Friday, July 07, 2006

You Choose: Eyes of the World

It's audience participation time once again. This time around, I'll be selecting two versions of a song, include links to the versions of the song, and you get to vote on your favorite! Since 'eyes' are kind of a theme on this blog, Eyes of the World is as good of a song as any to start with.

I'd invite any suggestions you might have for future 'You Choose' polls. The ground rules are that there must be two verisons of the same song from different eras, and they should be linkable from The Archive, meaning that they will likely need to be from an AUD source. This should be interesting, so without further aideu...

Take My Poll

6/26/74 Eyes
3/29/90 Eyes


At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Helen said...

Happy to be the first to vote. I might add that on the 90 version, it sounded like the "gazinta" was Estimated Prophet. I might have to check that setlist. I can name that tune in 2 notes???? We'll see.

At 2:33 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Helen - You forgot to vote!!! LOL

I'd have to go with the '74 version, but then I think the sax is out of place. Like the Ratdog show I saw in December, the sax lends too much of a Kenny G flavor to the Dead.

The recent Phil and Friends show featyured sax but not on every tune. It has it's place, but should be used in a discriminating fashion.

Future picks? China Cat Sunflowser would be a good one for this feature, I think! And....Dark Star!!!!

Cool and original idea, dude.

At 4:28 AM, Blogger John said...

Another great idea Ben. I voted for the '90 version because I can hear more of Phil (I'm a bass player) and I love the sax (is it Branford?). What about a Row Jimmy?

At 9:04 AM, Anonymous jonathan said...

Hey Ben - I'm going to go with the '74 version. I love the Branford version of the tune from '90, but that '74 is amazingly hot, and I've heard the Branford one so many times already. Great post!

At 12:54 PM, Blogger Paticus said...

Of course, i love them both, but I would have to vote for the '90 version(blaspheme !!!), not so much for the sax, but i kinda like Jerry's voice when it got little more ragged(notice i said a LITTLE more ragged), and I am also among the minority of HUGE Brent fans in the world.
as for future songs, how about a Terrapin or a Scarlet>Fire ?

At 9:38 PM, Blogger Ben said...

Great suggestions everyone. Keep e'm coming, more to come from this end soon. Funny thing when I tried to get the poll-thing up-and-running. Blogger won't allow Javascript on your posts. Bummer, that's why you have to click the link to get to the poll. Oh well.

Oh, and BTW John, that most certainly is Branford on the Sax. :-)

At 11:18 AM, Anonymous westchesterdead said...

This is the start of many Ben posts to come, I certainly hope. My vote is for the '74 version. I'm not a fan of Branford, although he is deservedly a respected musician.

Also, Paticus - it may seem blasphemous to call Brent out into the limelight, but my brother and I always felt that he was the most talented keyboardist that the dead ever had - he could do it all, including singing high harmonies much better than Donna Jean managed on stage. Pig handled the blues like no one else, but he wasn't the greatest organ player - and he didn't need to be - he was Pig and that was enough. T.C. was great for the mystical stuff, but he wasn't able to do the rock and roll quite right. Keith was high energy at first but he never branched out into all of the many colors that Brent was able to capture, plus, he got sloppy and lazy towards the end of his tenure. Sadly, I never paid too much attention to Vince. Bruce H. doesn't count as a full member, although I really, really loved his playing with the Dead, even the accordion stuff.

Sorry to go way way off topic. I tend to ramble too much.

Can you do a comparison on an early and late version of He's Gone? That would be a tough one to decide as there ARE no inferior versions of that song in existence. I know, I checked.


At 10:35 PM, Anonymous Carter said...

That Branford Eyes was certainly something special but I just love those jazzy 70's Eyes. They just seem to go on and on and on. My vote went for the '74 version.

My suggestion for a future poll would be Deal; perhaps a '73 vs one of those mid 80's versions that made you feel like the guy in the Maxell ad.

At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Helen said...

I did vote Mark! I just didn't post it but I was the first one on it. I voted for the '74 version too! :)
(going to listen to some Terrapin now Ben - thanks!)

At 11:40 AM, Blogger banky said...

Since I got lured into commenting on the Terrapin, I'll vote on this one as well. I don't even need to hear a note - it's the Branford version all the way. As with most Heads, I'm generally all for '70s over '90s, but what Branford brings to the table is something completely out of this world.

For my money, nothing beats driving on a warm, sunny day with the windows down and 3/29/90 booming on the stereo.

At 11:48 AM, Blogger Paticus said...

westchester dead,
Yeah, the one problem with outing oneself as a Brent fan, is that people always seem to assume(which, gladly, you did not) atht I somehow don't like Pig or Keith or TC or Vince or Bruce(phew)...And nothing could be further from the truth. I think they all did very different things(some good and some bad).. I just like Brent overall better, I guess, but it's not like the others are crap...I love Pig Pen, I love a lot of what Keith did, and TC too, and I thought Vince and Bruce brought a renewed, different energy(i was not a big fan of Vince's tunes, but I didn't like all of Bobby's tunes, either.) they were all important parts of a thirty year run that was simply magic. I'm GRATEFUL (heh-heh) for them all.

At 12:38 AM, Blogger wildflower seed said...

I am voting for the '74 version. Lovely!


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