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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 2 - Aril 1, 1988 - New release

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Vol. 4 No. 2
April 1, 1988
Brendan Byrne Arena
Filler 3/31/1988
 
 
 
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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 2 - Aril 1, 1988 - New release

Road Trips Vol. 4. No. 2
April 1, 1988 (Filler 3/31/88)
Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ

Road Trips Vol. 4. No. 2 brings us Grateful Dead music from 1988. This is the second 1988 release, the first was from the download series, which was the March 27, 1988, Hampton show. This release is derived from the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey. It includes the complete April 1, performance and from March 31, the complete second set and two songs from the first. The band also performed at the Brendan Byrne Arena on March 30, which  had a pretty nice set list; "Shakedown, "Uncle John's Band," "Morning Dew," and more. 

During 1987 the Grateful Dead was promoting their album In The Dark during the tours. Then during the summer of 1988, and onward they began including songs that would be on their next album, Built to Last. This show is captured between those periods. During the featured concerts, only two songs from the  In The Dark album is included, and none from Built to Last.  So these shows sticks to the classics. I saw plenty of shows from this period and believe me, the In the Dark material was getting tired. 

The first discs starts with the first set from April 1st. "Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo" opens things up. While no longer the monster song from 1977, it is nice to hear. It leads to a personal favorite, "Jack Straw," a very nice pairing. That leads to "To Lay Me Down" (dusted off from and extended absence out in Hampton on 3/27). Phil's bass line runs so smoothly along Garcia's guitar solo, if Jerry's voice was a little sweeter and less rough this would be even better. A Dylan song follows, the second and final version of "Ballad of a Thin Man." I tend to like "Cumberland Blues" and enjoyed this version. The best of the set, easily, was the closer "Deal" that had the band hitting on all cylinders and reaching their plateau. To wrap up the disc, we have two set one Bobby led songs from the previous evening, including a key highlight, "Let it Grow." To close, is "Brokedown Palace," the encore from the featured show. 

Surprisingly the second disc is from the non-featured show, March 31, I would have thought it would have been on the third disc. The full set is presented including the encore. It's a really good set list. The pre-drums gives us strong performances of four classics. I was in the mood for a "Scarlet Begonias" so the groove got me going and a tantalizing segue into "Fire on the Mountain." "Samson and Delilah" is particularly powerful too. The post drums is nothing to dismiss either. Probably the highlight was the closing one two punch of "Dear Mr. Fantasy" > "Hey Jude" > "All Along the Watchtower." The former always gets the crowd going and the latter was still less than a year in the line-up, but most in the audience were hearing this for the first time live. To close is the encore of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." For those counting, four Bob Dylan covers on this release. 

The third disc includes the second set of the April 1, show. The pre-drums includes well executed set list of fan favorites. First, "China Cat Sunflower" > "I Know You Rider," followed by "Estimated Prophet" > "Eyes of the World." Wow! I'd give the pre-drums key performance award to an inspired version of "Estimated Prophet." First Bobby gets fired up during the vocals and then the band go off musically too. The "Space" segment transitions nicely to another set highlight "The Other One."  The set closes with very standard material. Go to disc one for the "Brokedown Palace" encore.

Road Trips Vol. 4, No. 2 is a nice selection. Adding the third disc that includes large segments of the preceding night adds to it's appeal. In the old days with the common bonus discs, highlights of the March 30 show or even the second set would have been icing on the cake. 

Grade B +
By Barry Small

 
Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 2 - Aril 1, 1988 - New release
Track List

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Track list

CD 1:
4/1/88
1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
2. Jack Straw
3. To Lay Me Down
4. Ballad Of A Thin Man *
5. When Push Comes To Shove
6. New Minglewood Blues
7. Cumberland Blues
8. Deal

3/31/88
9. When I Paint My Masterpiece
10. Let It Grow

4/1/88
Encore
11. Brokedown Palace

CD 2:
3/31/88
1. Scarlet Begonias
2. Fire On The Mountain
3. Samson and Delilah
4. Terrapin Station
5. Rhythm Devils
6. Space
7. Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
8. I Need A Miracle
9. Dear Mr. Fantasy
10. Hey Jude
11. All Along The Watchtower
Encore
12. Knockin' on Heaven's Door

CD 3:
4/1/88
1. China Cat Sunflower
2. I Know You Rider
3. Estimated Prophet
4. Eyes Of The World
5. Rhythm Devils
6. Space
7. The Other One
8. Wharf Rat
9. Throwing Stones
10. Not Fade Away

* included on the Dead perform Dylan compilation Postcards of the Hanging.

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 2 - Aril 1, 1988 - New release
Musicians:       

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

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 2 - Aril 1, 1988 - New release
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Released - February 2011 
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by David Lemieux and Blair Jackson
Recording - Dan Healy
CD mastering - Jeffrey Norman 
Cover Art - Scott McDougall
Liner Notes - Gary Lambert
Package Design - Steve Vance

For a limited time, a "listening party was offered to sample some tracks from Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 2 - April 1, 1988.

Dear Mr. Fantasy>Hey Jude (3/31/88)
Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away (4/1/88)
To Lay Me Down (4/1/88)

From Deadlists 

Date 3/31/88 - Thursday 
One - Hell In A Bucket ; Sugaree ; Me And My Uncle ; Mexicali Blues ; Brown Eyed Women ; When I Paint My Masterpiece ; Ramble On Rose ; Let It Grow
Two  - Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain ; Samson and Delilah ; Terrapin Station > Drums > Space > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > I Need A Miracle > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Hey Jude > All Along The Watchtower
Encore Knockin' On Heaven's Door 

Bold - included on release

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 2 - Aril 1, 1988 - New release

From the Grateful Dead website

It’s About Time! New Road Trips Digs into 1988!

You all know about the glory that was 1987. A year after we almost lost Jerry to his diabetic coma in the summer of ’86, the Dead were back, Jerry was the phoenix risen, and the band was bigger than ever: There was “Touch of Grey,” In the Dark, the stadium tour with Dylan, a huge influx of new Heads; it was good times all around, for sure. The band was revived and a new day dawned!

But when I interviewed Garcia for my old Dead ’zine, The Golden Road, the following autumn—1988—he revealed that he felt like he was just then finally catching up to his old, pre-coma self, “That is to say, having access to everything I know about playing. I’m getting to that point where it’s physically as comfortable… [and] feeling there.”

Indeed, 1988 was a fantastic year for the Dead, with some of the band’s most explosive and energetic playing, as the whole band rose to meet Garcia in his return to absolute peak form. This “high” washed over into 1989—a year that has been extensively documented with official releases in part because the band recorded so many shows on multi-track tape and multi-camera video (Downhill From Here,Truckin’ Up to Buffalo,Nightfall of Diamonds, the recent Formerly the Warlocks box). But 1988 has, curiously, been largely ignored, save for a single official download-only release many years ago of the epic 3/27/88 Hampton show. What gives? It’s certainly no reflection of the quality of the music from ’88, which most Dead Heads would agree was almost uniformly strong. You’ll find many folks singing the praises of runs at Kaiser, the Centrum, Irvine, Alpine, Frost, the Greek, Alpine, Oxford Plains in Maine, Laguna Seca… just solid stuff all around. Gets me tingly just thinkin’ about it!

Well, we haven’t forgotten ’88—far from it—and this edition of Road Trips (Vol. 4, No. 2) shows you why. It offers up the entire April 1, 1988 concert from the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ (maybe you just called it “the Meadowlands” back in the day), plus the entire second set and a few first set highlights from the previous night’s show, March 31. That April Fools show is a real barn-burner, with a first set that includes a “double-opener” of high-octane versions of “Mississippi Half-Step” and “Jack Straw,” a rare and nearly perfect take on “To Lay Me Down” (played for just the second time since 1983), followed directly by the second (and final) GD-only version of Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man.” Less than a year after their six-show jaunt with the Mysterious One, Weir & Co. give the classic tune an impressively emotional workout; in fact, it’s hard to discern why it didn’t remain in the Dead’s repertoire after this evening. That first set also includes nearly manic versions of both “Cumberland” and “Deal.” Blazing!

There’s no letup in Set Two, either, as the band tears through what looks on paper like a fairly conventional set list, but in execution is far from that. “China Cat” > “Rider,” “Estimated” > “Eyes” and “The Other One” > “Wharf Rat” all sound fresh and alive, and seem to glow with fiery embers thanks to Garcia’s speedy and imaginative runs—basically the guy is on fire!

A few nuggets from the 3/31 first set are tucked onto the back side of Disc One—including a superb “Let It Grow”—and then that night’s second set fills the other disc, and it’s another rockin’ affair loaded with favorites: A “Scarlet” > “Fire” nearly the equal of the famous Hampton version just four nights earlier, a fine “Terrapin,” and a post-“Drums” that never lets up as it moves from “Goin’ Down the Road” into “Miracle,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy,” the coda of “Hey Jude,” and “Watchtower” in the closing slot. The encore is another Dylan tune, “Heaven’s Door”—a perfect grace note for a raucous and exciting show. We should also note that the “Rhythm Devils” and “Space” portions of each show are also fantastically varied and interesting—in the spring of ’89 Garcia will be the last band member to “go MIDI,” so this is provides a glimpse of the more “pure” Garcia “Space” tones.

Intrigued? You should be! It’s hot stuff from beginning to end. As is customary, the original recordings (in this case by Dan Healy) have been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman, and our art team of Scott McDougall and Steve Vance have once again come up with a stunning package to entertain your eyeballs. This time out, Dead scribe Gary Lambert has contributed a splendid essay for the booklet, which true-to-form, is also loaded with period photos of The Boys in action. You can find the complete song lists for all three discs, plus ordering information simply by pressing this magic button! What a way to start the New Year!

- Blair Jackson

You all know about the glory that was 1987. A year after we almost lost Jerry to his diabetic coma in the summer of ’86, the Dead were back, Jerry was the phoenix risen, and the band was bigger than ever: There was “Touch of Grey,” In the Dark, the stadium tour with Dylan, a huge influx of new Heads; it was good times all around, for sure. The band was revived and a new day dawned!

Well, we haven’t forgotten ’88—far from it—and this edition of Road Trips (Vol. 4, No. 2) shows you why. It offers up the entire April 1, 1988 concert from the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ (maybe you just called it “the Meadowlands” back in the day), plus the entire second set and a few first set highlights from the previous night’s show, March 31. 

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 2 - Aril 1, 1988 - New release