Friday, May 20, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 5/20/16

This week we go way back to some of our earliest great recordings of the band for this beauty from November 11th, 1967. A request from a birthday kiwi down in New Zealand, (Happy Birthday Lawrence - and to my friend Jay as well!!)  this is a fabulous show highlighted with tremendous performances from Pigpen on keyboards and vocals.
Garcia has a couple of really nice solos on the amazing 'Death Don't Have No Mercy' that I really like.. there is a crackling energy throughout this tape that is well worth experiencing, despite the occasional flaw in this tape the sonic quality is really quite remarkable. 'New Potato Caboose' simply takes off into the cosmos.. experience it .. Alligator gives us another example of how Pigpen could lead this band...

Grateful Dead
Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA
11/11/67 - Saturday
Turn On Your Love Light
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
New Potato Caboose
Cryptical Envelopment  >
That's It For The Other One  >
Cryptical Envelopment
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)

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Now, as many of you are aware, Rhino records has released a 3 cd set of the Grateful Dead's historic performance at Red Rocks from July 8, 1978. This was of course included in the recent July 78 box set, but can now be purchased individually at retail stores or from
Even better! I have several copies to send out to lucky Deadpod listeners...
all  you have to do to try your luck in winning one of these sets is to send me an email with your US Mail address to:

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Let's try and be kind to each other..

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 5/13/16

Friday the 13th finds us featuring the second set from the band's performance 30 years ago at Cal Expo on May 3rd, 1986. A nice bouncy Scarlet starts us off, with some pleasing trills from Brent (if  you enjoy his additions).. the transition into Fire is one of the highlights of the set.. quite unusual.. Jerry gives a great reading of 'Fire on the Mountain', his voice in relatively good condition, just a bit strained.. They follow with 'Man Smart, Women Smarter'.. which always got the crowd up on their feet then an unusually placed 'Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad' leads us into Drums.. Long and quite interesting I think you'll enjoy the energy here. they glide into 'The Other One' out of Space.. at times I wonder if they will find the 'one' but they do..and times I wonder where Garcia has gone.. . This leads into a slow and introspective 'Comes A Time'.. Jerry sounds quite nice here.. they follow with a set, and show closing, Sugar Magnolia.. it ends with some wierd Healy effects and an announcement about broken guitars and frozen fingers and no encore tonight.... given what happens to Jerry in a cou ple months (his diabetic coma) we have to wonder if this was a foreshadowing..
Nevertheless this is quite good for the time period and I sure hope you enjoy it!

Grateful Dead
Cal Expo Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA
5/3/86 - Saturday
Scarlet Begonias [9:40] >
Fire On The Mountain [9:46] ;
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) [7:18] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:17] >
Jam [0:57] >
Drums [4:48#] >
Space [7:14] >
The Other One [7:53] >
Comes A Time [7:52] >
Sugar Magnolia [9:44]

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Have a wonderful week my friends!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 5/6/16

I do hope it is a beautiful day in May whereever  you are! As we go back 30 years to a day that started out rainy but ended up beautiful out in California on the first weekend in May when a horse named 'Ferdinand' rode by the great Willie Shoemaker took the Kentucky Derby back in Louisville KY., but the Dead celebrated the day with a fine show at Cal Expo.
They chase away the raindrops with a fine 'Cold Rain and Snow' then bring out the 'Race is On'..
They follow with a lovely 'They Love Each Other' with exception work by both Jerry and Brent. C.C rider follows then a nice 'High Time', slow but sung exceptionally well by Garcia who is in fine voice for this date. Weir beats it down the line to the Promised Land and they close the (short) first set with a nice rockin' Deal.....

California Exposition Amphitheater, Sacramento, CA (5/3/86)

Cold Rain and Snow
The Race is On
They Love Each Other
C.C. Rider
High Time
Beat it on Down the Line
Promised Land

We'll hear set 2 next week... 

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Peace .. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 4/29/16

I think we have a really top-notch set for you this week. The second set from April 19th, 1978 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus Ohio is filled with wonderful jamming and great song selections. It starts with the always energetic 'Samson and Delilah', then moves into a great version of 'It Must've Been The Roses' .. I think you'll find Donna (and Keith) both shine in this set. A nicely jammed out 'Estimated Prophet' leads into a fine 'He's Gone'. The Drums that follows to me showcases the importance of this part of their show at its best.. this one clocks in at 18 minutes.. They come out of Space into 'The Other One', then flow into a perfectly placed 'Wharf Rat'. Around and Around closes the set but the boys return to give us the first ever cover of 'Werewolves of London' and it is a keeper!

Grateful Dead
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Columbus, OH
4/19/78 - Wednesday
Samson And Delilah [7:23] ;
It Must Have Been The Roses [7:18] ;
Estimated Prophet [14:19] >
He's Gone [11:10] >
Drums [18:#56] >
Space [8:37] >
The Other One [8:14] >
Wharf Rat [9:57#] >
Around And Around
Werewolves Of London [10:27]

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 4/22/16

This week we travel back to the spring tour of 1978 to bring you an excellent recording of a show the boys did back on April 19th, 1978 in Columbus Ohio. They come to play as they open up with a smokin' hot 'Bertha' which then goes into 'Good Lovin' to start the set. This serves to highlight perhaps the slower paced but still beautiful 'Friend of the Devil' that follows. 'Passenger' shows how strong Donna can be, and is probably my favorite tune of hers. A beautiful 'Candyman' then follows, along with a short but straight-ahead 'Cassidy'. 'Peggy-O' and Weir's 'Me & My Uncle->Big River' follow and lead us into a rockin' set-closing 'Deal'. All in all a very well-played and great sounding first set..

Grateful Dead
Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Columbus, OH
4/19/78 - Wednesday
Bertha [#7:15] >
Good Lovin' [6:30] ;
Friend Of The Devil [8:19] ;
Passenger [4:51] ;
Candyman [7:02] ;
Cassidy [4:58] ;
Peggy-O [7:54] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:02] >
Big River [5:55] ;
Deal [6:44]

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Walk in the sunshine,
watch for the bright sun... 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 4/15/16

Here's a wonderful record of a time when there truly was noone who did anything like the Grateful Dead.. this comes to us from April 12th, 1970 at the Fillmore West. This recording combines an audience and a soundboard source and does have some flaws, but I'm confident you'll listen to it with the same amazement it brings me. Of course the fact that they played with Miles Davis on the same bill during this run must have contributed to their desire to really bring it.
The show starts with a great Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, but I would bring your attention to the wonderful Garcia jam that flows between China Cat and I Know You Rider.. so sweet!
I love the Pigpen numbers on this one and the electric Deep Elem and of course a great Viola Lee Blues !

Grateful Dead
Fillmore West
San Francisco, CA
4/12/70 - Sunday
One - 1:53:56
Tuning [0:16] ;
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl [17:25];
Casey Jones [4:26]
Mama Tried
China Cat Sunflower [1:49] >
Jam [2:19] >
I Know You Rider [4:09] >

Drums [0:12] >
Good Lovin' [1:42] >
Drums [4:14] >
Good Lovin' [4:39]
Candyman [#4:17]
Deep Elem Blues
Cumberland Blues [4:30];
Dire Wolf [4:00]
Dancing In The Street [11:25];
Black Peter [8:20]
Uncle John's Band [7:01]
It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World [7:19];
Viola Lee Blues [13:52] >
Feedback [1:15];[0:30]
Encore  And We Bid You Good Night  (missing)

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