We're on a mission to make a miracle every day. As a token of our appreciation for making 2011 an epic year, we're giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download every day this month. That's 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by tape archivist David Lemieux! Intrigued? We're also going to put your knowledge to the test and give you the chance to win some sweet swag from the Dead.
Guess the venue & date correctly and you'll be automatically entered to win the prize of the day. Each day a winner will be selected at random, so take your time and make your best guess! Answer correctly, and you will also be automatically entered for our Grand Prize - an All Music Edition of Europe '72: The Complete Recordings. What are you waiting for? Grab today's song below.
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Boulder, CO, Activity Center - University of Colorado
This duo of tunes if from the reel-to-reel masters, which is rare as this was a time when the Grateful Dead were recording primarily to cassette masters. It is still a PA mix (not a mixed-to-tape mix), but it does sound much more full than a cassette master.
Today's winner is: Loretta F. from Glen Lyon, PA
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I was having trouble with the stand alones, but i think i got this one.
took me forever to figure out how to offcially submit, i was about to post the date of the show in the comments!
nonetheless, loving this November!
This has been fun this year! I just found the trick to getting these right! It's fun to have the stream going from this site and archive.org at the same time. Sounds FAT that way! haha. Can be a pain to sync up, but once you get it, it's grate! It's almost better if you are off by a tiny fraction. Check it out!
Looky what was posted on FB!
Funny that today's nugget is Candyman, Cassidy as yesterday when I was searchin' thru shows hot on the trail of the 11/10 selection I started wondering what is the most songs ever done in a row that started with the same letter.
I did find 10/23/73 which had this run:
Black Throated Wind, Brown Eyed Women, Beat it on Down the Line, Brokedown Palace
Anyone have a run longer than 4 songs?
This is one of the reasons I like this 30 days of dead and wish it were 365 days... It makes you examine shows you may not have looked at before...
Thank you for drawing my attention to this show. I think I found the right one, if not you still brought my attention to a great show. There are a couple of nice combos on this night including a hot n' smooth China cat>Rider. Everybody sounds relaxed and energized.
So looking at the tunes we've been given this week, I see an emerging theme of honoring the dead: "He Was A Friend of Mine", "Bird Song", and now "Cassidy". Any more tributes to lost friends in the wings?
That is a good question. I've seen many errors (according to me). As there is no standard, nobody is right, nobody is wrong. However, i think the > (or "into) is warranted only when the music does not stop and is not in any way even a hint of tuning. If the music stops for even a second or they fiddle around it ain't a true > in my book.
Ha! Ain't true Into!
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Seems like when I was collecting tapes back in the day, the early 80s were oft overlooked. There were some really fun shows from this time period.
my first though was 7/5/81, but Brent's keys didn't come in until later in the song so I went with the later version, with the 30th anniversary coming up.
there are some gems that get overlooked because they are from the 80's.
7/5 was a good choice, but glad you reconsidered.,
the Candyman > Cassidy combination was actually fairly uncommon, considering these are 2 songs that got played pretty consistently for 20 years.
Since they arguably don't merit a ">", anyone know how to break the file into two songs so they can be listed separately in the library (without special editing equipment)? I'm on a Mac.
Just stick a ";" between them... which is analogous to "and"!
You will need to install some type of audio stream ripper program - there are many choices of free software.
I'm not a Mac guy, so I can't really provide you with a recommendation. However, here is an example of a Mac program.
Blair you got your ears on? Here's one for your blog. How do you distinguish between when a song is played into another... or on-other-words, warrants a ">" notated between songs.
The above download I would absolutely say is 'Candyman, Cassidy' and FAR from 'Candyman > Cassidy'.
Personally I only use the ">" unless it is blatantantly obvious that it should be used OR if a transition is done without missing a beat (ie. Slip!>Frank). The only other time I use it, and rarely, is to denote a particularly inspired transistion. I know some people have a "five-second rule" that dictates their use of ">", while others I know sprinkle them liberally.
I'd be interested to hear where other people draw the line...
I was considering this a few weeks ago when adding a new show to my itunes. The ">" has been used when one song starts right after another. If you listen to this show, before Candyman starts, (sounds like) Bob plays a partial Candyman riff, then a couple of chords from Cassidy, probably to make it clear to the band what he and Jerry intended to play. To me, there was an intention (for whatever reason) for the band to pair these 2 songs.
At one point, I felt the need to be totally thorough about labeling setlists and I would use a >> the denote a seamless transition, like a China Cat >> Rider. Back when I collected tapes we just used a / (China Cat/Rider).
Then I realized that the labeling made no difference to the enjoyment of listening to the show, and now I don't use any >. If you are going to use the >, it basically should be when there seems to be an intention to play the songs in succession.
Thats my 2¢, I am sure others can be more accurate.
Yeah... at some point I stopped using ">" all together for my tapes because I really only quickly review the set lists when picking the show I'm going to listen to. Therefore, upon listening to that show, a ">" notation makes no difference to me because I'm not following the list, but instead just enjoying the listening experience.
Now, one annotation i never did stop using on tape lists is the dreaded "/", which obviously denotes a cut (except in China/Rider).
Or even worse:"///"!
Ouch... hate those.
Yes, many thanks to all for the clues. I think this is the first one I actually figured out. I am loving these songs regardless of whether I win anything or not!
Just a quick poll: after today's challenge I am 11-0 in my guessing. And that is without the benefit of seeing the posted answer. How is everyone else faring? Be honest.
9-0 and one pass. This surprises me greatly because I just don't have the time to spend, so when I think I got it I guess without double-checking. I didn't guess the Shakedown because of the time thing and because '92 is way after my era. It is good for me that this is not a 365-days thing; it could eat too much of my life.
If I am right on the Candyman and Cassidy, that was one of the great nights of my life. After an early meltdown the boys really turned it on.
but without looking at any clues, i think i have gotten 3 or 4...others i have had zero clue about the timeframe of the show, so i need the clues....but alas, I haven't won anything so i haven't taken anything from those who have way more knowledge than I
Unfortunately I had to miss the first 6. I don't look at the comments until I've got it. It'd be no fun that way! I don't care if I win anything or not. Doing listen backs to all these great shows is a win for me.
You hit the nail on the head. I could care less about winning anything. Having all this great music is the real reward. But it's a nice test of my knowledge to be able to get a date right without help. Last year I was 27-3. Currently listening to the first 11 days in chronological order.
To clarify, I don't think there is anything wrong with posting and benefiting from clues (the clues for Reed's Ranch were hysterical). There is a difference between that and simply re-posting the correct answer.
I've done better than I thought I would (didn't try on some days when I was too busy). I admit I've used the clues a couple of times, but not blindly (for example, the "capitol" thing threw a few folks off I think, but I was quite sure right away that Bird Song was from early-mid '73. I was able to pin down the date before it was given away (anyway, as today's forum shows, the specific dates thrown out by folks are not always right).
As for winning - I agree that the hunt is a win (I've discovered some great stuff thanks to this treasure hunt). BUT, I really want to win that Europe 72 set, really really.
As for today's show: Nanu, Nanu!
I had already submitted my answer when the "capitol" hint was posted. I tried to expand on it by adding "Bobby" as in Robert as in RFK, only to realize that the poster was named Bob, and no one would likely get it. Nanu, nanu: good one!
now that i've read more of the post, i can see quite a few of you have it...
the only one on the money is drumma75, from what i can tell from his hint...
when you find it, listen to the whole show. This show is a great example of why we call him Blob Weird
Was realy thinking we would get The Eleven today!
It seems like Dave enjoys going against what we all expect... no The Eleven today... no Halloween shows or even a "Werewolves" in the Taper's Section selections for Halloween week, etc. This unpredictability is one of the reasons I am excited for his new Dave's Picks series, though I agree with another dead.net user that the artwork for the series has got to be better than what is being used on the website. I mean, I love the skull and roses, but it is a bit tired, isn't it?
Considering the date, I do hoped for a special, special one, today. If not The Eleven, then perhaps some 30 minutes Playing in the Band or an extra long and jazzy Eyes of the World, OR these both joined together ... ^_ ^
But that's what the Dead did! I can't tell you how many "special" event shows I saw where they played a perfectly ordinary set list, whether in Alaska for the Solstice, anniversary shows, or even (especially?) NYE shows. Sure, they broke out Cryptical at the greek for the 20th anniv., St Stephen and Revolution for Halloween, and a Dark Star NYE, but more often the special treat was something like Iko Iko at best.
It was often the totally random show where they broke out something unusual . . .
I wouldn't say "totally random." Saturday night's got, well, Saturday Night. Samson & Deliliah on Sundays (or was it Promised Land)?
Earthquake Space, Raven Space, bustouts in Hampton as the Warlocks.
I think it swung both ways, from my experience. So I, too, was expecting a The Eleven today. Alas . . .
I remember a Sunday night show in Davis CA, the night after a Reno show where they did NOT play One More Saturday Night.
I had not even thought about the fact they didn't play OMSN the night before (they didn't always . . . ) but when they came out on stage for the first set, Bobby said something like "we forgot to play this last night," and they broke into a hot show-opening OMSN!
This is all from drug-hazy memory, no reference to data bases . . .
Any other times they opened a show with OMSN? Was it always an encore?
At the end of Saturday's Sugar Mag, Phil (I think) said something like: Bobby's guitar is broken, Jerry's amp is blown, and my mind is blown, so we'll see you tomorrow.
Next day, Bobby says: we're going to play yesterday's encore and then breaks into OMSN.
I'll have to check the recordings for accuracy, but that's my general recollection.
I also remember barely making my flight to Anchorage for the Summer Solstice shows at West High School. As I blew through first class Jerry was sitting there, and my buddy (who always wishes he had said something better) asked if they were going to play St Stephen. Jerry replied "naw, the new guy [Brent] doesn't know it yet!"
Anchorage had a tiny airport and Jerry was hanging around the baggage carousels with Rock Scully waiting for his bags with the rest of us. Turns out my bags didn't make it, but neither did Jerry's apparently, and as everyone else left we had a chance to casually stand around and chat a bit. I avoided pleading for songs requests!
BTW the rest of the band had arrived earlier and the drummers had spent some time in remote areas drumming with natives, and their rhythm devils segments were heavily influenced by whale songs and other Alaska tidbits.
While in Alaska I remember first hearing the rumors that the Dead were going to play an extended run at the Warfield, and . . . wait for it . . . that they were going to play acoustic!
I'm pretty sure this was an "Event", and not an "Activity".
Although I have seen it listed both ways. Always good to double check.
course i may have big rocks in my head....
to those who are sharing the winning dates with the rest of this community. It is only when we work together, as in a commune, that we all benefit. Inequality, unfairness, poverty, etc. can all be abolished and it starts here. I'd give this wine cooler to a less fortunate soul (perhaps a wino), if indeed I am chosen by the Rhino/GDP 1% crowd.
If I won a hoodie, I would look for someone cold (maybe a woman) and give it to her. If I won a Euro 1972 t-shirt, I'd look for a pasty thin man (probably a European) and hand it to him with a smile. Maybe he'd give me a chunk of cheese in return?
The Europe music only set grand prize could be redistributed to over twenty Deadheads instead of residing in the hands of one single greedy 1%'er type of Heads.
We will overcome and soon everyone will have everything they need for free, starting with the music. Peace bras.
It is none of the dates that have previously been mentioned.
I love Brent's Rhodes piano.
Thanks for giving us a massive clue. Really, I haven't had the time to search the Base or listen to multiple shows so I appreciate the chance to get a prize.
... I think I have it! That makes two in a row! Yippee! As for the 5-2-81 Philly guess- that was my first guess too, but take a closer look at the setlist from that night and go west, young man. Happy hunting!
But look a little later.
30th anniversary of this show coming up
College town. Not a rock but a ....
The Charlie Miller/Archive.org mix is way better than the download's sound quality.
but i agree, sometimes the old originals really have the sound and feel of the show itself. maybe im just used to 30 years of listening to worn and garbled tapes. but it is nice to have these cleaned up and fancy versions, even if it may take the spark out of it a little.
Yeah that wasn't to hard to figure out.