More than that, what strikes me in listening to the Santa Monica CD is an almost palpable weariness. Yes, the Trio sounds good – the original group always did - and the show does not fall short of professional-level entertainment, but to my ear there is a thread of lassitude that laces through the entire concert. The show is carried off successfully through sheer talent and professionalism, but it sounds more than a little like a rote performance, the kind that is delivered when the force of fatigue is more than the available energy can overcome.
Among the most striking examples of this is Guard's singing on 'Mariah' and 'When the Saints Go Marching In'. Even allowing for mic placement and the inadequate recording technology that was used, the strength of Dave's voice is far less than what can be heard on the Stereo Concert and hungry i versions of these songs. I think this lack of energy can also be detected, albeit less easily, on other songs the Trio performed that evening.
I have read on this board that what is on the Santa Monica CD is the later of two shows the Trio did that same day. Indeed, during the performance there can be heard a reference, also from Guard, as to the lateness of the hour. Besides doing the earlier show, in all likelihood they had performed at an another venue the day before and perhaps even the day before that. Being on tour, and dealing with the difficult personal circumstances surrounding Guard's departure, would at least in part explain how NBD might have been fatigued during their time on that Santa Monica stage. For all of its attributes (this was, after all, the Original Kingston Trio), this show lacks the level of energy and enthusiasm that usually characterized a NBD performance.
: I suppose most of you have this CD which is a great thing to have existed, but my
: question is after listening to it again, what do you all thing of the camaraderie
: betwenn Nick, Bob and specifically Dave at this concert? If anything.