Dear Mr. Fantasy
March 26, 1990
The current top-rated versions of this song all segue out of either space or post-space Jerry ballads like China Doll, The Wheel, or Death Don't. These are all great tunes, but they lend the subsequent Fantasies a slow, dirge-like quality that can drag like a sea anchor on an already downbeat tune. Toss in the fact that it's a Brent song, and you've got a recipe for a second set narcotic downer, even if it's a great one. This is different: Bobby has just shredded a classic version of Miracle, and the band is fired up. It's the last night of the legendary Albany run immortalized on Dozin' at the Knick, and they're somewhere between all-time great ('90s) versions of China>Rider and Dew. They avoid the syrupy sentiment that can muck this song up and crank out a thrilling, high-energy performance. It's a glittering gem in the crown of this epic second set. Don't miss the Built to Last either!