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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Turn on your light..
.. and leave it on!

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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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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