03-21-1991

Capital Centre

Landover, Maryland

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gd1991-03-21.mtx.seamons.111877.flac16
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Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (FLAC > AIFF > Final Cut w/EQ > AIFF CD tracking via Audacity > FLAC16 via xACT)
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Set 1 Mississippi Half Step, Mexicali Blues-> Big River, Candyman, Memphis Blues, Bird Song Set 2 Victim Or The Crime-> Scarlet Begonias-> Fire On The Mountain, Stir It Up Jam-> Drums-> Jam-> Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad-> Throwing Stones-> Not Fade Away, E: Box Of Rain
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Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
12:53
2
Mexicali Blues ->
05:14
3
Big River
06:43
4
Candyman
08:27
5
Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
10:00
6
Bird Song
18:12
7
Victim Or The Crime ->
10:29
8
Scarlet Begonias ->
09:42
9
Fire On The Mountain ->
14:20
10
Stir It Up Jam* ->
06:39
11
Drums ->
12:47
12
Space ->
12:12
13
Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
09:05
14
Throwing Stones ->
08:45
15
Not Fade Away ->
09:57
16
Not Fade Away (Crowd)
01:38
17
Box Of Rain
05:14
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2 responses to “03-21-1991”

  1. Scott Shlomo Krane Avatar
    Scott Shlomo Krane

    One of the most underrated Dead shows of the ’90s.

  2. Scott Shlomo Krane Avatar
    Scott Shlomo Krane

    One of the most underrated Dead shows of the ’90s. In fact, this whole Landover, MD run, and even the dates that followed on the spring ’91 tour are off-the-chain. Highlights are a ‘Reuben and Cherise’ the first night (3/17), and a 20:00 ‘Eyes of the World’ to kick off the second set on 3/20, the night that predates this one (3/21/91).The first set opens with a stellar ‘Mississippi 1/2 Step’ and quickly, Bobby takes the mic for a colorful ‘Mexicali’. With these two powerful opening tunes, it is evident how this night is going to unfold, the last night to close out the run at the Capital Center. The last two songs Jerry sings takes the show out of the galaxy, perhaps the multiverse! ‘Candyman’ is just lovely, and the ‘Bird Song’ is 18:00 and is among the most pathos-laden and beatific of any rendition from the decade.A long tuning gives away the second set opener, before the distorted and over-driven chords introduce ‘Victim or the Crime’, the outro to which is roughly 1:30 to 2:15 of the darkest, creepiest, yet most profoundly beautiful music you are apt to hear from a soundbyte of any Dead show from the ’60s or ’70s! ‘Victim’ gives away into a fun and playful ‘Fire’, on which Jerry goes crazy on the vocals towards the end, singing, “Talkin’ ’bout a fiyo fiyo, fiya on the mow-ow-ountain!” At the end of ‘Fire’, Jerry starts noodling with the base strings arpeggiating the simple major chords of both ‘Scarlet’ and ‘Fire’ without any longer nodding to the I VII implied-mixolydian harmonic pattern, and out comes an elegant, graceful riff: a variation on Bob Marley’s ‘Stir it Up’ from 1973’s “Catch a Fire” (Tuff Gong). The fun keeps on going with a 12:46 ‘Drums’>’12:00 ‘Space’ that’s not for the light-of-heart. Out of ‘Space’ is ‘GDTRFB’>a memorable ‘Throwin’ Stones’>’Not Fade Away’>audience chant. When I first heard this show, I had an audience recording of the second set on a normal bias tape. The only time listening to the crowd noise was entertaining was hearing the scene at the Capital Center between the second set closer, ‘NFA’ and the ‘Box of Rain’ encore, because you can hear the audience clapping and chanting: “mmbop mmbop mmbop bop. yoooou knooooow ouuuur looooove willll nooot faaaaaade awaaaaaaaaay…(repeat till you’re blue in the face and your face hurts from smiling, after it’s back on your head from when Jerry and the boys first stole it during the first set ‘Bird Song’ [or was it ‘Candyman’ or ‘Mexicali’ or Mississippi 1/2 step’?]…!)”

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