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Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1303
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 5:48 am:   Edit Post

I just got a couple of DVD's that interested DeadHeads may wanna ck out:

"Bruce Hornsby and the Range: A Night on the Town", and;

"Bruce Hornsby And Friends"

The former is from '90 and was recorded live in front of a Hollywood studio audience. It features, amongst others, Jerry Garcia performing on a couple of tracks. The pix quality is OK...the master must have been tape and the original release was VHS, and they did little (if anything) to remaster it. The sound and performances are good...classic early Hornsby. It almost moved me to tears to see Jerry, bloated and white-haired, but musically "on" that particular night. The crowd cheered especially loud for Jerry.

The latter is from '95 from Manhattan and features Bob Weir and a halfway decent "jazzed-up" version of "Jack Straw". This whole disc is very jazz flavored (Pat Metheny plays a jazz box on a couple tracks here). The pic and sound quality are excellent on this one, and the performances are good. Lots of guest stars on this one as well (Bonnie Raitt, Gregory Hines, Don Henley, etc.). Lot's of DeadHeads in the audience, most up-front and all touting Jerry shirts as this was recorded just a couple of months after his untimely death.

It's easy to see why Bruce fit in with the Dead...easy-going, great chops, good voice, and open to musical experimentation. Dead Heads didn't seem to mind his "commercial pop leanings" too much after they heard him play with the Dead, LOL!

Both can be had for under $20 delivered from



Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1363
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Saturday, December 03, 2005 - 6:48 am:   Edit Post

C'mon, no Deadheads here found this of interest?

You don't have to be a DeadHead to appreciate Hornsby. I was initially turned-off by his initial pop offerings, especially when MTV and the radio played "the way it is" a million times. After he started playing with the Dead, I looked at his stuff again and found that there's a lot more there than meets the eye. His voice is pleasing, but his chops and compositional skills really shine. These discs are really worth ck'ing out, as is his back catalogue, IMHO.

Just my $0.02.
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1383
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, December 04, 2005 - 6:29 am:   Edit Post

BTW, John Molo is the drummer on both DVD's, having been a member of "The Range" first. He's apparently the Phil and friends drummer of choice amongst discriminating DeadHeads, LOL!

I almost didn't recognize him as he sort of looks like that actor Robert Picardo from one of those Star Trek spin-offs (i.e., as the holographic virtual ship's doctor) as he didn't shave his head during this period.

Regardless, as with PLAF, his drumming is superb and it compliments Messrs. Garcia, Weir, Hornsby, et al, quite nicely.
Username: spose

Post Number: 50
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Sunday, December 04, 2005 - 6:53 am:   Edit Post

thanks for the heads up...I dig Hornsby.
I'd like to check out the footage of Garcia in a night on the town.
Senior Member
Username: kmh364

Post Number: 1385
Registered: 9-2003
Posted on Sunday, December 04, 2005 - 7:55 am:   Edit Post

I have to say, despite the difference in vid quality, the Garcia performances outshine the Weir stuff, IMHO.

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