Friday, October 28, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 10/28/16

Happy Halloween!

Always a favorite among Deadheads, while Halloween doesn't happen until Monday I thought it only appropriate to share one of the classic Halloween performances with you this week. This set is one of two the band played on Halloween, 1970 from the gym at the State  University of New  York at Stoney Brook. A fine show, as most are from this era, it starts with quite a rare treat - 'Till the Morning Comes' - sadly they don't do the very best with this, but  then we get a great 'Hard To Handle'. The China->Rider is especially enjoyable (although marred with a nasty cut at the end ). Some of the other highlights include an electric 'Dark Hollow', a nicely done 'Brokedown Palace' and the very last performance of 'Viola Lee Blues'. This is far from the best version of this, but it is interesting to see them go into 'Cumberland Blues' out of it.
This is raw Dead, not polished, not the best performance of this classic year, and probably not the best recording of this year that one can find, yet I think its great fun to hear and hope you do as well...

Grateful Dead
University Gymnasium - State University of New York
Stony Brook, NY 10/31/70a - Saturday

Early Show

Till The Morning Comes [3:24];[0:31] ;
Hard To Handle [7:53];[0:45] ;
Mama Tried [2:28];[0:35] ;
China Cat Sunflower [2:55] >
Jam [1:56] >
I Know You Rider [3:11#] %
Dire Wolf [3:47];[0:39] ;
Cold Rain And Snow [6:06];[0:33] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:19];[0:35] ;
Dark Hollow [2:53];[0:41] ;
Brokedown Palace [5:11];[0:29] ;
Viola Lee Blues [9:00] >
Cumberland Blues [4:16] >
Uncle John's Band [5:48]

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Have a fun and safe holiday!!

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 10/21/16

This week's Deadpod features the second set from October 15th, 1976 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. I think this set has several very interesting moments. The first is the fine transition from the opening 'Eyes of the World' to 'The Music Never Stopped'. This was a the only time they ever played these two in this order, but I wonder why when listening to this performance. A long He's Gone leads into a short drums but then a mighty 'Other One'. The 'Comes A Time' that follows is one of the best, and probably the highlight of the set. A great 'Franklin's Tower->Sugar Magnolia' which closes the set is marred a bit by the fact that we only have the audience tape here.
I hope you enjoy this performance from the Fall of 1976..

Grateful Dead
Shrine Auditorium
Los Angeles, CA 10/15/76 - Friday


Eyes Of The World [10:05] >
The Music Never Stopped [5:54] ;
It Must Have Been The Roses [6:26] %
Samson And Delilah [6:40] %
He's Gone [14:30] >
Drums [5:12] >
The Other One [13:27] >
Comes A Time [10:08] >
Franklin's Tower [12:22] >
Sugar Magnolia [8:24]

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Dead/Show podcast for 10/14/16

How about a show this week from 40 years ago out in Southern California? The boys' first trip back since their 'retirement' found them playing a pair of shows in L.A. at the Shrine Auditorium. Despite some heavy handed law enforcement, they delivered a solid performance, especially here on the 2nd night - October 15th, 1976. The first set which we feature this week, starts off with a surprisingly good 'Might As Well' - I especially enjoyed the ending jams! The set is consistently well played. I always love 'Loser' - Jerry's guitar has that plaintive wail that is just perfect. I also enjoyed Keith's piano throughout. 'Bertha' has an interesting pacing. 'Lazy Lightning->Supplication'  is well played with some very nice licks especially in the transition and Jerry follows with a smokin' 'Sugaree' which is probably the highlight of this first set. They close with a nice 'Promised Land'..

Grateful Dead
Shrine Auditorium Los Angeles, CA
10/15/76 - Friday
Might As Well [5:58] %
Mama Tried [2:36] %
Row Jimmy [8:43] %
It's All Over Now [5:50] %
Loser [6:55] %
New Minglewood Blues [4:55] %
Bertha [6:09] %
Lazy Lightnin' [3:18] >
Supplication [5:37] %
Sugaree [10:23] ;
The Promised Land [3:59]

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There are some audience patches here, but I don't believe they detract too much from the overall experience..

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I hope you can enjoy the beauty of the world in this season of change.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 10/7/16

A real classic recording of some outstanding good ol' Grateful Dead this week, as we enjoy the band's performance on June 27th, 1969 at Veterans Auditorium in Santa Rosa California. This is one long set, as there were several bands on the bill this night and we get to hear some of the first performances of several songs destined to become classics. Slewfoot - the opening number wasn't one of those, but this is likely to be something you've never heard before - an old Johnny Horton number, with Jerry on Pedal Steel (he would also be on pedal steel guitar on Dire Wolf and Green Green Grass of Home on this set). Mama Tried follows, the 4th time the band has played it, even more country sounding than it would sound in years to come. A beautiful High Time follows, in only its third appearance.. Dupree's Diamond Blues follows then Me & My Uncle, still new in the band's rotation. A very different opening to Casey Jones is a treat to hear, as is Bobby handling the vocals on Dire Wolf. Other highlights include Pigpen on his only number here, "Big Boss Man", and of course Dark Star and St. Stephen.. Green Green Grass of Home, was made popular by Porter Wagoner on the country charts around this time..
I hope you enjoy this great recording of some wonderful early Dead..

Grateful Dead
Veterans Auditorium Santa Rosa, CA
6/27/69 - Friday
One - 1:20:44
Intro [0:05] ;
Slewfoot [3:04];[0:17] ;
Mama Tried [2:41] >
High Time [5:55]%[0:07] ;
Dupree's Diamond Blues [3:57];[0:24] ;
Me And My Uncle [3:20];[0:04] %
Jam [1:28] >
Casey Jones [4:36];[3:24] ;
Dire Wolf [2:24];[0:50] ;
Sittin On Top Of The World [3:23] >
Big Boss Man [5:42];[0:11] %
Dark Star [25:53] >
Saint Stephen [6:52] >
The Eleven [2:37] >
Green Green Grass Of Home [5:30];[1:42]
Encore - 9:30
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [8:#58#]

Peter Grant on banjo on Slewfoot, Jerry on Pedal Steel on Slewfoot, Dire Wolf and Green Grass

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Dead Show/podcast for 9/30/16

This week  the Deadpod presents the second set from the band's performance on September 22nd, 1993 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY.
The set features jazz saxophonist David Murray throughout, and with blues harmonica player James Cotton sitting in on the last two numbers of the set (although he is sadly not up very well in the mix). As you might expect this is jazzy throughout, so if you don't enjoy a bit of jazz mixed with your GD this might not be your cup of tea. This is a fine recording however, and the band is clearly energetic and enthused this evening. They start out with Weir's 'Easy Answers', not the most profound song in the catalog, yet played smartly here. Garcia follows with a beautiful 'Lazy River Road', one of his better later ballads. I really enjoy the 'Estimated Prophet' that follows, it goes to some sweet unfamiliar places. 'Dark Star' follows, although it is short, as was the practice during this period (1st verse only) it is still a pleasure to traverse.  An extra long Drums and Space follows.. 'Wharf Rat' follows, and here Garcia's' voice, a bit frail throughout, works to add to the pathos of the story. Murray's sax adds an unusual element at the conclusion, in particular. They follow with a well executed 'Throwing Stones'  (as relevant as ever) and 'Lovelight'. What was the least-liked encore of the 90s, 'I Fought The Law', closes out what was a special night for the band.

Grateful Dead
Madison Square Garden New York , NY
9/22/93 - Wednesday

Easy Answers (1) ;
Lazy River Road (1) ;
Estimated Prophet (1) >
Dark Star (1) >
Drums (1) >
Space (1) >
Wharf Rat (1) >
Throwing Stones (2) >
Turn On Your Love Light (2)
I Fought The Law
(1) with David Murray. (2) with David Murray and James Cotton.

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'We are on our own'........

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!