First of all, Peggy-O is one of my favorite tunes the GD played. I consider the extended guitar solos Jerry delivered to be the most amazingly melodic, inspiring, uplifting and intense (emotionally) musical arrangements I’ve ever heard (eg Winterland 1977-12-27). The subtle escalation of the intensity of the music to the climax, while keeping the melodic theme of the song, is in my opinion what makes Jerry Garcia the most inspiring and righteous guitar player ever. I’m sad I never got to see him play live.
Was standing front row at Furthur’s Greek Theater’s show on 10/5 and was STOKED they busted this out (by the way, one of the best 1st sets I've ever seen from 20 or so Furthur shows). Although I’d prefer if Bobby or John sang it, I really enjoyed the tune, how it was was played, sang by Phil, etc. I just wish they would give John the opportunity, particularly in this song (and Loser to mention another), to reach into an extended guitar solo to try to find some of the Jerry “magic.” In instances like these I wish, and again it’s my own opinion, that the band would put a rope on the piano solos that interrupt and make John hesistant to explore.
What do people think?
GDrew817 - SOCAL
i don't mind phil singing it, although i liked in phil and friends and even the dead where verses would be traded, sounded very cool when you had the female presence from joan...
that being said, this was my least favorite peggy-o from this band, and i've seen 5 of the 6 done..they completely changed the format to that later GD style where there is too much space between the lyrics...i'm pretty sure GD started playing it that way because jerry couldn't stay on top of it...same deal with how bob does his estimated prophets now, it just seems to drag on
this is not to say i didn't throroughly enjoy other versions this band has spit out, because i have...kudos for trying new (old) things, but you don't really need to fix something that ain't broken