Friday, July 18, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 7/18/14

The second set of the show the Dead performed on July 13th, 1985 from Ventura California. In my opinion this is a fine second set, highlighted by a very nice drums/space into the Wheel, then a rare Cryptical into a very jammy Other One. That is followed by a particularly touching 'Comes A Time', always a favorite. While there may be better versions, I think this set stands up to scrutiny as the boys put out some great energy in this second set. They close with the summertime favorite 'U.S. Blues'.

Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA (7/13/85)
Touch of Grey
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Terrapin Station
The Wheel
Cryptical Envelopment
The Other One
Comes a Time
Around and Around
Sugar Magnolia

U.S. Blues

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 7/11/14

While we are in high summer my thoughts turned to great summer tours and despite my reservations about some shows from this year, I couldn't help but realize that this year had to be represented - 1985. The band played an amazing summer tour with such a wide variety setlists filled with extraordinary breakouts that the year deserves to be honored despite the well-known problems with Garcia's voice and the all-too-obvious tendency to overindulge in certain stimulants..
This week's show is a great example.. this week we get to hear a stellar first set from July 13th at the Venura County Fairgrounds in Ventura CA. The show opens with a very unusual One More Saturday Night, which rolls into an exceptionally well-played 'Fire on the Mountain' .. as I've heard it told, there actually were fires on the hills behind the stage as controlled burns were being done during the show.. One of the best 'Walkin' Blues' follows, the the fun Dupree's, I imagine the Mama Tried->Big River got everyone dancin', but the Bird Song that follows is dope for sure. Love to hear the Music Never Stopped that follows, a great great Summertime tune!

Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA (7/13/85)

One More Saturday Night
Fire on the Mountain
Walkin' Blues
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Mama Tried
Big River
Bird Song
Music Never Stopped

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Friday, July 04, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 7/4/14

Happy 4th of July!

With the 4th falling on a Friday it just seems to be fitting that I play one of the seven shows that the boys played on this date. Since I've already played the 7/4/90 show on the Deadpod, I decided to bring back this beauty from the Summer of 1984.. I happen to think the boys were on a peak during this time (the night before when they played Kansas City is a great show too!), and I decided it would be best to bring you this nice long second set for this holiday Deadpod.

Any set that opens with a Help->Slip->Franklin's is off on the right foot, and then Brent delivers a pretty fair 'Far From Me'.. Estimated into He's Gone always opens up new spaces.. I love the Truckin' out of space into a wonderful Wharf Rat, which for me is the highlight of the set..

Of course its nice to have a US Blues encore to celebrate the 4th!!

Five Seasons Center, Cedar Rapids, IA (7/4/84)
set 2

Help on the Way
Franklin's Tower
Far From Me
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
Wharf Rat
Around and Around
Good Lovin'

U.S. Blues

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have a safe and HAPPY 4th! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 6/27/14

This week I received some requests for more from the Jerry Garcia Band.... While I had some reservations due to the fact that this week's show is only available from an audience source, I decided to go ahead and publish this smoker of a show from the summer of 1984.. This is the entire show, albeit there are some apparent splices and cuts I still think its outstanding. While both sets are outstanding, I'm confident in predicting that the Sugaree in set 2 will blow your socks off. About the time you catch your breath, listen to Jer on 'Get Out of My Life Woman'.. whew! This is a great show with a great backing lineup and I hope you can overlook the inherent limitations of the audience source and enjoy what must have been a spectacular show to have witnessed. 

Jerry Garcia Band
1984.08.13 Club Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH I&II [2] 32070
Set I
[11:03] //Cats Under The Stars
[16:08] //Knockin' On Heaven's Door
[12:07] I Second That Emotion//
[10:35] Mississippi Moon
[13:50] Tangled Up In Blue
Set II
[17:32] Sugaree
[05:19] Run For The Roses
[12:24] Get Out Of My Life Woman
[07:35] Midnight Moonlight

[14:17] //Rhapsody In Red//

Band: Jerry Garcia, Melvin Seals, John Kahn, DeeDee Dickerson, David Kemper, Jaclyn LaBranch

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 6/20/14

This week's Deadpod features the 2nd half of the electric set from June 6th, 1970 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco CA. There is some furious playing here - a wonderful jam that comes out of Alligator and into Lovelight. Pigpen is in his element here, and you'll enjoy him on this great Lovelight->Not Fade Away->Lovelight portion of the set.. Garcia is turning on a dime throughout and I think you'll appreciate the energy and rhythm of the set.. A great way to start off what I hope is a fine weekend!

Grateful Dead
6/6/70 Fillmore West
San Francisco, CA
set 2 - part 2

Dire Wolf [3:43] >
Drums [0:07] >
Alligator [3:42] >
Drums [6:00] >
Jam [8:30] >
Bid You Goodnite Jam [1:20] >
Darkness Jam [2:05] >
Jam [2:20] >
Turn On Your Love Light [23:#53] >
Not Fade Away [4:14] >
Turn On Your Love Light [8:55];[0:12][8:33]
Encore Uncle John's Band [6:08];[0:11]

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 6/13/14

I had several requests this week for some 'primal' Dead.. and so I thought I came upon this fine soundboard from the spring of 1970. While we only have the electric set its still a fine example of the boys in their early formative years and I'm hoping you'll really enjoy it.  This electric set is so long in fact, that I'm going to split it up so we will hear the 2nd part - including a fabulous version of 'Alligator' - next week. This week the set starts with a great Morning Dew.. the Dancin' in the Streets is a fine version including an interesting 'feelin' groovy' jam.. Jerry and Pig trade off verses on the 'Next Time You See Me' that follows, and then the boys really get rolling through China->Ride and Good Lovin'.. the 'New Orleans' that rocks out from drums is a real treat, then back into Good Lovin' and we'll close this portion of the set with the fine 'Attics'..

Fillmore West - San Francisco, CA

Electric set part 1: 

Morning Dew
Me And My Uncle
Casey Jones
Dancin' In The Streets
Next Time You See Me
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Good Lovin'
New Orleans
Good Lovin'
Attics Of My Life

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