Friday, March 31, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 3/31/17

An early April Fool's present for my Deadpod friends this week. This show, from April 1st, 1984 is much better to my ears than it appears on paper (and the second set, scheduled for next week, is even better). This show was the last show of the first Rex Foundation runs, so it was held in the very small Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium. Personally I enjoy hearing Brent so upfront in the mix. The other general point that stands out to me is that Garcia is out front and outstanding on most of these songs. Jack Straw, big Railroad Blues, and Tennessee Jed are outstanding.

Grateful Dead
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium
San Rafael, CA
4/1/84 - Sunday
Jack Straw [5:48] ;
Friend Of The Devil [8:30] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:14] >
Mexicali Blues [4:51] ;
Big Railroad Blues [5:33] ;
Cassidy [5:15] ;
Tennessee Jed [#7:33] ;
My Brother Esau [4:30] >
Don't Ease Me In [3:12]

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 3/24/17

I'm guessing that if you listened to last week's Deadpod you know that this week's second set from 3/31/73 is going to be great.. great sound.. great playing.. great X factor. I love this show and hope you do too. It may not have some of the big 'hits' of the day (Dark Star, etc) but there is some really wonderful explorations. I think if you listen closely you'll hear themes from all sorts of places in this music. Appropriately we start with a Chuck Berry tune - Promised Land.. then move into a hard rockin' Bertha. That flows into a pretty interesting GSET. He's Gone is slower.. but they then move into the real funhouse of the set.. Truckin' into Drums then a wonderful Other One->Spanish Jam.. this one is quite unique.. then they somehow end up in 'I Know You Rider'...
This is a fun ride.. hope you enjoy it!!!

Grateful Dead
War Memorial Buffalo, NY
3/31/73 - Saturday
The Promised Land ->;
Bertha ->
Greatest Story Ever Told ;
He's Gone ->
Truckin' ->
Drums ->
The Other One ->
Spanish Jam ->
I Know You Rider ;
Sugar Magnolia

Casey Jones

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 3/17/17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
This week we have a fine request from a great friend of the Deadpod for a show from March 31st, 1973 - Buffalo N.Y.
You really never go wrong with a show from that year so I'm happy to oblige.. we'll hear set 1 this week. While there are many great highlights here, overall I simply love the sound of Garcia's guitar. Watch out for Donna on Playin' In the Band ;)

War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo NY (3/31/73)

Mississippi Half-Step
The Race Is On
Mexicali Blues
Box of Rain
Tennessee Jed
Jack Straw
Big Railroad Blues
El Paso
Row Jimmy
Looks Like Rain
They Love Each Other
Playing in the Band

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possible each week.. :) 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 3/10/17

This week we have the second set from the band's performance on March 10th, 1981 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY. A fine set from an underrated tour, this one opens with a nice long Scarlet->Fire,  which leads into a surprisingly powerful 'Sailor->Saint'. Drums and space follow, serving as an extended prelude into a sweet 'Wheel'. 'China Doll' is a welcome addition to any second set, followed by a rousing 'Truckin'. |See if you hear the Smokestack tease as Truckin' heads into the Sugar Mag closer. They return for one of their very best versions of  'Satisfaction' followed by a great Brokedown to send the folks home happy.

Grateful Dead
Madison Square Garden New York , NY
3/10/81 - Tuesday
Scarlet Begonias [11:08] >
Fire On The Mountain [15:23] >
Lost Sailor [6:06] >
Saint Of Circumstance [6:41] >
Space [2:58] >
Drums [10:13] >
Space [2:18] >
The Wheel [5:59] >
China Doll [6:57] >
Truckin' [8:37] >
Sugar Magnolia [8:48]
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction [6:20] >
Brokedown Palace [5:52]

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Friday, March 03, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 3/3/17

As March blows in we go back in this week's Deadpod to the spring of 1981, and one of the fine shows from the band's run at Madison Square Garden. Last year we played the previous evening's show, but this performance from March 10, 1981 deserves a spot on our favorites as well. The show beings with a Mississippi Half-Step that starts off great, then a shocking bit of feedback/reverb blows through the sound system - the band simply plays through it like the pros they are, but don't let it throw you off, this is a great version! This flows into a fine, stand alone version of Franklin's Tower. I always enjoy these, and this one is no slouch. Me and My Uncle follows with Weir joking that the earlier feedback was all planned. They slow it up a little with 'Roses'. Don't Easy Me In occupies a rare mid-set position, and there is some nice improvisation in the Lazy Lightnin'->Supplication transition. A strong first set that I hope puts you in a fine space as we roll into early March!

Grateful Dead
Madison Square Garden
New York , NY
3/10/81 - Tuesday

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [11:36] ->
Franklin's Tower [11:03] ->
Me And My Uncle [3:05] ;
It Must Have Been The Roses [6:18] ->
Little Red Rooster [6:12] ;
Don't Ease Me In [3:15] ;
Lazy Lightnin' [3:24] ->
Supplication [6:03] ;
Brown Eyed Women [5:27] ->
Looks Like Rain [9:19] ->
Deal [7:13]

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