Friday, August 28, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 8/28/15

This week we feature yes another show from 1980.. this one was the last show of the summer tour that year, and took place up in Lewiston Maine, at a big outdoor festival there at the State Fairgrounds on September 6th, 1980. This is a wonderful show, and while this recording does suffer some issues (this is a soundboard/audience matrix) it still captures what is a superb performance and I'm certain you'll enjoy it. 
The boys come out strong out of the gate, with a rocking 'Alabama Getaway' into 'Greatest Story Every Told'.. when Garcia starts out with 'Sugaree' you might think things are about to settle down, but hold on for one of the better versions of this number you are likely to hear.. this is fantastic! The band is not about to slow down however as the remainder of set one contains plenty to like, including a rare, mid-set 'Feel Like A Stranger' and a great China->Rider->Promised Land to close out set 1. 
While we will hear set 2 next week, with its own spectacular jamming, I hope you find this set a great way to spend a late summer day... 

State Fairgrounds, Lewiston, ME (9/6/80)

Alabama Getaway
Greatest Story Ever Told
Me and My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
Feel Like a Stranger
Friend of the Devil
Far From Me
Little Red Rooster
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Promised Land

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As I send off my two sons to college this weekend, I'm left with the feeling best expressed by the boys when they sang: 

"Wo Oh, what I want to know, where does the time go?" 

I wish all of you well, and thank you for giving me the opportunity to share this magic music with you... 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 8/21/15

Here is the second set of the Grateful Dead's performance at the Glen Falls Civic Center in Glen Falls New York on May 8th, 1980. This set displays the same energy as the excellent first set, starting off with an unusual 'Uncle John's Band' opener. Estimated->Eyes follows, certainly not an unusual combination, but nevertheless Garcia makes the transition worth listening to. The Truckin' into Stella Blue is also very sweet and sad.. lovely. The set ends with some of their favorite rockin' numbers, an unusual Johnny B Goode set closer (instead of an encore).

I hope you enjoy this one..

Grateful Dead 
Glens Falls Civic Center 
Glens Falls, NY  
5/8/80 - Thursday

Set Two
Uncle John's Band
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Stella Blue
Around and Around
Johnny B. Goode

U.S. Blues
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Friday, August 14, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 8/14/15

This week's Deadpod is the result of a request from one of my long time listeners' who reported that his wife had one of those annoying incidents where some lout dumped a beer on her during this, her very first Grateful Dead show and nevertheless remained tolerant enough to accompany him to yet another Dead show 15 years later where the same thing happened to the poor lady!
Despite all that this is a great show, and I'm happy to bring it to you this week, this comes from Falls Church NY from May 8th, 1980. It opens with a rockin' Alabama Getaway, and shows that the boys are ready to rock on this night! Other highlights for me include a fine 'High Time' and a great version of 'Lazy Lightnin'->Supplication'..
I'll be playing the second set of this show next week.. 

Grateful Dead 
Glens Falls Civic Center 
Glens Falls, NY  
5/8/80 - Thursday

Set One
Alabama Getaway [4:21] >
The Promised Land [4:10] ;
Friend Of The Devil [9:15] ;
Mama Tried [2:28] >
Mexicali Blues [4:11] ;
High Time [8:06] ;
Lazy Lightnin' [3:54] >
Supplication [7:06] ;
Ramble On Rose [7:35] ;
Lost Sailor [6:09] >
Saint Of Circumstance [6:07]  

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 8/7/15this

This week we present the third and final portion of the Grateful Dead's performance from the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Racecourse in Watkins Glen NY on July 28th, 1973. This may not be the best show of the year, but there is certainly some fine music here to recommend itself and to fuel many a thought as you listen. This section begins with a nice Stella Blue, and when you think well there is the Jerry Ballad, they go into a stunning 'Eyes of the World'. For my money the highlight of this set, this one features some amazing jams, especially after the chorus, with hints of 'Stronger than Dirt' and even 'Help on the Way'.. I hope you dig this as much as I did. Weir brings us down to earth with a shiny happy 'Sugar Magnolia' to follow, and then they give us a wonderful 'Sing Me Back Home' (patched however from the audience source and with a nasty cut at the end).. Not Fade Away' probably comes from the same audience patch, but features some high energy Keith on piano. The Mountain Jam featuring members of the Allman Brothers and the Band sounds better from a soundboard copy, and while it is a bit sloppy at times it is still a joy to hear again. While clearly not the most structured jam ever, this is still a fine way to celebrate the Days Between by  listening to Jerry on this one. When the jam finally ends, you'd think the band would be finished.. but we get a Johnny B Goode encore (with a cut and somewhat muddled vocals).. despite its flaws, I hope you enjoy this week's Deadpod..

Grateful Dead
Grand Prix Racecourse, Watkins Glen, NY (7/28/73)

end of set 2:

Stella Blue
Eyes of the World
Sugar Magnolia

Sing Me Back Home

Not Fade Away
Mountain Jam
Johnny B. Goode

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Be well my friends and be kind to everyone. 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 7/31/15

On this Blue Moon Friday, we present the 2nd installment of the Grateful Dead's performance at Watkins Glen Speedway on July 28th, 1973. We start with the last song of the 1st set, but arguably the highlight of the show, a classic 'Playin' In the Band'. This one is in my opinion, on a par with the famous soundcheck of the previous day. It doesn't take them long to jump off on a psychedelic musical exploration here. Garcia's leads us on a fantastic voyage here, with a sound that at times I've heard described as a 'swarm of hornets', he leads us way out there. While this jam perhaps doesn't last as long as the day before, I would argue its clearly top shelf jazz improvisation. The second set starts with an 'Around and Around' patched from an audience copy, but we're back to the soundboard for a unique, funky, Loose Lucy. He's Gone develops nicely but transitions rather abruptly into Truckin'. This one suffers some audio problems but nothing to detract from the nice jam that follows the chorus.. where Jerry winds into a "Nobody's Fault' line .. the last minute or so they get a bit lost before going into .... 'El Paso'! .. like coming out of a dark room into the sunshine.. :) Our trip back to the summer of '73 closes this week with a China->Rider.. ahhh that sweet waterfall coming from Jerry's Guitar.. then that engine rolling down the track :) . see you in August!

Grateful Dead
Grand Prix Racecourse, Watkins Glen, NY (7/28/73)

end of set 1:

Playing in the Band
set 2: (partial)

Around and Around
Loose Lucy
Big River
He's Gone
Nobody's Jam
El Paso
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
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Hope you're 'dancin' in the moonlight' tonight! 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 7/24/15

This week I'm going to start to present the Grateful Dead's performance at the famous Watkins Glen racecourse from July 28th, 1973. Not only was this the largest rock concert attendance wise ever up to this point, it of course is most famous perhaps for the soundcheck the band did the day before the actual performance which I'm going to showcase these next 3 weeks. I think that is somewhat unfair, as this is a great show, as most are from 1973, and I think it is a fine show to use to celebrate Jerry's Birthday coming up as it does on August 1st.
This first part which I'm bringing you this week starts out with\ a hard charging 'Bertha' - Phil is leading the pack here, followed by a great 'Beat It On Down The Line', with some very nice keyboard work by Keith. Brown-Eyed Women follows, then a very fast tempo'd Mexicali Blues. Box Of Rain is very nicely done, and "Here Comes Sunshine' showcases Jerry doing some very nice explorations. Row Jimmy and Jack Straw follow, and then an explosive Deal is where we will leave off this week's Deadpod, with more to follow in the next two weeks.

Grateful Dead
Grand Prix Racecourse, Watkins Glen, NY (7/28/73)
set 1 - partial

Beat it on Down the Line
Brown Eyed Women
Mexicali Blues
Box of Rain
Here Comes Sunshine
Looks Like Rain
Row Jimmy
Jack Straw

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Good wishes to everyone!