So I’ve mentioned on several occasions that Without A Net was a formative Grateful Dead album for me. I really cut my teeth on that record. Oddly enough, I distinctly remember being a big fan of Victim Or The Crime when I first got it.
Somewhere along the line, however, my appreciation for Victim or the Crime diminished, and it even got to be a “skip” song for me. I’m not quite sure why. I think I just got kind of bored with it and all the clanging seemed so unnecessary. I still don’t really know how I feel about the song in general, but it was really nice to give this particular version a close listen for the first time in a LONG time. Victim is a song I definitely have to be in the mood to hear and it’s not a wavering type of song for me; it’s very black or white, and very few Grateful Dead songs are that way for me.
Random bit of trivia: Without A Net was culled from the Fall/Winter 1989 tours and the Spring 1990 tour. Only four of the tracks are from 1989 and the rest are from Spring 1990, which has since been released in its entirety so most of Without A Net has been released twice.
Complete Setlist 10/15/89
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