Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Build A Set List: 1979-1985

For this Build-A-Set-List I thought I would focus on the period from the time when Brent Mydland joined the band to pre-"In The Dark". The sound changed dramatically when the Godchaux's left at the end of 1978 and the gravelly-voiced, keyboard wizard, Mr. Mydland got on the bus. Their sound overall didn't change much during this time. If anything, the quality of the shows varied both in sound and in recording quality. For a long time, I didn't think much of this period, but more recently, I have truly enjoyed exploring the shows from this era.

This period reflected more structure in their set lists than they had previously, introducing the Drums/Space segment in every second set. This period also introduced a number of new (and underrated in my opinion) songs from "Go To Heaven" and "In The Dark". There's alot of great shows to be found in during this time, they just weren't quite as consistent as they had been in years' past. Without further adieu:

1979-1985 Ultimate Set List

Set 1
Feel Like A Stranger
Franklin's Tower
Minglewood Blues
All Over Now
My Brother Esau
Don't Ease Me In

Set 2
Samson and Delilah
Iko Iko
Lost Sailor>
Saint of Circumstance
The Wheel
The Other One
Ship of Fools
Good Lovin
Not Fade Away

Baby Blue

As always, any resemblance to an actual set list is purely coincidental.


At 9:48 AM, Blogger Helen said...

Always loved Space>The Wheel. And while don't DISLIKE Stranger, I never thought much of it as an opener. Then again, you didn't ask for my opinion! Ha!

At 8:37 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Helen thanks for all the great comments. Everyone's opinions are always welcome here!

The Wheel was always a great song to come out of Space for sure. As for Stranger, I always liked it as an opener, if not just for the one lines:
"Well you know it's gonna get stranger...So let's get on with the show", and
"Well the music's thundering... We're restless and hot", and
"It's gonna be a long hot crazy night".

Those lyrics just seemed to be so appropriate to start off a show.

BTW, you have a great blog yourself, I've added a link to it in my Deadlinks section.


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