Friday, August 15, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/15/14

"Summer flies and August dies
the world grows dark and mean"

I had a request for something from Alpine Valley, and it seemed to me that this show fit best right now, this is the last show that the band ever played at that storied venue, July 19th, 1989. Surely not the best show of the year, or even of that monstrous Summer Tour, but a show that displayed the band as it was at the end of an era of sorts. A very good show in which we see the band playing as a pretty well oiled machine.. The set starts with the always fun Hell In A Bucket, but that goes nicely into a fine Sugaree, where Jerry has a particularly  refreshing jam. The Mama Tried ->Mexicalli Blues are well played with much energy, but Althea is of course a highlight of the set at least for Jerry's vocals. I was never a huge fan of hearing the Victim or the Crime, but it certainly has its place in the band's repertoire at this point in their career. West L.A. Fadeaway follows, then a very good Desolation Row where Weir does I think a very nice job despite turning around the order of the verses. The Deal that follows is as usual during '89, very nicely jammed out. 

Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy WI (7/19/89)

Hell in a Bucket
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Victim or the Crime
West L.A. Fadeaway
Desolation Row

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and of course to the family of  Robin Williams.. 

Friday, August 08, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/8/14

Hard to believe its been 19 years. Life is like that, those of us lucky enough to get old realize the truth in the line about it passing like dew.. I digress.. Here it is the eve of that anniversary and all I can do is bring you some fine Jerry music. This one comes from the Jerry Band back in 1978.. early show at the Capitol Theater in Passaic NJ. This one was broadcast on FM radio and that is where this Jerry Moore recording came from. Still sounds pretty fine to me, and I hope you enjoy going back to that young Jerry and enjoying how he rocked out these tunes.
Keith and Donna were in the band back then, John Kahn on bass, Buzz Buchanan on Drums, Maria Muldaur joined Donna on backing vocals.. What a blast it must have been that night.

Jerry Garcia Band
3/17/78 early show
Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ

source: FM simulcast 10/5" reel master @ 7.5 ips
taped by Jerry Moore

DJ's, inro
How Sweet It Is
Catfish John
Simple Twist Of Fate
Second That Emotion
They Love Each Other
Mystery Train
Cats Under The Stars

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As the song goes, Love is real, Not Fade Away........

Friday, August 01, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/1/14

Here we are on what would have been Jerry Garcia's 72nd birthday.. whew .. hard to imagine how much music he would have produced had he stuck around these last 19 years.
We get to share what we have, and this week that is the second set from the Grateful Dead's performance at the Greek Theater in Berkeley California on July 15th, 1988.
We start out with a great choice for a summer night, Scarlet->Fire... the transition is perhaps not as long as some, but there's plenty of energy here.. that energy builds with a rockin' Man Smart, Woman Smarter.. Ship of Fools follows and slows the tempo down but the band goes into Estimated->Drums->Space->Miracle which are all quite well played. The Wheel follows and then Brent leads the band into an excellent Gimme Some Lovin'. Jerry closes the set with a charged Morning Dew.. The lowpoint of the set is the encore, where Bobby is quite off key but well, no one is perfect right?

Grateful Dead
Greek Theater Univ of California Berkeley CA
set 2
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire On The Mountain ;
Man Smart, Woman Smarter ;
Ship of Fools ;
Estimated Prophet >
Drums >
Space >
I Need A Miracle >
The Wheel >
Gimme Some Lovin' >
Morning Dew
Encore Turn On Your Love Light

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 7/25/14

Summer keeps rollin' by... and I thought it just wouldn't be right if I didn't find a proper Shakedown Street to mark the season.. I think this one should fit the bill. Here is a high-energy show from 1988, originally a Rex Benefit show, that gives us plenty to like during these long days of Summer. This one comes from the Greek in Berkeley, where the boys always enjoyed playing. After the strong Shakedown opener, they move into a pretty good Walkin' Blues and a decent Friend of the Devil. The Queen Jane that follows however may have you scratching your head at the start - it doesn't sound like that itself at first :) . The Dire Wolf makes an appearance afterwards, a song I always enjoyed and never heard live often enough. Cassidy may provide the strongest jam of the 2nd part of the first set, as the song serves as the spot for some excellent interplay. A rare set-closing Bertha leaves everyone on their feet as the first set closes... We'll listen to set 2 on next week's Deadpod... 

Berkeley Greek Theatre (7/15/88)

Shakedown Street
Walkin' Blues
Friend of the Devil
Queen Jane Approximately
Dire Wolf
Never Trust a Woman

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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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