December 3 - December 9
Like last week, we’re going to check into the fall tour of 1979, as there happened to be more great grateful dead shows played during this week in the band’s history in 1979, but we’ll also check out some great material from 1971.
We left off last week on 12/1/79 in pittsburgh, so this week we’ll pick right back up with the next show of that mighty little tour of the midwest. from 12/3/79, the first of three shows at the uptown theatre in chicago, we have the post-drums sequence of Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Wharf Rat>Truckin’ This set closing Truckin’ was quite rare at this time, as Truckin’ had found a home by this time largely as the song that would go into Drums or that would come out of Space.
With so much great music on this 1979 tour, we figured we should bring as much as possible to you, so from the next night in Chicago, 12/4/79, we have the first set closing trio of songs, featuring Stagger Lee, Passenger>Deal. Everything we’ve been playing for you this week and last from the Fall Tour of 1979 is drawn from cassette master tapes, using the PA mix, and they sound remarkably good. Not 15-ips-reels-good, but very, very listenable, and the mixes are often excellent.
Lastly on our little trip to the Fall Tour of 1979 this week, we’ll stop into the final show in Chicago on 12/5/79, with a few mid-first set tunes. From this mighty fine show, we have Me and My Uncle>Big River, Cold Rain and Snow, with the latter having a rare mid-set placement.
Also this week, because we haven’t played too much Europe 72 material lately, and even less Pigpen, it seems, we have this terrific Good Lovin’ from 4/29/72 in Hamburg. With the two previous West German shows already seeing official release in the form of Rockin’ The Rhein (4/24/72) Hundred Year Hall (4/26/72), let’s hope this one is the next of the fine crop of Europe shows to be tapped for official release.
Check back in next week for more great music. As always, we welcome you to email me at the address below with questions, comments or suggestions.
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The Lost Sailor is particularly slow and supple. Veeeeeeeery nice
Thanks for the new player, much faster. Are you weaning us off this, this songs keep getting less and less? Good music this week.
Coconut Phil, living Free.
thanks again for some great music.. Once upon a time 79 was a tough year to find quality boards from..these sound mighty fine,,the spiffy new player works real nice..I luv these early versions of sailor>saint..as the band is still developing there way through the tune,,nice vocals by the boys. sweet wharf rat...also enjoy the new road trips cd.. you can almost taste the persian comming through during shakedown, althea and others..taking a new direction indeed...
Hooray for some Pigpen, and an excellent Lovin' it is, too. Since there has indeed been a real dearth of Pigpen material lately, perhaps you could come up with a 'pen-heavy set for us some week soon. Do you have the 9/19/70 f-word laden Lovelight that was recently posted in the GD Radio hour section without the bleeps? That would be awesome.
Also, I generally have serious difficulties streaming anything audio or video using Flash, but your new player is working beautifully.
Thanks for the music!
Oh, i see that's been brought up already. I saw it as part of an encore at Alpine Valley in 1988. Pretty good show, especially after the previous night where Jerry forgot both the words and music to Stella Blue (only time I'd ever been truly *worried* about Garcia).
Band Grateful Dead
Venue Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Location East Troy, WI
Date 6/23/88 - Thursday
Iko Iko [6:06] ; New Minglewood Blues [7:43] ; It Must Have Been The Roses [6:51] ; Me And My Uncle [3:05] > Mexicali Blues 4:24] ; Stagger Lee [5:20] ; When I Paint My Masterpiece [5:07] ; Bird Song [10:44] ; The Promised Land [4:44]
Hey Pocky Away [6:05] ; Believe It Or Not 7:35] ; Man Smart, Woman Smarter [7:09] ; He's Gone [11:41] > Drums [12:28] > Space [8:50] > I Need A Miracle [3:48] > Gimme Some Lovin' [5:09] > All Along The Watchtower [4:43] > Morning Dew [10:10]
Blackbird [2:28} > Brokedown Palace [5:49]
Anyone notice Bobby quietly playing Blackbird between Big River and Cold Rain and Snow?
The new player seems a lot more stable than the old one - thanks!
Found the greek show on archive with the blackbird, great show, last night at the greek, believe it or not is on there as well.
....the manufacturer's suggested retail price- adjusted for inflation (don't forget, Lost Sailor was penned in the seventies) -for BeingFree is $179.99.
The persistent rumors about a bonus disc being involved if you buy direct remain unsubstantiated.
But then with selections this good it would sound pretty good coming down a piece of string into a coke can!
Diolch 'n' fawr!
["Thanks very much" in the language of heaven - which is of course, Welsh :)]
I thought I heard a blackbird being strummed lightly by bobby between Big River and Cold Rain and Snow, does anyone know if they ever played Blackburd live (GD)? As always great picks.