Saturday, September 20, 2014

No more copies of Wake Up To Find Out are available

Sorry! but all the copies that Rhino was kind enough to send me of the CD set have been claimed.

I want to thank my listeners and supporters SO much for their generosity in making donations to the Deadpod!

While its never a bad time to contribute, and I wish I had more of these great CDs - I don't .. and I don't want to disappoint anyone!

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                                          - the professor

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 9/19/14

This week's Deadpod takes us back to Dijon France for the second set of the band's amazing performance which took place back on 9/18/74. I have however, taken some liberties with this presentation however, as I omitted the first two songs of set 2, Loose Lucy and Big River, because the vocals in these two are hopelessly lost and cannot be heard. In place of those, I decided to include the 3 songs done as a soundcheck for this show - something titled  'Jerry's Space', as well as Cumberland Blues and Brokedown Palace. I'm not always a fan of soundchecks but I do think you'll enjoy these.
The remainder of the second set retains the audio clarity found in set 1, and while this set probably doesn't reach the musical heights of set 1 there is plenty here to enjoy.
The Eyes->China Doll->He's Gone->Truckin' is as all those titles read, quite pleasing, if not mind-blowing. The most interesting jam of the set probably comes out of drums, when Phil leads them in a most interesting Caution jam. Johnny B. Goode to close the set is quite unusual and shows that the boys thought it had been a good days' work, I think.

Grateful Dead
September 18th, 1974
Parc des Expositions
Dijon, France

Jerry's Space
Cumberland Blues
Brokedown Palace

from set 2: 
Me and My Uncle
Eyes of the World
China Doll
He's Gone
Caution Jam
Ship of Fools
Johnny B. Goode

U.S. Blues

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 9/12/14

This is such a great show that I'm astounded that I've not played it on the Deadpod until today.. as the 40th anniversary of this great show approaches I will right that oversight. One of the greatest first sets ever.. from Dijon France, September 18th, 1974. It opens with a warm, delightful Uncle John's Band.. then the great songs roll on, Jack Straw, Friend of the Devil, Black Throated Wind, Scarlet Begonias (!).. its an insane first set and the recording is magnificent as well. There's no reason to enumerate every great song here, but the 'To Lay Me Down' is clearly one of the most powerful ever.,

I hope you enjoy this masterpiece.

Grateful Dead
September 18th, 1974
Parc des Expositions
Dijon, France

Uncle John's Band [8:39] ;
Jack Straw [5:11] ;
Friend Of The Devil [4:20] ;
Black Throated Wind [6:53] ;
Scarlet Begonias [8:34] ;
Mexicali Blues [3:09] ;
Row Jimmy [7:26#] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [3:14] ;
Deal [4:29] ;
The Race Is On [3:08] ;
To Lay Me Down [8:08] ;
Playing In The Band [23:31]

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 9/5/14

This week's Deadpod features a beast of a second set.. but what else can you expect from a show from 1972. This one features some great interplay between Lesh and Garcia throughout. Innocently enough the set starts out with a fat Big River followed by a standard Friend of the Devil and Me & My Uncle, things start getting interesting on the Bird Song.. here we find quite an interesting jam after the first verse as Garcia begins to take the music to some very nice places.. personally I enjoyed the ending jam quite a bit. Truckin' follows, always a great vehicle for exploration, and the band takes off following the verses. A short drum segment then leads Phil to bring out what is a quite good Other One, and in fact  this goes into a classic He's Gone and then *back* into the Other One.. the only such combination I'm aware of. This one had some excellent jamming including what is often referred to as the  'Tiger' jam.  I love the transition into He's Gone.. and back into the Other One for that matter! But wait there's more :) .. a hot Greatest Story,.. Comes A Time mmmmm and then a far out Not Fade Away->Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad->Not Fade Away
who needs an encore after that set list!! 

Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO (10/19/72)

set 2
Big River
Friend of the Devil
Me and My Uncle
Bird Song
The Other One->
He's Gone->
The Other One
Greatest Story Ever Told
Comes A Time
Not Fade Away->
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad->
Not Fade Away

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/29/14

Labor Day weekend.. summer's swan song so they say with the kids going back to school .. or college.. and lots of folks getting one last weekend of warm weather activities.. well I decided to bring you a show from a fall tour.. the Fall of 1972.. had a request for one of these wonderful shows so I'm bringing you the last night of a great three night run at the Fabulous Fox theater in St. Louis, October 19th, 1972. I played the 2nd set of the night before about four years ago.. but this one is a keeper as well. We will hear set 1 this week and the amazing second set next week.

As usual, this first set features a great selection of the band's catalog played smartly. These are all excellent versions, but my highlights would include the China Cat->Rider with an excellent transition, always great to hear the Dire wolf come out and the boys really amp it up with the last two songs, Around and Around and Casey Jones.. I think this is a great set to sit back and enjoy as you savor the last long weekend of summer.

Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO (10/19/72)

Promised Land
Tennessee Jed
Jack Straw
Don't Ease Me In
Black Throated Wind
Mexicali Blues
El Paso
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Beat it on Down the Line
Dire Wolf
Around and Around
Casey Jones

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/22/14

A classic second set from 1989 on this week's Deadpod.. marking the band's final appearance at the Alpine Valley Music Theater and in a way, the end of an era, as the scene was becoming so large that places, like Alpine Valley, felt they had no choice but to ban the band from returning.
The second set took place in a downpour, and its reflected in some of the song choices.. a beautiful Box of Rain to start the set, then the band goes into one of my favorites that I always felt they didn't explore long enough, Foolish Heart.Looks like Rain follows, and Weir does a great job on the vocals here. Garcia takes the band to Terrapin Station, then a nice drums and space foreshadows The Other One.. Brent and Phil do a nice job on this one and it disolves into The Wheel. Morning Dew puts a cap on the night, and the midwest Summer tour. The band comes out for a spirted Lovelight encore, before departing from the big bowl for the last time.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy WI (7/19/89)
set 2
Box of Rain
Foolish Heart
Looks Like Rain
Terrapin Station
The Other One
The Wheel
Morning Dew

Turn on Your Love Light

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