Friday, March 16, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 3/16/18

This week we go back to the start of a legendary run that took place in the Spring of 1972, in New York City at the Academy of Music on March 21st.
Off and on there are a few sonic problems with the tape - Garcia's vocals are buried in the opening 'Bertha' and there is a hum here and there, but overall well worth a listen. Garcia is on fire throughout and while some of the songs are still being developed the band is clearly evolving toward the Europe 72 sound you are probably very familiar with. Love the 'Playing In The Band' one of the first versions with some really out there jamming after the first verses. 'Looks like Rain' features Garcia on slide guitar and Pigpen is fabulous throughout. 'Cumberland Blues' is simply explosive.

Grateful Dead
Academy of Music New York, NY
3/21/72 - Tuesday

Bertha ;
Black Throated Wind ;
Sugaree ;
Next Time You See Me ;
Greatest Story Ever Told ;
Loser ;
Mr. Charlie ;
Looks Like Rain ;
Tennessee Jed ;
Playing In The Band ;
You Win Again ;
Cumberland Blues ;
Chinatown Shuffle ;
El Paso ;
Good Lovin' >
Casey Jones

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Friday, March 09, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 3/9/18

You've probably heard that Phil Lesh and Bob Weir have been playing some wonderful 'duo' shows together this month.. while I'm still contemplating playing one of the audience tapes of one of these gems, I decided to bring you another 'Phil & Friends' acoustic show that started the genre - this took place back on September 24th, 1994 at the Berkeley Community Theater in Berkeley CA, a benefit for music in the local schools. It was of course the last 'acoustic' Dead performance, and for the most part is quite sweet and wonderful to hear. I hope you enjoy this performance, and I do envy those of you lucky enough to see Phil  & Bob this tour!

Phil Lesh and Friends Live at Berkely Community Center on 1994-09-24

Acoustic Set ( 95:31 )

01 Bob Weir VH1 Unplugged Intro
02 Walking Blues
03 Lazy River Road
04 K.C. Moan
05 Dupree's Diamond Blues
06 Childhood's End
07 When I Paint My Masterpiece
08 Attics Of My Life
09 Cassidy >
10 Bird Song >
11 Throwing Stones

Jerry Garcia
Phil Lesh
Vince Welnick
Bob Weir


This was the very First Phil Lesh and Friends
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Be kind to one another. Thank you so much for your support. 

Friday, March 02, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 3/2/18

March will come in like a lion for us with the second set from the band's performance at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles CA from February 11th, 1989. We are treated right off to a superb China>Rider, with a very nice jam into Rider. I love hearing Brett here.. what better song to bring in March than 'I Know You Rider'? and Jerry sells that 'northbound train' line :) . 'Man Smart, Woman Smarter' follows - that bouncy tune always got everyone dancing!
'Standing on the Moon' follows, certainly not in the slot we might expect it, but this is only its 3rd performance, but one of the best.. also probably the main reason I wanted to play this set.. a nice, stretched out 'Estimated Prophet' follows.. they then travel to Space, but  Brent brings out 'I Will Take You Home' first, which always pulls at my heartstrings.. a very interesting drums follows, with Bill and Mickey being joined by Airto Moreira, Diana Moreira, and Flora Purim for some very spacey African sounding vocal stylings. The guests leave for Space, but Airto returns for 'Eyes of the World'. The post-drums is quite long by later-day standards, as Eyes finds a unique closing jam to lead into 'I Need A Miracle' then a soulful 'Black Peter' goes into a rousing 'Lovelight' to end the set.
The crowd is treated to Phil bringing out the 'Box of Rain' for the encore to end a truly classic set.

Grateful Dead
Great Western Forum
Inglewood, CA 2/11/89 - Saturday
China Cat Sunflower >
I Know You Rider>;
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) ;
Standing On The Moon ;
Estimated Prophet >;
I Will Take You Home>;
Drums* >;
Space >;
Eyes Of The World** >;
I Need A Miracle >;
Black Peter >;
Turn On Your Love Light
Box Of Rain
Comments * with Airto and Diana Moreira, Flora Purim; ** with Airto Moreira

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'thoughts and prayers are not enough'

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 2/23/18

This week's Deadpod features the first set from the band's performance on February 11th, 1989 in Los Angeles, CA. I love the opener, Mississipi Half-Step, and Jerry doesn't let me down here.. 'across.... the lazy river.. :) An energetic Minglewood follows, then a lovely 'Candyman'.. I love the color that Brent added here, but no one sounds like Jerry on this. Next a rockin' 'Big River', followed by the premier of 'Built To Last'.. such interesting lyrics. 'Queen Jane' is well played and followed by a short but always powerful 'We Can Run'. The Bird flies by to end this first set full of colors and feelings..

Great Western Forum, Los Angeles CA (2/11/89)

Mississippi Half-Step
New Minglewood Blues
Big River
Built to Last
Queen Jane Approximately
We Can Run But We Can't Hide 
Bird Song 

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Thanks for the opportunity to showcase the light and love that is in this music..

Friday, February 16, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 2/16/18

This week's Deadpod features the beautiful 2nd set from February 9th, 1973 from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Plenty of breakouts make this a rare and unusual set, including 'They Love Each Other' , 'Eyes of the World', 'China Doll' and 'Wave that Flag'. Some great exploratory jamming in Eyes marks a unique version that sounds unlike any other played that year. There are a few splices here and there, but I don't think they will effect your enjoyment of this fine show. Wavy Gravy does a brief political talk at the beginning of the set..

Grateful Dead
Roscoe Maples Pavilion - Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA 2/9/73 - Friday
Two - 1:36:15
China Cat Sunflower [4:51] >
I Know You Rider [5:49]%[0:45] ;
Jack Straw [4:43]%[1:25] ;
They Love Each Other [4:36];[0:07]%[0:09] ;
Truckin' [7:#56] >
Eyes Of The World [17:09] >
China Doll [6:00];[0:06]%[0:08] ;
Big River [4:54] %
Ramble On Rose [6:23];[0:06] %
Box Of Rain [5:05];[0:14] ;
Wave That Flag [5:#20];[0:09]%[0:20] ;
Sugar Magnolia [8:39];[0:51] ;
Uncle John's Band [7:17];[0:04]%[0:33] ;
Around And Around [4:46] ;
Dead Air [0:27]
Encore - 7:21
Casey Jones [7:21] ;

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no more children should be shot and killed.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 2/9/18

45 years ago today the Dead premiered the 'Wall of Sound'.. they also premiered the following classic songs: China Doll, Eyes of the World, Here Comes Sunshine, Loose Lucy, They Love Each Other, Row Jimmy, Wave That Flag (Later US Blues).. this week we'll listen to the first set from this spectacular show, from February 9th, 1973 at the Roscoe Maples Pavilion at Stanford University, Palo Alto California. I can't believe I never played this before on the Deadpod but it appears I have not.. my thanks to Steve for the suggestion for this week! 

Roscoe Maples Pavilion (Stanford U), Palo Alto, CA (2/9/73)

Promised Land
Row Jimmy
Black Throated Wind
Me and My Uncle
Looks Like Rain
Loose Lucy
Mexicali Blues
Brown Eyed Women
El Paso
Here Comes Sunshine
Playing in the Band

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Enjoy.. and thanks for your support! 

Friday, February 02, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 2/2/18

This week we feature the second set from the band's performance on April 10th, 1983 at Morgantown, West Virginia. This is a fine sounding, energetic set, in which I think Brent's contributions really shine. I love the intro out of space into 'the Wheel' and of course the 'China Doll' that comes out of the return into 'Playin'.  The jamming in Playin' may not quite get out there as far as you'd like but overall this is a very fun well-played show. I hope you agree..

Grateful Dead
Coliseum - West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 4/10/83 - Sunday

Touch Of Grey [6:04] ;
Man Smart (Woman Smarter) [5:54] ;
Uncle John's Band[8:29] >
Playing In The Band[10:10] >
Drums [6:40] >
Space [5:33] >
The Wheel [5:41] >
Playing In The Band[4:29] >
China Doll [4:52] >
Sugar Magnolia [8:07]
U.S. Blues [4:56]

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be well and do good..

Friday, January 26, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 1/26/18

This week's Deadpod comes as the result of a request by a friend .. some say the highlight of this show is the opener, I wouldn't go that far but it is a surprise, even for a Sunday! The 'Samson & Delilah' opener only happened a couple of times in the band's history but I think the rest of this set is quite entertaining as well. From April 10th, 1983 in Morgantown West Virginia.. I found the interplay between Garcia and Brent Mydland to be very entertaining here (Brent is certainly up a bit in the mix on this tape). 'Tennessee Jed' is a highlight here for me, as is a slow 'Friend of the Devil' that includes some nice surprises from Jerry.

Grateful Dead
Coliseum - West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
4/10/83 - Sunday

Samson And Delilah ;
Friend Of The Devil ;
Me And My Uncle >
Mexicali Blues ;
Althea ;
Little Red Rooster ;
Tennessee Jed ;
My Brother Esau ;
Might As Well

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 1/19/18

Here's hoping that this set of fine early Dead music will help warm  your bones in the middle of this cold cold January... We continue with the band's performance from January 16th, 1970 at Springer's Inn in Portland Oregon.
While we start out with a Cumberland Blues that is a bit shortened, this tape more than make sup for it with early versions of classic songs that are delightful to me as I listen to their early development.  'Easy Wind' is a classic, as is the wonderful 'Dire Wolf'...

Because the set is a bit short, I've included a cut from a recently released set from one of my favorite bands, Joe Russo's Almost Dead.. this cover of Cream Puff War just seems to fit in perfectly here and I hope you enjoy it.. the rest of this wonderful set is available on

Grateful Dead
Springer's Inn
Portland, OR 1/16/70 - Friday

part 2
Cumberland Blues [#4:13#] %
Me And My Uncle [#2:52] >
Dire Wolf [4:10];[1:00] ;
Uncle John's Band [6:51];[0:45] ;
Easy Wind [8:00];[2:15] ;
Cryptical Envelopment [1:48] >
Drums [0:49] >
Space [0:59] >
Drums [3:54] >
The Other One [8:32] >
Cryptical Envelopment [1:16] >
Cosmic Charlie [6:#19];[0:12]

Joe Russo's Almost Dead
Brooklyn Bowl, 12/29/2016
Cream Puff War

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 1/12/18

A fresh new year brought to my mind a good time to hear the band when they sounded fresh and young - - thus this week's Deadpod from 1/16/70 at Springer's Inn in Portland Oregon.  This is the start of what was a momentous year for the band, and we can hear the enthusiasm and talent of each of them on this fine recording. While there are no long jams or songs on this recording, there is a passion and energy in each of these songs that is a treat to listen to.
I'll play the first part of this recording this week and the second next; while there are some cuts and anomalies, I think you'll agree that it has held up sonically remarkably well.

Grateful Dead
Springer's Inn Portland, OR
1/16/70 - Friday

Casey Jones [4:33];[0:44] ;
Mama Tried [2:28];[0:33] ;
Black Peter (1) [7:59];[2:38] ;
Hard To Handle [7:07];[0:24] ;
China Cat Sunflower [2:58] >
Jam [2:28] >
I Know You Rider [4:08];[0:30] ;
High Time [7:37];[0:09] %
Good Lovin' [#6:41];[0:10] ;
Dancing In The Street [6:29];[0:29] ;
Alligator [3:40] >
Drums [5:13] >
Jam in 12s [1:45] >
The Eleven Jam [6:45] >
Space [0:14] >
Death Don't Have No Mercy [8:24];[0:14]

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Practice kindness my friends..

Friday, January 05, 2018

Dead Show/podcast for 1/5/18

We usher in the New Year with a long, fantastic second set from the Dead's performance on 12/30/78 at the Pauley Pavilion in UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. The bands opens with a trifecta of rock and roll -
'I Need a Miracle' (check out Weir's shouting here) into 'Bertha' into 'Good Lovin'. This leads into a fantastic, long Scarlet > Fire (almost 18 minutes). You might think they'd head into Drums and Space but no, tonight we get both a 'Playin' in the Band' AND a 'Shakedown Street' pre-Drums. This Drums is no slouch.. and leads into Hamza el-Din joining the band for 'Ollin Arrageed'. Jerry rather flubs the intro to the first 'St. Stephen' since January 78, but still great to hear, as is the 'Not Fade Away'>Goin' Down the Road'>'Around and Around' which closes this excellent set. They return for the obligatory 'One More Saturday Night' encore capping off almost a 2 hour set.

Grateful Dead
Pauley Pavilion - University of California
Los Angeles, CA
12/30/78 - Saturday
I Need A Miracle [4:12] >
Bertha [6:34] >
Good Lovin' [7:02] ;
Scarlet Begonias [9:31] >
Fire On The Mountain [9:34] ;
Playing In The Band [7:54] >
Shakedown Street [8:57] >
Drums [10:46] >
Ollin Arrageed (1) [14:03] >
Space [2:06] >
Saint Stephen [8:03] >
Not Fade Away [7:35] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:39] >
Around And Around [9:08]
One More Saturday Night [4:34]
comments (1) with Hamza el-Din

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