30 Days of Dead November 23
------ TURN OFF FUTURE & FORM -----
It's with deep appreciation and gratitude for you, the fans, that we'll be giving away an 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 the chance to win some sweet swag from the Dead.
Guess the venue and date correctly and you'll be automatically entered to win our Grand Prize - a prize pack featuring our 2014 releases, merch, and more.
thanks to mbarilla for the El Paso 1973; i'm enjoying it on my DeadOfTheDay app(which is a wicked dangerous thing, as i can listen everywhere i go !!).
oh, and i had to get both In The Dark on cassette AND the single 45, just because i loved Esau so much.
so i felt a little as though i started a riot yesterday with my grumpy snark at Corrina. and then i turned out to find the show with ease and yes, enjoy the song and the show. even discovered 'Matilda', which i don't think i'd ever heard !!
and now i'm here to say that i have always loved 'Esau', as it had a very strong impression on me the first time i heard it (Ventura 83, i guess).
and i just found it first guess, because i love this show so much!
anyway, what i wanted to point out is the thing i've noticed about our comments discusssions:
this is the only place on the interwebs that we don't have to deal with trolls (or flamewars or spam).
even those of us who are complaining about a song are still doing so in the family manner. (after all, there's always that guy behind you yelling for 'Johnny B Goode' during the quiet part of 'Stella Blue'.) i hope we all know that each song (and each moment) is a gift, so it's good for us as family to remind each other of that.
thanks again to the band and Dave and all of you.
"what i want to know is are you kind ?"
I agree completely with Nomad's comment. Whether you are a fan of the song of the day is pretty immaterial and completely misses the points. For one--it is a gift; take it in the spirit it is offered-- with grace. For another, as has been pointed out, the song is a first step upon a path of discovery of what may be many shows which you have never heard. Whether you find the correct show or not, the chance of being exposed to some truly great shows is high if you are open to that possiblity. Many heads seem closed to even thinking that there are good shows in the 80's or the 90's. Give them a listen. This particular show and tour have a lot to offer in terms of quality of performance, variety of set lists and quality of recordings. They may not be your favorites, but you just might find that they are a lot of fun.
I always run, never walk. I have a mouth but never eat, and a head but never think. I also have a bed but never sleep.
Comes A Time??
Come on Jer!
All good things in all good time. You just want the cup but don't want the race.
~*~*~*visualize whirled peas*~*~*~
Some of these comments remind me of Sydney Criesby after every whistle. Did you ever stop and wonder, why would the Dead pick November to do this promotion? I mean 30 days of Dead would be cool in April, June, and September wouldn't it? I for one can say that the picks have turned me on to some pretty sweet shows over the past couple weeks if you can find the answer fast enough to enjoy the rest of that something the song selection is eluding to, and for that I will forever be thankful. Someone the other day said "I hate to kick a gift horse in the mouth", and then went ahead and kicked them in the mouth. It has happened over and over and over again since. I want this song, I want that song. How about you just got turned on to 30 new Dave's Picks. Happy Thanksgiving, y'all.
Because Nov. 1 is the Day of the Dead, so…..
Well said Nomad. This music is all amazing. Great music. I admit I was never a Corrina fan and yet now I am--the version yesterday was fantastic. And Esau is a great song. He meets his pale reflection at the door. Yes we all have songs we really want, but what's the point if we aren't simply thankful for all the good music. The Dead gave us everything over the years, and now David's simply trying to remind us of that--and remind us that the music's even bigger than we remember sometimes. I love it all.
Make that (at the end of the run) 119 new Dave's picks, I think the epic 2-11 show has seen two picks. I do want the cup but only love can fill it! Enjoy!
Be Grateful or Fade Away.
I mean, can you imagine these guys at a show, booing and complaining about this and that. I like to think they wouldn't last very long. Around me anyway.
3-29-85 is a good listen... The 30 days is nice to explore some outstanding shows
I've only listened to a few from debut and on so I hope I'm getting close. Either way this is a nice addition to the downloads.
For all interested the Jack Straw from 11-23-73 is mighty fine as well as the China > Rider , Row Jimmy & Weather Report Suite. Also another suggestion is the from 8-10-82, which was featured a few days ago. Eyes of the World and Baby Blue were worth a listen among the other great pieces from that show
The afternoon hint helped but I had already listened to over 40 of them but once I read the hint I knew I was almost there. Except that I was there!
Does anybody know the last time Esau sold real estate in L.A.? Now that would be a hint!
One hint helped immensely. Found it on my second try and it's not even one of my eras.
Thanks for the hints!
First miracle then cornea now brother Esau, hard to get much lower than that. No Pig Pen is worthy I suppose?
this has to be the worst stretch in the 4 year history of 30 Days of Dead. Esau appeared in 2010, why repeat it when there has yet to be an Eyes or Stella Blue?! What next Money Money?
I listened to this one early on and didn't catch it. When I went back to it a second time, though, I realized you can confirm this one in the first few seconds.
Great show in the midst of one of my favorite tours, and a fun place to see them.
Lucky enough to catch 22/25 shows starting from "Peakin'@The Greek" on this particular tour, including this show, traveling with a large contingent who called themselves the Bagel Family as they customarily busted out as they received confirmation the last note had been played for the night and strategically placed themselves in the midst of the throngs exiting with $2 Bagels and veggie cream cheese to make gas money for the next lot. Thanks for the memories folks.
This who.e show should be released . Smokin.....great hints below
loving these selections!
Snagged this one with the hints below. Met a Deadhead this summer who saw over 300 shows in his "career" with the band and although this was the third show he saw, he listed it among his favorites.
I never got to see the band play, but this under the radar era sounds like it was a great time to be a Deadhead.
First Saw the Dead in 1968, but although I really prefer the early stuff, have had a good time listening to some of the later concerts.
Though probably been right 15 or so? (not counting), it's really fun to search-listen-enjoy!
Would love something from Watkins Glen/Santa Fe/Red Rocks.
We're goin' 'up around the bend'.
Do you mean the front of the river, or the rear?
Of the 23 hints so far I've only found one that was helpful. I had high hopes for today's hint; since Idaho is the gem state I figured I would only have to find an Esau that was played in Idaho. Problem is, there aren't any. The one helpful hint was "great combination" which made me think combine, that led to corn farming which pointed to Iowa. I zeroed in on that one pretty quickly.
I think you are reading WAY too much into the hint buddy! I must admit most days I barely even notice it myself and have only had trouble on 2 of the days so far. You should've focused more in on "mid 80's" instead of the word "gem". But hey, whatever leads you to the correct date and venue is all good in my book.
The Song Hint is "dead on".
This contest imho is for REAL deadheads who have an ear for every era and within eras to find the right version. In addition, so much has been deleted from archive that unless you have every download and release you might not ever find the correct version.
In this case "Essau" was played 83-87 so not that much has been taken down from the archive, if anything. There is a time stamp for these songs. Find the correct time length and you probably have the tune. Except that I've checked ten only of 103 and three had the same time stamp! Still, not much of a hurdle.
I just read the contest rules and whomever answers correctly is eligible for the 1 Grand Prize, so is the one "winner" picked every day the first head to come up with the right selection? I mean everybody else who answers correctly that day still has a chance, no? It would be great if somebody could clarify that because it's not in the rules.
Am I really gonna go through 103 versions of Essau today? Hell NO!
Have fun, Anna: Today's quiz is a real bender. I like to use Deadbase and eTree too for resources, as well as the LMA. David's been doing a good job picking tunes, especially songs where the LMA only has audience recordings, while he's pulling reels and cassettes out of the vault! I feel an Easy Wind coming from the west soon.
You can't always match the song lengths though. They are almost always trimmed differently. That trim could be a few minutes of crowd noise which is inconsequential but makes the apparent length of the song look much longer. You don't have to listen to the full song 103 times either. The trick is to find the nuances, the little touches or differences between the versions. Each jam has a multitude of special qualities that make it wholly unique. Sometimes those differences are obvious. It is pretty easy to tell an early era "The Other One" from a late era. Other times you have to get really in depth to find where the personality of the jam lies.
I think this is a tremendous amount of fun! I have gotten only three wrong so far this year (mostly due to not having any time to spend on it those days) but I have yet to win the daily. I know the chances are extremely slim of winning anything at all. But I don't win anything on Candy Crush either and this is waaaay more fun!
Arm ain't giving anything away. Yeah, I'd like to enter the raffle too unless Jack O Roses already won it today...
How much more of a clue do you need (unless someone is trying to fake us out). This Essau is from the 2nd set? It was a first set tune. I bet I'll have it in three tries now, if there are that many 2nd set versions!
Didn't mean to be misleading. I only meant that the second set is truly interesting for this era/year, but this Esau is a first setter. And there are multiple recordings of it on the archive.
Always a fun tune, not sure why all the complaining about song selection this year. It would be nice to find out this was from a show I was at, but it's tough to narrow down - all versions of it are "Brent era". I'll check back later, c'mon you guys start dropping some clues!
Hearing Esau today reminded me that I had a promo 45rpm w /(Touch of Grey) on the flip side stored somewhere.
I used searching for it as an excuse to delay starting my weekend tasks around the home. Found it!... much too quickly I might add.
I was able to see a several shows late in this year as they swung through my region .... there were a bunch of 'first' and 'final' time played songs during this year.
Esau wasn't on the album, only released as the flip to the Touch single. I had a chance to buy a limited first pressing release on gray vinyl and passed, kicking myself for it now!
I opted for the cassette when In The Dark came out, solely because it included "My Brother Esau". I usually find that track preferable to "Throwing Stones".
Great version of a good Bob tune, underrated in my opinion. Why they stopped playing it, I'm not so sure.
Got the back to back classics Corrina and Esau. Hoping Samba in the Rain, Eternity and If the Shoe Fits don't get left out this month
is a song that grew on me over the years. I do like me some good Esau!
I wasn't familiar with this show. Very interesting second set for the time period.
Love the selection and the variety. But one tune is clearly under-represented. Eyes!
No Eyes, no Terrapin, no U.S. Blues, no Touch, etc., etc.
113 days....just sayin' :-)
You are correct. 113 days and no Eyes.
I was there too.
I love this show.
I love this month.
I love this year.
I love this game.
PS As you can tell from set list, the drummers' ransom was quickly paid (just in time for the second set)
Who won the raffle? ;-)