Thursday, December 31, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 1/1/16

Happy New Year!
It just wouldn't be right if I didn't feature a NYE show on this date, and while many of the shows that the band played on New Years Eve were a bit of a letdown, I think I've chosen one that wasn't.. this comes to us from New Years Eve 1981. While the boys opened with an acoustic set with Joan Baez, I had to spare you that and omit it from this podcast. I did not however, omit anything else - over three and a half hours of great Dead awaits you in this special New Years' podcast. All three sets including a wonderful Shakedown Street opener, an unusual Iko,Iko to ring in the New Year, Terrapin Station, a fabulous Morning Dew which closes set 2, and an excellent Dark Star to open set 3. I hope you have plenty of time to savor this Deadpod over the holiday weekend, and I sure hope you enjoy it!

Grateful Dead 
Oakland Auditorium 
Oakland, CA  
12/31/81 - Thursday
Shakedown Street [15:15] ;
Me And My Uncle [2:59] >
Mexicali Blues [4:41]; Cold Rain And Snow [6:20] ;
C C Rider (1) [8:32] ;
It Must Have Been The Roses (2) [6:27] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [3:33] ;
Big Boss Man (1) [6:01] >
New Minglewood Blues (1) [6:10] ;
Don't Ease Me In [3:12]  
Iko Iko [7:24] ;
Playing In The Band [14:49] >
Terrapin Station [12:24]> Playing In The Band [4:28] >
Drums [9:55] >
Space [7:40] >
The Other One [11:09] >
Not Fade Away [7:28] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [7:21] >
Morning Dew [10:44]  
Dark Star [15:16] >
Bertha [6:32] >
Good Lovin' [10:03]  
Encore  It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (2) [7:07]  

Comments An acoustic set with Joan Baez preceded the Dead only sets, set list was: Me & Bobby McGee ; Bye Bye Love ; Lucifer's Eyes ; Children of the 80's; Banks of the Ohio. Iko at midnight. (1) with Matthew Kelly (2) with Joan Baez  

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Thank you my friends for listening and for your support during 2015. Your kindness makes producing this podcast a labor of love. 
May we all be blessed with health, peace and happiness this New Year! 

Friday, December 25, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 12/25/15

Merry Christmas!

As always, our Christmas Deadpod features some fine acoustic Dead.. this selection comes from a very special show - it took place back on December 6th, 1980 at the Mill Valley Recreation Center in Mill Valley California. The boys put on an acoustic set for some special needs children and young adults and while the performance was not amplified, it was recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson. While there are acoustic sets that perhaps sound clearer or a big louder, surely there aren't any that come closest to the spirit of the holidays. I hope you enjoy these songs as you spend a peaceful, loving holiday with your family.

Grateful Dead
Mill Valley Recreation Center
Mill Valley, CA
12/6/80 - Saturday

Dire Wolf [3:24] ;
On The Road Again [2:50] ;
I've Been All Around This World [4:04] ;
Monkey And The Engineer [2:22] ;
Jack-A-Roe [4:47] ;
Cassidy[5:16] ;
Bird Song [8:02] ;
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie [5:32#] ;
Ripple [4:15]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

a photo of the 12/6/80 event

As always my thanks for allowing me the honor of sharing this music with you my friends. 

Peace and love. 
the Professor

Friday, December 18, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 12/18/15

I am certain that you'll enjoy this second set from the Dead's performance back on November 29th, 1980 in Gaineville, Florida. I found this a delight to listen to ,especially the transitions between songs.. those jams are full of life and fire! They start with a great Shakedown Street, which flows nicely into a Franklin's Tower.The Estimated that follows is Soooooo good, in my opinion.. and not only do they not go into Eyes, they go into an interesting He's Gone.. I think you'll find the music to be very creative  and the space and drums is very interesting.. the Stella Blue that follows the Other One is very powerful.. You'll enjoy the Good Lovin' and Casey Jones which ends this one..

Grateful Dead
Alligator Alley Gym - University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
11/29/80 - Saturday
Shakedown Street [10:18] >
Franklin's Tower [8:07] ;
Estimated Prophet [10:41] >
He's Gone [12:50] >
Truckin' [9:03] >
Drums [5:#38] >
Space [4:51]> The Other One [7:03] >
Stella Blue [10:23] >
Good Lovin' [8:17]

Encore Casey Jones [5:41]

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As we watch this year slide away, just wanted to thank those kind folks who have supported the Deadpod this year - I really appreciate it!

I wish you and yours and most happy and healthy Holiday Season!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 12/11/15

As we head into the home stretch on 2015, I've decided to bring you another one of my favorites from 1980... this show took place at the University of Florida, Alligator Alley, on November 29th, 1980. This is a day after the show included on '30 Trips Around the Sun' and a day before the show immortalized on Dick's Picks' 8, Atlanta , 11/30/80. The boys were definitely on a roll and I hope you'll enjoy this fine audience recording of this performance this week and set 2 next week.
Being 1980 they roll out with a rocking Alabama Getaway into Promised Land. A wonderful Candyman follows, then Bobby takes over for a New, NEW Minglewood Blues, followed by a nice, lazy Row Jimmy. Mama Tried into Mexicali follows but then we have an excellent Althea. Sailor ->Saint leads us into the set closing Don't Ease Me In..

Grateful Dead
Alligator Alley Gym - University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
11/29/80 - Saturday
Alabama Getaway [4:30] >
The Promised Land [3:58] ;
Candyman [7:18] ;
New Minglewood Blues [7:02] ;
Row Jimmy [11:00] ;
Mama Tried [2:30] >
Mexicali Blues [4:36] ;
Althea [8:14] ;
Lost Sailor [6:30] >
Saint Of Circumstance [6:38] >
Don't Ease Me In [3:46]

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I do want to thank the kind friends who have donated to the Deadpod and who are my partners in bringing this music to you. Thank you so much!!!

Remember to keep that LoveLight on and Be Kind :)

Friday, December 04, 2015

Dead Show/podcast for 12/4/15

This week we have some great fun from the second set of the Dead's performance at the Milkweg in Amsterdam, Netherlands back on October 16th, 1981. This week we get to hear the electric set of this impromptu performance, when the band played on borrowed instruments in a club environment. This set is very much a Bobby dominated set, with the boys opening with a nice Playin' in the Band. Then they pull out 'Hully Gully' for the one and only time they ever played it.. this goes into the Wheel, then Bobby takes over for a Samson and Delilah. This then goes into Gloria, and then, for the first time in over 10 years, Bobby leads the boys into a Lovelight. From there they seque into Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad before returning to Playin' In the Band. A nice long Black Peter follows, then the boys end the evening with a spirited Sugar Magnolia.. No encore, but from everything I've read, none was needed. A special evening from all accounts. 

Grateful Dead
Melkweg Amsterdam, Netherlands
10/16/81 - Friday 

Playing In The Band [11:28] >
Hully Gully [3:22] >
The Wheel [6:06] >
Samson And Delilah [7:00] ;
Gloria [7:37] >
Turn On Your Love Light [6:09] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [5:35] >
Playing In The Band [4:00] >
Black Peter [9:28] >
Sugar Magnolia [9:13]

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Thanks to everyone who entered the Fare Thee Well giveaway! I'll be getting those out to the winners, I only wish I had more copies to send!! 

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Thanks so much to all of you who have chosen to support the Deadpod. I so very much appreciate the help! 

Remember to keep that love light on..