Friday, April 18, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 4/18/14

For this Good Friday edition of the Deadpod I've picked out a show from the 1991.. this was the first of what would become a regular stop in Las Vegas for the boys in the 90s. April 27th, 1991 at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl. This is a fun first set, and I think that comes through in the band's playing and on the recording. 
The weather from all accounts was perfect, unlike later years, and Santana provided a strong opening act. 
The boys opened with an uptempo Touch, and while Healy had his problems mixing in this first set, I think you'll enjoy the band's enthusiasm. I quite enjoy Maggie's Farm, a song I was happy they boys put into the rotation, and Loose Lucy was always fun. Don't give up on that closing Might As Well, it has quite a nice jam in it! Stay tuned for a very good set 2 next week... 

The Sam Boyd Silver Bowl, Las Vegas, NV (4/27/91)

Comments: Carlos Santana and his band opened

Touch of Grey
Walkin' Blues
Friend of the Devil
Mexicali Blues
Maggie's Farm
Loose Lucy
Might as Well

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Enjoy the music, enjoy life and be grateful for all we have! 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 4/11/14

I think you'll really enjoy this second set from 1982... I don't know exactly what the boys were into (judging from the Raven space there must've been some tanks backstage :) but I find the entire set to be very up tempo and well played. Garcia is in fine form throughout and particularly enjoy the stand alone, bluegrass tinged Franklin's Tower. Estimated is arranged quite uniquely as well, and a strong Terrapin leads into Phil's famous Raven Space.. Post-drums doesn't disappoint either, as a fine Wheel and Truckin' lead into a very soulful Stella Blue - I can never hear that one enough and this is a real tear jerker.. They close with two strong Weir rocker's and come back to cap off the night with a Brokedown encore.. 
Ah.. to be on tour again in the Spring... at least we can in our minds as we listen to this week's Deadpod.. 

Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD (4/19/82)
set 2
Feel Like a Stranger
Franklin's Tower
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station
The Wheel
Stella Blue
Around and Around
Good Lovin' Brokedown Palace

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Enjoy Spring !

Friday, April 04, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 4/4/14

This week I'm bringing out a show that was requested quite a while ago.. just goes to show that you should always let me know what you hope to hear and be patient :) This is a fine show from a fine tour - the spring of 1982. This show happened to be the last one on the east coast leg of that tour and took place on April 19th, 1982 in Baltimore MD. The first set we'll hear tonight is emblematic of the band enjoying itself, having fun with each other and really putting out some great songs.
They start out with a wonderful Jack Straw, They Love Each Other follows - listen for Brett's solo here, he really puts out some fine work throughout this set.. Bobby follows with a fun 'On The Road Again'. One of my favorites of this set is the fine 'It Must Have Been The Roses'.. which I will always stop and soak in..
The Cumberland Blues, as always is a great rockin' treat, and the Might As Well which closes the set is played in a most unique way..

Grateful Dead
Baltimore Civic Center
Baltimore, MD

--Set 1--
Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
On The Road Again
It Must Have Been the Roses
Little Red Rooster
Cumberland Blues
Man Smart (Woman Are Smarter)
Might as Well

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Hope you enjoy!! Take it slow ;)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 3/28/14

The second set of the Dead's performance at Winterland on March 18th, 1977, is often singled out because of the fact that it was the only time the band performed the 'complete' Terrapin Station, including the instrumental section labeled 'At A Siding' and here noted in the track listings as 'Alhambra'. This performance most closely resembles the studio version released on the album of the same name and the band never again (until their most recent ensembles) played the complete cycle. There are of course other notable highlights in this second set, including excellent versions of Samson & Delilah, and Brown-Eyed Women , a furious drums and an over the top version of Not Fade Away... The song placement is quite unusual as the Not Fade Away goes into a St. Stephen (rather then the other way around) to end the set. The band returns for a lovely Uncle John's Band to complete what was a most excellent way to usher in the spring tour of 1977.

Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (3/18/77)
Set 2

Samson and Delilah
Brown Eyed Women
Good Lovin'
Ship of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station
The Alhambra
Not Fade Away
St. Stephen
Around and Around

Uncle John's Band

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I hope the sun is shining through your backdoor today.............. thanks for listening and for your support of the Deadpod.. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 3/21/14

I often wait until later in the Spring to pull out a show from 1977, but the anniversary this week of this run of shows moved me to pull this beauty out of the archives and select it for our next couple of Deadpods.. 
This show took place back on March 18th, 1977 at Winterland in San Francisco. The band is already jelling into the tight unit they're going to become later that spring, and you can hear the excitement in their playing and singing as they bring out new arrangements and new tunes for the first time.. This is a show that Blair Jackson has written about on as one of his most memorable experiences.. The band was not at all perfect (check out the mistakes during the still-new Mississippi Half-Step) but still reached the sublime (as evidence listen to the Sugaree).. This set features the first live performance of Fire on the Mountain and the transition from Scarlet into Fire is wonderful.. 

Next week we'll get to hear the wonderful second set.. 

Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (3/18/77)

Promised Land
Mississippi Half-Step
It's All Over Now
New Minglewood Blues
Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain

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Happy Spring!! 

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 3/14/14

March of 1969 was a seriously good month for the young Grateful Dead. The classic run at the Fillmore which opened the month showed us exactly how on fire these guys were at the time. I came across this little gem and was reminded of the energy and power of those days and thought I'd share it with you this week.
This set starts out with the very first 'Hard To Handle' and while Pig isn't at his best here I still find it quite fascinating to hear, knowing what the song would become. Following is a nice Good Morning Little Schoolgirl and the Dark Star->St. Stephen->The Eleven triad that was emblematic of this 'Live Dead' period of their history. The set closes with a good-old long Lovelight that should be sure to get your juices flowing!

Grateful Dead
Hilton Hotel
San Francisco, CA
3/15/69 - Saturday

Hard To Handle
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Dark Star  >
Saint Stephen >
The Eleven >
Turn On Your Love Light

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