Friday, June 24, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 6/23/16

It took me quite alot of consideration before I decided upon this week's Deadpod. There are a large number of great shows to choose from that took place in the latter part of June over the years, but I decided upon a show from one of my most favorite years - 1973.  This show is from June 26th, 1973 the Seattle Center Arena, in Seattle Washington. This show has some issues - the first three songs come from an audience source and I hope you are patient as while the sound quality here is not pristine, the rest of the soundboard tape more than makes up for it. This first set beings with a relaxed and sprightly 'Casey Jones'.. a little different from the set-closing or encore versions you might be accustomed to,. but goes into a high energy 'Greatest Story Ever Told'. Weir shines on these as he does throughout the set. What follows is an amazing number of very well played standards.. highlights to my ears being the 'Jack Straw', the Deal, a wonderful 'China->Rider' and they stretch out their jamming chops on the set closing 'Playin' In The Band'.. just to warm us up for set 2, which we'll experience next week..

Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA (6/26/73)
set 1

Casey Jones
Greatest Story Ever Told
Brown Eyed Women
Jack Straw
Box of Rain
Mexicali Blues
You Ain't Woman Enough
Row Jimmy
The Race Is On
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Beat it on Down the Line
Playing in the Band

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!! 

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Thank you for being kind! 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 6/17/16

This week we feature the second set from the band's 15th Anniversary show which took place on June 8th, 1980 at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado in Boulder Colorado. A very nice 'Feel Like A Stranger' opens things up, and I think it contains more than its usual share of Garcia explorations.. 'Ship of Fools' follows, it always struck me as almost anthem-like in how it skates over the edges of politics... much needed these days.. 'Estimated Prophet' marks the start of the meat of this set.. the jam gets out there quickly and before we know it Garcia leads us into the 'Eyes of the World' that follows. This version is a real scorcher.. blasting along before shifting into the rhythms that flow into Drums and Space.. 'Saint of Circumstance' leads into a quieter but beautiful 'Black Peter'.. Sugar Mag ends the set, but the boys return for a double encore, which reaches it's apex with a nice 'Brokedown Palace'.

Folsom Field (U of Colorado), Boulder, CO (6/8/80)

set 2

Feel Like a Stranger
Ship of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Saint of Circumstance
Black Peter
Sugar Magnolia

Alabama Getaway
Brokedown Palace

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We all need more Peace and Love.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 6/10/16

36 years ago this week the band performed at what was billed as their '15th Anniversary Concert', at Folsom Field at the University of Colorado in Boulder Colorado. While the band members denied that the date held any special significance at the time, the setlist and level of musicianship that emerged belied that. This first set opens with just an incredible, and unheard of, Uncle John's Band-> Playin' In the Band->Uncle John's Band combo! Talk about putting the pedal down... They go on to play some outstanding versions of some of our favorite standards, ending the set with a wonderful Alteha->Looks like Rain, Deal.. I'm quite certain you'll enjoy this show, and while it was a request for some time, I must apologize for taking so long to getting around to airing it.

Folsom Field (U of Colorado), Boulder, CO (6/8/80)

Uncle John's Band
Playin' in the Band
Uncle John's Band
Me and My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
Samson and Delilah
Easy to Love You
Looks Like Rain

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Friday, June 03, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 6/3/16

This week we are treated to the fine audience recording of the second set of the band's performance back on May 6, 1978 at Patrick Field House at the University of Vermont in Burlington VT.
This is a continuation of the fine Garcia performance put on last week in Set 1. We are treated to some wonderful vocals and even better jamming in this second set. The Samson is a perfect start to get the ball rolling, then Donna delivers on a very pretty Sunrise. Terrapin follows and I'm sure those in attendance were digging the voyage. The band then turn in a 16 minute Playin' in the Band, highlighted by a delightful jam that for me is clearly the highlight of the set if not the show. Wharf Rat however, especially at the end, is tight as well. They close with a predictable if still rockin', Sugar Magnolia and One More Saturday Night encore..

Patrick Field House (U of Vermont), Burlington, VT (5/6/78)
set 2

Samson and Delilah
Terrapin Station
Playin' in the Band
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia

One More Saturday Night

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Enjoy, and try and be kind to each other! 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 5/27/16

Sometimes the inspiration for a Deadpod will hit me when I'm looking over setlists, trying to see which one fits my mood for the season we're in. This week, i was turned onto a show I hadn't listened to before from one of our contributing listeners, who told me about this , his first Dead show. This comes to us from May 6th, 1978 at the University of Vermont in Burlington VT. This is a fine recording - soundboard in this week's first set, audience in next week's second set but both showcase the band on a night that I think they are clearly 'on'. This set starts with a fine Sugaree, and continues with excellent versions of  Minglewood, Peggy-O. A rockin' Beat It On Down the Line follows, then we head back to the Old West for a great 'Loser'. Looks Like Rain, It Must've Been the Roses and a nice Big River are all well played. Deal closes the set and gets the crowd amped up for the second set to follow..

Patrick Field House (U of Vermont), Burlington, VT (5/6/78)

New Minglewood Blues
Beat it on Down the Line
Looks Like Rain
It Must Have Been the Roses
Me and My Uncle
Big River


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A huge thank you to everyone who entered the Red Rocks contest, especially those of you so kind as to contribute to the Deadpod.. much much appreciated! 
I only wish I had more CDs to send out - who said CDs are dead? :) 

Finally, as we move into summer.. have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, be safe, and take a moment to remember and reflect upon those who lost their lives for us. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 5/20/16

This week we go way back to some of our earliest great recordings of the band for this beauty from November 11th, 1967. A request from a birthday kiwi down in New Zealand, (Happy Birthday Lawrence - and to my friend Jay as well!!)  this is a fabulous show highlighted with tremendous performances from Pigpen on keyboards and vocals.
Garcia has a couple of really nice solos on the amazing 'Death Don't Have No Mercy' that I really like.. there is a crackling energy throughout this tape that is well worth experiencing, despite the occasional flaw in this tape the sonic quality is really quite remarkable. 'New Potato Caboose' simply takes off into the cosmos.. experience it .. Alligator gives us another example of how Pigpen could lead this band...

Grateful Dead
Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA
11/11/67 - Saturday
Turn On Your Love Light
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
New Potato Caboose
Cryptical Envelopment  >
That's It For The Other One  >
Cryptical Envelopment
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)

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Now, as many of you are aware, Rhino records has released a 3 cd set of the Grateful Dead's historic performance at Red Rocks from July 8, 1978. This was of course included in the recent July 78 box set, but can now be purchased individually at retail stores or from
Even better! I have several copies to send out to lucky Deadpod listeners...
all  you have to do to try your luck in winning one of these sets is to send me an email with your US Mail address to:

No contributions are required to win the set, but they are always appreciated :)

Let's try and be kind to each other..