Comes a Time when you really geek out

Comes a Time when you really geek out

Postby ComesATimeGuy » Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:58 pm

Good Day Fellow Heads,

I wanted to share with you all a project I have been working on. First a quick back-story. I bought the Get Shown the Light box set earlier this year. One gem for me was the Buffalo show from 5/9/77. I had never really listened to it before. It is really great, just as good if not better than Cornell in my opinion. Anyway, while listening to this show, one thing that stood out to me was the "Comes A Time". It was hypnotizing and so full of emotion. Then a few months later, Dead and Co bust out "Comes A Time", with Otiel slaying it btw, and it triggered my fascination with the tune again.

Fast forward a couple months, this song is still bouncing around in my subconscious, I had a thought that this was one of Jerry's finest tunes. I wondered if there were any versions better than the one Buffalo from '77. That curiosity led me to wonder how many times C-A-T was played. I found that number online; there were 65 of them performed by the Dead. Then a few days later I had another thought... I could listen to them all, take notes along the way, and find the ultimate version.

So that's what I did. Over the course of a month I listened to every version of Comes A Time. It was a fascinating journey. It started in Minneapolis in '71 and traveled through space and time to Landover in '94. I experienced an uncommon journey. After finishing all the versions, looking over my notes, and chatting with a friend about it, I decided to write a blog about the project. It is at https://gotanemptycup.wordpress.com/ . Over the next few months I'm going to share some of my thoughts, observations and notes through a series of blog posts.

So if you dig the project and would like to read about some of the things I discovered, please check the blog. I'm going to attempt to add a new post every week.

Lastly, apologies to those who saw this post on Reddit. I hang out over there more often and shared on the GD reddit page earlier today.
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Re: Comes a Time when you really geek out

Postby Searing75 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:25 pm

Buffalo '77 is their best show ever! Minus Sunrise.
All's well that sounds well.
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Re: Comes a Time when you really geek out

Postby ac4468 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:16 pm

Searing75 wrote:Buffalo '77 is their best show ever! Minus Sunrise.


Couldn't agree more! Although every show needs a bathroom break before the set closer....
This show started my 30 year obsession with Peggy-o.
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Re: Comes a Time when you really geek out

Postby Clendenin » Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:31 am

I'm going to have to see the Buffalo '77 show now. Sounds amazing.
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Re: Comes a Time when you really geek out

Postby rugger » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:14 am

Nice concept. I've thought of doing that--minus the blog--but never got around to committing to the idea. Closest I've come is searching a year and then trying to listen to a show a day. Well, have it on in the background. Impossible for me to commit to a full attention listen.

Setlists.net is a great tool for this type of stuff. Is that what you used to track down all the versions?

Look forward to following along.

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Re: Comes a Time when you really geek out

Postby ComesATimeGuy » Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:09 am

Yeah, i used setlits.net. It was pretty complete, I think it was missing two versions that someone on reddit was able to identify for me.
Fun project and the blogging has been a fun experiment too. If nothing else a new creative outlet for me.
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Re: Comes a Time when you really geek out

Postby TI4-1009 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:07 am

ac4468 wrote:
Searing75 wrote:Buffalo '77 is their best show ever! Minus Sunrise.


Couldn't agree more! Although every show needs a bathroom break before the set closer....
This show started my 30 year obsession with Peggy-o.


Another Peggy-o geek here! If Jer came back and could play me only one song, this would be it. Particularly if he wound the solo around four or five times. Pure Jerry.
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Re: Comes a Time when you really geek out

Postby RiseandFall » Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:41 pm

Per Peggy-O, I was at the show where they played it for the first time.
It took a few decades though for me to fully appreciate the song.
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