Friday, April 03, 2020

Dead Show/podcast for 4/3/20

I had mastered an entirely different show for this week when I was reminded of this one... I played this one back in 2003 on-air at KOPN in Columbia MO, but never here on the podcast. This one is a monster. We have one of the best of the Spring 73 shows, this one from April 2nd.. Boston Garden.
It's a 16 song first set, great sound (a bit of a rough start but that was common in this period :).
While the stretching out jams don't come here in set 1, there is a ton to love here. There is a stunning 'Looks Like Rain', followed by 'Wave that Flag' - the precursor to 'US Blues'. The jam on 'Big River' is thunderous, and the 'China>Rider' is just exactly perfect. They close this set with a long and very interesting 'Playin' in the Band', coming in at around 18 minutes.
97 minutes of some of the finest Grateful Dead.. don't know about you, but I need it..

Boston Garden, Boston, MA (4/2/73)

Promised Land
Mexicali Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Beat it on Down the Line
Row Jimmy
Looks Like Rain
Wave That Flag
Box of Rain
Big River
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
You Ain't Woman Enough
Jack Straw
Don't Ease Me In
Playing in the Band
You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 
Be safe, of course. 
This darkness got to give.. 
Thanks for listening..  

Friday, March 27, 2020

Dead Show/podcast for 3/27/20

Might you need some energy after some time cooped up with 'social distancing'? Well I think this show will have you covered.. true primal Dead here.. the frantic scorching solos from Garcia on most of these might not be everyone's cup of tea, but this is a great presentation of where the band came from and what the sound was like back in 1967. This was the third time they had played Winterland and the day after their first album had been released. The Pigpen tunes here are real gems. He sounds on top of his game. Chuck Berry was also on this bill, and played between the 1st and 2nd Dead sets.
The second set in particular is fascinating. Check out the great electric versions of 'Cream Puff War' and 'Viola Lee Blues' they practically blow the roof off the place !

There are some understandable flaws in this recording and a couple cuts.. still I hope it brings a smile and gives you a respite from our dystopian present.

Grateful Dead
Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA
Set 1
1.  Me And My Uncle
2.  Next Time You See Me
3.  He Was A Friend Of Mine
4.  Smokestack Lightnin'
5.  Morning Dew
6.  It Hurts Me Too
7.  Beat It On Down The Line
8.  Banter
9.  Dancin' In The Streets

Set 2
1. Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion
2. Cream Puff War
3. The Same Thing
4. Cold Rain And Snow
5. Viola Lee Blues
6. Death Don't Have No Mercy

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

be safe and be well my friends. 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Dead Show/podcast for 3/20/20

My hope is that this podcast, this music, can bring a little joy and light into your life during this dark and scary time...
This week we'll hear the second set from the band's performance on March 23, 1972 from the Academy of Music in New York City. While it is not as long as that massive first set from last week, I think it is uniformly good. 'Truckin' starts things off, nice tempo, lots of energy. The 'Ramble on Rose' is great.. Pig follows with 'Two Souls in Communion' and we're reminded what a loss was coming when he passed...
'Mexicali Blues' features some nice flourishes from Jerry, then we have the Dark Star.. unique as all Dark Stars are, certainly jazzy and complex. I've read different reactions to this Star, some positive some not so much.. give it your space and see where it leads..
Out of the Dark Star ... Pig gives us the 'Big Boss Man'.. love it..
they close with Not Fade Away>Goin' Down the Road>Not Fade Away.. Bobby goes hoarse from screaming.... :) what a night..
hope you enjoy it..

Grateful Dead
Academy of Music
New York, NY 3/23/72 - Thursday
Truckin' [11:13] ;
Ramble On Rose [5:54] ;
Two Souls In Communion ;
Mexicali Blues [3:16] ;
Dark Star [24:05] (2) ;
Big Boss Man [5:55] ;
Not Fade Away [4:04#] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad >
Not Fade Away

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

be well, chill and take care of yourself and everyone around you my friends..

remain in light...

Friday, March 13, 2020

Dead Show/podcast for 3/13/20

This week brings a *huge* first set Deadpod for you, from the famous run of shows at the Academy of Music in New York City on March 23, 1972. This set runs over 2 hours and contains 18 songs!
The band was gearing up for the upcoming Europe tour and I think this is one of the best shows of that run. Some of the many highlights include a great 'I Know You Rider' , Pigpen's 'Chinatown Shuffle', the third ever 'Looks Like Rain' with Jerry on the pedal steel, Keith does some great work on 'You Win Again'. The 'Jack Straw' is spot on, and 'Me & Bobby McGee' is one of their best.
I'm sure in these two hours you'll find some favorites of your own!

Grateful Dead
Academy of Music
New York, NY 3/23/72 - Thursday
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider ;
Black Throated Wind ;
Chinatown Shuffle ;
Brown Eyed Women ;
Beat It On Down The Line ;
Cumberland Blues ;
Looks Like Rain ;
Mr. Charlie ;
Tennessee Jed ;
El Paso ;
You Win Again ;
Jack Straw ;
Next Time You See Me ;
Playing In The Band ;
Comes A Time [7:30] ;
Me And Bobby McGee [5:53] ;
CaseyJones [5:44]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Phil Lesh who turns 80 on Sunday!!

Finally a quick word on the Corona virus  - I'm sure you've heard enough. I've been away traveling this week (lucky me huh), but hope that all of you are and stay well. It's rather scary and I hope that we all watch out and take care of one another..

Friday, March 06, 2020

Dead Show/podcast for 3/6/20

Here we have a fine second set from the band's last performance at the Uptown Theater in Chicago IL, on February 28, 1981.
I think this is a very nice recording and an interesting set list, starting with the 'Cold Rain and Snow' opener, through the heart of this one, the 'Terrapin Station' into drums and Space, then a fine 'Other One' and 'Stella Blue'. While there is a bit of funky echo in spots, for me it doesn't diminish what is an excellent set.
Brent has some interesting sounds in that transition from Terrapin, and I'm always fond of hearing a soulful 'Stella Blue'...

Grateful Dead
Uptown Theatre
Chicago, IL 2/28/81 - Saturday    
Cold Rain And Snow [6:17] >
Greatest Story Ever Told [4:19] ;
Ship Of Fools [8:48] ;
Lost Sailor [6:09] >
Saint Of Circumstance [6:33] >
Terrapin Station [12:39] >
Jam [3:03] >
Drums [12:23] >
Space [10:26] >
The Other One [6:44] >
Stella Blue [8:07] >
Around And Around [4:01] >
Good Lovin' [8:06]
One More Saturday Night [4:26#]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

here's hoping March winds blow our troubles away...

thanks for your support, my friends.. be well. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Dead Show/podcast for 2/28/20

39 years ago the band played a fine show at the Uptown Theater in Chicago, which I'm pleased to begin to present to you today. A fine 'Jack Straw' opener begins things on a high note, and the rest of this first set is varied and quite well played on this fine recording. Some of the highlights include a 'Little Red Rooster' with both some fine slide work and some nice color added by Brent, a great 'Big Railroad Blues' (which ones aren't?), and a near-perfect 'Althea'.  'Let it Grow' segs into 'Deal' to close this enjoyable set of early 80s Dead.

Grateful Dead
Uptown Theatre
Chicago, IL 2/28/81 - Saturday    
Jack Straw [6:25] ;
They Love Each Other [7:19] ;
Mama Tried [2:36]>
Mexicali Blues [4:22] ;
Candyman [7:17] ;
Little Red Rooster [8:30] ;
Big Railroad Blues [4:46] >;
Looks Like Rain [7:31] ;
Althea [9:07] ;
Let It Grow [11:56] >;
Deal [7:48]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning...
thanks for your support!