Without a Net
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October, 1989 - April, 1990

Various Venues

 

 
 
 
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Without a Net - review

Without a Net is a mix of live songs that were recorded between October 1989 and April 1990 at various venues. The material is put together in a sequence that is typical of their concerts. What this recording has is a great song selection and some great versions of them.  What this CD lacks is the flow of a concert.   

When I pull Without a Net off the shelf I usually do not play it through non-stop, but put on a few tracks that I am in the mood to hear.  The first disc, which covers set one material is good, but particular standouts include "Althea" and "Bird Song."  Many of the Bob Weir songs are great too.  Usually I skip over, "Mississippi Half Step," this song sounded better in the 1970's and with Brent in his early tenure, particularly with the pairing of “Franklins Tower” > “Mississippi Half Step.”  

Without a Net’s second disc is outstanding. There is not a bad version of a song here.  "Victim or the Crime", a song I generally don’t like, is electrifying. We get to hear Brent sing on a great version of Traffic's "Dear Mr. Fantasy." Even the over played "One More Saturday Night" is noteworthy, this version really picks up the energy and builds to a powerful plateau; to me, that is what this songs is about. 

The version of "Eyes of the World." is from the March 29, 1990, from Nassau County, NY. It includes guest Branford Marsalis on saxophone. This is the first of several times he sat in with the band. It sure didn't take him long to find the melody and add his touch. This CD is worth buying for this one song. 

Without a Net is without a doubt solid and a worthwhile selection. by Barry Small © 
Grade  B +

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Disc 1
1. Feel Like a Stranger (Barlow / Weir) - 7:32 (10/9/89)
2. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (Garcia / Hunter) - 8:00 (3/21/90)
3. Walkin' Blues (Johnson) - 5:44 ?? (3/15/90)
4. Althea (Garcia / Hunter) - 6:55 (3/15/90)
5. Cassidy (Barlow / Weir) - 6:36 ??(10/19/89 or 2/25/90)
6. Bird Song (Garcia / Hunter) - 12:57 (12/9/89)
7. Let It Grow (Barlow / Weir) - 11:54 (3/14/30)

Disc 2
1. China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider 
     (Garcia / Hunter / Traditional) - 10:24 (4/1/90)
2. Looks Like Rain (Barlow / Weir) - 8:04 (3/28/90)
3. Eyes of the World (Garcia / Hunter) - 16:14 * (3/29/90)
4. Victim or the Crime (Graham / Weir) - 8:04 (3/21/90)
5. Help on the Way / Slipknot! / Franklin's Tower
    (Garcia / Godchaux / Hunter / Kreutzmann / Lesh / Weir) - 18:58 (3/30/90)
6. One More Saturday Night (Weir) - 4:50 ?? (3/24/90)
7. Dear Mr. Fantasy (Capaldi / Winwood / Wood) - 5:44 (4/1/90)

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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
* Guest: Branford Marsalis

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Released - September 1990
From twenty-four track multi source master tape.
Label - Artista