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

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

I hope you have a SAFE and HAPPY 4th of July!!! 

My most sincere thanks to those of you whose kind contributions make the Deadpod possible.. thank you so very much! 


Anonymous said...

This setlist is a pure gem! It's been a while since I've gotten into any 73 dead and this set was just an absolute treat!

Tim N said...

Once the mix was dialed in on this set, what struck me most was Keith's piano playing. It was so well balanced in the mix here that it was easy to hear how engaged and creative he was at this time. Really fascinating to hear how he constantly found the right places to add his harmonic glue and and ideas to stimulate the other guys and pull the entire sound together. To me, this is the period when the Dead was most like a creative improvising jazz ensemble, and Keith had a lot to do with it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I'm a big Keith fan. Although I guess that, in later years, the band wanted something different from him, I've always found his playing to be quite pleasing.