Victim Or The Crime
June 27, 1995
I don't think this version gets nearly enough recognition as it should. It's the final tour of the Grateful Dead. The body of the song itself is on the darker side of Victim darkness. Nice Phil on the boomy aud version. But the jewel of this version is the jam in between Victim and Foolish. This is some of the best improvisation work from the band - period. The interplay between Jerry and the rest of the band is magical. The idea of "segueing" from one song to another has always been one of many unique aspects about the Grateful Dead. They pioneered what we now know as improvisational song transitioning. The way that Jerry dances on the line between Victim and Foolish, between dark and light, is truly inspired. That transitioning thing is in its rawest, purest form here. This is not your typical 1995 effort. Give it a good, loud, focused listen and hopefully you'll hear what I'm hearing! Also, the Foolish Heart is among the BOAT versions. KILLER jamming!