Searing75 wrote:Most definitely his tone when he went direct, and lost the twin, mac, JBL on stage!
I'm not sure if the relative bad quality of sound at the end was caused more by the equipment stealing his signature tone or the simple fact that he was dying on stage in front of us. His rig was always designed to respond to the nuances of his playing, and the last couple of years his chops definitely seemed to diminish. In '94-95 it seemed like he had been sort of buried in the mix a lot of the time, probably because he wasn't playing all that well compared to the rest of the band.
I think I would vote for some of the real early shows in '66-67, though it's hard to say with those how much of it was due to the sound system being designed by a mad scientist, the primitive nature of the recording techniques and technology being used, or that the performances we have from then are from places like the Matrix which typically were not that great acoustically.