Tuesday, July 11, 2006

You Choose: Terrapin

In our second installment of you choose, we'll go with Terrapins from '78 and '87. Both are excellent versions, but which one will you choose?



Take My Poll


5/6/78 Terrapin
3/24/87 Terrapin

15 Comments:

At 11:06 PM, Anonymous Helen said...

Wow! I really loved that '78 except for Donna Jean hit a real sour one but all around, it was great. But the second half of that '87 was stellar! I got the chills a few times there from the crowd reaction. Gotta' vote for the '87 - it took me there!
Peace................

 
At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Helen said...

I just noticed there is a 50/50 split on the Eyes, hey? Did you vote Ben?
Mas Paz...............
How about The Eleven? :)

 
At 2:43 AM, Blogger banky said...

If it's '78 vs. '87, the answer is 9/18/87. I know it's not one of the choices, but it's the right answer!

 
At 8:07 AM, Anonymous westchesterdead said...

Three reasons for 87 over 78 - 1) Phil has a six string bass and can hit the lows better, 2) Brent's keyboard playing really shines (Sadly, Keith was barely showing up to grab the paycheck in 1987, due to some serious drinking issues). Lastly, 3) '87 was a pretty hot year overall - being Jerry's comeback year, there was high energy all around - everyone's spirits were high and the audience was busting loose on that vibe.

This is a brilliant idea you have going here, Ben. Thanks.

 
At 8:09 AM, Anonymous westchesterdead said...

A slight addendum to my last post - Keith was not showing up AT ALL to grab the paycheck in 1987 - he has been dead for 10 years. I meant to type 1978. My apologies.

 
At 8:10 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Helen - I voted for the '90 Eyes, I typically like the versions from '74, but there is something about the version with Branford that's just oh-so-sweet.

Banky - that 9/18 MSG show is a great one, but we'll have to agree to disagree on the Terrapin.

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger wildflower seed said...

Ben
Many thanks for doing this. Its such an awesome idea. :)

I have not heard either the Eyes or the Terrapin versions yet, but I will, and leave my vote.

 
At 11:46 AM, Blogger banky said...

After listening to both, and noting that 9/18 is still not eligible for consideration, I'm voting for the '78 Terrapin. Normally I like my Terrapins in the '87 style - huge, booming, and epic in scale. But there's something about this '78 version that wins me over. I'm liking the delicate style, Jerry's passionate vocals...definitely could use more Phil, though. But what couldn't?

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger Paticus said...

My Brent bias rears it's ugly head again !! '87 it is !!

 
At 2:06 AM, Blogger John said...

Ben,
I like the '78 better because the recording is a bit clearer. The vocals are clearer on the '78 and the '87 suffers from a booming bottom end. Having said that I was almost tempted to vote for the '87 because the second half is pretty awesome. Thanks again for this poll Ben.

 
At 3:46 AM, Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

followed the link from ventilator blues'. great idea!

i go for the '78, partly because it's clearer, but also it seems to pack more punch. (that said, some of the later terrapins had some awesome majesty that came of jerry's aging voice.)

 
At 12:43 AM, Blogger wildflower seed said...

The scores are now tied. :)

 
At 8:05 AM, Blogger Ben said...

all right, we need a tiebreaker vote then, who hasn't voted yet?

 
At 9:13 PM, Anonymous carter said...

My first experience of the Dead's music was the full album version of Terrapin; to me it was and still is the gold standard for this song even though it is considerably longer and was never played all the way through live (that would have been something, the Dead dragging a full orchestra on stage). I saw a number of live Terrapins in the 80's and early 90's and I always loved them but as Banky said, this '78 is so delicate and the vocals seem different, jerry's voice seems almost smooth. There is even that Donna moment in there to remind you that is really was the '70's. That '87 version is great, especially the end as it builds and the crowd react, but I have to vote for the '78 version.

 
At 12:03 AM, Blogger Mark said...

"all right, we need a tiebreaker vote then, who hasn't voted yet?"

That would be me. I just broke the tie in favor of 78.

 

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