Friday, April 28, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 4/28/17

This week's Deadpod features a really fine show and recording from April 21, 1971.. often overshadowed by the 'closing of the Filmore East' recordings which happened soon afterwards I am certain you'll enjoy the fire and energy on this recording. The highlights of this first set are numerous but I'm sure you're going to enjoy Drums with only Billy on the kit and Pigpen both on the 'Big Boss Man' and a classic 'Hard to Handle' love his harp!  Wharf Rat is superb as well, as is a personal favorite, the Cumberland Blues.

Grateful Dead
Rhode Island Auditorium Providence, RI
4/21/71 - Wednesday


Casey Jones [5:13] 
Mama Tried [2:33] 
Big Boss Man [4:52] 
Loser [6:27]
Truckin' [7:48] > 
Drums [4:16] > 
The Other One [11:12] > 
Wharf Rat [9:33] 
Hard To Handle [8:52] 
Cumberland Blues [4:29] 
Bird Song [8:06] 
Me And Bobby McGee [5:22]

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 4/21/17

A somewhat uneven second set from April 8th 1985 is featured on this week's Deadpod. The set starts out with a cover of the Beatles' 'Revolution' which to my mind is one of those songs they never should have tried to cover. Luckily things pick up after that, they  follow with  a 'Hell In a Bucket' and 'Touch of Gray' are played quite energetically (they were working on those In the Dark album songs even though the album wouldn't be released until 1987). I quite enjoy the 'Estimated Prophet' that follows, Jerry has some nice licks and Bob has the spirit. Of course, we've heard 'Eyes of the World' follow out of this many times, still its nicely played with an  unusual jam out of Estimaed.  Although Jerry's voice does seem a little more tired now, and the pace is a bit rushed, I always enjoy it.
After an interesting Drums and Space, it takes Jerry and Bob a bit to settle on that 'Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad', but that just makes for an interesting intro. 'Stella Blue' follows, and Jerry gives it a fine treatment. They follow with 'Around and Around' which then goes into a fine high-energy 'Lovelight'.  They return for a 'Brokedown Palace' encore.

The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA (4/8/85)
Hell in a Bucket
Touch of Grey
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Stella Blue
Around and Around
Turn on Your Love Light

Brokedown Palace

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 4/14/17

This week I decided to perk up your spring with a high energy first set from a year I don't often feature (for good reason) 1985.. This one is from April 8th, 1985 from the Spectrum in Philadelphia PA. The boys are clearly playing with their setlists this year, and this is one of the most innovative first sets of the period. They start off with 'In the Midnight Hour' and between Weir's vocals and Healy's effects we know we're in for something different.. then Jerry goes into 'Walkin' the Dog'.. Garcia's voice is a bit rough throughout but not as bad as on some days this year and he delivers with gusto throughout. The 'Big Boss Man' which ends this trifecta features a nice little jam. The 'Me & My Uncle-> Cumberland Blues' is also quite well played and features some nice jamming.
The rare 'Down In The Bottom->Ain't Superstituous' is not really as interesting as one would hope, but 'Althea' is nicely done especially given Garcia's vocal state. 'Tons of Steel' is quite excellent I think, as is a great Supplication jam. They end with a disappointing 'Might As Well' Still a quite good first set..

Grateful Dead
The Spectrum Philadelphia, PA
4/8/85 - Monday

In The Midnight Hour >
Walking The Dog >
Big Boss Man ;
Me And My Uncle >
Cumberland Blues ;
Down In The Bottom >
I Ain't Superstitious ;
Althea ;
Tons Of Steel >
Supplication >
Might As Well

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Friday, April 07, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 4/7/17

This week's Deadpod features the second set from the band's performance at a Rex Foundation benefit on April 1st, 1984. There's lots of Garcia to love here, from the Help->Slip-Frank, through Terrapin and Morning Dew.. We even have a Touch of Grey encore.. really this one is a 'greatest hits' set list, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have..

Grateful Dead
Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium
San Rafael, CA
4/1/84 - Sunday


Help On The Way [3:12] >
Slipknot! [5:29] >
Franklin's Tower [11:27] >
Samson And Delilah [7:32] ;
Terrapin Station [12:18] >
Drums [4:37#] >
Space [4:48] >
Morning Dew [12:19] ;
I Need A Miracle [3:18] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [7:29] >
Good Lovin' [8:27]
Touch Of Grey [6:35]

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