Friday, June 28, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 6/28/13

Here is a show that is on many folks' Desert Island list of shows they absolutely must have.. its from 40 years ago, back on June 22nd, 1973 at PNE Coliseum in Vancouver British Columbia.. This is clearly one of the classics from that great year, and I was surprised when I realized I hadn't featured this on the Deadpod before.. even thought this is the last Deadpod before July 4th, I think a great version of Jack Straw like the one in this first set quite fits the patriotic theme, even if the show was played in Canada ;) 
Now there are rough patches here an there... the Bertha starts out with a pretty rough audience patch.. but have patience... it will be generously rewarded with a show that is very fine sounding and features some of the band's best ensemble playing of that glorious year.. In this first set the highlights for me include a beautiful jammed out Bird Song, Row Jimmy and the aforesaid mentioned Jack Straw, a GREAT China->Rider.. and a beautiful Playin' In The Band..  the thing is, the second set just gets better.. but you'll have to wait till next week for that one........ ;) 

Grateful Dead
P.N.E, Coliseum, Vancouver, BC, XCAN (6/22/73)

Beat it on Down the Line
Mexicali Blues
Box of Rain
Bird Song
The Race Is On
Looks Like Rain
Row Jimmy
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Big River
Tennessee Jed
Playing in the Band

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 6/21/13

The second set from Giants Stadium, E. Rutherford NJ, on June 17th, 1991 was one of the best played sets of that year. I think you'll agree that the Saint of Circumstance through Drums the band is tightly wound and playing and listening well to each other. Hornsby continues to scatter the Dark Star theme throughout the set, culminating in a flatout Dark Star Jam after Ship of Fools, (the first since June of 1974!).. The Truckin' that follows is very uptempo and moving and goes into perhaps one of the best 'New Speedway Boogies' you'll find in any performance. This leads into a Uncle John's Band.. full and well played, but he band goes back for more exploration.. into a very nice jam with an Other One tease, then back into the Dark Star Theme again... here pay particular attention to the nuances of Garcia's playing.. the boys are definitely in a fabulous place as they move slowly into Drums and Space... The China Doll that follows is just about perfect.. The boys move into a nice Playin' In the Band and an always uptempo 'Sugar Magnolia' to close the set.. The encore of  'The Weight' brings it all back home and I can't imagine leaving this show unhappy.... 

Grateful Dead
6/17/91 Giants Stadium E. Rutherford NJ

set 2:
Tuning Jam ->
Saint Of Circumstance -> 
Ship Of Fools -> 
Dark Star Jam -> 
Truckin' -> 
New Speedway Boogie -> 
Uncle John's Band -> 
Dark Star Jam ->
Drums ->
Space ->
China Doll ->
Playing In The Band ->
Sugar Magnolia

The Weight 

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 6/14/13

This week's Deadpod has been a often requested show for some time.. I think I hesitated in putting it on the Deadpod because it was such a well-known show, and it had been broadcast back in the day on TV. Still its probably one of the finest shows of 1991, and since its anniversary was coming up, I decided it would be a great time to break it out here on the Deadpod. 
This show occurred back on June 17th, 1991 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford NJ. They blow out of the gate with a spot on Eyes of the World.. I really loved seeing this on TV as you could tell how much Jerry and Bruce were enjoying the interplay on this song, and you can clearly hear it in their playing. This is only the first first-set Eyes of the World since 1975... they follow with a very good Walkin' Blues, then a very good Brown-Eyed Women, with a fine Hornsby lead in it.. what follows is quite unusual, as Jerry breaks out the Dark Star motif, which the band picks up on, and while they don't actually play Dark Star (until set 2) the thematic is present throughout the night, and adds another element of excitement to the already interesting playing.. Weir follows with a Masterpiece, then we get a fun Loose Lucy.. Cassidy and a rockin' Might As Well close out set 1.. We'll listen to set 2 next week.. 

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ (6/17/91)

Eyes of the World
Walkin' Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Loose Lucy
Might as Well

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Friday, June 07, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 6/7/13

This week I decided to feature a nice counterpoint to last week's show so naturally I turned my attention to an earlier era of Grateful Dead... 1970 has always been a favorite year, the band had grown and matured into a tight cohesive whole and the performances still contained plenty of vigor and raw energy.. That energy is readily apparent in this week's performance. This tape, unfortunately is only part of the performance from this date, but its a very nice sounding fragment and well worth our while It starts with the very end of Sugar Mag, but then goes into one of the years better Dark Star's.. quite exploratory and spacey.. The Saint Stephen that follows is played perfectly.. a wonderful rendition I think.. a raucous Not Fade Away must have gotten everyone up after that, but what follows is the highlight of the show for me, a unique jam that flows into and out of several well known melodies, Darkness, Darkness, and China Cat among others.. the boys then revisit the Not Fade Away before Pigpen puts on one of his unique renditions of 'Lovelight'...
he must have really been enjoying himself on this night and goes out into the audience for some participation!
He does drop the F-bomb on this one and Bobby repeats it in a classic GD moment...

Grateful Dead
Fillmore East New York, NY 
9/19/70 - Saturday

Sugar Magnolia (cuts in )
Dark Star > [00:25:24] 
Saint Stephen > [00:06:18] 
Drums > [00:00:36] 
Not Fade Away > [00:04:46] 
Darkness Jam > [00:00:53] 
China Cat Sunflower Jam > [00:00:40] 
Jam > [00:00:42] 
Not Fade Away > [00:01:48] 
Turn On Your Lovelight ; [00:20:22]

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