Grateful Dead

30 Days Of Dead - November 17th

We're on a mission to make a miracle every day. As a token of our appreciation for making 2010 an epic year, we're giving away a high-quality 320Kbps download every day this November. That's 30 days of Dead! Intrigued? We're also going to put your knowledge to the test and give you the chance to win some great music from the Dead.
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You know your Ables from your Bakers from your C's, but can your finely tuned ears differentiate the cosmic "comeback" tour from a spacey 70's show? Each day we'll post a free download from one of the Dead's coveted shows. Will it be from that magical night at Madison Square Garden in '93 or from way back when they were just starting to warm it up at Winterland? Is that Pigpen's harmonica we hear? Brent on keys? Step right up and try your hand.

Each day, the first person to guess the venue & date correctly will get a Road Trips of their choice. If you’re not first but you've answered correctly, you will also be automatically entered for a weekly prize of THE WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO ALBUMS VINYL BOX (EXCLUSIVE EDITION) or a FORMERLY THE WARLOCKS boxed set. Log in now and enter to win!
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We haven't selected a winner for the week of 11/22 yet!


Joined: Nov 6 2010

I have been very happy with the free downloads I am just waiting for Help/Slipkn/franklins I think it is feasible to do it all in one shot, anybody else have any favorites they would like to see? Wondering what some songs people are hoping for next :)

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Joined: Nov 1 2010

This seems to be working quite well now. Thanks.

Joined: May 18 2009
Four discs? Well, no. Most disc players these days...

...will play data discs with MP3 files, so it's not the minutes of music but the number of bytes of data.These aren't like audio CDs full of .wav files, you're not restricted to 80 minutes or whatever...and if you convert to WAVs to make actual audio CDs then you are taking a hit on sound quality, on top of the loss that the 320 kbps MP3s already have over the original source.

The total bytes so far is around 475 mb. It fits on one CD (with a capacity of 700), and the whole month will probably fit on two CDs with room to spare...or on one DVD for sure. All the DVD players I've ever dealt with would play data CDs (or DVDs of course) with MP3 files, and a few friends of mine have newer car stereos that can handle DVDs.

Just so y'all know. And I'm still gonna be printing out the sweet album art that CC is providing us no matter how many discs it ends up being.

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Joined: Jul 26 2007
No Way!

Another "dead air" giveaway! I am logging in earlier tomorrow. (^_^) Guess the early bird does get the song.

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
I agree with cbs73

This really is something amazingly cool for us deadheads to tour the vault.

My vote for the best of the best songs on this thing though.

PIGPEN'S Easy Wind!!!!

And Darkstar!!!!!

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Joined: May 18 2009
My first set/first show opener: Iko Iko

We need one of those, but it's probably still under copyright (there have been lawsuits).

Last song/last show: Brokedown Palace. We need one of those too.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Feelin' Grateful

Feeling very grateful to have been yesterday's daily winner (and on my birthday, no less). A splendid present for sure.

This promotional contest has led me to listen to many outstanding song renditions from shows I haven't heard in a long time -- or hadn't heard at all until I plowed through several years' worth of versions seeking the elusive answers. Thanks to the good folks at Grateful Dead Productions/Rhino/Warner Strategic Marketing for sponsoring this event.

Thanks too for the nice 320kbps MP3 downloads. For those posters who keep track of such things, "Althea" from Hartford 3/14/81 is from a show for which no soundboard currently circulates; "Sugaree" from The Warfield 10/13/80 is from a first-set for which no recording currently circulates; and the circulating soundboard version of "Estimated Prophet" from The Warfield 10/7/80 is cut. It's great to have these items, and all the rest as well. Thank you.

Congratulations to all winners, and good luck to all others. Thanks for all the informative and insightful posts.

Best to all,

P.S.: If ramblinrose or lamarred664 are out there, please check your inboxes; I sent you private messages earlier in the month. Thanks.

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Joined: Jun 25 2007
Links Again

The contest is a blast :D and thanks, Canyon Critter, for the CD cover artwork!

And here is a link to the links for those that missed previous songs:-

30 Days of Dead - Song Links

Unofficial Songlist, Dates, Venues, Daily and Weekly Winners


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Joined: Nov 1 2010

what a perfect song for central missouri. no snow but definately cold and rainy

Joined: Nov 1 2010
R & S

Rain and Snow was the first set opener at my first Dead show. It will always be special to me.

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Log Out

I can't seem to log out can anyone help

Joined: Nov 3 2010
this is fun

This is fun.
I spent an hour last night trying to figure out the date of the sailor->saint. I guessed 81. Found a distinctive Garcia lick before the first verse that was enough to ID the right version. Went to and listened to all the Sailors from 81 to 82 to 83...obviously, moving in the wrong direction chronologically.
What was reaffirmed for me, and the reason I fucking love the Grateful Dead so much, was that each version of Sailor, just the stuff before the first verse, was so different from show to show. So many bands consider a good night to be the night when they play the song "right" i.e. without mistakes. In contrast, the Dead and particularly Jerry, used the structure of a tune the way a chef might use a recipe. Not so much a formula to follow strictly, but as a general bit of guidance.
Lately I've been listening to all the acoustic birdsongs from 1980. Try it, that alone is ample illustration of how "in the moment" this band played.
Thanks to all the folks at who worked on this project. It has been a lot of fun for me.
I can usually place the year within a minute, but with a few exceptions (new speedway from 9/20/70 for example) i've had to do some digging to find the exact date. I can't find the time every night - work, kids, etc. but when I can it's like a scavenger hunt. Lots of fun.
Great idea. Sure, a few flaws in the execution, download snafus and such, but I see this as something you can pull out again and again. Given the depth of the catalog this wont get stale in my lifetime.
I hope you all had fun picking the tunes and I hope the spike in traffic to the site brought a few more purchases. A win-win.

P.S. I do user experience work for a living. I'd be happy to provide some feedback about how you might make a great promotion even better for everyone next time around. Do drop me a line if you want my .02.

Joined: Apr 21 2010
Era Preference?

These downloads truly are fantastic. I am sure I'm in the minority here, and probably just reflects the time I was exposed to the Dead (mid-80's), but I greatly prefer the Brent-era Dead to any other, with a preference towards late 80's until his passing. This Cold, Rain, & Snow is SO slow. Is this reflective of the times? The band's evolving style? The drugs they were taking?

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Joined: Jan 2 2009
Good guess indeed =)

"It's got no signs or dividing line and very few rules to guide"

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Joined: Nov 1 2010
After the 30 Days promotion

After the 30 Days promotion ends we'll have what amounts to a 4-disc set for free. All of the tunes sound at least as good or much better than any of the available sources, so it's not like you can get the same thing from a torrent or scrape it off LMA.

Sure, these are just lowly 320kbps MP3s, but it's easy for the masses to work with. Hopefully it provides the type of exposure and sales they were expecting.

Serious listeners of this music already know how to find the best available source. I for one am enjoying this guided tour through the vault. My favorites so far have been PITB, He's Gone A, and Sailor>Saint.

Joined: Nov 7 2010

I missed some downloads, anyway to retrieve the files? Help.

Joined: Nov 3 2010
To fellow deadheads: truckinuptobuffalo & myuki!

If you're still looking for the previous days' downloads, go to today's comments section---- the same exact one you're on right now---- and go to page 4. Scroll down page 4, and you'll find that Canyon Critter has posted easy links to use for ALL of the previous days downloads, along with awesome artwork as well. THANKS CC!!

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Joined: Nov 2 2010
heartbroken :(

This song makes me miss Jerry. I was fortunate to see Jerry when he was alive. But unfortunate to have only seen Jerry and the boys once in my life. July 24,1995 RFK Stadium DC. I was set and ready to go on tour. Then sadly Jerry left us. Those who got to enjoy this great music are very lucky and have been blessed. I feel blessed that I was introduced to this wonderful world and have continued to enjoy the other jams. However, I will always treasure the one time I was in Jerry's presence. The music never stopped.

Joined: May 18 2009 can be dealt with...

...and it ain't the only site on the web. Just sayin' LOL.

"Streaming" doesn't mean "unable to capture that stream of bits as it travels into your computer" either. A minimal google search will give you plenty of options.

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Joined: Jan 4 2009
So Many Roads

Im guessin and hopin So Many Roads

Joined: Oct 22 2010
Problem with Thurday's 11/18 song ?

It's almost 3:30 EST , and no song for thursday......
Will there be one ?

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Joined: May 26 2007
people looking for download links

please scroll up the previous comments till you get to Canyon Critter's excellent list.

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Joined: Sep 29 2008
Archives cannot always be downloaded

" us songs that in many cases have really good quality versions up on archive."

If the show is a sound board on Archive_dot_org it is only available for streaming, not download. Only AUD (audience) shows are available for download. is providing us with the best source for these songs. Thank You

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Joined: Nov 1 2010
Haha, I'd love to be able to

Haha, I'd love to be able to play MP3 data discs. My 7-year old car CD player can't read them! It even has problems with some of the RT discs and Formerly the Warlocks disc 4. Thankfully it can hold 6 discs at a time (perfect for the latter).

Also, converting MP3>WAV isn't lossy, it's WAV>MP3 that is lossy.

Random observation: The keys on He's Gone A remind me of how they sound on 11/7/71 (shnid 2580),

Joined: May 18 2009
I stand (sit, actually) corrected.

I knew WAV could be lossless, but I'd thought that in the commonly used variety (like on normal music CDs) I thought there was some loss involved.

I'm not able to convert the mp3's to WAV to find out myself, so let me axe you this: If you convert these to wav how much bigger are the files, and are you then restricted to the 80 minutes length of an audio CD?

And any metadata you associate with the mp3 files (title/artist/date or whatever), that does get lost when the file headers get stripped, right?

Joined: May 18 2009
ooooo wait, WinAmp will convert to wav...

...Winamp is the shit.

Joined: Oct 22 2010
congrats Wolf....

It's so nice to return from a work day and have something to check besides an annoying inbox ! Thanks again deadnet , and the activity of all the helpful heads out there just illustrates the sharing nature of us fun folks , and reminds me how little iknow about my computer(late bloomer ! ) , and how MUCH so many of you know , especially in the pursuit of replacing our old tapes !! Recently toured IA and LMA and am currently ISO 6/16/85 2 and that bEEEEEautiful scar-->fire as a sbd(yes including the belches !! ) . Thanks you all for reopening my eyes during troubled family times . Music has healing powers , as do good people !!
Have a Grate Day !!

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Late Era Jerry?

Thanks for this fabulous early Cold Rain and Snow guys!

I'm at sea on this one, sounds like maybe '71ish?

I'm hoping for some late era Jerry songs with his Irwin guitar sound, how about a Lazy River Road? One of his great late songs! Or even So Many Roads, yay that one really builds!

Whatever comes, I know I'll dig it!

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Joined: Sep 29 2008
Cold Rain & Snow 7/16/1966

Looking for the source of today's song I ran across a cool show from 7/16/1966. Some tunes you don't normally see on a set list. Some great early Grateful Dead

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Joined: Aug 16 2008
As far as upcoming songs go,

As far as upcoming songs go, I wouldn't mind a nice stand alone Scarlet before the 30 days is up. I think for the last day they should wrap it up with Black Muddy River. It would be very apropo.

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Robert Auger, Yes, you might

Robert Auger,

Yes, you might be in a minority most fond of late Brent era Dead, but you are not alone. I love the 88-90 Dead. I cried when Brent died. I thought he fit the band's music quite well, adding color effortlessly. I loved seeing Jerry and Brent grin at each other as they drove a portion of a song into a new direction together.

I know all the songs have already been chosen for the 30 Days promotion, well I strongly suspect they have been; but I would love to hear a song from 88 Laguna Seca, or one of the last Frost dates, or from that So Cal bicycle track down by Carson's blimp field.

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Joined: Nov 1 2010

The variety of songs and dates in this 30 Days of Dead effort made think of the "So Many Roads" box set.

I didn't have the SMR discs in my iTunes, so I dug it out, ripped the discs and re-read the booklets last night. "You Don't Have To Ask" and "Cream Puff War" from 7/16/66 are on there if you didn't know/recall.

Also, as far as other shows/runs we've seen in 30 Days... SMR has "The Same Thing" from 3/18/67 and "TMNS" from 10/14/80.

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Joined: May 26 2007

the more clued are invited to contradict me, but if you've got an MP3 file you will not restore the lost data by converting it to WAV. Lost is lost, I'm pretty sure.

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Joined: May 26 2007

the more clued are invited to contradict me, but if you've got an MP3 file you will not restore the lost data by converting it to WAV. Lost is lost, I'm pretty sure.

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Joined: Aug 20 2010
out in the cold rain & snow

so even though I know it's not the answer, I just had to submit:

Utica Memorial Auditorium, January 1979

I drove upstate to Syracuse to meet up with some old friends; we then made our way through a blizzard to get to the show in Utica.
And what do they open with? Yep. Was a real treat.

The way back was an adventure - we clawed our way through the driving snow, at times having to stop the car and scout around just to figure out where the road was. But we were still basking in the warm afterglow of a great show.

Joined: Jun 14 2007
A future poll?

I sure hope at the end of these 30 free days, a poll is posted somewhere that everyone can get to so they/we can vote for our favorite free song.

Mine so far? A toss-up between Althea and Playin'.

Hopfully, a West LA tomorrow!

Thanks again for these songs.

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Joined: Apr 23 2008
If you convert mp3s to wav,

If you convert mp3s to wav, you will be restricted to 80 minutes of music on your CD. BUT, you will be able (theoretically) to listen to the burned CD in your car CD player, or whatever. Restoring mp3s to wav doesn't restore the quality though. The wav will only sound as good as the mp3 did.

It's hard to say exactly how much bigger the files will get, but these are high-quality mp3s they're giving us ... So I would say you probably would be tripling or quadrupling the file size converting to wav, but again, you can listen to those discs on a CD player if you choose to do it that way.

You usually don't need to convert before burning, anyway. The key is if you burn "as audio" or "as data."

AS AUDIO, if you use a CDR, it should play in any CD player. (Some players have trouble with this, but it's "supposed" to work.) Think of this as being restricted to 80 minutes of music.

AS DATA, you can burn more than 80 minutes of mp3 material, but you can't play it on a CD player, unless it supports mp3 files. Think of this as being restricted to 700MB of files, but not restricted to 80 minutes of music.

I hope this has helped and not confused you further!

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
Poll Good Idea

I'll put one up on day 30 after the last song is announced, and have awards for top 3 etc.

Sounds good.

Here's the links from the Downloads so far. Hope this helps everyone out that didn't get the shows. Love is Real♥....

30 Days of Dead Links

1. New Speedway Boogie Download

New Speedway Boogie
Fillmore East, NY, NY- 9/20/70
10:03 23,574 KB approx 23.0 MB

2. Dark Star Download

Dark Star
Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 6/5/69
21:11 49,686 KB approx. 48.5 MB

3. Althea Download

Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT 3/14/81
8:46 20,579 KB approx. 20.0 MB

4. Playin In The Band Download

Playing In The Band
Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA- 5/13/73
28:56 67,837 KB approx. 66.2 MB

5. Easy Wind "A" Download

Easy Wind (A)
Springer's Inn, Portland, OR 1/16/70
9:51 23,109 KB approx. 22.5 MB

Easy Wind (B)
Winterland, San Francisco, CA - 12/31/70
9:35 22,465 KB approx. 21.9 MB

6. Sugaree Download

Warfield, San Francisco, CA- 10/13/80
10:14 24,011 KB aprrox. 23.4

7. He's Gone (A) Download

He's Gone (A)
Hartford Civic Center Hartford, CT - 3/26/87
12:55 30,310 KB approx. 29.5 MB

He's Gone (B)
L'Olympia Theater Paris France - 5/4/72
8:05 - 18,954 KB approx. 18.5 MB

The file for He's Gone (B) is no longer available.

8. Estimated Prophet Download

Estimated Prophet
Warfield, San Francisco, CA - 10/7/80
12:16 28,779 approx. 28.1 MB

9. Chinacat/I know You Rider Download

China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider
The Warehouse, New Orleans, LA - 2/1/70
12:03 28,274 KB approx. 27.6 MB

10. Cream Puff War Download

Cream Puff War
Winterland, San Francisco, CA - 3/17/67
6:15 14,656 KB approx. 14.3 MB

11. St. Stephen Download

St. Stephen
Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT - 10/15/83
7:52 18,649 KB approx. 18.2 MB

12. The Music Never Stopped Download

The Music Never Stopped
Horton Field House, Illinois State University, Normal, IL - 4/24/78
8:52 20,965 KB approx. 20.4 MB

13. Truckin' Download

Winterland, San Francisco - 5/30/71
8:27 20,020 KB approx. 19.5 MB

14. New Minglewood Blues Download

New Minglewood Blues
Legion Stadium, El Monte, CA - 12/26/70
5:27 12,800 KB approx. 12.4 MB

15. Lost Sailor/Saint of Circumstance Download

Lost Sailor>Saint Of Circumstance
Radio City Music Hall, NY, NY - 10/25/80
13:15 31,066 KB approx. 30.3 MB

16. New Potato Caboose Download

New Potato Caboose
O'Keefe Toronto, ON, Canada - 8/4/67
6:49 16,011 KB approx 15.6 MB

17. Cold Rain and Snow Download

Cold Rain and Snow
6:41 15,668 KB approx 15.2 MB

Album Artwork:
Album Art

Album Art2

album art3

Hope these easy click links help the confusion.

If you can't find your files...find your default download folder....look under search and use *songname* to search for it. For instance in windows look under the start button>start search and enter *newpotatocaboose*

Also, make sure to clear your browsers cache before reloading a file.

Thank Jerry, Bobby, Phil, Billy, Mickey, Pig, Brent, Bruce, Donna, Keith, Vince, Tom, Mr. Graham, Mr. Lemieux, and Marye. Not to mention the kind souls like Rex, RamRod, etc. etc. etc. etc.

But your welcome my kind brothers and sisters.


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Joined: Jun 30 2008
that was easy but im way too

that was easy but im way too late. ive got this show and the night before on tape. good tasty stuff.

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Dazed and Confused

Who's Monty? And why are they thanking him?

My favorite so far - "New Speedway Boogie" all the way back on day 1. I'm hoping for a killer "Scarlet Begonias" or "Eyes of the World" before this is all over, but it's been a lot of fun.


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
slow vs fast vs somewhere in between

A year and a half earlier than this, they were still playing the blazing fast debut-album arrangement. By fall of that year, they'd changed it. I've always wondered what made Jerry change the riff of the song ~ is that what actually drove the tempo change, or was the new arrangement decided on all at once?

Though I wouldn't want 'em all this slow as this one, I'm really loving it (had never heard it before).

My personal favorite of ones I saw was Hampton '86, where Jerry actually did the double high part on "this awaaay" like on the old versions. Great "Cold Rain" tease on that one, too ~ you barely have time to smile in recognition before they break into it.

Wow, a lot of personal favorite tunes of mine in this 30 Days game/gift.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
RE: Pipes, re: 7/16/66

Yeah, like In the Pines and Cardboard Cowboy...!

Alot of this show made it onto Birth Of the Dead.

Joined: May 18 2009
My mp3 -> wav was over four times as big a file

I converted "Sailor>Saint" from mp3 to wav and the file size is increased from 31,066 kb to 136,979 kb. A little less than 4.5 times as big.

Fortunately I'm able to stick with the mp3 format.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Rename Files

What i do is rename the file so that the date is at the start, for example:


that way they play in chronological order.

Joined: Apr 16 2009
Thank You El Monte

Sounded like Phil said thank you El Monte at the end, so that is my guess! 12/28/70

Joined: Nov 10 2010

Does anyone know how to get the D/L from previous days, I missed a few.

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Joined: Jun 6 2007

you good guesser :)

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Joined: Nov 17 2010
earlier downloads?

Nice version, very heartfelt. Is it possible to download the songs from earlier in the month? I'm sure this has been answered but I'm new...Thanks! Love it!

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Joined: Jan 4 2009
Antonjo--I was curious about

Antonjo--I was curious about when they switched up the tempo of Cold Rain too. I checked out available versions on the LMA and discovered thet the last speedy one was 6/7/69, and the next recorded one from 10/26/69 is in the mellooooow style.

I've always loved this song and some of my favorites are 1/10/70 (SD), 10/20/74 (Winterland), 10/25/80 (RCMH), and 3/28/90 (Nassau).

Anytime I heard them open with this the whole place just felt groovilicious.

Joined: Oct 24 2008
Tomorrow's Clue

Clue for tomorrow! This is one of the last of the strong batch of final Garcia/Hunter songs, and was played frequently 1992-1995.

30 Days Of Dead - November 17th