|1. Recently (Edit 2)|
|2. Dancing Nancies|
|4. All Along The Watchtower|
All Along The Watchtower
I remember getting this CD about 10 years ago when you had to order it from the "Remember 2 Things" catalog, and then letting all my friends hear Dave's incredible version of "Watchtower." This Dylan cover is probably the best cover Dave's known for and is worth the $10 alone. Add to that a better sounding version of Halloween than they officially released, and it makes for an excellent CD.
Recently, Dancing Nancies, and Warehouse sound decent, but the later released versions on DMB's other CDs all are of equal merit or surpass them.
The two Dave and Tim songs are from 2/21/94, one of Dave and Tim's best shows together. It is one of those rare soundboards that actually has atmosphere, and Warehouse and Dancing Nancies are both fabulous. At that same show (the rest of which remains unreleased), Tim rips out an electrifying solo on Recently (even though his guitar is obviously acoustic) which causes the audience to literally freak out during the middle of the song. Most memorable of all is during the set break when Tim guests on T-Bone Burnett's Humans From Earth. During this song, Tim rips sounds unheard of in your everyday world of acoustic guitar, at one point, even attacking the strings with his teeth (and for guitarists, forgetting to detune his E-string until the middle of the song).You must hear it to believe it, so go out and find this show. If this show is released in its entirety someday, it would be extraordinarily satisfying, surpassing even Live at Luther College.
Halloween and Watchtower are good for this period of DMB. Dave screams and shouts his way through the two, oblivious that that kind of screaming can cause permanent damage to your vocal chords. Perhaps that's why Halloween is only played on rare occaisons.
But in the end, this EP is mainly for historical reasons. For casual fans, Live at Chicago and Live at Red Rocks will suit you better. For dedicated fans who trade DMB shows, it's unnecessary. But if you want to hear an era of DMB that will likely not be heard from again on official release this is prime evidence.