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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: One of the new batch of songs that Bob and Jerry brought to the band in this year…
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Yesterday's answer...

Landover, MD, Capital Centre
With a track from each of the Dead's 1970 masterpiece albums, "Truckin'" here segues into a re-born "New Speedway Boogie," brought back the previous month in Oakland after a two decade absence.

Yesterday's winner...

Keith F.
Baltimore, MD
flavaham's picture
Joined: Nov 11 2010
Their Clue

Their clue is actually useful this time around! haha
Would've got this first try either way.

Glad to be back. I had to take a few weeks off due to a family emergency. I love 30 Days!! Thanks for making it a fun distraction everyone!

Joined: Nov 1 2017
Great version!

Thanks! Enjoyed that one.

geododge's picture
Joined: Nov 1 2013
Thanks Dave!

Another Great start to the day. The cymbals and feedback are a Dead giveaway! Raw deal for M from Lennie! Saw 3 Shows before this point in time, and great memories! The Band had such energy in these early years!
Seeing as we will be most likely getting an Estimated Prophet (been in every year but one), would be nice to sneak in Eyes, Cold Rain & Snow, Althea, and/or Wharf Rat. But am thankful for anything you have planned for us!

Joined: Nov 18 2012

Wow - that was fun!
What a treat to hear them play with such joy and abandon. Never one of my favorite songs, this version had me on my feet and dancing.
Before my time, but so what? Thank you, thank you, thank you!

eeegs's picture
Joined: Apr 6 2011
Dead Head Ned! should be noted that Ned Lagin sits in on clavichord and Farfisa organ throughout portions of this concert...

Early Thanksgiving treat from Dave with this show. Thank You!

Thankful for this whole ride!

WildBill29's picture
Joined: Nov 11 2017
Whole Lotta Bertha!!

So glad I found this one. They did some wild covers at this show. The feedback at the beginning is a dead giveaway. And it's the only version I've heard where they don't repeat "Anymore" over & over at the end. Very cool. I'm enjoying the CDs I'm burning from this year's picks from Dave. Even the Candyman that sounds like it came from the back of a cereal box. LOL. I did find a better version from a soundboard, but that's alright. I'll laugh out loud every time I hear this underwater version. :P

Charbroiled's picture
Joined: Jun 19 2007
You never forget your first girl

Anymore, Anymore, Anymore............................

Joined: Jul 12 2014
Share the love

Love it! Love It, LOVE IT yes more more more.

OK so my passion for Information Technology may be a strange thing to share on a Grateful Dead board but so what, i just love IT.

brassinthegrass's picture
Joined: Mar 2 2010
Run smack into.......

a Feedback tree! When that's fixed it's petal to the mettle the rest of the way.

For entertaining reading on Bertha's origins, check out:
(enter "Bertha" in "Find references" text box).

Or don't. And just enjoy the rest of this amazing show as I'm doing now.

Thanks for another great choice.

Joined: Nov 28 2011

Is he going to fix Candyman, or offer a better D/L of the version??!!??

It's unlistenable & nauseating....maybe they should let that CM dude handle the 1980s, and DL can just be the 70s guy as usual ; )

LeeBob802's picture
Joined: Nov 23 2011
He was in need of moving

Picked up a hitch hiker back in the day. He was in need of moving. Turned out he was among those in the know in an off-grid cabin in Northern California, and asked me to listen to about 70 tapes that he had transferred from Reel to reel to Beta to DAT to catalog the tape flips, drop outs, digital noises, etc., and thus I was suddenly sitting with a treasure chest of sound boards, now known as Betty Boards. This Bertha was from one of the first of those I went through. I'm glad that these finally made it back into the vault, as this allowed the release of the Early May '77 run, sourced from the Betty Boards, transfered by Plangent Processes and mastered in HDCD by Jeffrey Norman. I later met a gal whose uncle owned and ran this venue back in the day. She grew up there, and went to many a show by various artists, her favorite being Janis Joplin in 1970. It resides in what would be considered a city, but in it's time it was known as a rough town. In this version, it sounds like Pig wanted to sing the next song, but Phil had something almost as good as driving a train in mind.

Joined: Jun 16 2007
lots of 90's this year

8 times so far we r in the 90's
love keeping track of all the little 30 day trivia on my spreadsheet...and the multiple year spreadsheet given to me.

Happy Be Grateful Day to all of you, enjoy whatever you do, and thanks Dave .....again.

no hints (right or wrong) as i am just getting started (east coast)


Joined: Nov 9 2014
A rollicking good time...

Some of the best sounding & best performed material in the vault. Hearing the complete run on quality cassettes was a great moment in collecting/listening history for me. Everyone is on point. Rhythm is great!

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Ran into a rainstorm

Later Mickey. See you again at Winterland in a few.

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
First Bertha in 8 years??

According to my crib sheet, David's not offered a Bertha since the 30 Days of November contest began in 2010. Skull & Roses release: I sure did spin the vinyl, stick in the 8 track, then play the cds ever since first hearing the tunes in the fall of 1971.

jamgol's picture
Joined: Sep 3 2010
You never forget your first...

Once I heard Bertha off Skull & Roses I was hooked for good and never looked back.

zebweber's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Are we ready?

No sinking feeling today - I knew this one just from the hints, and that blistering Peanut tone :)

woodro69's picture
Joined: Jan 2 2009
Are we ready?

Yeah, we're ready.

Didn't test me -- but thank you for the 30 days.

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
First try success

Well that's a first for me! Extra rare considering they played 50+ versions this aforementioned year alone. I like how this version differs a lot from the Berthas to come. They are playing here with such zest, gusto, and confidence. Great choice for today!

Joined: Jan 24 2011
Let's take a show of hands

How many of us LOVE this show!
This whole show belongs in every collection for many reasons. Should get an official release.

Joined: Oct 14 2008
I wholeheartedly agree!

I knew this immediately as it is from my favorite year. I am a true fan of this show, so much so that the gorgeous piece of music already mentioned by a couple of people is my ringtone-thanks to DL for making my day!

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Here, here!

*Hand firmly raised*

What comes later on in the show is simply beautiful.

Joined: Jan 24 2011
Simply beautiful

Yeah. I'd love to know whether it was literally made up on the spot or not! Not that it really matters. Beautiful.

arm's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2013
I was there

When Bobby keeled over.

woodro69's picture
Joined: Jan 2 2009
Me too

Had several lucky lagers in the 'new' bar afterwards

ChinaCatTerrapin's picture
Joined: Oct 31 2017
Go for Althea

Have to agree with hornsby, I'd be overjoyed to go digging for an Althea

hornsby's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010

bring on the berthas, cassidys, altheas, terrapins, eyeses, and is a peggy-o allowed, maybe not. to name a few. or whatever, you decide. we're running out of time.

kenny_upstairs's picture
Joined: Apr 29 2010
I love this era...

How exciting it must have been to hear this show... and yet, it was a bit sad...

eyes43's picture
Joined: Apr 9 2013
A bit sad...

Yep! Absolutely hart breaking....”a knife in the back, and more of the same.”
Today’s selection is awesome...what a blast, to have been at this run of shows...six bust-outs, scientific experiments...could have been a real skull f*ck!

hornsby's picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010

a killer show with some weight. i highly recommend a listen through the rest of the show

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