Friday, April 24, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 4/24/15

Ask and you shall receive.. at least sometimes.. :) this week's Deadpod was the result of a request just posted on the Facebook page for 8/23/68.. this is a great performance and a pretty damm good tape.. it took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles CA the night before 'Two From The Vault' was recorded.. this features the Dead during one of their most creative periods. I just love the energy on this tape.. the opening Other One on this tape just crackles with it.. The Dark Star is full of Pigpen's funky organ in that characteristic early opening.. The Eleven is one of my favorite versions ever.. and there's really no words to describe the Alligator->Caution.. this is the highlight of an incredible show.. dig it.

Grateful Dead
Shrine Exhibition Hall, Los Angeles CA  8/23/68 

Cryptical Envelopment [1:50] ->
Drums [0:14] ->
The Other One [4:08] ->
Cryptical Envelopment [6:33];[0:06]%[0:03] ;
Dark Star [15:26] ->
Saint Stephen [4:39] ->
The Eleven [10:53#]
Death Don't Have No Mercy [#8:02] ;
Alligator [3:40] ->
Drums [6:54] ->
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [20:28] >
Feedback [3:09]

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Be well everyone!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 4/17/15

Spring is finally arriving around here and my thoughts turned to the great Spring tour of Europe 72. Since that tour is completely released on the box set I am going to share with you this week a wonderful set from the fall of 1972. This show took place on October 27th, 1972 in Columbus Ohio. I don't have, nor do I believe there exists, a copy of the first set that matches the quality of the audience recording of set 2 that I've chosen for this week's Deadpod. This is said to be Bear's recording and I would not doubt that from the quality - I do think you'll enjoy it. Beyond that the performance is first rate. Especially from Truckin' through The Other One, to a Mississipi Half-Step(!) the band is on fire. I'm a huge fan fo the Uncle John's encore as well.. a great set from a great year.. I hope you enjoy this one! 
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH (10/27/72)

Greatest Story Ever Told
Ramble On Rose
The Other One
Mississippi Half-Step
Morning Dew
Tomorrow Is Forever
Promised Land
Sugar Magnolia
Uncle John's Band
E: One More Saturday Night

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Friday, April 10, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 4/10/15

This week we will listen to the second set from the Dead's performance that took place on April 15th, 1983 in Rochester NY. This is a very long, sometimes meandering set, that clocks in at over one hour and 47 minutes. Despite its length, it seems a bit void of Garcia vocals. The set starts out well enough with a Feel Like A Stranger and Samson and Delilah to get the crowd moving. Brent follows with 'Maybe You Know' a tune I always enjoyed until he stopped performing it in '86. After that we get a very soulful 'He's Gone' which leads into one of only three performances of a little ditty that has been called 'Bob Star' or 'Little Star' .. this leads into a long and quite space drums and space. Five songs follow post space, all pretty well played and ending with a 'Johnny B Goode'. Jerry comes out for the encore with a 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue' which was done quite often in that slot during this period.

War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY (4/15/83)
set 2

Feel Like a Stranger
Samson and Delilah
Ship of Fools
Maybe You Know How I Feel
He's Gone
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Around and Around
Johnny B. Goode

Baby Blue

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 4/3/15

This week's Deadpod has been on my request list for quite awhile, and in reviewing that list I decided it was time to pull it out. This show comes to us from April 15th, 1983 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Rochester NY. There seems to be lots of good memories of this show, and while I don't think it was their strongest outing of the year, it is an enjoyable and generally wellplayed performance I think you'll enjoy. A Shakedown opener is always a great way to start out a show and we're treated to a good one here. Brent's keyboards add a nice, uptempo feeling here and Jerry does a great job with his leads and vocals - listen for how he changes the words at one point. 'My Brother Esau' follows in the second slot - a strange position for this number, I think, and frankly I think it takes the band a bit to work into the emotional feel of this number, following Shakedown. I enjoy this number, but to my ears there's a bit of dissonance here. A nice Brown-Eyed Women follows, but it is marred by microphone problems which steal from us Jerry's first couple verses. Little Red Rooster has the additional Brent verses that often popped up during this period. Dire Wolf follows, a personal favorite, then Lazy Lightnin'->Supplication, followed by a nice set ending Deal.
We'll hear set 2 next week,

War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY (4/15/83)

Shakedown Street
My Brother Esau
Brown Eyed Women
Little Red Rooster
Dire Wolf
Lazy Lightnin'

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Thanks for picking this up and for your kind support! You're the best! 

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 3/27/15

While I wouldn't say this second set was overshadowed by the first, it is one of the rare second sets that is shorter than its first set..the band however does not let up on the jamming as this second set is a true pleasure to relive. They come out of the box hot and fast with an excellent Eyes of the World, played in the uptempo fashion.. despite the furious pace there are plenty of beautiful Garcia licks sure to get you moving.  Eyes then moves into an unusual but interesting short space that leads into the fabulously funky 'Dancin' In the Streets'.. again here, Garcia and Lesh in particulary provide plenty of interesting leads and take their time exploring the beat. They transition nicely into the unmistakable entrance to 'Wharf Rat'. In contrast to the frenzied pace of Eyes, this Wharf Rat is quite languid, building the drama in the music along with the tragic story - always one of my favorites.. . the transition into Franklin's Tower is a bit abrupt but the standalong Franklin's is a rare treat.
Garcia here is really playing his guitar like ringing a bell.. :) As with every song in this set they take their time and develop the melody - in this case almost 14 minutes of delightful playing. 
The close with a rockin', delightful, Sugar Magnolia... Then they return with, surprise (since it is Saturday - 'One More Saturday Night', but indicating I think how much fun they had, a double encore of a nice 'Uncle John's Band'.. man I can only imagine how happy the fans went home after this one! 

Grateful Dead
Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (3/19/77)

set 2

Eyes of the World
Dancin' in the Streets
Wharf Rat
Franklin's Tower
Sugar Magnolia

One More Saturday Night

Uncle John's Band

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thank you so much  - you are the best ! 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 3/20/15

This week's Deadpod features a quite wonderful show from 1977. This show took place back on March 19th 1977 at Winterland in San Francisco. Perhaps overlooked a bit because of the band's iconic performances in May of that year, this show features a huge first set (both in terms of length as well as power of performance). The band plays a number of great classic first set songs, and plays them all very well, before breaking into a  the second part of this set which is almost a second set itself - Estimated, Terrapin and then a 30 minute trifecta of Playin->Samson->Playin that features some truly spectacular exploration from Garcia. 

Do yourself a favor and spend some time with this set.. 

Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (3/19/77)

Mama Tried
Big River
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station->
Playin' in the Band->
Samson and Delilah->
Playin' in the Band

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