Friday, June 23, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 6/23/17

This week we are back in Miami for the 2nd set of an incredible show the Dead played back on June 23rd, 1974. This set starts with a beautiful jam into Ship of Fools. The pace picks up with a sprightly Big River, featuring some great Garcia runs. Jerry slows the pace again with a soulful, 'Black Peter'. 'Around and Around' gets the show swinging again and them we're transported to deep space for a wonderful 'Dark Star ->Spanish Jam' - this one was chosen to appear on the 'So Many Roads' compilation for good reason.. sit down and soak this up.
The jam dissolves into a swinging 'U.S. Blues'; I really enjoy Keith's contributions here, a great jazzy take. A nice 'Uncle John's Band' follows and goes into a set closing 'One More Saturday Night'. They return with a 'Casey Jones' encore.

Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, FL (6/23/74)

Jam [4:09] >
Ship Of Fools [6:09] ;
Big River [4:54] ;
Black Peter [9:44] ;
Around And Around [5:08] ;
Dark Star Jam [18:15] >
Spanish Jam [4:02] >
U.S. Blues [8:03] ;
Uncle John's Band [7:59] >
One More Saturday Night [4:45]
Casey Jones [5:50]

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 6/16/17

This week's Deadpod features a classic from the Wall of Sound era - June 23rd 1974 - from Miami FL. This is a great big first set, to go with that great big sound stage - clocking in at over 1:47, and featuring some excellent versions of Dead standards along with the only time they ever played the great 'Let It Rock'. The sound is a bit muffled at first, but clears up fairly nicely, there are some anomalies here and there -this setup had its issues - but overall it sounds great. There's a fine lead in to Mississippi Half-Step and Jack Straw is really rockin'. Jerry does an excellent version of 'To Lay Me Down' and getting the entire 'Weather Report Suite' is a treat. A China Doll closer to set 1 shows us just how unusual this first set was..

Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, FL (6/23/74)


Ramble on Rose
Black-Throated Wind
Mississippi Half-Step
Beat it on Down the Line
Row Jimmy
Jack Straw
Let it Rock
Cumberland Blues
El Paso
To Lay Me Down
WRS Prelude
WRS Part 1
Let it Grow
China Doll

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Hope you are having a marvelous summer! 
I'm envious of those of you getting to see Dead & Co! Enjoy! 

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Friday, June 09, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 6/9/17

This week's Deadpod continues with the band's second set from their terrific performance on 6/19/76 at the Capitol Theater in Passaic NJ. The tempo, as in much of this period is more controlled and a little slower.. but everyone is blending in and doing a great job. They open with a nice 'Might As Well' (not yet over played :), then follow with Samson and Delilah. A terrific High Time follows - a song we don't get to hear very often. Let It Grow follows, split by a short drum segment, then a rocking Dancin' in The Streets. A real Cosmic Charlie follows, again, with a slower tempo, then the band gets everyone moving with Around and Around, Goin' Down the Road, and since it was Saturday, One More Saturday Night. They return with a great Not Fade Away encore, not the usual choice for that slot.

Grateful Dead
Capitol Theatre Passaic, NJ
6/19/76 - Saturday
Might As Well [5:44];[1:28] ;
Samson And Delilah [6:17];[1:36] ;
High Time [9:17];[1:38] (1) ;
Let It Grow [6:04] >
Drums [3:24] >
Let It Grow [3:03] %
Dancing In The Street [10:05] >
Drums [0:11] >
Cosmic Charlie [7:58];[3:32] (1) ;
Around And Around [6:22] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [7:06] >
One More Saturday Night [4:16]
Not Fade Away

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I surely hope that this finds you well and enjoying a beautiful Summer.

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 6/2/17

Once in awhile I stumble upon a request that for some odd reason or other I never got around to playing .. that's what happened this week and that chance discovery leads to the happy selection for this week's Deadpod, June 19th, 1976 from Passaic New Jersey. While this concert was broadcast on FM radio, and many of you may have had it on tape, I think the quality of the performance merits its' selection for the Deadpod. The band, recently coming out of its 'retirement', performs most of these songs flawlessly. I really enjoy the exploration in 'Slipknot' and Garcia throughout. Certainly they are tighter and more controlled during much of this first set, but the 'Playin' in the Band' which closes this first set and clocks in at just under 18 minutes, brings back the great jamming of the earlier 70s Dead. 

Grateful Dead
Capitol Theatre Passaic, NJ
6/19/76 - Saturday


Help on the Way
Franklin's Tower
Music Never Stopped
Brown Eyed Women
They Love Each Other
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
Playin' in the Band

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Wishing you a wonderful start to the Summer! Those of you lucky enough to catch Dead & Co. know I envy you! 

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 5/26/17

Wow, Memorial Day weekend already! Hope you have some fun plans to welcome in summer! Hopefully you'll find this wild show from 1969 to be the perfect complement to some your times this weekend..
This comes to us from May 31st, 1969 at McArthur Court at the University of Oregon. Always a crazy show as you know the Pranksters will be out in force - and are they ever - especially on the first few songs as you will hear. (if you don't care to listen to Ken Babbs insane rap, just fast forward about 10 minutes after the Cold Rain and Snow :) The band settles down afterwards and puts on a typically manic 1969 performance - Garcia is if anything, overly excited at times - but this is quintessential early Dead and I hope you enjoy it! Pigpen is excellent on an alltime 'Lovelight' , Garcia gives a very extended version of  'He Was A Friend of Mine' and the 'Dark Star' that follows is to me, the highlight of the set, played in the familiar 'Live Dead' style. Sadly 'Cosmic Charlie' is cut on the tape, but there is plenty here for any fan of early dead - over two and a half hours of Live Dead for your Memorial Day Weekend .. ;)

Grateful Dead
McArthur Court - University of Oregon Eugene, OR
5/31/69 - Saturday

One - 1:35:43

Hard To Handle [3:57];[0:55] ;
Cold Rain And Snow [4:13];[6:15] ;
Yellow Dog Story [1:40];[2:45] ;
Green Green Grass Of Home [4:05];[1:04] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:02];[0:46] ;
Cryptical Envelopment [1:56] >
Drums [0:54] >
The Other One [10:46] >
Cryptical Envelopment [3:#11] >
Sittin On Top Of The World [3:28];[0:58] ;
It Hurts Me Too [5:34];[0:59] ;
Turn On Your Love Light [29:04]

Two - 43:56

He Was A Friend Of Mine [14:27];[0:16] %
Dark Star [23:58] >
Doin' That Rag [4:37#] >
Cosmic Charlie [#0:30]
Encore - 12:42 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [8:51];[0:10] ;
And We Bid You Good Night [3:11]
Comments Total time [2:32:21].
Ken Babbs & sundry other pranksters marshall the chaos between the first few songs.
Jerry plays pedal steel guitar on Green Grass. At 1:52 into the Cryptical reprise there is a cut ; probably several minutes are missing here.
It's anybody's guess how much of the second set may be missing.

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Be safe and have a great weekend.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dead show/podcast for 5/19/17

This week we get shown the light with the second set from the band's performance on May 5th, 1977 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven CT.
Just as solid as the first set, this is an example of just how finely tuned the group was during this time. Garcia in particular is outstanding throughout. Bertha starts this off and while it is played a bit more slowly than usual, the tempo is pleasing and Garcia's soaring solos highlight a great opener. A solid 'Estimated Prophet' follows, 'Scarlet->Fire' comes next (after a long tuneup) and leads into the heart of this show, as the Fire goes into a somewhat abbreviated 'Good Lovin' (no drums/space here) then into a wonderful St. Stephen.  The boys close with a nice Sugar Magnolia, and return with a Johnny B. Goode encore as befits this great show.

Grateful Dead
New Haven Coliseum New Haven, CT
5/5/77 - Thursday


Bertha [6:43] ;
Estimated Prophet [8:41] ;
Scarlet Begonias [10:47] >
Fire On The Mountain [12:01] >
Good Lovin' [5:52] ;
Saint Stephen (1) [11:40] >
Sugar Magnolia [8:37]
Johnny B. Goode [4:08]
(1) Truckin' tease in jam

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I have to apologize - I haven't had a chance to send out the copies of 5/8/77 Cornell yet to the the lucky winners - spent much of the last week with a family health issue.. I'll get these out soon!! thanks for entering!

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