Friday, May 22, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 5/22/15

As we turn the corner this weekend into the unofficial start of summer, we have a smokin' hot set of Dead music to serve as the soundtrack. This is set 3 of the band's performance on May 26th, 1973 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. The boys open with a straight ahead rockin' version of 'Mississippi Half Step'.. some beautiful Garcia licks there in the closing.. then 'Me & My Uncle', then we get into the heart of the matter.. a nice, stretched out 'He's Gone'.. including some great Phil bass and baritone vocals.. then we go into a wonderful stretch of music, one of the best of a very good year as the band dissolves He's Gone into Truckin'.. then we go into a great Other One intro and jam, then a beautiful Eyes of the World->China Doll.. what a day! Keith is on the money here and Billy is as always, outstanding.
As I sit back and enjoy this I marvel at the band's energy here after already having played two smoking' sets. Is it one of the best of that very good year? prehaps.. but it is not worth the argument, it is a pleasure to behold..

Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA (5/26/73)

set 3
Mississippi Half-Step
Me and My Uncle
He's Gone
The Other One
Eyes of the World
China Doll
Sugar Magnolia
Casey Jones

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Have a safe and fun-filled Memorial Day weekend.. 
take a moment to reflect on the men and women who lost their lives in service to the country.. and work for peace.. 

thanks for your support. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 5/15/15

This week's Deadpod featu res a great set of music, from the second of three sets that took place back on May 26th, 1973 at the old Kezar Stadium in San Francisco CA. As I understand it this was an  unusually warm and sunny day in San Francisco and the band's performance matched the weather. The Here Comes Sunshine that opens this second set is in my opinion, one of the better ones the band every played. El Paso follows, then a Loser that is notable for the wonderful interplay between Jerry and Bob.. Beat It on Down the Line is always a crowd pleaser, then Donna Jean sings 'You Ain't Woman Enough....'.. I always get a kick out of that.. Phil follows with a nice Box of Rain, then the highlight of this set, the China->Rider. Not to denigrate either song, but catch the really kewl transition between these two.. its unique and not the ordinary way the band blends these two together..
You'd think that would be enough, but not on this day.. the boys follow with Big River, and excellent Bertha and an Around and Around to keep the crowd dancin'.. then they'll be back for set THREE next week here on the Deadpod..

Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA (5/26/73)

set 2
Here Comes Sunshine
El Paso
Beat it on Down the Line
You Ain't Woman Enough
Box of Rain
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Big River
Around and Around

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Friday, May 08, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 5/8/15

This week's Deadpod comes as a result of a request from a longtime supporter of the 'pod.. an excellent choice from 1973.. this is quite a famous show and there have been great tapes around but I'm quite certain you'll enjoy it, and don't believe I've ever featured it on the Deadpod .. This is from Kezar Stadium in San Francisco CA back on May 26th, 1973. The gig featured both Waylon Jennings and the New Riders of the Purple Sage as opening acts and from all reports they both put on fine sets so the crowd was well warmed up by the time the Dead took the stage around 2 in the afternoon. We will hear the first set this week which consists for the most part, of well played classic first set Dead tunes. While most of the surprises and jamming will come in what follows, I think you'll enjoy this fine recording.. I know I find myself dreaming of sitting out in the sunshine when I heard the opening notes of 'Jack Straw'.. I hope you'll forgive me for consecutive weeks that include 'The Race Is On' but it's always fun to hear... They Love Each Other is one of the bounciest versions ever! It's hard not to imagine Garcia smiling on this one.. The Playin' in the Band that closes the set is tight and jazzy and gives a hint as to the what is to come..

Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, CA (5/26/73)

set 1

Promised Land
Jack Straw
Tennessee Jed
The Race Is On
Mexicali Blues
Row Jimmy
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Playing in the Band

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I am fortunate to have such great listeners..........

Friday, May 01, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 5/1/15

Here we are in the beautiful month of May - Kentucky Derby weekend no less - so I wanted to bring you a set that of course included the band's wonderful rendition of George Jones'  'The Race Is On'.. In addition, this pick comes from the fabulous Frost Amphitheater back in the fine year of 1989..  This week's show from May 6th, 1989, happened to be a Rex benefit as well, and I think it is a fine example of the band's work during this period which was always easy to listen to and enjoy.
While the setlist is perhaps not extraordinary, aside from the Race Is On's inclusion, the songs are all quite up tempo (with the exception of Walkin' Blues and a perhaps not the best-played version of West LA.. ) and I'm sure the crowd was enjoying itself in the California sunshine. I hope you enjoy this one as well..........

Frost Amphitheater, Stanford CA (5/6/89)

Jack Straw
Walkin' Blues
They Love Each Other
The Race is On
West L.A. Fadeaway
Just a Little Light
Queen Jane Approximately
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 4/24/15

Ask and you shall receive.. at least sometimes.. :) this week's Deadpod was the result of a request just posted on the Facebook page for 8/23/68.. this is a great performance and a pretty damm good tape.. it took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles CA the night before 'Two From The Vault' was recorded.. this features the Dead during one of their most creative periods. I just love the energy on this tape.. the opening Other One on this tape just crackles with it.. The Dark Star is full of Pigpen's funky organ in that characteristic early opening.. The Eleven is one of my favorite versions ever.. and there's really no words to describe the Alligator->Caution.. this is the highlight of an incredible show.. dig it.

Grateful Dead
Shrine Exhibition Hall, Los Angeles CA  8/23/68 

Cryptical Envelopment [1:50] ->
Drums [0:14] ->
The Other One [4:08] ->
Cryptical Envelopment [6:33];[0:06]%[0:03] ;
Dark Star [15:26] ->
Saint Stephen [4:39] ->
The Eleven [10:53#]
Death Don't Have No Mercy [#8:02] ;
Alligator [3:40] ->
Drums [6:54] ->
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) [20:28] >
Feedback [3:09]

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Be well everyone!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 4/17/15

Spring is finally arriving around here and my thoughts turned to the great Spring tour of Europe 72. Since that tour is completely released on the box set I am going to share with you this week a wonderful set from the fall of 1972. This show took place on October 27th, 1972 in Columbus Ohio. I don't have, nor do I believe there exists, a copy of the first set that matches the quality of the audience recording of set 2 that I've chosen for this week's Deadpod. This is said to be Bear's recording and I would not doubt that from the quality - I do think you'll enjoy it. Beyond that the performance is first rate. Especially from Truckin' through The Other One, to a Mississipi Half-Step(!) the band is on fire. I'm a huge fan fo the Uncle John's encore as well.. a great set from a great year.. I hope you enjoy this one! 
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Columbus, OH (10/27/72)

Greatest Story Ever Told
Ramble On Rose
The Other One
Mississippi Half-Step
Morning Dew
Tomorrow Is Forever
Promised Land
Sugar Magnolia
Uncle John's Band
E: One More Saturday Night

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