Friday, August 29, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/29/14

Labor Day weekend.. summer's swan song so they say with the kids going back to school .. or college.. and lots of folks getting one last weekend of warm weather activities.. well I decided to bring you a show from a fall tour.. the Fall of 1972.. had a request for one of these wonderful shows so I'm bringing you the last night of a great three night run at the Fabulous Fox theater in St. Louis, October 19th, 1972. I played the 2nd set of the night before about four years ago.. but this one is a keeper as well. We will hear set 1 this week and the amazing second set next week.

As usual, this first set features a great selection of the band's catalog played smartly. These are all excellent versions, but my highlights would include the China Cat->Rider with an excellent transition, always great to hear the Dire wolf come out and the boys really amp it up with the last two songs, Around and Around and Casey Jones.. I think this is a great set to sit back and enjoy as you savor the last long weekend of summer.

Fox Theatre, St. Louis, MO (10/19/72)

Promised Land
Tennessee Jed
Jack Straw
Don't Ease Me In
Black Throated Wind
Mexicali Blues
El Paso
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Beat it on Down the Line
Dire Wolf
Around and Around
Casey Jones

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Thank you for listening, and for your support.. Have a safe and happy holiday..........

Friday, August 22, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/22/14

A classic second set from 1989 on this week's Deadpod.. marking the band's final appearance at the Alpine Valley Music Theater and in a way, the end of an era, as the scene was becoming so large that places, like Alpine Valley, felt they had no choice but to ban the band from returning.
The second set took place in a downpour, and its reflected in some of the song choices.. a beautiful Box of Rain to start the set, then the band goes into one of my favorites that I always felt they didn't explore long enough, Foolish Heart.Looks like Rain follows, and Weir does a great job on the vocals here. Garcia takes the band to Terrapin Station, then a nice drums and space foreshadows The Other One.. Brent and Phil do a nice job on this one and it disolves into The Wheel. Morning Dew puts a cap on the night, and the midwest Summer tour. The band comes out for a spirted Lovelight encore, before departing from the big bowl for the last time.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy WI (7/19/89)
set 2
Box of Rain
Foolish Heart
Looks Like Rain
Terrapin Station
The Other One
The Wheel
Morning Dew

Turn on Your Love Light

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/15/14

"Summer flies and August dies
the world grows dark and mean"

I had a request for something from Alpine Valley, and it seemed to me that this show fit best right now, this is the last show that the band ever played at that storied venue, July 19th, 1989. Surely not the best show of the year, or even of that monstrous Summer Tour, but a show that displayed the band as it was at the end of an era of sorts. A very good show in which we see the band playing as a pretty well oiled machine.. The set starts with the always fun Hell In A Bucket, but that goes nicely into a fine Sugaree, where Jerry has a particularly  refreshing jam. The Mama Tried ->Mexicalli Blues are well played with much energy, but Althea is of course a highlight of the set at least for Jerry's vocals. I was never a huge fan of hearing the Victim or the Crime, but it certainly has its place in the band's repertoire at this point in their career. West L.A. Fadeaway follows, then a very good Desolation Row where Weir does I think a very nice job despite turning around the order of the verses. The Deal that follows is as usual during '89, very nicely jammed out. 

Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy WI (7/19/89)

Hell in a Bucket
Mama Tried
Mexicali Blues
Victim or the Crime
West L.A. Fadeaway
Desolation Row

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Heartfelt best wishes go out to Bobby Weir,  feel better soon Ace.. 

and of course to the family of  Robin Williams.. 

Friday, August 08, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/8/14

Hard to believe its been 19 years. Life is like that, those of us lucky enough to get old realize the truth in the line about it passing like dew.. I digress.. Here it is the eve of that anniversary and all I can do is bring you some fine Jerry music. This one comes from the Jerry Band back in 1978.. early show at the Capitol Theater in Passaic NJ. This one was broadcast on FM radio and that is where this Jerry Moore recording came from. Still sounds pretty fine to me, and I hope you enjoy going back to that young Jerry and enjoying how he rocked out these tunes.
Keith and Donna were in the band back then, John Kahn on bass, Buzz Buchanan on Drums, Maria Muldaur joined Donna on backing vocals.. What a blast it must have been that night.

Jerry Garcia Band
3/17/78 early show
Capitol Theater, Passaic, NJ

source: FM simulcast 10/5" reel master @ 7.5 ips
taped by Jerry Moore

DJ's, inro
How Sweet It Is
Catfish John
Simple Twist Of Fate
Second That Emotion
They Love Each Other
Mystery Train
Cats Under The Stars

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As the song goes, Love is real, Not Fade Away........

Friday, August 01, 2014

Dead Show/podcast for 8/1/14

Here we are on what would have been Jerry Garcia's 72nd birthday.. whew .. hard to imagine how much music he would have produced had he stuck around these last 19 years.
We get to share what we have, and this week that is the second set from the Grateful Dead's performance at the Greek Theater in Berkeley California on July 15th, 1988.
We start out with a great choice for a summer night, Scarlet->Fire... the transition is perhaps not as long as some, but there's plenty of energy here.. that energy builds with a rockin' Man Smart, Woman Smarter.. Ship of Fools follows and slows the tempo down but the band goes into Estimated->Drums->Space->Miracle which are all quite well played. The Wheel follows and then Brent leads the band into an excellent Gimme Some Lovin'. Jerry closes the set with a charged Morning Dew.. The lowpoint of the set is the encore, where Bobby is quite off key but well, no one is perfect right?

Grateful Dead
Greek Theater Univ of California Berkeley CA
set 2
Scarlet Begonias >
Fire On The Mountain ;
Man Smart, Woman Smarter ;
Ship of Fools ;
Estimated Prophet >
Drums >
Space >
I Need A Miracle >
The Wheel >
Gimme Some Lovin' >
Morning Dew
Encore Turn On Your Love Light

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