Truckin' Up to Buffalo: July 4, 1989

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Recorded on a stop near the end of the Dead's long, strange trip, this two-disc set presents the band at their most burnished and mellow -- in the mood to cuddle and coo rather than sweat and snarl. To that end, the Dead devoted a good portion of the show to lilting, good-time chestnuts like "Touch of Grey" on which Jerry Garcia manages to work in a sneakily snaky solo, despite the tune's relatively short six-minute duration and a call-and-response-laden "Man Smart, Woman Smarter." As with any band rooted in improvisation, the Dead had a history of having one member get particularly hot on any given night, and for much of this Independence Day gig, that mantle fell to ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Recorded on a stop near the end of the Dead's long, strange trip, this two-disc set presents the band at their most burnished and mellow -- in the mood to cuddle and coo rather than sweat and snarl. To that end, the Dead devoted a good portion of the show to lilting, good-time chestnuts like "Touch of Grey" on which Jerry Garcia manages to work in a sneakily snaky solo, despite the tune's relatively short six-minute duration and a call-and-response-laden "Man Smart, Woman Smarter." As with any band rooted in improvisation, the Dead had a history of having one member get particularly hot on any given night, and for much of this Independence Day gig, that mantle fell to Phil Lesh. Early in the first set, the bassist all but runs away with "Row Jimmy," shouldering its rhythmic load for a full 11 minutes before shifting gears into a pensive, almost jazzy groove for "Looks like Rain" -- an appropriate choice, since the show was recorded in the midst of a driving storm. The set's second disc starts off a bit slowly -- perhaps due to the between-set refreshment intake? -- with somewhat listless versions of "Ship of Fools" and "Terrapin Station," but midway through the "Drums/Space" interlude, the x-factor kicks in, full-force. Garcia, in particular, picks up the pace on "All Along the Watchtower," which he criss-crosses with stinging riffs and solos that offer plenty of hairpin turns. He keeps up the tempo on a version of "Morning Dew" on which he and Weir skitter across Lesh's doomy bass lines with devil-may-care bravado before dovetailing into "U.S. Blues," which provides the most appropriate Fourth of July capper imaginable with apologies to Francis Scott Key.
All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Spread over two CDs, 2005's Truckin' Up to Buffalo contains the Grateful Dead's entire 1989 Independence Day performance. This date -- from Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, NY -- was the second of their summer East Coast tour. Many if not all of those gigs were documented by a six-camera crew under the direction of Len Dell'amico. The thoroughly favorable results can been seen and heard on the similarly titled companion DVD volume. Deadhead audiophiles will definitely want to avail themselves of that release, as the 5.1 Surround mix puts the consumer front row center. Dell'amico's résumé boasts several earlier collaborations with the combo, such as Dead Ahead 1980 and So Far 1987. During the '80s, the Grateful Dead's lineup featured Jerry Garcia lead guitar/vocals, Mickey Hart drums, Bill Kreutzmann percussion, Phil Lesh electric bass/vocals, Brent Mydland keyboards/vocals, and Bob Weir rhythm guitar/vocals. While glancing at the song list may not reveal any surprises, finicky and hard to please enthusiasts will be thrilled by above-average playing from start to finish. A prime example is the rousing coupling of "Bertha" and "Greatest Story Ever Told," kick-starting the festivities. Garcia seems to be in good spirits, as his resounding vocals and fretwork are consistent and exceptional. In his intangible fashion, Garcia is able to elevate the proceedings from being merely adequate into the occasionally rarefied air of excellence. In particular, the aggressive reading of "Deal," concluding the first set, boasts fierce instrumental interaction reminiscent of the intensity that accompanied "That's It for the Other One" jams of the late-'60s/early-'70s era namely those from the legendary February 27 through March 2, 1969 run at the Fillmore West. They resume their feisty exchanges throughout with a note-perfect "Touch of Grey" that slams into an equally inspired cover of the calypso classic "Man Smart, Woman Smarter" and a reprise of "Playing in the Band" that picks right back up where they had left off during the previous show. Despite the occasional lyrical flub, another high point is the emphatic "Morning Dew" that glides into a boogie-fueled "Not Fade Away" closer. Seeing as it was the Fourth of July, the "U.S. Blues" encore, while a somewhat obvious choice, is likewise a welcome one. Parties desiring more multimedia goodies from the Grateful Dead's 1989 East Coast summer jaunt should direct their attention to 1997's Downhill from Here, which captures the band at Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, WI, a few weeks later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Grateful Dead / Wea
  • UPC: 081227313920
  • Catalog Number: 73139
  • Sales rank: 9,207

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bertha (7:56)
  2. 2 Greatest Story Ever Told (4:36)
  3. 3 Cold Rain and Snow (6:44)
  4. 4 Walkin' Blues (6:56)
  5. 5 Row Jimmy (10:49)
  6. 6 When I Paint My Masterpiece (6:09)
  7. 7 Stagger Lee (6:00)
  8. 8 Looks Like Rain (7:10)
  9. 9 Deal (7:56)
  10. 10 Touch of Grey (6:30)
  11. 11 Man Smart, Woman Smarter (8:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ship of Fools (8:12)
  2. 2 Playing in the Band (3:29)
  3. 3 Terrapin Station (12:18)
  4. 4 Drums (8:59)
  5. 5 Space (7:27)
  6. 6 I Will Take You Home (3:52)
  7. 7 All Along the Watchtower (5:51)
  8. 8 Morning Dew (11:09)
  9. 9 Not Fade Away (10:08)
  10. 10 U.S. Blues (6:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Grateful Dead Primary Artist
Mickey Hart Drums, Group Member
Jerry Garcia Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Bob Weir Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Bill Kreutzmann Drums, Group Member
Phil Lesh Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Brent Mydland Keyboards, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Jerry Garcia Composer
Grateful Dead Arranger
Buddy Holly Composer
Bob Weir Arranger
Robert Hunter Composer
Norman Petty Composer
James Austin Executive Producer
John Cutler Engineer
Dan Healy Concert Sound
Brent Mydland Composer
Robert Minkin Producer, Package Production, Package Layout
Blair Jackson Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Richard Biffle Cover Art
David Lemieux Tape Archivist
Jimmy Edwards Executive Producer
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