Friday, April 09, 2021

Dead Show/podcast for 4/9/21


 This week we have the first set of a legendary show from April 18, 1982 in Hartford CT. 

Those of you familiar with either the history of the Grateful Dead or of San Francisco know that April 18, 1906 was the date of the great San Francisco Earthquake, and this show is famous for its legendary 'Earthquake Space'. Since I prefer presenting complete shows, and since this first set is quite good on its own merits, we'll hear it this week, and the second set, complete with the 'earthquake space' next. 

This one starts with a rocking 'Bertha' into 'Promised Land'. A pretty 'Friend of the Devil' leads into a rather mellow 'CC Rider'. 'Ramble on Rose' is notable for how great Jerry's voice sounds. After the cowboy polka, 'Althea' is a favorite of mine. 'Big Railroad Blues' has Brent really hitting the mark, I think you'll enjoy it, and the 'Let It Grow' is probably the highlight of this set. 


Grateful Dead
Hartford Civic Center
Hartford, CT
4/18/82 - Sunday

Bertha >
The Promised Land ;
Friend Of The Devil >
C C Rider ;
Ramble On Rose ;
Me And My Uncle >
Mexicali Blues ;
Althea >
Looks Like Rain ;
Big Railroad Blues ;
Let It Grow  

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Friday, April 02, 2021

Dead Show/podcast for 4/2/21

This week we are fortunate enough to hear the second set of the band's fine performance from March 20, 1977 at the Winterland in San Francisco. A Sunday show, this set starts out appropriately enough with a great 'Samson and Delilah'. A beautiful 'Row Jimmy' follows with very soulful Garcia vocals. 

The heart of this set comes with the St. Stephen>Other One> Stella Blue combo. Following the excellent St. Stephen, Phil drops into 'The Other One' on a dime. This one contains some great jamming, and in particular the ending where Garcia develops a unique and beautiful transition to the wonderful 'Stella Blue'.

They rock it out after that but close with a nice double encore, including the fifth time they play 'Terrapin'..


Grateful Dead
Winterland Arena
San Francisco, CA 3/20/77 - Sunday    


Samson And Delilah [8:17] ;
Row Jimmy [10:00] ;
The Promised Land [4:05] ;
Saint Stephen [9:49] >
The Other One [14:48] >
Stella Blue [8:57] ;
Around And Around [7:58]
U.S. Blues [5:57] ;
Terrapin Station [10:47]  

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

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Friday, March 26, 2021

Dead Show/podcast for 3/26/21

Spring has sprung a bit earlier than usual here in the north, and it's a perfect time to break out the sweet, silky sounds of the Grateful Dead from 1977.. Here's a beauty from March 20, 1977 at the Winterland in San Francisco. 

As usual its marked by the extremely smooth and intricate ensemble playing that characterize the year. The band is clearly paying attention to and responding to each other. I'd argue that every song in this first set has its moments - there's even a fun little Jerry run in El Paso. Deal builds and builds to a rousing climax. Cassidy shows off a beautiful arrangement highlighting every member's contribution to the whole. Peggy-O is slow and sweet, love Keith's piano here and Jerry has some runs I've not heard before. 

It seems unfair not to single out each of these songs for their beauty..this is a remarkably nice recording as well,  but I just want to also point to the stand-alone Scarlet Begonias that ends this first set.  

Never miss a Sunday show ) 

Grateful Dead
Winterland Arena
San Francisco, CA 3/20/77 - Sunday    


New Minglewood Blues [4:46] ;
Ramble On Rose [7:35] ;
El Paso [4:12] ;
Deal [5:32] ;
Cassidy [4:29] ;
Peggy-O [7:15] ;
Beat It On Down The Line [3:41] ;
Brown Eyed Women [5:18] ;
Estimated Prophet [8:01] ;
Scarlet Begonias [12:45] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

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"Like an angel, standing in a shaft of light
Rising up to paradise, I know I'm gonna shine"




Friday, March 19, 2021

Dead Show/podcast for 3/19/21

This week's Deadpod features an outstanding second set (only) from March 13, 1982 in Reno Nevada. 

While I wish there existed a soundboard of the first set to match this exquisite recording I decided there was no reason not to let you enjoy this great set because it didn't exist. 

This set starts out with a powerful reading of 'Feel Like a Stranger' into 'Franklin's Tower'. Jerry is all over both of these with some really sparkling runs, and Brent has come into his own by this time as a member of the band and shines throughout. This show took place the night after John Belushi's death, and that might account for the aborted 'He's Gone' that follows 'Estimated', the band instead going into a beautiful 'Eyes of the World'.  

Drums and Space are quite good as well, pay particular attention to the jam leading into 'The Other One' where many locate a 'Lucy in the Skies' or 'Dear Prudence' jam.. 

The mournful 'Black Peter' seems a good fit on this evening before the band closes out with the rockin' 'Around and Around' and 'Good Lovin'

The 'Don't Ease' encore is missing from this tape, unfortunately. 

Grateful Dead
Centennial Coliseum
Reno, NV 3/13/82 - Saturday


Feel Like A Stranger >
Franklin's Tower >
Estimated Prophet >
Eyes Of The World >
Drums >
Space >
The Other One >
Black Peter  >
Around And Around >
Good Lovin' 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

"I want to say to my sisters and my brothers
Keep the faith
When the storm flies and the wind blows
Go on at a steady pace"

Friday, March 12, 2021

Dead Show/podcast for 3/12/21

 A rare but lovely third set is up on this week's Deadpod.. from Winterland in San Francisco, the first show the band played in 1974 on February 22, 1974. 

'Hello baby I'm gone goodbye'... as the band opens this set with a beautiful 'Mississippi Half-Step'... love Garcia's silkly guitar on this one.. Bobby revs it up with a smokin' 'Promised Land', nice work by Keith on the piano here. They switch gears completely with a slow, soulful 'Brokedown Palace', but follow up with a great 'Jack Straw'. 

The heart of this set follows however with a beautiful 'Eyes', then 'China Doll' and 'Wharf Rat'.. 'Sugar Mag' brings this monster show to a close, but they follow with a 'Uncle John's Band' encore.. 


 Grateful Dead
Winterland Arena
San Francisco, CA 2/22/74 - Friday    

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [7:50] ;
The Promised Land [3:37] ;
Brokedown Palace [5:28] ;
Jack Straw [4:10#] ;
Eyes Of The World >
China Doll >
Wharf Rat >
Sugar Magnolia
Uncle John's Band 

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thanks to all

Friday, March 05, 2021

Dead Show/podcast for 3/5/21

Here's a fine set of music for your Friday courtesy of the Grateful Dead back on February 22, 1974.We continue from last week with the second of three sets that the band favored us with to begin their quintessential 1974 tour. A fine recording here captures the nuances of Keith on Piano and of course the rest of the band's interplay which is especially notable on the wild 'Truckin' and the jams that follow. 'The Race is On' is a perfect way to bring in Spring, and don't overlook the 'China>Rider'; of course you're familiar with it, but this is a most excellent version. 


Grateful Dead
Winterland Arena
San Francisco, CA 2/22/74 - Friday    

Tennessee Jed [7:49] ;
Me And My Uncle [2:58] ;
Ship Of Fools [5:31] ;
The Race Is On [3:03] ;
China Cat Sunflower [8:51] >
I Know You Rider [5:26] ;
Truckin' [7:47] >
Nobody's Fault But Mine [3:07] >
Jam [2:29] >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [6:14]  

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 


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