Friday, May 31, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 5/31/13

This week's Deadpod comes as the result of a request from a great supporter of the Deadpod.. for many folks the only show or shows they were able to see happened late in the band's tenure. This show takes place in the Fall of 1993... while I find most shows from '93 pretty uninteresting, I do think the second set from this show offers plenty for us to chew on, so I'm going to play just that second set this week on the Deadpod. This took place, as so many great shows did, at the Spectrum in Philadelphia on Monday, September 13th, 1993.. The Scarlet Begonias is particularly bouncy and you can hear the 'lightning bolt' guitar that Jerry played at this show as it allowed him to switch tones very easily.. The Playin' In the Band is nice and spacey.. and while it goes into a not entirely satisfying and short Dark Star, the fact that Jerry leads the band out of that into a long and beautiful Terrapin is reason enough to give them a pass on it.. The Space that follows allows us to recognize the 'Tubular Bells' theme that Vince introduces and that makes the jam quite interesting. Easy Answers is not everyone's cup of tea, but Bobby's leads throughout the show are consistently interesting (and we are able to hear them!) .. The Days Between that follows is a song that you either love or hate.. Jerry does a pretty decent job on the lyrics on this one... The show ends with a Good Lovin' then the get-out-of-Dodge 'I Fought the Law' encore.. 

Still an enjoyable excursion into late-era Grateful Dead. I hope you find it entertaining! 

Grateful Dead, The Spectrum, Philadelphia PA 9/13/93
set 2

Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire on the Mountain ->
Playing in the Band ->
Dark Star ->
Terrapin Station ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Easy Answers ->
Days Between ->
Good Lovin'

I Fought the Law

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 5/24/13

Welcome to Summer! Yes Memorial Day weekend is the 'unoffical' start of summer, and while it is still feeling like early spring at times here, hopefully this smokin' hot set of live Dead from May of 1977 will put  you in the mood for some fine Summertime relaxing.. This second set from T uscaloosa Alabama features a remarkable Terrapin Station and a great Playin' sandwich.. It's really a strong show through and through, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. 

Memorial Coliseum (U of Alabama), Tuscaloosa, AL (5/17/77)
set 2
Samson and Delilah
Good Lovin'
Brown Eyed Women
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station
Playin' in the Band
Wharf Rat
Playin' in the Band

Sugar Magnolia

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 5/17/13

During May of each year, I always try to pay recognition to the superlative run of shows the band played during May of 1977. This year as most of you probably know, the organization has finally decided to release a box set of some of these shows.. While I do not generally play shows that have been officially released, I've decided to feature one of these shows that is going to be released this week. For the true collector, this won't dissuade them from purchasing what looks like a beautiful collection. For those of us who can't afford the price tag, it gives you another opportunity to listen to what is clearly one of the high water marks in the history of the Grateful Dead. 
This show comes from May 17th, 1977, and was performed in Tuscaloosa Alabama.. I think its a fine example of the virtuosity of the period. Certainly the band played a smooth, flowing style that nevertheless expressed the power of the genre flawlessly. It was certainly different than what came before and what came after.. but that what makes this process worthwhile. 

Memorial Coliseum (U of Alabama), Tuscaloosa, AL (5/17/77)

New Minglewood Blues
Mississippi Half-Step
El Paso
They Love Each Other
Jack Straw
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
High Time
Big River
Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 5/10/13

This week we get to hear set 2 of this fine show from May 5th, 1990 at Cal State, Dominguez Hills California. This is a fine second set and starts off with a rockin' Truckin to get things rolling. The Playin'->Uncle John's Band leads into a strange and wonderful Space and Drumz. The polst-drums highlight is probably the Dear Mr.Fantasy which leads into a nice Goin' Down the Road.. The Around and Around which closes the set is fun as well.. listen to the end of it where its obvious the boys are having a good time.. 

Cal State Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA (5/5/90)
set 2
Crazy Fingers
Playin' in the Band
Uncle John's Band
I Need a Miracle
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Around and Around

Touch of Grey

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Friday, May 03, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 5/3/13

Oh the glorious month of May! I'm sure its one of everyone's favorite times of the year, and of course one of the great traditions in the first weekend of May is the Kentucky Derby.. this week's Deadpod features a show that paid tribute, as the band often did, to that grand event, by playing the late George Jones' "The Race Is On".. and a fine version it is .. I really felt I needed to play it this year especially in light of the recent passing of George Jones, a true country treasure. This show however is far from a one-trick pony... it features a first set  "Help->Slip->Franklin's' A fine Loser, and even a Loose Lucy! I think the One More Saturday Night that closes set one is a treat too, and a chance for me to send out my wishes to Bobby for a very speedy recovery.. 

I'm hoping you have a fine Spring weekend - (no snow!) and that you enjoy this week's Deadpod as much as I do.. 

Cal State Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA (5/5/90)

Good Time Blues
The Race is On
Help on the Way
Franklin's Tower
Queen Jane Approximately
Me and My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Loose Lucy
One More Saturday Night

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