Today in Grateful Dead History: June 29, 1992 – Deer Creek Music Center, Noblesville, IN

stealieThis short show recorded on a wonderful sounding audience tape doesn’t have a lot of highlights but it won’t leave you wishing you’d never heard it, either.

I’m not kidding when I say that this is a short one – the first set is only about 50 minutes long and the second set is about an hour and ten minutes including Drums and Space.  This obviously means that there isn’t a lot of jamming today and a quick look at the setlist will show you why – other than Corrina and The Other One, there are really no platforms for extended exploration here.

The first set just kind of rolls on by without any fireworks, although on Desolation Row it’s pleasant to hear Jerry noodling away behind Bob’s impassioned vocals.  However, something kicks in at the very end and everyone boosts it up a notch for the set-ending Deal, which accelerates quickly and doesn’t let up throughout.

The energy dips again at the start of the second set, with a messy Box of Rain opener into Victim or the Crime, which almost never raises the roof and doesn’t here, either, although as far as Victims go, this one isn’t half bad.  You know it’s going to be a quiet night when Ship of Fools follows and then Corrina, which never really takes off.  After Drums/Space, we’re in for The Other One, which is one of those The Other Ones that you can hear coming from the middle of Drums.  Once there, however, the band is pretty sloppy and nothing interesting comes of it.  Then we’re into the second Jerry ballad of the second set, a standard Stella Blue with some slight guitar miscues at the end that mar an otherwise sweet sounding exit solo.  Sugar Magnolia is typical but there’s a nice Brokedown Palace encore to leave everyone satisfied.

The best thing about this show is the recording, even if there are a couple of flips here and there.  This is a very well done taping job, with awesome instrument separation and clear drums and vocals.  It’s worth hearing just to get a sense of what a nice AUD can do.  Check it out here:


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