Friday, November 29, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 11/29/13

Happy Thanksgiving (and Hanukka)! While this Deadpod comes on the day after I hope you'll enjoy this week's show as a tasty desert and a sweet way to start off your holiday weekend. I always enjoy bringing you acoustic Dead on the holidays and while I was tempted to save this tasty nugget for Christmas I decided I would play it right now instead. The last official acoustic set of the 70s, the band would not bring these back for 10 years. This set, from the famous Capitol Theater in Port Chester New York, features two songs that would never again be performed, 'Operator' and 'Wake Up Little Susie'. The set features some great banter as well, showing us a side of the band we didn't get to see much in the later years. I bring you this acoustic set as my way of saying thanks to all of you for being a very special part of my life. I do hope you enjoy it.

Grateful Dead
Capitol, Theatre , Port Chester NY
November 8, 1970

Disc One -  Acoustic Set  -

Dire Wolf
I Know You Rider
Dark Hollow
Rosalie McFall
El Paso
Operator (Final time played)
Friend Of The Devil
Wake Up, Little Suzie  (Final time played)
Uncle John's Band

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I hope this finds all of you healthy and happy and as thankful for your family and blessings as I am for mine..

Thank you for listening and for your support of the Deadpod my friends.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 11/22/13

On this week's Thanksgiving Eve Deadpod :) we get to hear the second set from a wonderful show that took place on November 14th, 1973.. This second set in many ways is a long improvisational jam on the Other One theme, for after a nice Truckin' the band goes in and out of The Other One for much of the remaining set. Of course the set is punctuated with a delightful 'Eyes of the World' and a great 'Wharf Rat'. After a rather unusual stop they go into a misplaced 'Me and My Uncle' but end with a rockin' Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad and a well played One More Saturday Night..

This show is not surprisingly overlooked given the monsterous shows that surrounded it during this peak month of GD performances, but I'm happy to be able to bring it out and show it off.. it may not be the very best of this most amazing month, but it certainly is capable of bringing alot of pleasure on its own, and I hope that you too enjoy it as much as I did.

San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, CA (11/14/73)

The Other One 
Big River
The Other One
Eyes of the World
The Other One
Wharf Rat
Me and My Uncle
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
One More Saturday Night

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This time of year I'm reminded of how fortunate I am to have such great listeners who make doing the Deadpod such a pleasure. Thank you  for listening and for your support which makes the Deadpod possible. Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. 

Friday, November 15, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 11/15/13

There is no other month in Grateful Dead History that moves me as much as the music the band made back in November of 1973. Yes I am well aware of how good May of 1977 was, and I do dearly love that period as well, but overall, show in and show out, those played in November of 1973 are simply sublime. I am happy to be able to share this show with you this week and next. So far as I know, there are only 2 shows from this month that have yet to be released commercially - this is one of those two. So far as I know only the second set exists on tape of the other show (11/1/73). While this first set consists mainly of 'songs' and not as much improvisational exploration as some enjoy I think you'll find that the band does much more than simply rehash well worn paths. Garcia finds an opportunity to surprise us in nearly every song, as he does not fail to take advantage of his opportunities to make these songs shine. This is peak Dead, and while there are other times they reach near these summits, I do not think they are often surpassed. 
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.. its a privilege to bring it to you. 
Grateful Dead
San Diego Sports Arena - San Diego, CA

Set 1:
Big Railroad Blues
Jack Straw
Mexicali Blues
Here Comes Sunshine
Black-Throated Wind
Cumberland Blues
Row Jimmy
The Race Is On
Brown-Eyed Women
Beat It On Down The Line
Tennessee Jed
El Paso
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider
Around And Around
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Friday, November 08, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 11/8/13

This week we go back 26 years for a fine second set from the Fall of 1987 - this again from the Henry Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, this second set has a unique 'Uncle John's Band' opener.. and in fact a very tasty set list. They then move into a nicely jammed out version of Playin' In the Band.. we then make a stop at Terrapin Station - I believe they some interesting explorations in that jam after the song and heading into Drums.. they lead out into 'I Need A Miracle' but what may be the highlight for me is the Black Peter that follows. Jerry's voice is still in fine form and he does a great job on this one. The set ends with a standard but well played Throwin' Stones->Not Fade Away.. The boys seem to think their night is over after the 'Knockin' encore but the crowd will have none of it and calls them back for a second encore, 'One More Saturday Night'...

Grateful Dead
Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center
Oakland, CA
11/7/87 - Saturday

set 2

Uncle John's Band [7:28] >
Playing In The Band [9:11] >
Terrapin Station [13:23] >
Drums [8:58] >
Space [6:46] >
I Need A Miracle [3:33] >
Black Peter [8:15] >
Throwing Stones [9:07] >
Not Fade Away [8:37]
Encore Not Fade Away [0:56] >
Knockin' On Heaven's Door [8:20] ;
One More Saturday Night [4:56]

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Have a wonderful week!

Friday, November 01, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 11/1/13

This week's show was a Rex Benefit, which often meant a good show was in the offing.. this one comes to us from 1987, a year that I've recently had a request for more of from one of my wonderful listeners so I thought I"d bring you this show from November 7th, 1987 at the Henry J. Kaiser Center in Oakland, The first set, which we'll hear this week, start out strong out of the gate with a wonderful 'Hey Pocky Way'.. followed by a very good Jack Straw. Row Jimmy slows things down a bit but I've always loved the mood of that song.. Masterpiece is well played also, and Jerry sings Dupree's quite well. The crowd wants Phil and he responds with an excellent 'Box of Rain'. The band does a great job jamming in the middle of Cassidy and Jerry belts out Might As Well in such a strong way that the crowd is really brought into it! Can't wait for set 2..

Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center - Oakland, CA
Set 1:
Hey Pocky Way
Jack Straw
Row Jimmy
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Box Of Rain
Might As Well

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May November be warm and cheerful!