Dick's Picks, Vol. 9: Madison Square Garden, New York, NY, 9/16/90
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Audio CD, Limited Edition, Live, July 11, 2000
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Brand new in shrink rap. Minty Mint. This is the original Grateful Dead Productions release and NOT the Real Gone newer release. Great Show! 1st full tour w/ Bruce Hornsby & Vince Welnick after we lost Brent M. Great full show. Quick shipment, professional packing. Smoke free and pet free home. I WILL ADD EXTRA FREE DEAD STUFF LIKE A STICKER, BUTTON, POSTER, ETC OR COPIES OF SOME EXTRA SHOWS FROM MY COLLECTION TO MY DEAD RELATED ORDERS, FROM ONE HEAD TO ANOTHER LIKE IN THE OLD TAPE TRADING DAYS
This show from September 16, 1990, the second night of a six-show Madison Square Garden run, catches the Dead in a period of transition. Brent Mydland had passed away less than two months earlier and former Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick had made his Dead debut a mere 9 days before this show. In addition, pianist Bruce Hornsby began his tenure as a semi-regular member the very night before. As you might expect with all of the new blood, the band sounds a bit tentative feeling each other out, but when they are comfortable, they cook. Welnick is still finding his way through the songs and experimenting with often-harsh sonic textures, though for some reason he remains prominent in the mix (and you thought it was just your seats!). Hornsby, however, is the real star of this show, blending in beautifully and tastefully on acoustic piano and bringing out the stateliness in many of the Dead's tunes. Hornsby finds the ragtime in "Tennessee Jed," lends firepower to "Samson and Delilah" and "I Need a Miracle," and spruces up a number of spontaneous creations. Jerry Garcia clearly feeds off Hornsby's playing and responds energetically. Unfortunately, their little musical love affair didn't last very long, as Hornsby's appearances became more sporadic until he left for good in the spring of 1992. This document makes you wish their partnership had gone further. --Marc Greilsamer
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As for 1990 Vince/Bruce Hornsby shows- The Road Trips from MSG 1990 (the same run of shows as this) is FAR superior and actually one of my overall favorites as well. This one is at the bottom however!
!!! IF ITS NOT A LIVING BABY, THEN YOU'RE NOT PREGNANT !!!
Bruce Hornsby (known for his hit 'The Way it Is' and his group, Bruce Hornsby & The Range) and former Tubes keyboardist Vince Welnick play keyboards together here. They absolutely sound great together.
Jerry's guitar sounds mighty fine on this performance as well, too. Listen to 'No MSG Jam,' which is just amazing. Jerry shines there, and on the Bob Weir track 'Looks Like Rain,' revived from the 'Europe '72' live album released almost two decades earlier. In my opinion, I prefer this version of 'Rain' over the 'Europe' version, as this one of my favorite recordings period.
'Drums' are great, too, with Kreutzmann and Hart just going at it, and Phil Lesh sounds pretty great too. Just listen to 'Hell in a Bucket' for an example.
I've read some pretty negative reviews regarding this performance at MSG. I honestly can't understand why. The band is in top shape here. It's a great performance with plenty of great material. Anybody who likes the Dead should own this performance.
Overall, I can always readily recommend this show. It's a great performance, easily one of my favorites of theirs. An all around great show from an incredible band.
Highly, highly recommended.