#172989  by natebernstein
 
Not sure if this is the right sub-forum for this comment/topic, but I'm listening to Capital Center 11-23-78 right now. US Blues is the Encore. I know Bobby has taken a lot of guff over the years for his slide playing, and particularly the fact that he basically learned slide during shows on the 78 tour, with often-painful results. As I listen to this song, though, Bobby's slide parts actually are pretty good, technique/performance-wise. I wonder if the problem is that his amp/rig is set to a kind of brittle/metallic rhythm tone that sounds good in the Dead mix when he's using a flat pick or his fingers, but just grates too much with slide. If he'd dialed in a warmer/rounder tone perhaps it wouldn't have been so grating? Thoughts?
 #172990  by strumminsix
 
Good observation. I find his late 70s slide playing to be solid. But in the 80s gotta super shrill and weird sometimes. Think the tones he went for in the 80s didn't match well with slide.
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 #172993  by TI4-1009
 
I hate it when "Bobby" and "slide playing" are found in the same sentence.

:shock: :shock: :shock:
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