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Looking for Phil Lesh bass solos

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Ferniff, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. I've read he didn't do that many, but the few I heard really stuck with me. Here are some examples:

    The ending of Eyes of The World leads into an awesome solo that then perfectly goes into Dancing in the Streets (awesome bass line in that one too)

    Just not enough time in the day to listen to the Dead to find these solos, wish I could though!
  2. Bump :(
  3. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Many of the Eyes of the World from '73 have solo (or lead) work by Phil after the body of the song has been completed. I remember a tape I have from 2/15/73 has a Dark Star --> Eyes with a Phil solo. I think it's during Eyes, but while you're there, might as well check out the Dark Star, right?

    Phil also did solos as part of The Other One and Dark Star in '72. Check out Aarhus, Denmark, 4/16/72, after Truckin' there's an odd jam (prior to the Other One proper) that's Other One-ish with a Phil Solo section.

    The Veneta show from 8/27/72 has a Phil solo during the latter half of Dark Star, I believe.

    There are more, but there are a few to get you started. I'll poke around and see if I can identify more dates. BTW, here's an easier way to listen to the Internet Archive: https://listentothedead.com/

    I'm assuming this just compiles links from the archive in a more convenient format, but if this site ain't kosher, someone please let me know.
  4. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    Also check out 2/23/73, U of Iowa at https://listentothedead.com/
    Truckin' Jam--> Nobody's Fault but Mine Jam (that's how it's listed on the website; actually it's Feelin' Groovy Jam). Nice stereo work from string to string and PU to PU if you wear headphones.
  5. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    The Eyes from 9/7/73 has a brief Phil lead part after the body of the tune (starts ~7:38; and is, overall, a blistering rendition) as well as an early, and ripping, Slipknot! jam at about 10:30 (it's a bonus track on Wake of the Flood).

    Tryin' to work with you here, Mr. Ferniff!
  6. That 2/15/73 at the end of Dark star was awesome. I have already had a copy og the 72 europe one but haven't had a chance to listen to it yet. Thanks man
  7. AlvarHanso


    Jun 20, 2011
  8. Just saw him 2 nights ago at Best Buy theater. Awesome show but his playing style is a lot different than his approach in the 70's.
  9. Bump, a lot of really great suggestions so far but that has to be some more phil solos out there!
  10. well there certainly are. I can think of a few not yet mentioned...

    1972-12-31 has a classic drums and bass jam.

    Dicks Picks 12 has a killer one with more stereo jamming (The Other One, disc 1). Its the same show as Alvar posted, heard at the end of Truckin on that source.

    Two from the Vault, New Potato Caboose has a stellar phil driven jam near the middle, when the actual jam begins.

    Dicks Picks 20 disc 2, track "jam" has some pretty cool phil working his way into a st. stephen.

    1972-10-18, Dark Star
    starting about 21 min in on my copy and going to ~24 min. The groove that starts has been called the philo stomp jam. Phil played it a few times in 72.

    and 1972-10-21 is the ultimate philgasm with him being way loud in the mix. The mix is rather horrible with keith and billy nearly inaudible. I lvoe this one though, its a house shaker and the playing is solid if you can deal with it. Check out the other one.

    ultimately the best places to look are in 72 and 73 imo (74 and 76 also have a few). Many of the dark stars or other ones from these years have phil and billy jams. I know there are some in 71 but im blanking right now...
  11. Awesome wisconsindead! I'm so excited to give these a listen. I've heard the New Potato Caboose one, that one's pretty amazing.
  12. I disagree.... Phil is constantly soloing... Thats all he does is solo.
    matthewbrown likes this.
  13. Wharf_Rat

    Wharf_Rat Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2013
    Vermont. Cape Cod
    You want Phil.? 10/27/79. BOOM. Phil
  14. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Yeah, I thought the old Joe Zawinul quote of " We always solo and we never solo" applied to Lesh's playing too. I've always dug his playing!
  15. joe vegas

    joe vegas Supporting Member

    one could make the case for phil's part on live dead's "dark star"
    as being majestically soloistic in nature.
  16. Well that depends on what you mean by soloing I guess. Theres plenty of examples of phil simply holding down a groove, but what if that groove wasnt the original bass line? does that make it soloing? me thinks not. Phils style is to dance within the key of the chord or the key of the song. I know what you mean, but this thread was more specifically aimed at finding jams where its either just phil or one other bandmate. You will also notice that phils "solos" are nothing like his "soloing". Ya dig?
  17. Yeah, the ones I'm really looking for are the ones where it's just him at the end. Sometimes he makes it spacey, sometimes he just because the manifestation of Rock, you just never know what to expect.
  18. jnuts1


    Nov 13, 2007
    11-8-01 Phil comes out at the Aragon Ballroom & sits by himself & soloes for about 7 minutes or so. haven't listened to it in years but I think it might be the only time he ever did that
  19. FretlessMainly


    Nov 17, 2010
    I've had a tape of that second set for 30 years. You're not wrong!
    I too was struck by the somewhat pedestrian nature of the comment.
  20. Heres another.

    The dark star has a pretty solid phil jam. Note that the bass is wayyy up there in this mix. Its another house shaker (overall the SQ is poor though..). Starts off around 14 minutes in with phils bass sustaining a certain note, slowly building to a very nice bomb. Its some pretty scary dead during the next ~2 minutes (i love it!). It then goes into a phil and bill jam for a few minutes. Everyone returns around 21:30, so its a pretty lengthy section. Not as great as some of the others I posted though.

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