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 a 2015 Grateful Dead calendar.

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

Ship Of Fools
Hint: A new Garcia-Hunter song, perhaps overshadowed by the monstrous sound system that produced it...
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Yesterday's answer...

San Francisco, CA, Fillmore Auditorium
From the Fillmore Auditorium, this was recorded the night before the classic show that became Dick's Picks Vol. 16.

Yesterday's winner...

Scott H.
Mount Pleasant, WI
Joined: Nov 1 2010

first try for me as well!

Joined: Nov 1 2010
I'm slackin.'

It took me five. But I was going in chronological order.

.5 mi from tucson's picture
Joined: Feb 17 2012
Ship of Fools Literally:

Sebastian Brant on keys, Katherine Anne Porter on drums, Richard Paul Russo on lead guitar, Fintan O'Toole on rythm guitar and Kim Stanley Robinson on bass with special guest Plato sitting in on jaw harp. Nice version for 30 days by and by...

Joined: Nov 11 2013
Aye Cap'n!

Guess they felt it propos with the force of the gales said to be that day.

Joined: Jul 12 2014
Sail away me hearties

The very first show i looked at and in a rush, i quickly passed on by trying to be too clever and not listening to the song turned out to be the right answer after ruling out every other show. Geez is the captain position open on this ship?

Joined: Jun 14 2007
Don't lend your hand to raise no flag atop no ship of fools!

I love this line. An apt metaphor for our times.

fourwindsblow's picture
Joined: Oct 13 2008
Ship of Fools!

I sure wouldn't.

Joined: Nov 22 2014
missed days

Is there a way to get the days I missed from this year? I was in hospital and missed a few.

arm's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2013

Look to the upper right of this page under the banner reading "Past Days". That's where they put the links to, uh, past days!

Joined: Aug 8 2013
1st try today

yesterday i had to waive a white flag. The 5 plus minute drums was my best clue. the funny thing is, the show from 11-7-69 was a show I had on my mind all day yesterday along with 10-3-80. I believe both exist in the vault in full. D. Gans has played them on his radio program Grateful Dead Hour. I expect at some point both of those 2 nights getting released.

The show I selected today also has a lot of potential for a release. or maybe a week later.

Joined: Apr 15 2013
Sounds Great

The biggest sound system playing in the biggest...

Joined: Nov 12 2011

biggest little...

Joined: Nov 1 2010
November is the ELEVENTH month of the year

So I do really appreciate all of the great music coming through the 30 days of November and I have been collecting these songs since 2010 each November....with great enthusiasm and great anticipation.

But I have a bunch of Scarlet--Fires, China--Riders, Shakedowns, and That's it for the Other One, etc....and many other repeats which is fine, but I cannot help but wonder where is that great ELEVEN?

Please.....before the 2014 edition of 30 days of November is us an ELEVEN.....

What Now?!

arm's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2013

Remember Elvis Costello's cover on Deadicated? Like he had nothing left to lose.

Joined: Apr 10 2008

Costello's version was so butter.

Joined: Apr 10 2008
While on the topic of what we haven't seen...

during 30 days of Dead, how about "Crazy Fingers"? I've called for it every year, but alas. My birthday is the 30th, and every year I says to myself,"Me, this is it! This is the year, and this is the day!" So far, no dice.

So Dave, how about this year on the 30th, a real nice, dreamy, plaintive, lysergic "Crazy Fingers"?

opeelipsky's picture
Joined: Nov 20 2010
I won't slave for beggar's pay

But I'll listen to 30 different versions of "Ship of Fools" for a calendar?!? I think I got this one. Love this era of Dead! Thanks again Dead Net!!

Joined: Jun 16 2007
Pig ??? Where are you?

No Pigpen this year?

Joined: Aug 10 2008
This year's 30 days of Dead

Is anyone else disappointed with this year's selections? Come on, folks, the Dead DID record some rockers, not all their numbers were slow & easy!

arm's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2013

Just the opposite. I love this music generally and these selections specifically.

Joined: Oct 3 2009
Not disappointed

And did I just hallucinate a mammoth rocker yesterday?

walstib68's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2013
1st Try.....

Got it on the 1st try today....with help from the hints! Thank Ya :^)

Joined: Jun 2 2009
Scott H

Hi Scott,
I wanted you to know that you have a fellow Dead Head in Burlington, WI.

Also - are you aware of the KNON 2-hour GD broadcast every Friday evening?


wilfredtjones's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
representing the dairy state

Another fellow dead freak up here in Eau Claire. Kudos Scott H.!

jamgol's picture
Joined: Sep 3 2010
Heads in WI

Hey Vince,
Good to see us keeping WI strong. I'm in Madison myself!

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Song duration

Am I on the Ship of Fools or does it really stop after 2 minutes!?
10 minutes later after a strong cup of Kona>> Very strange: song time indicated 2:29, so I rebooted the laptop and whadya know! The full song appeared??!! Has this happened to anyone else?

m-skjellyfetti's picture
Joined: Nov 7 2011
The bottles stand as empty now, as they were filled before...

.....Wait a second, what did he sing?

Lots of fun tunes in this great show. A polka, a waltz, and unusual weather that was making Jerry sweat. If you overlook this one, it's nobody's fault but your own.

hornsby's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010
in two

quickest one yet. spent the rest of the night digging around for dead/allman jamming. now thats tasty toasty. guess i'll get some sleep tonight.

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