09-19-70 Fillmore East, New York, N.Y. (Sat)
New Speedway, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Morning Dew, Me & My Uncle, Schoolgirl, Cold Rain, Easy Wind, Sugar Magnolia, Dark Star> St. Stephen> NFA> Darkness Jam> NFA> Lovelight
Probably my favorite recording from 1970 (man, that's even a difficult thing to type). This was a special night
Dark Star - top-5 Dark Star - from lunar to nasty to smooth to chaos to rigid. It's everything music can be, and if anyone can hear us in space, I hope they hear this.
NFA> Darkness Jam> NFA - I cannot begin to convey how beautiful and furious this is. I don't think I've ever listened to this and not got goosebumps. Jerry is...I don't know what he is, but he's indeed something else. From 6:03-6:13, maybe the finest ten seconds in their nearly 30 year existence (yeah, I'm saying it, and really, you can extend this extraordinary segment back to 5:41). At 6:13, they EXPLODE into China Cat with a power chord. Phil paints every wall and every angle...over and over again until it's all deep space black. More power chords at 7:14. So, for around four full minutes, from 3:30-7:30, we're treated to perfection and flawless chaos.
I cannot play this loud enough. No one can. It's cheesy, but it's the truth for me. When I think of music I want to play louder than a stereo can rightly play, this is it.
***love*** your passion Zeno!
started with the dark star at daybreak today
sun salutations>dancing with abandon to the NFA
whatever the day brings, it's started off perfectly
I never get goosebumps when I do yoga at home but I've never tried listening to DS at daybreak while I went through some asanas either. This is a new year resolution if I ever had one. Thx.
I forgot my mission here:
Jerry and Merl vol. 1(nm condition lp) specifically Merl's Tune, Jerry sounds so crisp(not crispy) and focused in lock step, nothing seems wasted or frivolous or wankish. Nice soundstage. Looking forward to a speakers corner reissue one day, yea right, but this'll do. Island Head video out there of this?