Friday, January 18, 2019

Dead Show/podcast for 1/18/19

While I missed the 40th anniversary of this one by a week, it's certainly a show that merits listening to, even if (or perhaps because) it only exists in a very good audience format. This one comes from January 10, 1979 at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale NY. While the first set, which we will hear this week, is not as outstanding as next week's Set 2, it is certainly enjoyable, in my opinion and has some nice highlights.
The boys start out by taking us to the Promised Land, which gets everyone up on their feet. The Dire Wolf makes his appearance, then a very nice Mama Tried>Mexicali Blues with some nice Garcia flourishes throughout. Jerry's voice is a little strained at time, to my ears, but he makes up for it in the Tennessee Jed that follows with some excellent solo work inside. While this time marks the end of the great Keith and Donna period, Donna does some very nice work on the 'Looks Like Rain' that follows. This long first set has some ebb and flo, but don't miss the fine 'Loser' which marked the last appearance of 'Sweet Susie', or the powerful 'Music Never Stopped' that closes the set - classic Dead.

Grateful Dead
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Uniondale, NY 1/10/79 - Wednesday
The Promised Land [4:27] ;
Dire Wolf [3:52] ;
Mama Tried [2:38] >
Mexicali Blues [4:10] ;
Tennessee Jed [8:27] ;
Looks Like Rain [7:58] ;
Stagger Lee [7:15] ;
El Paso [4:15] ;
Row Jimmy [12:07] ;
Passenger [5:12] ;
Loser [7:57] ;
The Music Never Stopped [7:36]

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It seems that ol' man Winter is blowing in this weekend - hope you stay warm and dry!
Be careful out there!

thanks for listening and for your support of the Deadpod!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Dead Show/podcast for 1/11/19

Winter Time is Good Ol' Grateful Dead Time!

I hope you're not sick of primal Dead, because in looking about for a show for this week I came across this set from January 17th, 1970 and decided that it tickled me in just the right spot so I'm going to share it this week. The boys are clicking and transitioning to new vistas and I love hearing them work out jams like Phil on this Cumberland Blues or the great 'Dark Star' jam here.
Naturally hearing Pigpen in his prime is just another bonus, (although I've read the reason the organ sounds different is that it came from a nearby church *lol* not sure how true that one is).

It's not all peaches and creme, this 48 year old tape has some flaws, including the beginning of Dire Wolf and a cut in High Time. Most heartbreaking is the missing ending of Lovelight, but I do hope you enjoy what we have here - we are really lucky to be able to relive it!

Grateful Dead
Gill Coliseum - Oregon State University
Corvalis, OR
1/17/70 - Saturday
One - 1:57:08
Dire Wolf [#3:26];[0:37] %
China Cat Sunflower [#2:13] >
Jam [2:55] >
I Know You Rider [4:24];[0:29] ;
Hard To Handle [5:00];[0:25] ;
Cumberland Blues [4:49];[1:04] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:04];[0:18] ;
Black Peter [9:32];[1:10] ;
Good Lovin' [1:40] >
Drums [0:15] >
Good Lovin' [5:44];[1:41] ;
Mason's Children [4:49] >
High Time [6:#31];[1:19] ;
Dark Star [20:51] >
Saint Stephen [6:48] >
The Eleven [11:16] >
Turn On Your Love Light [16:56#]

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Stay warm .. and thanks for listening and for your kind support!

Friday, January 04, 2019

Dead Show/podcast for 1/4/19

We kick off our 2019 Deadpods with this energetic and unusual set from 1980. This took place on January 13th, 1980 at the Cambodian Refugee Benefit in Oakland.
The band does one long set, and I've included all of it here this week. It is all quite worthy bu I'm especially fond of the laid back 'Franklin's Tower', As well as tight versions of 'Tennessee Jed', 'Looks Like Rain' and 'Don't Ease Me In'. The "second" set features a nice lenghty 'Playin' In The Band'.
'Not Fade Away' and 'Sugar Magnolia' feature Carlos Santana and John Cipolina sitting in, but their contributions are not especially noticeable on the tape, in my opinion.

I hope you find this a pleasant diversion on a Winter's day as we roll into what is usually, to me, a long month of January.

Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA (1/13/80)

Jack Straw
Franklin's Tower
New Minglewood Blues
Tennessee Jed
Looks Like Rain
Don't Ease Me In
Playin' in the Band
Not Fade Away
Sugar Magnolia

U.S. Blues

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Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile. 

Friday, December 28, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 12/28/18

We close out 2018 with the second part of the band's performance back on on April 3rd, 1970 at the Field House at the University of Cincinnati. A great representation of the band's raucous and spirited style this set features some great jamming on some real classics like 'Cryptical Envelpment' into 'The Other One', 'Cosmic Charlie' and a wonderful 'Turn on Your Lovelight'. It's easy to see why Pigpen was considered the real frontman during this period when you listen to that Lovelight.

I hope you enjoy this small slice of classic Dead as we turn the page on another year.
May the next one bring you and yours much joy and good health, and all of us peace and brotherhood.

Grateful Dead
Field House - University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 4/3/70 - Friday

part 2
Good Lovin' [#0:22] >
Drums [2:16] >
Good Lovin' [4:37];[0:02] %
Cryptical Envelopment [2:01] >
Drums [3:05] >
The Other One [7:44] >
Cryptical Envelopment [5:26] >
Cosmic Charlie [6:29] %
Not Fade Away [5:30] >
Turn On Your Love Light [17:#16]
And We Bid You Good Night

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Thanks for listening my friends.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 12/21/18

Happy Winter Solstice!

              and of course Merry Christmas..........

While this is the last Deadpod before the holiday, I will naturally include some great acoustic Dead music for your enjoyment. However since it is also a few days before the holiday, I thought I would break with tradition a bit and include some electric Dead as well. The show I selected for this week really dictated this choice, its a fine show that was performed back on April 3rd, 1970 at the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati Ohio. I bring you part one this week. Unlike most acoustic sets, this show features an acoustic set right smack in the middle.. so rather than try to rearrange the songs I thought I would bring you the first part this week and finish up next Friday night. Some of the highlights here include a great jam in 'China Cat'>'I Know You Rider' , Pigpen on 'Hard to Handle' and Katie Mae', and the first ever preformance of 'Candyman' . Don't miss the alternative lyrics on a nice acoustic 'Friend of the Devil'.

Grateful Dead
Field House - University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 4/3/70 - Friday
One - 2:07:30

Casey Jones [#3:45];[0:34] ;
China Cat Sunflower [3:04] >
Jam [1:40] >
I Know You Rider [4:04];[0:36] ;
Hard To Handle [4:58];[0:40] ;
Dancing In The Street [10:04];[0:28] ;
Me And My Uncle [2:57];[0:38] %
Friend Of The Devil [3:42];[0:38] ;
Deep Elem Blues [5:16] [0:33]%[0:10] ;
Candyman [5:01];[0:19] ;
Wake Up Little Susie [2:17] >
Black Peter [7:20] >
Uncle John's Band [6:15] ;
Intro (1) [2:52] ;
Katie Mae [3:51];[0:13] %

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I wish you and yours a peaceful, joyous holiday.

thank you for your support

Friday, December 14, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 12/14/18

This week's Deadpod features a fine second set from the band's show in Oakland California on December 4, 1990. They open with a nice 'Eyes of the World' - Bruce's piano here really shines. 'Saint of Circumstance' follows then a strong Jerry vocal performance on 'Ship of Fools'. 'Truckin' is where things really get going though with a great Jerry jam especially into the 'Smokestack Lightning' which has some nice interplay between Jerry, Vince and Bruce.
The band doesn't slow down, post-drums, with a strong 'Other One' (sans the Phil bombs) and a good Wharf Rat. Lovelight closes the set, but Jerry returns for a sweet 'Baby Blue' encore.

Grateful Dead
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena Oakland, CA
12/4/90 - Tuesday
Two  [1:47:57]

Eyes Of The World [13:02] >
Saint Of Circumstance [7:16]
Ship Of Fools [7:31] ;
Truckin [8:55] >
Smokestack Lightning [6:00] >
Drums [15:10] >
Space [11:13] >
The Other One [10:56] >
Wharf Rat [10:10] >
Turn On Your Love Light [6:55]
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [6:35]

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Special thanks to those of you who have kindly made year-end contributions to the Deadpod.
Thanks to everyone who  helps us continue to roll.