December 15 - December 21, 2008
Welcome back to our continuation of our December march through the history of the Grateful Dead’s recorded legacy. This week we’re going to check out bits from two years, specifically 1969 and 1973.
Our first stop is at the Fillmore Auditorium on December 19, 1969, just about six weeks after the stunning November 8, 1969 concert at the same venue, a concert that became Dick’s Picks Vol. 16 back in early 2000. From this December concert, we have a great 1969 sequence featuring That’s It For The Other One>Uncle John’s Band>Lovelight, a jam that includes some of the finest elements of the transitional period of late 1969: the psychedelic improvisation of The Other One, the country-rock influence on Uncle John’s Band and the Pigpen stage presence of Lovelight. The three elements work beautifully together.
Next up is music from the same venue the next night, on December 20, 1969, where we’ll hear some classic music from the era: Mason’s Children, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. All three are played very well, as would be expected from this era.
Finally this week we’re going to check in on the 35th Anniversary of the concert that would form the magnificent Dick’s Picks Vol. 1, from December 19, 1973. From that show, we have the Pick-opening Here Comes Sunshine and the exploratory Playing In The Band from later on CD 1. The former track was the introduction to the Dick’s Picks series, and we all recall hearing that and thinking “this series is going to be amazing…” Thirty-six Picks later, that potential certainly was tapped often and to excellent results.
Be sure to check back in next week when we’ll have some cool late December jams from 1979 and 1989.