Scarlet Begonias -> Fire On The Mountain
Feb. 5, 1978
Uni Dome, U of Northern Iowa
I hate to be this guy, but I can’t believe this is #2. Every version from May ‘77 should be ahead of this, especially 5/4, 5/11, 5/17 and 5/21 but even 5/5, 5/13 and 5/25. Jerry’s voice is kind of shot on this one, and I really don’t dig the upbeat tempo. It is refreshing to hear the Wolf on a Scarlet > Fire, but Keith’s electric piano has always rubbed me the wrong way. Scarlet kind of drags from about 6:00 to 9:00, but starts to pick up again around 10:00 or so. It then drops off again shortly before the transition, which is pretty lackluster to say the least and doesn’t start to pick up again until around 2:00 into Fire. Fire is very similar to Scarlet. There are some really great stretches, but then some stretches that kind of drag. All in all, this version has some incredible bursts of brilliant, creative energy (particularly from Jer), but doesn’t hold up all that well as a whole.