Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1314

By David Gans

Grateful Dead Hour by David Gans

Week of November 25, 2013

Bill Graham threw a huge benefit concert at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on March 23, 1975. It was called SNACK - Students Need Athletics, Culture, and Kicks. Bob Dylan and Neil Young were there, as were the Jefferson Starship, the Doobie Brothers, Santana, Tower of Power, and many more. The concert was broadcast live on the radio, and it raised a lot of money for the enrichment of San Francisco public school students.

The Grateful Dead had played their last live show five months earlier and were said to be retired. But they were working together in Bob Weir's studio, developing some very ambitious material that was released later that year on the album Blues for Allah. I was listening to the show on the radio at home and I was not at all prepared for this intense instrumental music.

This performance featured the seven members of the Grateful Dead plus two more keyboardists, Merl Saunders and Ned Lagin. Big sound!

After I produced this show and sent it out, I realized that the 3/23/75 set had been released, on a bonus discsent out to people who pre-ordered the Beyond Description boxed set.

Grateful Dead 3/23/75 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco

Move Me Brightly: A Documentary Concert Film Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday

Grateful Dead, Family Dog at the Great Highway 4/18/70

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Thank you for listening!

- David Gans

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Joined: May 18 2012
the BFA bust-out | why played only a few times?

Brilliant Blues for Allah, a treat for whoever was at Kezar that day. But why was it played so few times?

Joined: Aug 17 2007
1975 Kezar performance - I hear Van Morrison

Thanks, David, for continuing here with the recent-programs streaming this week. It’s good to hear this performance again. (I have it on cassette from the K-101 broadcast, but both my cassette decks want repair and I haven’t listened to it in years.)

Jerry’s occasional repeating alternating-semitone riffs in “King Solomon’s Marbles” eventually reminded me, this time around, of Van Morrison’s “Beside You,” on his Astral Weeks album (“You breathe in you breathe out, you breathe in you breathe out,…”). Even the key they’re playing in seems to match, as do many of Jerry’s melodic runs.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Wow, right on!

Greatness Abounds
for my Sunday here
in New York deep in
an intense '75.

Thank you for this
and all David, xo!
A Grateful Dead Hour
is always a best hour!
Wishes to you and all!

Drop us one from SSSB here
and there in the New Year!

This has been sweet in the
repeat. Each repeat I
take turns riding with the
individual players and
then together and then apart
then together, & I'm always
better because of it; In some
way or some how as this is
what the music is. It happens
without effort & by just
participation... bopping and
jamming heals in a plethora
of ways. How blessed are WE!

Happy 2013th Birthday Jesus!
Happy 70th Birthday Jerry!
Stop by...we're having cake, xo!
Peace and Joy To All, xo!

Joined: Aug 16 2007
the BFA bust-out

I love Blues For Allah but I wonder what it was like to be in the crowd that day. When you're all primed for a little Big River and Tennessee Jed, and if things got stretched out maybe Playing in the Band, and the Dead come out and lay this stuff on everybody.... Wow!


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