Friday, January 13, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 1/13/17

This week's Deadpod, featuring the second set from the band's performance on January 2nd, 1972 features Pigpen giving us a fantastic Good Lovin' to open the set in his next to last Bay Area performance. The band really cooks behind him on this one, I'm sure you'll enjoy this. The rest of the set is quite good as well, and what the set lacks in length it does make up for in quality. While the Not Fade Away->Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad->Not Fade Away is not as unusual as the Good Lovin' ->China Cat Sunflower->Good Lovin' to open the set it is almost as excellent.
This is a harbinger of what will be one of the most outstanding years in the band's history.

Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (1/2/72)
set 2

Good Lovin'
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Good Lovin'
Ramble On Rose
Sugar Magnolia
Not Fade Away
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away

One More Saturday Night

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I'm thankful for your support that allows me to continue to publish the Deadpod.

Stay warm and dry.. love one another.

Friday, January 06, 2017

Dead Show/podcast for 1/6/17

For the first Deadpod of 2017, I decided to go back to the first show of 1972.. January 2nd, 1972.. As Bill Graham says in his introduction 'there aren't many groups that would get us to come out on January 2nd'.. but I bet the folks who came out on this night were glad they did as they turn in a sparkling performance, highlighted, for me, by some great work by Pigpen.
At the beginning of what will be a monumental year in Dead history, the band brings us a ripping first set which we are fortunate to have in a great soundboard recording. Mr. Charlie, Jack Straw, Big Railroad Blues and Next Time You See Me are just a few of the highlights here. Playing in the Band is here as a first set number; it hadn't yet developed into the monster jam vehicle it would become later in the  year, but still nicely played. I'll bring us set 2 next week..

Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA (1/2/72)

Mr. Charlie
Beat it on Down the Line
Jack Straw
Chinatown Shuffle
Tennessee Jed
El Paso
You Win Again
Big Railroad Blues
Mexicali Blues
Playing in the Band
Next Time You See Me
Brown Eyed Women
Casey Jones

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Thanks for your kind support of the Deadpod!

For everyone, like me, in the midst of Winter - stay warm!

Friday, December 30, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 12/30/16

Happy New Year!

As we look to put 2016 behind us, I decided to bring you a fine New Year's Eve performance from December 31st, 1989.  With a show like this I couldn't just bring you a first set so we have the entire performance this week.
Naturally this performance has some special moments, as well as some quirks. They open wiht Sugar Magnolia - instead of saving it for the first sone of the new year. Touch follows, then a bouncy 'Man Smart'.. Bonnie Raitt joins the boys for 'Big Boss Man', very nicely done. Weir does a nice version of  'Memphis Blues Again' and the first set ends with a great 'Shakedown Street'.
Bill Graham makes his entrance at midnight as a chicken ..and after the countdown the boys do a great Iko, Iko to usher in the new decade. They move the proceedings in a more psychedelic direction with 'Victim or the Crime'. Victim then dissolves into the swirl of Dark Star, which was still a huge rarity and while short, certainly was sweet. Drums and Space follows, then they go into the 'Dear Mr. Fantasy -Hey Jude' combo. They then turn to some rocking tunes to end the set with a 'Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad' into 'Throwing Stones' and then 'Not Fade Away'.. They return for a very nice set of encores.. Brokedown Palace leading into the closing Sunshine Daydream.. then return for a second encore with 'In The Midnight Hour' to close a long and happy show..

Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA (12/31/89)

Sugar Magnolia
Touch of Grey
Man Smart/Woman Smarter
Big Boss Man
Stuck Inside of Mobile
Shakedown Street

Iko Iko
Victim or the Crime
Dark Star
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Hey Jude Reprise
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad
Throwin' Stones
Not Fade Away

Brokedown Palace
Sunshine Daydream

Midnight Hour

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I hope the music brings you some joy and light, as it does me, no matter what life throws at us.

Thanks for your support and have a safe and very happy New Year! 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 12/23/16

Merry Christmas .. Happy Hanukkah

This year's holiday edition of the Deadpod features one of the best acoustic performances of 1970. This takes place at the Fillmore East in New York City on September 20th, 1970. The acoustic set, which we present today, is not only a fine performance but also a fine recording. David Grisman plays mandolin on 'Friend of the Devil' and David Nelson joins with another mandolin on a slow soulful,  'Big Railroad Blues', both continue through Ripple. There is some speculation that Jerry plays piano on 'To Lay Me Down', clearly a wonderful highlight here. Nelson and Grisman are back with mandolins on a fine  Rosalie McFall, following a rare acoustic 'Truckin'. I love  'Cumberland Blues' here.. but then again I usually love this song.. Jerry plays an electic during 'New Speedway' but the vibe is very acoustic. 'Brokedown Palace' provides a fitting conclusion to the set..

Following, I decided to feature one more cut from Holly Bowling's beautiful work 'Better Left Unsung'.. this is 'Eyes of the World (Louisville KY 61874)..
it speaks for itself..

Grateful Dead
Fillmore East
New York, NY 9/20/70 - Sunday

One - 1:02:46

Intro [0:03] ;
Uncle John's Band [6:47] %
Deep Elem Blues [5:51] %
Friend Of The Devil [3:32] %
Big Railroad Blues [3:14] %
Dark Hollow [2:56] %
Ripple [4:20] %
To Lay Me Down [5:12] %
Truckin' [5:35]%[0:12] ;
Rosalie McFall [2:24] %
Cumberland Blues [5:04] %
New Speedway Boogie [9:31] %
Brokedown Palace [5:13]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

My most sincere hope that all of my friends here have a very healthy and happy Holiday...

thanks for your support...........

the professor

Friday, December 16, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 12/16/16

This week the Deadpod presents the second set of the band's performance from the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden on December 7th, 1971. A fine performance and recording here.. not one marked by any long jams.. nevertheless a great representation of the band as it heads into one of their peak years - 1972.
Strong performances by Pigpen - especially on 'Smokestack Lightnin'..
I'm willing to bet you'll dig the ending of this set as well :)

Grateful Dead
Felt Forum - Madison Square Garden
New York, NY  12/7/71 - Tuesday


Sugar Magnolia ;
Ramble On Rose ;
Big Boss Man ;
Mexicali Blues ;
Brown Eyed Women ;
Me And My Uncle ;
Smokestack Lightnin' ;
Deal ;
Truckin' ;
Not Fade Away >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad >
Not Fade Away
One More Saturday Night

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My thanks to my kind friends whose donations have kept the Deadpod alive this year!!

Have a great week - see you back here for the Christmas show next friday..

Friday, December 09, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 12/9/16

As we head into December I decided to bring you one of the classic December '71 shows from the Felt Forum, Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY.
This week's show comes from 12/7/71 ... While I featured the classic from 12/5 a few years back I think you'll enjoy this one as well. This is an early Keith show, but Pigpen is here as well and does a fine rendition of 'Run Rudolph, Run' to get you in that Holiday spirit :)
While none of these songs may go off into extended jams I am certain you'll appreciate the musicianship they show in each and every one..

Grateful Dead
Felt Forum - Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
12/7/71 - Tuesday


Cold Rain And Snow ;
Beat It On Down The Line ;
Mr. Charlie ;
Sugaree ;
Jack Straw ;
Next Time You See Me ;
Tennessee Jed ;
El Paso ;
Brokedown Palace ;
Run Rudolph Run ;
You Win Again ;
Cumberland Blues ;
Casey Jones

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Finally I decided to play a wonderful piece from a brand new release that just came out from Holly Bowling. Enjoy her version of 'Unbroken Chain'..
her CD or Album is available from Royal Potato Family records here:

or from Amazon

Thanks so much for your support of the Deadpod!!!