Grateful Dead

30 Days of Dead

Who needs a miracle everyday? We sure do and we bet you could use one too!

Consider this our gift to you for being so darn loyal... Each day in November we will be giving away a high-quality 320Kbps MP3 download. 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 the chance to win Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Collectible Playing Cards.

Most of you know the drill by now, but for those, that don't, here's the deal:

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 and win a prize while you're at it.

Today's Song

Hint: The Pigpen original was played live only four times
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Yesterday's answer...

Bloomington, MN, Metropolitan Sports Center
Debuting in 1972, Black-Throated Wind was played consistently from March 1972 until October 1974, and didn't return until March 16, 1990

Yesterday's winner...

Bob D.
jamgol's picture
Joined: Sep 3 2010
Happy Thanksgiving

been playing for 5 years and downloaded every note!

geododge's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2013
Just Thankful!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Have never won, but don't care....... Heard Bill Walton quote Terrapin lyrics while watching IU - Wake Forest BB game the other day. Maybe a sign....

Nyal45's picture
Joined: Sep 2 2013
Thanks David and Co.

Always liked this song, too bad it was preformed so few times.

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Sometimes the cards ain't worth a damn...

Don't give up! Won yesterday's daily after 5 years of trying.

Joined: Jan 27 2015
Read the signs, connect the lines

I will consider this selection a great sign that you have at least one tape from this run in the vault ! Even if incomplete, I hope that TPTB will find a way to get this show or shows out to us-- hopefully sooner rather than later. THANKS for a great month of tunes !

woodro69's picture
Joined: Jan 2 2009
Ha - Got it on the fourth try

Could listen to that harp solo all day. Wish they played this song more often ... but it ain't no business of mine.

Bill388's picture
Joined: Jul 2 2007
Thanks, Dave!

This was my first favorite Dead song when I got a copy of
"American Beauty" as a wee lad.
Gotta love Pigpen...

WackaloonQ's picture
Joined: Jun 16 2007

i just want to wish Dave & Co, and all those that post on this threada very happy and wind free (hornsby) thanksgiving day. I feel that you all become like tour friends throughout november as we search, hint, moan, and share musical nugs all month. Never had such a good time cant believe we r almost done.

Just was sitting and reading the new gd lyrics book and have found several songs written by the boys that we might explore here in the future.

....Thanksgiving 2015....where we sit to give thanks for the indians welcoming us to america, while discussing how to keep everyone else out...sorry....just sayin

i am only wishing for an intense dew or black peter that i have not yet discovered to end the

Joined: Jan 13 2010
hey diddle diddle

the cat and the fiddle

Piggy in the middle

someone mentioned the Rutles the other day

I saw Operator on the playlist and the above lyrics popped into my mind

Not one of his carnal adventure songs, either.

Joined: Nov 2 2015
I asked earlier...

...for an Operator, and I got it! Yeah, the vocals could have been up a bit more in the mix, but listen to him playing that harp!

Still haven't won a daily, though. Fingers crossed. In any case, the music is indeed it's own reward. I have come across other great shows in the hunting this year, and have really enjoyed it.

Wishing everyone a Grateful Thanksgiving.

the doo-dah man's picture
Joined: Nov 8 2012
I love "Operator", but why

I love "Operator", but why pick a version where Pig's vocals are completely buried in the mix?

Joined: Jan 24 2011

Well, Operator was only performed live 4 times. Of those four times, the one they used is the date of the four that the Archive has a soundboard posted for. The other 3 dates only have audience recordings posted. It's possible they don't have master soundboard recordings of those three in the vault. That would explain why they chise the one they did, and why Archive only has AUDs for the other three as well. Just a guess.

Saintfilberto's picture
Joined: Sep 24 2011
Thank You Dave, I 've been

Thank You Dave, I 've been wishing for an Operator for 5 years. Love me some Pig! I've downloaded every song ...every morning of November for 5 years now, what a GRATE Blessing!

Joined: Nov 12 2013

I have no idea how many people play- they may not all sign in (I don't every day) so it's hard to tell. This is my 4th year participating, and I've never missed a day to play! Last year went 30/30 but was never picked a daily winner. In 2013 I was daily winner for the wet Giants Stadium Tennessee Jed, but no prize- entered in drawing for prize I believe! This year lucky enough to win once and my streak continues from last year (hopefully 25/25 after today)- knock on wood- damn I think I just jinxed myself! Probably a tough one coming tomorrow! looking forward to playing poker with these cool new cards this year!

Now on to guessing today's......Hornsby, may the four winds blow you safely home!

Joined: Jan 24 2011

I've never won, and I've been playing since the 30 Days started (I don't remember if they had the guessing game on the first one in 2010 or not). I don't think I've ever gotten one wrong, but I've skipped a couple (a very few): once or twice they've had selections that aren't on the archive (at least at the time), but were played on previous "taper's selections" or elsewhere here, which I skipped when I couldn't find a match, and a few times I wasn't able to play due to travelling out of town and not having access to much else besides my phone and no time (the 21st and 22nd of this month). It'd be nice, but I know it's random from all the correct guesses, and the game, the search, the finds, and the downloads are their reward :):)

Joined: Nov 11 2010
I've never won

I've taken part every year and never been picked as the daily winner. How many here have? (or haven't for that matter).

This year's been tough for me to participate. We just got a new puppy and she's made it very difficult to find time to do this. But I got this one and she's an adorable little bundle of joy! No regrets!! Thanks for the music! I love November!!

hornsby's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010
hey flav

nice to see you here year after year. i've won twice, never received a prize,even the year i was to receive one, think it was a xxxl buttondown shirt, and the other time i was put in a pool of 30 to win the big europe 72 box (now that would be sweet). but no matter.
you want to win? tune into the final show of today's 4 and take a listen. great aud version to snag and a rip roarin good time.
by the way- don't look now, but while you were reading this your pup peed on the floor

Joined: Nov 1 2010
We're all winners

I won on the Saint/Sailor last year. Got a calendar. But I have never been in it for the prizes. In fact someone had to tell me I had won. I was already onto the next day's song. I've missed a few over the years, but I think my six year record right now is about 172-6 (remember there were a couple of alt versions and an encore posted the first year, so at the end of this year there should be 183 songs). I've got a monster playlist in my iTunes in chronological order that as of today has 178 songs (including duplicates) and is about 32 hours long. 30 Days of Dead helps me keep my sanity. And that it starts every year on my birthday is just frosting on the cake. Thanks again, Dave, and the entire Grateful Dead family, for the music and the love. It's an obsession, but it's pleasin.'

lamarred664's picture
Joined: Apr 28 2008
I Second That

I agree, we are all winners! Yes, it would be sweet to be selected but I have no expectations (for a particular song or winning). For me I love being the detective searching for the show,analyzing the clues and hints that others post and then making my selection. Haven't missed a day in making a selection since this started in 2010.It's almost as fun as sneaking in your gear at a show before the official taping section was established! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

hornsby's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010
dial P for Pigpen

that ought to make some people happy. personally i don't care what songs they pick for this since it's not the collection of tunes i come here for year after year. it's the killer prizes! so again with the number of people playing this fine game each time, there are right now five users online. maybe everyone has already guessed after this toughy, but that figure does not suggest a real high total contestants. what do people think couple thou, 10K, 100K? i'd like to know. and again i'd swear i'd heard this tune once live but again no way. it's the drugs man, does some crazy shit.

hornsby's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010
i'll tell you about coincidence

twice now songs about wind- blow away and black throated, twice the power knocked out by said winds. so freakin knock it off. no more wind related, themed or mention of wind or any strong breeze. your gonna spoil the food in the fridge. not to mention i missed one day already and thankfully i picked yesterdays early in the am before the winds came. so as it gales out still, i will scrounge before it goes dark again and i am unable to pick.
operator! get me the power company! i need my juice! it's the 30 days. it can go dark all of december for all i care, but there's only 6 left. sheesh.

Joined: Jan 24 2011
Wind issues, huh Hornsby?

You forgot the very first entry - Sunrise. One of my favorite unintentionally funny lines of all time, "I remember breezes from winds inside your body," How's THAT for wind issues? Anyway, add that one to your list :)

hornsby's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010
i stand corrected

it's the subtle omens we tend to overlook. if i had seen it then i'd have gone out and bought a generator.

Joined: Jan 24 2011

Methinks that tptb actually to read these posts occasionally - this is not the first time that posts here seem to have been responded to quickly with particular selections! Coincidence? Possibly. Hmmmm. And, I guess no hints are required for this one! Thanks again Dave & Co. This has been a great 30 Days for sure :)

bcboot's picture
Joined: Jan 3 2009
Positively 25 of 30

Some of the Hi-Lites:

A 15 minute Crazy Fingers,
A 22 minute Dark Star from '69
A 23 minute He's Gone>Jam
A 13 minute New Potatoe Caboose from '69
A 25 minute Other One>Jam>Rider
A 1969 St. Stephen
A 1974 China Doll from an awesome show that deserves the Lemieux/Norman treatment
A 1973 Black Throated Wind with some sick organ.

A WTF moment with "You Don't Have to Ask", I never heard the Grateful Dead sound like that!@

If these alone don't get you Stoked, then there aint much help for you brah!

this year has got some Juice! and 5 more to go to boot!


Joined: Nov 19 2011
Amen bro!

Amen bcboot! Total agreement here. Good summary.

StPaulDeadHead's picture
Joined: Jan 7 2009
How Bout My Fave Brent Jam??

Dear Mr. Fantasy from the final run with Brent at Tinley Park?

July 21, 1990?? Last time it was ever played!!

Pretty please?? With sugar(ee) and Cinnamon (girl)?

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