Jerry’s guitar tone in 1992 was just incredible – a full, rich sound that could only come from a custom-made Doug Irwin instrument. Which is why I want to punch through a wall every time Jerry flips the Midi switch during this concert. All of a sudden you go from this beautiful, clear guitar solo to a confused, muddy mess of computerized horn sounds. It’s the worst during Let It Grow, but it pops up in other places too.
The good news is that the songs are enjoyable until the Midi arrives. Although the first set is short, Feel Like a Stranger is a good way to start and Althea is very clean. Let It Grow would have been fine had it not been for the aforementioned Midi disaster. In the second set, Looks Like Rain rises in all its cheesy glory and He’s Gone features some very crisp, quiet arpeggios near the end of the song before the rather abrupt bump into a subtle Drums/Space where the Midi noise is much more welcome.
Space devolves into a mellow, meandering lyric-free Dark Star that morphs into a messy version of All Along the Watchtower before we get to a not-bad- at-all Morning Dew with some excellent soloing from Jerry near the end. Please don’t listen to Satisfaction – it’s terrible.
This is not a bad show by any means and the highlights are quite good. Jerry is very high in the mix and Phil and Bob, especially in the first set, are harder to hear, but it’s the best we’ve got: https://archive.org/details/gd1992-06-18.dsbd.miller.32487.sbeok.flac16