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  1. RIP Ira Sullivan

    I remember walking in small club in Miami in early 90’s and seeing him play for the first time. Totally unaware he was playing and totally blown away. Saw him several times through the years with small group and he still could play. He played Sax , trumpet and flute. Always closed with Amazing Grace on flute. Vaya con dios my friend.
  2. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    I have always liked the ABB show from February 1970 that Owsley taped and was out on Greatful Dead label. I still prefer that CD over the Bears’ Sonic Journal version. Definitely funky mix. The book on The Life and Times of Augustus Owsley Stanley III is an interesting read, what a life. IMO the Dead would be a different band without him in the early years.
  3. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    I agree the Dead releases are some of the best sounding. I sold off the two Spring boxes and 30 trips, but the second Spring set was particularly fine sounding...... just couldn’t take Brent any longer. The vinyl releases have been really good to my ears as well. Looking forward to American Beauty if the latest Workingman’s Dead is any indication of what to expect.
  4. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    [50th anniversary American Beauty on sale announced] I ordered 3cd deluxe and Colored Vinyl. Another Port Chester show as bonus 2/18/70. I have been laying off Dead as of late as I didn’t purchase last two box sets. Don’t listen to much past 73/74 anymore.
  5. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    South Florida music scene was small at that time I don’t recall a big crowd. Johnny Winter was probably top draw as he was popular in the area and played at Pirate’s Worlds in Dania often. Dead was still not that popular for the time. Two big memories.....1- Timothy Leary was there and people getting dosed. 2- Woodstock Festival was discussed. Makes sense now because I didn’t realize Michael Lang one of the promoters was from Miami. Once we heard that , several friends and I did a Six Week road trip staying in NJ, Long Island and NYC that summer. Yes we went to Woodstock on the Saturday and couldn’t get closer than 12-15 miles. That was big bummer because everywhere we went people were asking if we were going. I probably I had seen the Dead 5 or 6 times by the time of this festival. Dead gave a free concert on a Sunday at local Greynolds Park in N Miami which was very loose and cool. Airplane did a free show same summer at same park.
  6. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    I would agree on 33 and 34. I’m more into early Dead up to ‘77. I was lucky to have been at 6/23/74 with Wall of Sound.I saw Dead in S Florida Easter weekend 1968 and It’s one of the all time best shows for me along with Seminole Indian Reservation show of May 1969. Pigpen was awesome.
  7. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    Just placed order for Dave’s Picks Vol 35, guick listening to Dead site and it sounds like good stuff.I have subscription but always order extra as good trade material. I have extra 33 and 34 in reserve. Still waiting for WMD deluxe package to arrive. Back to normal after buying some MMJ records. Means more Dylan ,Dead and Miles. Looking forward to RSD ABB, Dead and Evans. Doesn’t Dead have another box in pipeline? I skipped last two but think I will pick up 76 box and maybe single Giants 91 5 lp.
  8. Bob Dylan corner

    I find Pat Garret and Billy the Kid soundtrack overlooked a bit like JWH. There is some good music amongst the instrumentals. Another gap between New Morning in 1970 and Pat Garrett in 1973. I always looked at All things Must Pass and New Morning with same eye, probably because both out in 1970 and have "If Not for You". Some of my favorite live Dylan songs are the five on The Concert for Bangladesh and rarely mentioned. What a classic version of Hard Rain and killer version of Just Like a Woman.
  9. Bob Dylan corner

    Geez, all this Bob talk... forced me to pull out first pressing of Nashville Skyline that my wife gave me along with new turntable and some Miles’s 70’s bootlegs for retirement present 5 years ago. This was big record for me in summer of 69. Definitely picked up different vibe after all those records that made you think. You could just relax and think about everyday life when the world was going crazy. I dug his religious period too. My Mom was a Gospel singer and I attended a lot of gospel concerts. In the documentary The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan the artists that sang were the cream of the African American singers. It was impressive how they interpreted his songs. I especially enjoy Alicia Keys performance. I came away with a new appreciation of songs from that period. I am a fan, what can I say! can you hear....John Wesley Harding ...I dreamed I saw St Augustine.
  10. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    Just received shipping notice for 50th anniversary 3 cd set and colored vinyl. Excited about the Capital Theater Live stuff. I have several shows from that run and they are some of my favorites. I like the band at this time , they had a tougher sound. Will have to check I believe this is the run where Mickey left the Band because of his father. Band has different attitude when just Bill the drummer IMO. Really on the fence on streaming the Ángel’s Share. Funny I retired from IT and always looked for new ways to take advantage of technology. However in music I’m definitely old school. I want the media.
  11. The Grateful Dead Dark Star

    Not Surprised about complaints about 50th Anniversary, the Dead crew is a vocal bunch. I bought 3cd version and colored vinyl, a must have for me. I’ve skipped last two box sets so time to get back on board. Just received Dave’s Picks Vol 34 Miami Jai Alai 74 , the sound is great on my system. This is show I attended back in the day and came away thinking what was that song between sets “Sea Stones”. After listening to it again , still not sure how I feel. Last two Dave’s Picks are in my wheelhouse.
  12. Just my opinion, the buyers/ sellers are different . I find the cd buyers going all the way back to BN forum were much more knowledgeable and more interested in artist not labels. Jazz vinyl buyers definitely go for the Music Matters, AP and Mofi. I noticed with MMJ and Tone Poets on other forums ,in many cases it’s buyers first time hearing title or Artist Here the forum residents are really knowledgeable about jazz in general. I have lurked on forums for years but feel a little insecure voicing opinion. Not that forum members aren’t a friendly bunch but do not want to show my lack of knowledge. I have purchased many artists based on what I have found here. Even now I hesitate to voice opinion but I have come to grips with I like what I like and it’s important to how it sounds to my ears. Too much time on my hands Lets stay safe.
  13. Caught this on sale at Accoustic Sounds awhile back. Ashamed I was not familiar with his music. Only got back into vinyl in 2016 because wife bought me turntable and sent me upstairs to my own space. The worst part was I spent years to built a nice system for cd’s, SACD’s , DVD’s and Surround sound. My music never sounded better but I made mistake of tying it into TV entertainment center. It was hard to bitch as I’m retired and she is the money. I get even by buying vinyl. I probably would have been missing out on the Nathan Davis Paris. As a side note the world of vinyl collecting isn’t as enjoyable as chasing down my favorite CDs from the last 30 years.
  14. My new find. First Pressing NM
  15. Bob Dylan corner

    Seems Bob has always had his finger on the pulse. Do the times really change? Come senators, congressmen Please heed the call Don’t stand in the doorway Don’t block up the hall For he that gets hurt Will be he who has stalled There’s a battle outside and it is ragin’ It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls For the times they are a-changin’