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A Lovely View of Heaven
on April 21, 2010
Crimson, White, and Indigo is an absolute must for Deadheads everywhere, with the DVD portion being the real selling point. Right off the top, you'll be impressed with the video quality considering the 1989 source. Obviously it's not hi-def, but looks great nonetheless. More importantly, the sound is tremendous. They've mastered the 5:1 in such a manner that it will shake your foundation (of your inner being and/or your house) if you've got the system that will allow such a thing. It takes a few songs for the bass guitar to kick into maximum bomb-dropping status, but the experienced Head knows it takes a tune or two to rope in the Dead's PA sound. Most substantive is the smile on Jerry Garcia's face from the onset and throughout the concert. He's beaming, and his non-verbal interaction with Brent Mydland is nothing short of priceless.
This DVD document is a referendum on the fact that 1989 was a very strong year for the Dead musically. Although the performance isn't perfect, therein lies the beauty. It sparkles with wayward abandon. They are all in good voice, very good in fact, and the harmonies are equal parts interesting and scintillating. Phil Lesh's lead vocal on Box of Rain is one of his better treatments of this masterpiece. Brent's soul-bearing rendition of Blow Away is memorable to say the least. From the opening lyric of Hell in Bucket, Bob Weir is in true Bobby form in a good way, energetic and on key. Jerry's voice has rarely sounded better...soft, strong, sweet, and true. His guitar work is unequivocally inspired--simultaneously experimental, authoritative, and precise.
Whether you're a true Deadhead or a newbie, this DVD replicates THE experience as well as anything out there. You can almost smell the scents of patchouli, sweat, and various types of funny cigarettes. If you loved Truckin' Up To Buffalo (this happens to be the next gig on that summer tour), you'll love this. If you didn't, forget it.
Crimson, White, and Indigo isn't for everyone, but it's EVERYTHING to those who appreciate this particular vintage of Grateful Dead elixir. Enjoy!