Friday, September 23, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 9/23/16

We bid adieu to Summer this week with perhaps the best GD show of 1993.. this one is from Madison Square Garden, and took place 23 years ago on September 22nd, 1993. The show marked the first of two appearances of jazz saxophonist David Murray with the boys - he sits in during the first set on a wonderful 'Bird song' and throughout the 2nd set. One of my listeners recently informed me that I had never featured a show from this year on the Deadpod and asked that I do so. I can't think of a better show or time to do so than this one. I think the first set in general is quite well-played, and snappy, especially for this era. The Help-Slip-Frank is uptempo and alot of fun to listen to. Garcia is on point in the Minglewood that follows, and really energizes the song. Ramble On Rose follows, then a particularly good Masterpiece. The highlight of the first set is clearly the aforementioned 'Bird Song' with Mr. Murray. The band allows him to create an unusual solo yet weaves it into the tempo of the song allowing them to show that even at this late date, and with Vince and not Hornsby, they are capable of some great jamming.

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (Wednesday, 9/22/93)

Help on the Way ->
Slipknot ->
Franklin's Tower
Minglewood Blues
Ramble on Rose

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Happy Autumn! 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 9/16/16

This week's Deadpod features set 2 from the Dead's performance at the Easttown Theater in Detroit Michgan back on October 24th, 1971. A fine recording, this set starts with a nice Truckin', especially enjoyable is the jam just before the last verse. What sounds odd here is that the song simply stops... They take up 'Ramble On Rose'. It being  only the 5th time they had played the song, the phrasing and even some of the lyrics are still being developed.. It is quite interesting to hear. Mexicali Blues follows (following an unusually loquacious introduction), this is a pleasure for me to hear. The Dark Star follows, and what is interesting to me, aside from the inherent originality of the jamming, is how the piece shows its development here from its earlier, more primal performances, towards where it will develop during the European tour to follow next year. As was their wont during this time, 'Me & Bobby McGee' follows, perhaps not the smoothest version ever, but still enjoyable. The old 'yellow dog' story gets pulled out afterwards..before we're treated to a 'Cumberland Blues' and one of the final 'St. Stephen's played until the band brought it back in 1976. Johnny B. Goode once again ends a fine performance..

Grateful Dead
Easttown Theatre Detroit, MI
10/24/71 - Sunday


Truckin' [8:24] ;
Ramble On Rose [6:10] ;
Mexicali Blues [3:26] ;
Dark Star [20:47] >
Me And Bobby McGee [5:29] ;
Cumberland Blues [4:58] ;
Saint Stephen [5:37] >
Johnny B. Goode [3:46]

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Friday, September 09, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 9/9/16

I struggled a bit deciding what to play this week - I was pulled this way and that but finally settled on an overlooked gem of a show from the Fall tour of 1971. This was Keith Godchaux's first tour with the band, and Pigpen is not with them on this night due to his declining health. This show was the second of two (and the fourth show in four nights) which took place in Detroit Michigan on October 24th, 1971 at the Easttown Theater. I think you'll find every one of these numbers to be a real treat. Highlights for me include a great China>Rider (listen for Phil on this one!), and a beautiful Black Peter. The band's sound is clearly growing - transitioning into what they will sound like in 1972.  Set 2, on tap for next week, includes a wonderful Dark Star..

Grateful Dead
Easttown Theatre Detroit, MI
10/24/71 - Sunday

Sugar Magnolia [5:46] ;
Deal [5:11] ;
El Paso [4:36] ;
Tennessee Jed [6:06] ;
Jack Straw [4:54] ;
China Cat Sunflower [5:08] >
I Know You Rider [5:15] ;
Playing In The Band [6:11] ;
Black Peter [8:33] ;
Candyman [#6:11] ;
One More Saturday Night [4:14] ;
Casey Jones [5:50]

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Friday, September 02, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 9/2/16

Happy Labor Day weekend! I'm hoping that this second set - from 8/28/81 in Long Beach California, will provide some sweet musical accompaniment to your your long weekend (assuming you will have one! if not my sympathies!).
This is an excellent set, starting off with a rockin' 'Shakedown Street'. While the 'Lost Sailor' provides a bit of a counter-point, the 'Saint of Circumstance' should put you back in the groove. Garcia's 'Wheel' that follows is a real treat - especially the jam afterwards that goes into Brent's 'Good Time Blues'. Following Drums and Space is a wonderful  'Spanish Jam'. A great bit of music to drift away on! 'Truckin' follows, and I'm afraid Weir is once again a bit lyrically challenged.. 'Wharf Rat' follows in the ballad slot.. once again combining the pathos of August West with the hopes and fears of us all.
A rousing 'Sugar Magnolia' closes the set, with the boys returning, and helping us bid adieu to summer, with 'US Blues'.

Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA (8/28/81)

set 2

Shakedown Street
Lost Sailor
Saint of Circumstance
The Wheel
Good Time Blues
Spanish Jam
Wharf Rat
Sugar Magnolia

U.S. Blues

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Have a safe and happy Labor Day!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 8/26/16

This week's Deadpod, a request from a supporter of the show, comes to us from Long Beach CA, on August 28th, 1981. They open with "Jack Straw" (the beginning here is patched from an audience source).. and Bob does the 'we used to play for silver now we play for Clive" line.. but still a solid effort as is most of the first set. I'm particulary fond of the Big River, Althea and the closing 'Let It Grow'->China ->Rider which is an unusual first set ending.

Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA (8/28/81)

Jack Straw
They Love Each Other
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Little Red Rooster
Brown Eyed Women
Let it Grow
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider

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next stop... Labor Day! 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 8/19/16

This week I'm going to try something a little bit different on the Deadpod and bring you a sample of this summer's Dead & Company tour. Personally this happened to be the only show I had the opportunity to attend, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and since I've had some requests for this material I thought I'd share some with you... This is the first set of Dead & Co's show at the DTE Energy Theater in Clarkson MI on July 7th, 2016. It was a beautiful night and the scene was quite relaxing and kind. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but I was quite pleasantly surprised, and while you may have heard some of this band before I am hoping you'll enjoy this selection. 

Dead & Company 
July 7, 2016 DTE Energy Music Theater 
Clarkston, MI 

set 1
Jack Straw
Big Boss Man
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Friend of the Devil
Minglewood Blues
Don't Ease Me In

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Enjoy and be kind to somebody today!