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  posted on 10/21/2012 at 11:04 AM
Grateful Dead~ Gentlemen Start Your Engines
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Axn-RWi2Po0

Blow Away - Philadelphia 7/7/89
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHU5FywUBEk

Shakedown Street - Grateful Dead - Veterans Memorial Coliseum - New Haven, CT - 10/25/79
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMcrJItJBLE

Not Fade Away (Rich Stadium - Orchard Park, NY 7/4/89)- Great back and forth between Brent and Jerry on this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkY6ZOx411g

 

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  posted on 10/21/2012 at 02:30 PM
i was at the philly and buffalo shows in 1989..thanks for posting..the wife was jealous when i said i was at those shows..brent was a great player and singer..a real loss

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  posted on 10/21/2012 at 10:24 PM
Saw Brent several times with the Grateful Dead. Occasionally, there'd be a tune where the band would be a bit sluggish, and then Brent would suddenly inject some great Keyboard playing and soulful singing and take it to another level, kicking the GD in the butt. A great musician.

The last time we saw Brent with the band was July 14, 1990, at Foxboro Stadium near Boston. Barely two weeks later we got the news that Brent had passed. I still recall being totally shocked. We were always expecting to hear bad news about Jerry, but my first reaction to Mr. Mydland's death was, "What???"

 

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  posted on 10/22/2012 at 01:15 PM
In my opinion Brent was a key factor in resurrecting the Dead. His playing and vocals certainly added a new dimension to the shows and "Just a Little Light," is still one of my favorites. For the life of me I don't know why some people would put themselves at some extreme risk by "power-balling?" I mean for Pete's sake they euthanised the King of England with that in 1936, so you'd figure that should be a warning to its lethal effects.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2012 at 01:44 PM
I thought a "speedball" killed Brent, but I could be wrong.

Speedball or powerball?

 

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  posted on 10/22/2012 at 02:58 PM
the recent spring 90 box and the 2CD short version " So Glad You Made It" really showcase Brent. What a great tour that was.

Saw the first night of Spring 90 at Nassau. I missed the famous Brandford Marsalis show by a night but it really was a powerful sound they were putting out then. I was a kid and can't say I really knew who Brent was at that point but I do recall vividly the B-3 sound he had that night . I saw some decent post Brent shows but they never had that extra push they had in 90.

 

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  posted on 10/23/2012 at 02:46 PM
Sorry, I didn't know that there is a difference between Speed-balling and Power-balling. What they are I don't know, please advise?

 

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  posted on 10/23/2012 at 06:00 PM
Miss that guy. Really liked his vocals. Besides his work with GD, he did some work earlier on with a group called Silver and a guy named John Batdorf. Here's a pretty laid back cut by Brent. This song pretty much sums up his life. Yep...miss that guy - a real musician.


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  posted on 10/23/2012 at 06:27 PM
Some good footage of Brent.

http://www.myspace.com/video/b-reg-ian/grateful-dead-alabama-getaway-snl-19 80-video/18024678

 

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  posted on 10/23/2012 at 10:07 PM
I will always be grateful that I got to see Brent once, on 10/18/88 at UNO Lakefront in New Orleans. An above-average late 80s Dead show with some very strong moments, including an Estimated Prophet that I've seen on "Best Versions" lists.

Check it out...

http://archive.org/details/gd88-10-18.sbd-matrix.leeds.17079.sbeok.shnf


Brent definitely gave the Dead a spark when they needed it the most, and it's hard to imagine their late 80s/early 90s renaissance without him. The band had built up so much momentum when he passed that they still played some good shows in late 1990 and 1991, but once Hornsby left the band, it was all downhill from there.

Due to the fact that the 88 show was the last time they ever played in New Orleans, and I was in school there at the time, I didn't see the band again after that 10/18/88 show until Spring of 92 at the Omni in Atlanta. How the mighty had fallen! Didn't even seem like the same band. Still a good time, I enjoyed many shows from 92-95, but after Brent passed it was never the same again.

 
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  posted on 10/24/2012 at 07:39 AM
I loved Brent's work with the GD....great player and singer...saw him many times and enjoyed him a lot....I still prefer the GD best between 68-77,but of their "later" work Brent was key...in fact I rarely if ever listened much to the Dead after he passed...just never was a fan of the late Vince and Hornsby years.....when Jerry discovered synths ,as much as I'm a Jerry freak,that was pretty much it...Brent was the glue that held it together in that last decent incarnation of the band....
 
 


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