Friday, December 27, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 12/27/13

Happy New Year! Well close enough ;) that said I decided to bring out one of the band's famous NYE performances for this week's (and next week's) Deadpod. This is from 12/31/79 at the Oakland Auditorium Arena in Oakland CA. While many would argue that this was not the best show of this NYE run (after all 12/28/79 was released as Road Trips Vol 3 #1, and 12/26/79 was Dick's Picks #5) there is still something magical about these NYE performances. This week we will listen to set 1, then sets 2 and 3 next week. Set one starts off strong with a great Jack Straw (listen to what sounds like the reference to Clive Davis of Arista Records in the "We used to sing for silver.. line :) Jack Straw flows into a big Franklin's Tower, albeit Jerry blows more than one lyric here.. Other highlights in this first set include a very nice 'Looks like Rain' and a rockin' Promised Land which closes out set 1...

Grateful Dead
Oakland Auditorium
Oakland, CA
12/31/79 - Monday
Set One

Jack Straw [6:05] >
Franklin's Tower [16:53] ;
Mama Tried [2:36] >
Mexicali Blues [4:42] ;
Tennessee Jed [8:40] ;
Looks Like Rain [8:09] >
Alabama Getaway [7:04] >
The Promised Land [4:46]

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Thank you for listening to the Deadpod in 2013, and I look forward to the shows to come in 2014!
Thanks to those of you who have kindly contributed to the Deadpod that keeps us on the air!

Happy New Year to all my friends! Be safe and happy!!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 12/20/13

This week is time for the annual acoustic show! Yes with Christmas coming right up I decided that it was time to bring out some fine acoustic Jerry for your holiday enjoyment and so we're  featuring one of the great acoustic shows he did with John Kahn back in 1982.. This one comes from the Warner theater in Washington D.C. on June 26th, 1982. It has a rich fine tone to it and I really love hearing the "pure" Jerry sound on these classic tunes.

Jerry Garcia and John Kahn
06-26-1982 - late show
Warner Theater
Washington, DC
Late show (complete):

It Takes A Lot To Laugh It Takes A Train To Cry
Friend Of The Devil
Deep Elem Blues
To Lay Me Down
Bird Song
Run For The Roses
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie

Rubin And Cherise

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I wish you all a VERY Merry Christmas should you celebrate it.. peace and health to you and yours!

I do want to apologize for repeating a show last week that I had previously published, 12/11/79, since that second set is still available here I did not want to publish it again this week..


Friday, December 13, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 12/13/13

I've always been fond of how the band sounded in 1979, and this week's Deadpod shows some of the reasons why. Brett hadn't been in the band a year yet, but by now he is well integrated in the sound and you can really hear his contributions in this show from Kansas City. The rest of the band is quite tight as well, and in this first set the solid 'Jack Straw' and 'Loser' openers show us that we're in for a great night. Big River is rockin' as well, and the boys open up 'Althea' to some unusual spaces at the end. Phil has some excellent riffs throughout and especially in the closing China Cat->Rider.. 
All in all this is a solid first set, and I'm looking forward to sharing set two next week.. I hope you enjoy it! 

Grateful Dead

Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial Hall, Kansas City, KS (12/11/79)
Jack Straw
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Easy to Love You
New Minglewood Blues
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

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Only two more Deadpods this year!!

Friday, December 06, 2013

Dead Show/podcast for 12/6/13

This week the exciting (and super long!) second set from the band's performance at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester NY on November 8th, 1970. The band was clearly developing quickly at this time.. and in many ways we can look upon this as a turning point, away from perhaps the rawer, more psychedelic sound to a more polished version that would come to dominate in 1971 and beyond. The set list contains some song we'd never hear again, (Mystery Train, My Babe, The Main Ten) as well as some we would hear for the first time (Around and Around). This is truly a joy to behold as it clocks in at over 2 hours just for this second set.. one can only speculate on how long it seemed :) I think it is clearly a joy to have this show documented, albeit in an audience tape, to give us a window onto what was obviously a creative apex for the band..

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

Electric Dead -
 Morning Dew
 Me And My Uncle
 Mystery Train  (Only time played)
>My Babe (Only time played)
 Around And Around  (First time played)
 New Orleans
 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
 Casey Jones
>Dark Star (First verse only)
>The Main Ten  (Final time played)
>Dancin' In The Streets
>Not Fade Away
>Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
>Not Fade Away
>Good Lovin'
>Good Lovin'

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