Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Sept. 11, 1982
West Palm Beach Auditorium
A sunny, spirited S>F with Garcia in lovely form, both guitar + vox. Sometimes I don't really want to hear Mydland this prominently in the mix, but he adds some real flavor/texture. Every member of the group is restrained and patient, but not without some great energy. Garcia begins setting themes in the transition fairly early - they're more like suggestions than statements. Interestingly, he takes them to the end theme for a little side trip in the Scarlet coda before steering the craft into Fire. This is one of the best '82 S>Fs I've heard - holds up really well next to any 1980s version. After to listening to soooo many great 1977 takes, it's nice to hear an early 80s exemplar. Matrix is sweet.