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30 Days of Dead

If you've been part of the community for the past few years, then you know we're on a mission to make a miracle every day in the month of November. This year is no different.

As a token of our appreciation for making 2017 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 Dead archivist and producer David Lemieux! Intrigued? We're also going to put your knowledge to the test and give you a chance daily to win a limited-edition 7" single, the 1st release from our 2017 series.

Here's how it works:

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 all November long.

Guess the venue and 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 - a copy of our SOLD OUT MAY 1977: GET SHOWN THE LIGHT boxed set.

Get started here.

Today's Song

Hint: An American Beauty beauty.
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Yesterday's answer...

Rochester, NY, Holleder Stadium
This lengthy "Scarlet">"Fire" comes a year-less-a-day after another huge "Scarlet">"Fire" played in a stadium, the 9/2/78 Giants Stadium version.

Yesterday's winner...

James O.
Stafford, NY
Joined: Jul 12 2014
Is it?

Todays official hint may actually be a hint, if so its brilliant in its sublime subtlety.

woodro69's picture
Joined: Jan 2 2009
Pass the whiskey 'round.

Took a few listens for me to find the candy -- but it was worth it. Nice show, and found some good ones during the search as usual.

Thx for the 30 days.

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Look out, look out

Thanks for the clues. I was heading in the right direction, but have had a busy morning and was reluctant to spend an hour searching. Found it straight away. Call me lazy!

arm's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2013
Labor of love

This took some work, more amber waves of grain than purple mountains majesty.

Joined: Oct 18 2017
Seven come eleven

Great show! Found some other amazing shows while searching! I'm guessing the distorted audio was intentional, to mix it up? Not that hard if you listen closely :) Thanx Dave!

Charbroiled's picture
Joined: Jun 19 2007
Look out, look out

Baby going on feeling a FEELING. Wow did geography play a part in James O. winning, congrats.

Joined: Nov 5 2015
Mystical morning

Yes, hard to listen to but nailed it on first guess. The placement clue was key. I felt the year strongly and the first show I chose to compare was my 6th birthday and sure enough...guided by Jerry. Love this game! Wish it was everyday...Thanks, Dave!

nezhead42's picture
Joined: Nov 11 2017

WOW! That is hard to listen to. It's like when you speak, sing or hum into a rotating, electric fan. That hurts my head this early in the morning.

I found the Charlie Miller version to be a bit hissy, but it was far superior to today's listing.

Hopefully it is a glitch in the Dead's system and it can be reloaded or fixed or whatever. Otherwise, I may omit Candyman from this years offering when I put together and burn my annual 30DoD box set.

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Joined: Nov 1 2010
Time Marches On!

I don't know about you but, since they started this in 2010, November goes by sooooo fast. I can't believe it's the 19th already. Anyways, I wanted to take this chance and thank you for the "30 Days of Dead" and hope you all have a gr8 holidays! Peace...

Joined: Nov 1 2010
30 Days 2010

Speedway was the first song released in 2010 30 Days

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Under the sea

I've always thought Jerry's tone on this number sounded warbly, but this recording definitely sounds under water. The Archive version I'm listening to is so much cleaner.

Trying to think of a good clue for today. The only thing I can come up with is the song placement within this particular show. It's not the usual location to find the Candyman! A musical cue is the unique extra pause after the solo before the 3rd and final verse.

And speaking of which, Jerry's solo is quite sublime on this one. Love it!

Thunder Shout's picture
Joined: Apr 8 2009
Under the sea

Thank you!!

m-skjellyfetti's picture
Joined: Nov 7 2011

Yes, I believe I found the same version. Was searching a bit earlier, finding some very, very close renditions but they didn't
show me
the proof.

Grasshead's picture
Joined: Jul 14 2007
Candyman #19

Sounds horrible! Fix please...

ScottyD67's picture
Joined: Oct 6 2017
indeed! it's a rough one!

indeed! it's a rough one!

Joined: Jan 24 2011
Stumped. Stymied. Baffled. Befuddled.

Oh, the shame.

hornsby's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010
tiny bubbles

is it my computer or is this sounding like the guys are playing under the sea?

Vedantus's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2010

Mine sounds the same

kenny_upstairs's picture
Joined: Apr 29 2010
Flawed audio...

Strange... perhaps the software used to clean up the sound was too effective, pulling bits of music out of the mix along with clicks, pops and distractive audience noise.

Joined: Nov 6 2014
Same over here

Yep. Hint: The venue for this one is Atlantis. ;-)
Geez, such a stunningly beautiful performance!! But I do wish the recording was clear.

FYI, I did delete it and then reboot my computer and downloaded again with same results. Also it sounds the same here on the 30 DoD page. Maybe this is the best recording there is....or maybe Dave can check it out & put up a cleaner copy(??).

deadheadned's picture
Joined: Feb 15 2009

there's definitely some recording artifact. i wonder if that's the hint.

Jerry's solo is sublime.

hornsby's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010
second that

it is a killer rendition all around
reminds me of listening to old bootleg cassettes that had been eaten by the tape player a few times, but you would fix it and keep it because it was that good

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