of great photos by Bob Minkin and an essay from veteran Grateful Dead observer Steve Silberman. All in all it’s a wonderful show from a great year! 

—Blair Jackson 
Catch A Sneak Peek Of Crimson, White & Indigo At A Theatre Near You

On July 7, 1989 the Grateful Dead got together with some 95,000 close friends at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. By the end of the day, all involved shared a highly improved outlook on life...Grateful Dead productions is pleased to present Crimson, White & Indigo, the entire full-length theatrical concert experience in fully mastered multi-track audio brilliance...

Don't miss a sneak preview of the Grateful Dead's Crimson, White & Indigo: Philadelphia, July 7, 1989 in theatre near you. Be sure to check your local listings for exact show times.

Philadelphia, PA
Ambler Theater

Gloucester, MA
Cape Ann Community Cinema

Rochester, NY
Little Theatre

New York, NY
City Winery
4/15/10, 4/16/10

Pasadena, CA
LAEM Playhouse
4/15/10, 4/17/10, 4/18/10

Los Angeles, CA
LAEM Sunset
4/15/10, 4/17/10, 4/18/10

Encino, CA
LAEM Town Center
4/15/10, 4/17/10, 4/18/10

Portland, ME
Patriot Cinemas: Nickelodeon Cinema
4/15/10, 4/18/10

Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Cinema Paradiso

Newport, RI
Jane Pickens Theatre

St. Pete's Beach, FL
Beach Theatre

Deland, FL.
Athens Theatre
4/16/10, 4/17/10

Washington, D.C.
Atlas Performing Arts Center
4/16/10, 4/19/10

Lake Worth, FL
Lake Worth Playhouse

Key West, FL
Tropic Cinema

Shreveport, LA
Robinson Film Center

Wellfleet, MA
Wellfleet Harbor Actor's Theatre

Bellingham, WA
Pickford Film Center

Cleveland, OH
Cedar Lee Theatre

Three Rivers, MI
Riviera Theatre

Oberlin, OH
Apollo Theatre

Telluride, CO
Michael D. Palm Theatre

Palm Beach, FL
Mos' Art Theater


Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 2 - New release
Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 2 - New release