Friday, May 26, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 5/26/17

Wow, Memorial Day weekend already! Hope you have some fun plans to welcome in summer! Hopefully you'll find this wild show from 1969 to be the perfect complement to some your times this weekend..
This comes to us from May 31st, 1969 at McArthur Court at the University of Oregon. Always a crazy show as you know the Pranksters will be out in force - and are they ever - especially on the first few songs as you will hear. (if you don't care to listen to Ken Babbs insane rap, just fast forward about 10 minutes after the Cold Rain and Snow :) The band settles down afterwards and puts on a typically manic 1969 performance - Garcia is if anything, overly excited at times - but this is quintessential early Dead and I hope you enjoy it! Pigpen is excellent on an alltime 'Lovelight' , Garcia gives a very extended version of  'He Was A Friend of Mine' and the 'Dark Star' that follows is to me, the highlight of the set, played in the familiar 'Live Dead' style. Sadly 'Cosmic Charlie' is cut on the tape, but there is plenty here for any fan of early dead - over two and a half hours of Live Dead for your Memorial Day Weekend .. ;)

Grateful Dead
McArthur Court - University of Oregon Eugene, OR
5/31/69 - Saturday

One - 1:35:43

Hard To Handle [3:57];[0:55] ;
Cold Rain And Snow [4:13];[6:15] ;
Yellow Dog Story [1:40];[2:45] ;
Green Green Grass Of Home [4:05];[1:04] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:02];[0:46] ;
Cryptical Envelopment [1:56] >
Drums [0:54] >
The Other One [10:46] >
Cryptical Envelopment [3:#11] >
Sittin On Top Of The World [3:28];[0:58] ;
It Hurts Me Too [5:34];[0:59] ;
Turn On Your Love Light [29:04]

Two - 43:56

He Was A Friend Of Mine [14:27];[0:16] %
Dark Star [23:58] >
Doin' That Rag [4:37#] >
Cosmic Charlie [#0:30]
Encore - 12:42 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [8:51];[0:10] ;
And We Bid You Good Night [3:11]
Comments Total time [2:32:21].
Ken Babbs & sundry other pranksters marshall the chaos between the first few songs.
Jerry plays pedal steel guitar on Green Grass. At 1:52 into the Cryptical reprise there is a cut ; probably several minutes are missing here.
It's anybody's guess how much of the second set may be missing.

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Be safe and have a great weekend.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dead show/podcast for 5/19/17

This week we get shown the light with the second set from the band's performance on May 5th, 1977 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven CT.
Just as solid as the first set, this is an example of just how finely tuned the group was during this time. Garcia in particular is outstanding throughout. Bertha starts this off and while it is played a bit more slowly than usual, the tempo is pleasing and Garcia's soaring solos highlight a great opener. A solid 'Estimated Prophet' follows, 'Scarlet->Fire' comes next (after a long tuneup) and leads into the heart of this show, as the Fire goes into a somewhat abbreviated 'Good Lovin' (no drums/space here) then into a wonderful St. Stephen.  The boys close with a nice Sugar Magnolia, and return with a Johnny B. Goode encore as befits this great show.

Grateful Dead
New Haven Coliseum New Haven, CT
5/5/77 - Thursday


Bertha [6:43] ;
Estimated Prophet [8:41] ;
Scarlet Begonias [10:47] >
Fire On The Mountain [12:01] >
Good Lovin' [5:52] ;
Saint Stephen (1) [11:40] >
Sugar Magnolia [8:37]
Johnny B. Goode [4:08]
(1) Truckin' tease in jam

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

I have to apologize - I haven't had a chance to send out the copies of 5/8/77 Cornell yet to the the lucky winners - spent much of the last week with a family health issue.. I'll get these out soon!! thanks for entering!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 5/12/17

Every May I try to pay tribute to the mindblowing music the band produced 40 years ago.. This may be one of the last times I'm able to as I've featured almost everything that hasn't been released. But this week's selection I have yet to feature and it is simply one of the best first sets of that very special year. This comes to us from May 5th, 1977 at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New Haven, CT.
This show has all the  features that make this time special in the band's history are here, and evidenced right away in the outstanding version of 'Promised Land' that starts off the night. But they don't let off the gas after this smoking version of the Chuck Berry classic... Garcia follows with one of the very best versions of 'Sugaree' that the boys every did together - almost 15 minutes of pure jamming perfection. There is not a bad song in this first set, and every one harmonizes together so well as to mark a highpoint in the band's history.

Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT (5/5/77)

Promised Land
Mama Tried
El Paso
Tennessee Jed
Looks Like Rain
Lazy Lightnin'
Music Never Stopped

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The lucky winners of the Cornell 5/8/77 sets should be receiving their sets next week.. 
thanks for all the kind words.. 

Most of all, thank you for listening to and supporting the Deadpod.. 

Friday, May 05, 2017

Your chance to win a copy of Cornell 5/8/77!

The kind folks at Rhino/GD productions have sent us several copies of the newest 3-cd set of that most famous of all Grateful Dead Shows - May 8th 1977!
I'll select names at random from my listeners who would like to win a copy of this CD - you don't have to be someone that has donated to the Deadpod to win - (but I sure won't turn down any donations either :)

Barton Hall, Cornell University - Ithaca, NY (5/8/77)

Disc 1
1. New Minglewood Blues
2. Loser
3. El Paso
4. They Love Each Other
5. Jack Straw 
6. Deal
7. Lazy Lightning>
8. Supplication
9. Brown-Eyed Women
10. Mama Tried
11. Row Jimmy

Disc 2
1. Dancing In The Street
2. Scarlet Begonias> 
3. Fire On The Mountain
4. Estimated Prophet

Disc 3
1. St. Stephen> 
2. Not Fade Away>  
3. St. Stephen>
4. Morning Dew
5. One More Saturday Night 

The CD is also available here of course:

To enter, send your name and MAILING address to:

I'll select the lucky winners by next friday, May 12th.

Sourced from the Betty Cantor-Jackson soundboard recordings, transferred and restored by Plangent Processes
Mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman
Artwork by Grammy-winning graphic artist Masaki Koike
In-depth essay by noted Dead scholar Nicholas Meriwether

Dead Show/podcast for 5/5/17

This week we continue with the second set of the Grateful Dead's performance on April 21st, 1971 at the Rhode Island Auditorium in Providence Rhode Island. This is one of those rare shows where the 2nd set is probably shorter than the first set, but it still contains some excellent music. Clearly the highlight of this set is the almost 15 minute long 'Good Lovin'' featuring some classic Pigpen don't overlook the Not Fade Away->Goin' Down the Road->Not Fade Away trifecta that closes the set. They return for a sweet double encore of 'Uncle John's Band' and 'Johnny B. Goode'.

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

Bertha [5:27] ;
Sugar Magnolia [5:51] ;
Good Lovin' [14:46] >
Not Fade Away [4:00] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [7:05] >
Not Fade Away [2:31]
Encore Uncle John's Band [5:41] >
Johnny B. Goode [3:37]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

Please look to the post following this one for a chance to win a copy of the newly released CD - 'Cornell 5/8/77'!!

My thanks to you, my kind friends for listening to and supporting the Deadpod.