Dave’s Picks 11 came in via FedEx today. (FedEx is my nickname for the illegal torrent site I immorally steal people’s hard work off of) and it’s a peach of a slam dunk of a roller coaster ride of an incoherent cliché.
The production quality alone is so good that obvious truths reveal themselves: a Strat simply sounds different from a Gibson 335. The distinct, but complementary, timbres by themselves make up a huge part of the Dead’s sound, but–and this is only focussing on Garcia and Bobby’s interplay, mind you– the way Bobby stays out of Garcia’s way, staying to the slashing upper-register chords that he seemed to invent and perfect in the early 70’s, was the kind of stuff that Keith Richards and Mick Taylor only dreamed about.
To some, Bobby’s playing has always been as interesting as Garcia’s; to others, this is blasphemy, but this latest DaP lets you make up your own mind about things.