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7/24/87 - Oakland, CA

7/26/87 - Anaheim, CA


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View from the Vault IV - Review  

View From the Vault IV review 

When the name Jerry Garcia is mentioned most people think first of the Grateful Dead, and second of his Electric Band.  In 1987 there were two significant events to add. First, the Grateful Dead serving as back-up to Bob Dylan, and the introduction of the marvelous, short lived, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band.  Also significant is the Grateful Dead released In the Dark, their first studio album since 1979's Go to Heaven. It proved to be quite popular, and the song "Touch of Grey" hit number 9 on the charts. 

View From the Vault IV is taken from two of the six concerts that the Grateful Dead shared the bill with Bob Dylan. These concerts had them working overtime as they served as back-up to Bob Dylan, in addition to performing their own sets. The first two Dylan and the Dead shows on the East Coast the Grateful Dead didn't play two full sets of their own music, rather one long set that contained elements of both. Apparently they didn't like that structure as they switched to their usual two set line up for the third show and remaining four concerts. Unfortunately, perhaps even tragic, is that the Bob Dylan sets are not included. I went to the first Dylan and the Dead concert at Foxboro and enjoyed their set so much that I went to the other two East Coast performances. Again, too bad the Dylan material is not included.

The introductory comments and understanding of the setting is important aspect as to how the music that was performed; generally tight, perky, and focused. However, throughout all four sets you get the feeling that the band is holding back.  During the instrumentals they hit the important sections that you expect, and generally quite well. Though, they do not seem willing to take the jamming any further than is necessary to get the point and feeling of the songs across. Perhaps, the band is conserving their energy for the additional set, and it's certainly understandable. 

While the jamming on View From the Vault IV is tame, that is not to say that there aren't highlights contained within. The first set of the 7/26 show starts the show in party mood with the upbeat "Iko Iko." Tight renditions of several songs follow till the best part of the set, "Bird Song," which hits some outstanding moments.  It's approach is more electrifying rather than  spacey, as the mood of the song often takes.  The next song, "Promised Land," hits some peaks so powerful that the vibes they created were certainly felt in the very far reaching sections of the stadium.  The post drums section of 7/24 has a great set list. The renditions of  "Bertha" and "Sugar Magnolia" prove to be a great way to close the set.

The approach that the band takes to their playing throughout View From the Vault IV is direct and to the point. Brent fans will enjoy his contributions in all four sets. As this tour was during the release of their album In the Dark, you can hear most of those songs performed throughout the two concerts.  Only "Black Muddy River," and  “Touch of Grey”  are not included, and the latter was performed at both concerts as the encore.

View From the Vault IV  is a good value including two concerts for the price of one. If you want to see the Grateful Dead execute four sets tightly and to the point in a no frill manner, this fits the bill.  If you are looking to see the band stretch out into some jamming look to some of their other highly rated releases.  by Barry Small © 
Grade  B +

View from the Vault IV - Track List
Track List

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Music videos

7/24/87 ~Set 1

Funiculi Funicula
Jack Straw >
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
My Brother Esau
When Push Comes To Shove
Far From Me
Cassidy >

7/24/87 ~Set 2
Hell In A Bucket >
Scarlet Begonias
Playing In The Band >
Drums > Space >
Uncle John’s Band >
Dear Mr. Fantasy >
I Need A Miracle >
Bertha >
Sugar Magnolia

7/26/87 ~Set 1
Iko Iko
New Minglewood Blues
Tons Of Steel
West L.A. Fadeaway
When I Paint My Masterpiece >
Mexicali Blues
Bird Song >
Promised Land

7/26/87 ~Set 2
Shakedown Street >
Looks Like Rain >
Terrapin Station >
Drums > Space >
The Other One >
Stella Blue >
Throwing Stones >
Not Fade Away

Missing Songs on the DVD; they are included on the four disc soundtrack.
Friend Of The Devil
Me And My Uncle > 
Big River

View from the Vault IV - Musicians

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

View from the Vault IV - Notes - Credits

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Released - April 2003
Tape Archivists - David Lemieux
Label - Grateful Dead Records and Monterey Video
Dolby Digital 5.1 DVD format.  

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