Friday, May 27, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 5/27/16

Sometimes the inspiration for a Deadpod will hit me when I'm looking over setlists, trying to see which one fits my mood for the season we're in. This week, i was turned onto a show I hadn't listened to before from one of our contributing listeners, who told me about this , his first Dead show. This comes to us from May 6th, 1978 at the University of Vermont in Burlington VT. This is a fine recording - soundboard in this week's first set, audience in next week's second set but both showcase the band on a night that I think they are clearly 'on'. This set starts with a fine Sugaree, and continues with excellent versions of  Minglewood, Peggy-O. A rockin' Beat It On Down the Line follows, then we head back to the Old West for a great 'Loser'. Looks Like Rain, It Must've Been the Roses and a nice Big River are all well played. Deal closes the set and gets the crowd amped up for the second set to follow..

Patrick Field House (U of Vermont), Burlington, VT (5/6/78)

New Minglewood Blues
Beat it on Down the Line
Looks Like Rain
It Must Have Been the Roses
Me and My Uncle
Big River


You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

A huge thank you to everyone who entered the Red Rocks contest, especially those of you so kind as to contribute to the Deadpod.. much much appreciated! 
I only wish I had more CDs to send out - who said CDs are dead? :) 

Finally, as we move into summer.. have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, be safe, and take a moment to remember and reflect upon those who lost their lives for us. 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 5/20/16

This week we go way back to some of our earliest great recordings of the band for this beauty from November 11th, 1967. A request from a birthday kiwi down in New Zealand, (Happy Birthday Lawrence - and to my friend Jay as well!!)  this is a fabulous show highlighted with tremendous performances from Pigpen on keyboards and vocals.
Garcia has a couple of really nice solos on the amazing 'Death Don't Have No Mercy' that I really like.. there is a crackling energy throughout this tape that is well worth experiencing, despite the occasional flaw in this tape the sonic quality is really quite remarkable. 'New Potato Caboose' simply takes off into the cosmos.. experience it .. Alligator gives us another example of how Pigpen could lead this band...

Grateful Dead
Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA
11/11/67 - Saturday
Turn On Your Love Light
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
New Potato Caboose
Cryptical Envelopment  >
That's It For The Other One  >
Cryptical Envelopment
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

Now, as many of you are aware, Rhino records has released a 3 cd set of the Grateful Dead's historic performance at Red Rocks from July 8, 1978. This was of course included in the recent July 78 box set, but can now be purchased individually at retail stores or from
Even better! I have several copies to send out to lucky Deadpod listeners...
all  you have to do to try your luck in winning one of these sets is to send me an email with your US Mail address to:

No contributions are required to win the set, but they are always appreciated :)

Let's try and be kind to each other..

Friday, May 13, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 5/13/16

Friday the 13th finds us featuring the second set from the band's performance 30 years ago at Cal Expo on May 3rd, 1986. A nice bouncy Scarlet starts us off, with some pleasing trills from Brent (if  you enjoy his additions).. the transition into Fire is one of the highlights of the set.. quite unusual.. Jerry gives a great reading of 'Fire on the Mountain', his voice in relatively good condition, just a bit strained.. They follow with 'Man Smart, Women Smarter'.. which always got the crowd up on their feet then an unusually placed 'Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad' leads us into Drums.. Long and quite interesting I think you'll enjoy the energy here. they glide into 'The Other One' out of Space.. at times I wonder if they will find the 'one' but they do..and times I wonder where Garcia has gone.. . This leads into a slow and introspective 'Comes A Time'.. Jerry sounds quite nice here.. they follow with a set, and show closing, Sugar Magnolia.. it ends with some wierd Healy effects and an announcement about broken guitars and frozen fingers and no encore tonight.... given what happens to Jerry in a cou ple months (his diabetic coma) we have to wonder if this was a foreshadowing..
Nevertheless this is quite good for the time period and I sure hope you enjoy it!

Grateful Dead
Cal Expo Amphitheatre Sacramento, CA
5/3/86 - Saturday
Scarlet Begonias [9:40] >
Fire On The Mountain [9:46] ;
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) [7:18] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:17] >
Jam [0:57] >
Drums [4:48#] >
Space [7:14] >
The Other One [7:53] >
Comes A Time [7:52] >
Sugar Magnolia [9:44]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

My sincere thanks to the kind folks whose contributions keep the Deadpod in existence.

Have a wonderful week my friends!

Friday, May 06, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 5/6/16

I do hope it is a beautiful day in May whereever  you are! As we go back 30 years to a day that started out rainy but ended up beautiful out in California on the first weekend in May when a horse named 'Ferdinand' rode by the great Willie Shoemaker took the Kentucky Derby back in Louisville KY., but the Dead celebrated the day with a fine show at Cal Expo.
They chase away the raindrops with a fine 'Cold Rain and Snow' then bring out the 'Race is On'..
They follow with a lovely 'They Love Each Other' with exception work by both Jerry and Brent. C.C rider follows then a nice 'High Time', slow but sung exceptionally well by Garcia who is in fine voice for this date. Weir beats it down the line to the Promised Land and they close the (short) first set with a nice rockin' Deal.....

California Exposition Amphitheater, Sacramento, CA (5/3/86)

Cold Rain and Snow
The Race is On
They Love Each Other
C.C. Rider
High Time
Beat it on Down the Line
Promised Land

We'll hear set 2 next week... 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

My thanks to all the wonderful folks whose contributions make the Deadpod possible! 

Peace ..