Friday, March 28, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 3/28/14

The second set of the Dead's performance at Winterland on March 18th, 1977, is often singled out because of the fact that it was the only time the band performed the 'complete' Terrapin Station, including the instrumental section labeled 'At A Siding' and here noted in the track listings as 'Alhambra'. This performance most closely resembles the studio version released on the album of the same name and the band never again (until their most recent ensembles) played the complete cycle. There are of course other notable highlights in this second set, including excellent versions of Samson & Delilah, and Brown-Eyed Women , a furious drums and an over the top version of Not Fade Away... The song placement is quite unusual as the Not Fade Away goes into a St. Stephen (rather then the other way around) to end the set. The band returns for a lovely Uncle John's Band to complete what was a most excellent way to usher in the spring tour of 1977.

Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (3/18/77)
Set 2

Samson and Delilah
Brown Eyed Women
Good Lovin'
Ship of Fools
Estimated Prophet
Terrapin Station
The Alhambra
Not Fade Away
St. Stephen
Around and Around

Uncle John's Band

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 3/21/14

I often wait until later in the Spring to pull out a show from 1977, but the anniversary this week of this run of shows moved me to pull this beauty out of the archives and select it for our next couple of Deadpods.. 
This show took place back on March 18th, 1977 at Winterland in San Francisco. The band is already jelling into the tight unit they're going to become later that spring, and you can hear the excitement in their playing and singing as they bring out new arrangements and new tunes for the first time.. This is a show that Blair Jackson has written about on as one of his most memorable experiences.. The band was not at all perfect (check out the mistakes during the still-new Mississippi Half-Step) but still reached the sublime (as evidence listen to the Sugaree).. This set features the first live performance of Fire on the Mountain and the transition from Scarlet into Fire is wonderful.. 

Next week we'll get to hear the wonderful second set.. 

Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (3/18/77)

Promised Land
Mississippi Half-Step
It's All Over Now
New Minglewood Blues
Scarlet Begonias
Fire on the Mountain

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Happy Spring!! 

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 3/14/14

March of 1969 was a seriously good month for the young Grateful Dead. The classic run at the Fillmore which opened the month showed us exactly how on fire these guys were at the time. I came across this little gem and was reminded of the energy and power of those days and thought I'd share it with you this week.
This set starts out with the very first 'Hard To Handle' and while Pig isn't at his best here I still find it quite fascinating to hear, knowing what the song would become. Following is a nice Good Morning Little Schoolgirl and the Dark Star->St. Stephen->The Eleven triad that was emblematic of this 'Live Dead' period of their history. The set closes with a good-old long Lovelight that should be sure to get your juices flowing!

Grateful Dead
Hilton Hotel
San Francisco, CA
3/15/69 - Saturday

Hard To Handle
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Dark Star  >
Saint Stephen >
The Eleven >
Turn On Your Love Light

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Friday, March 07, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 3/7/14

This week I'm bringing out a show that has been on my request list for some time, I believe the reason I hadn't played it before is probably because I only have the first set in a soundboard format - the show is certainly good enough to warrant a listen as this first set contains the very first performance of 'Visions of Johanna' .. but that's not the only highlight of this first set.. Beat It on Down the Line and Big Railroad Blues are very solid as is the Music Never Stopped.. I think you'll enjoy this one and want to send out a special thank you to our friend who requested this! 

 Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA (3/19/86)

Hell in a Bucket
Stagger Lee
C.C. Rider
Cold Rain and Snow
Beat it on Down the Line
Big Railroad Blues
Looks Like Rain
Visions of Johanna
Music Never Stopped
Don't Ease Me In

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