Song Review: Grateful Dead - “Scarlet Begonias” (Live, Oct. 19, 1974)
Donna Jean Godchaux freaks, unite!
The only Dead woman in Grateful history gets her chance to improvise, singing wordlessly - off and on - over eight minutes of jamming on the tail end of “Scarlet Begonias” from Oct. 19, 1974, freshly re-released as part of the band’s “All the Years Live” video series.
The song proper is only five minutes and is relatively well-done, considering how new it was at the time.
The jam is interesting, particularly when Jerry Garcia briefly fiddles with a slide around the nine-minute mark, and illustrates the group was already thinking about “Fire on the Mountain,” which was yet to be written. Godchaux, who stays quite busy throughout, means well, but only super-fans will dig it, man.
Song Review(s): Grateful Dead - “Sugar Magnolia”->”Scarlet Begonias” (Live, July 16, 1990)
The only thing that comes close to listening to the Grateful Dead when they’re on is watching them have a real good time on stage.
The Dead were on and having fun when they opened their July 16, 1990, second set with “Sugar Magnolia”->”Scarlet Begonias.” The proof is just out as part of the Dead’s “All the Years Live” video series.
The combo runs just nine minutes, but the strength is not in the length. It’s in the ensemble playing, the flawless “->,” the vocal harmonies, Phil Lesh’s darting-fish bass and the interplay - musical and otherwise - between Jerry Garcia and Brent Mydland.
It ain’t perfect - the Dead rarely were. Yet, it’s damn near perfection.
As I picked up my matches and was closing the door, I had one of those flashes: I’d been there before… been there before.
I ain’t often right, but I’ve never been wrong. It seldom turns out the way it does in the song.
Once in a while you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right.
Words by Robert Hunter
Music by Jerry Garcia
[Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel]
Jerry Garcia ~ [1942 - 1995]
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On the 25th day of 25 days of vinyl, I picked an album that has been one of my favorite albums of all time. I’d like to thank my guy for not only finding this beauty for me but for giving me the gift of music that genuinely fills me with joy and love. You see that’s why music is so powerful, it has the ability to move you in ways that are sometimes hard to describe, and are only meant to be felt through the music that comes out from your speakers.
If you’ve been following my blog, thank you. I’m not an expert writer nor am I an expert in music. I simply write about my collection, so thanks for sticking by me. Also, this marks the last day of 25 days of vinyl and I know at times I’ve been inconsistent with posting each day, but life has a way of getting in the way sometimes; so I thank you for your patience as well.
I think I saved the best for last. Once more if you’ve been following me it’s no surprise of my love for the Grateful Dead. A band that has what seems like an endless musical catalog. Where no two shows are ever alike, where no matter how many times they’ve played a song, it’s a new experience nearly everytime.
With that said, I was beyond elated when my boyfriend told me he picked up an album that I’ve had my eye on. That album would be the Grateful Dead’s Live album recorded at Barton Hall, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, titled Cornell 5/8/77 or also known as Dead in Cornell. I can still recall the very time I heard this album in its entirety and I can tell you that I cried and smiled because it was simply too beautiful. It was then, when I was only 20 years of age, did this album become one of my all-time favorites. So when my guy told me he got this for me, I got goosebumps, because I knew that listening to it in vinyl format would be another experience.
So this album is done in two volumes and I was lucky enough to be gifted the second volume, which is the second set of that performance. It’s four sides of great music and I know I’m beyond lucky to own such a masterpiece. The song to open up this amazing trip is one of their classics, ‘Scarlet Begonias’ and at just over eleven minutes, you already know you’re in for something special.
Well I ain’t often right but I’ve never been wrong, Seldom turns out the way it does in the song. Once in a while you get shown the light In the strangest of places if you look at it right.
The song following it is 'Fire On The Mountian,’ and the way they transition from one song to the other fits perfectly. I remember my first Dead show and they played this song; it’s been one of my favorites ever since.
Side two begins with 'St. Stephen’ and my goodness is this an amazing song. I remember being pregnant and listening to this song constantly. Like I mentioned above the way they transition into the next song is done in a way that sometimes you forget it’s more than one song. So it begins with 'St. Stephen’ and then goes into the song 'Not Fade Away’. What can I say about the song 'Not Fade Away’, there are no words that I can write to describe how this song makes me feel. If the kind of music that the Grateful Dead play is not necessarily your type, I still encourage you to either listen to this song. Even though it’s a cover song, they’ve really made the song their own. After 'Not Fade Away’ they return to finish 'St. Stephen’ and the combination is perfect and that ends side two.
'Morning Dew’ starts off side three and Jerry Garica’s voice sings the song wonderfully. This is a much slower tempo than the previous songs but it seems to fit in just right. The song is nearly 15 minutes and it has some amazing guitar playing. This song is the only one on side three.
Lastly, side four begins with 'Estimated Prophet’ sung by Bob Weir. I love how different Jerry’s and Bob’s voice are and the different vibes they give the songs. I’ve seen Bob Weir live and I can say he only gets better with age. This song leads into their encore which is 'One More Saturday Night’. The show was indeed performed on a Saturday and they are known for playing this song as their encore on those special days. What a way to end the show as well as end my 25 days of vinyl.
This album makes me so happy and it’s no wonder why this show is a fan favorite. Even if you’re iffy about this legendary band, this would be a great album to start off with. Now like I mentioned this is volume 2, which is their second set. Their first set (volume 1) is also filled with great songs. Also, side note but the list of songs on the album is not correct, the way I’ve listed them above are in the correct order.