Dead Score With Crimson, White & Indigo

Musically, the Dead use all of the tricks in their proverbial bag over the course of the 19-song performance. You’ve got Bobby Weir – who sports the shortest short-shorts in the history of jorts – kicking things off by leading the band through a biting Hell In A Bucket, showing off his slide skills in Little Red Rooster and keeping the energy off-the-charts on Let It Grow. The drummers don’t weigh things down, nimbly moving through each song and flourishing in a Rhythm Devils segment that you shouldn’t be so quick to fast-forward through.

At the beginning of the second set, bassist Phil Lesh gets a chance to shine during an impressive rendition of Box of Rain that leads into the aforementioned Scarlet > Fire. Jerry plays with so much emotion and passion during the show, but particularly during this section.

Speaking of emotion, Garcia put tons of it into the vocals on the Standing On The Moon for which this release is named and tenderly tugs at the heart strings telling the story of August West in Wharf Rat. No one could cut to the core of your soul like ol’ Jer.

Overall, there aren’t many lowlights on Crimson, White & Indigo. Performing in front of 100,000 fans, the Grateful Dead turned in a stellar performance that was captured for our delight all these years later by multiple cameras. Considering this was the last event at the ramshackle venue, the band certainly sent Philly’s J.F.K. Stadium out on a high note.

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