This is a live compilation of all the "new" Robert Hunter material from the Post-GD time period, from 1997 - 2014, of which Hunter had enough "new" material to make a complete album.
I put new in quotations because most of the new originals were performed ~20 years ago, but have not seen release on a proper studio album or live release.
Note: The '98 shows, where used, were the clearest sounding to my ears (that tour had some bad heckling from attendees.
I titled it "Gravity's Rainbow", after the lyric from "Into The Blue".
He also had other songs that were unreleased from earlier time periods (70s/80s) but I only limited myself to within a certain time-frame, as the voice ages, and the songs seem to flow together.
Tracklist/ D.O.S: 1. Serafina Magdalena (6/20/04) 2. Into The Blue (6/19/04) 3. Key To Your Room (6/19/04) 4. Dead Man Dancing (4/2/98) 5. The Devil Rode Out 4/25/02) 6. Scrap of Moonlight (6/11/03) 7. The Song Remains (6/11/03) 8. Eulalie (6/18/04) 9. Dreamland (5/2/97) 10. The Wind Blows High (6/18/04) 11. Hill & Gully Run (10/9/97) 12. Heck (7/23/14) [this is the only version available, as of now]
I hope you all enjoy this compilation of "new" live compositions from Hunter. A true Live "Album That Never Was".
Thank you to all the Tapers/ Hunter for making the shows available.
September 29, 2017 Subject:
I was sitting with some old deadheads and mentioned that I was completely addicted to this album. They expressed... incredulity... and were turned off by Robert Hunter's unconventional voice on previous efforts. It's a shame bc the lyrics here are absolutely as good or better as anything Hunter has ever done and the songwriting (I assume Garcia didn't arrange these?) is shockingly fun- extremely inventive, appropriate, catchy and completely unique.
Yes, he flubs a note here and there on voice and/or guitar but it doesn't really matter ("...it doesn't even need to be in tune...")- the material is rock solid and his presentation is easy to get used to. At moments its downright ecstatic. I find it hard to believe that, in a world where every last nickel is being scraped out of the GD enterprise, there isn't some interest in releasing this, perhaps with more conventional singers and players.
June 20, 2017 Subject:
Wonderful collection - but missing two?
A wonderful collection. But it seems to miss two additional songs Hunter introduced in 1998:
Run, Elijah, Run
Star Baby Gap
October 12, 2016 Subject:
This is great! There are so many wonderful Robert Hunter songs that need to be heard. I wish he'd come out with more albums and tour more but I'm happy with anything I can get!