June 11 - June 17, 2007
This week, we have a nice selection of music from 1970 to 1991, with hopefully a little something that’ll suit everyone’s taste.
Our earliest selection this week is from 6/12/70 in Hawaii, one of the few shows the Grateful Dead played in that state. This rendition of That’s It For The Other One features a particularly potent “Drums” segment. The sound is a little raw, but is much better than it was earlier in the show, when Weir had to stop a tune mid-song to berate the sound man with an expletive-filled rant.
Moving ahead to 1976, we have some nice material from the comeback tour. This Row Jimmy from 6/17/76 in Passaic shows how well the new seven-piece band was listening to one another; very dynamic playing. From a week earlier, we have two selections from the 6/12/76 show in Boston: a beautiful Comes A Time, as well as the unique show closing jam of Sugar Magnolia>U.S. Blues>Sunshine Daydream. My old cassette always lacked this final Sunshine Daydream part of the medley, so in case yours did, too, here it is. Enjoy.
We’ll now fast-forward eight years to 6/14/84 at Red Rocks, with the second set opening trio of Shakedown Street>Playing In The Band>Dear Mr. Fantasy. This, of course, is the first-ever performance of Dear Mr. Fantasy, and it packs a lot of emotion, thanks to Brent and Jerry working through the song together. It’s just a terrific moment when the band drops into Fantasy from the depths of a chaotic Playing jam.
From 1991 at Giants Stadium, we have two segments. First is the rare first set opener of Eyes of the World from 6/17/91, and second is the second set opening jam of Jack Straw>Crazy Fingers>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from 6/16/91. We’re always interested in bringing you unique sequences, and this one certainly qualifies.
One thing we didn’t have a chance to play last week was the show opener from 6/10/73 at RFK Stadium in Washington, a great Morning Dew. With a start like this, it’s no surprise that show turned out to be a classic.
Finally this week is another track from 5/5/78 by popular demand, Candyman. This show has always fallen a bit under the radar, but it’s a dandy.
Be sure to check in next week from some great June material from 1969, 1973, 1985, 1993, and probably a few other choice bits. As always, feel free to write with questions, comments or suggestions.
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Your knowledge is very evident. As I said last week, Monday mornings are now so much more positive. The first thing I do on these mornings is turn on the computer and check out all of the music. Let me tell you, I have "hooked" many friends to your section. These people are HUGE fans and all are amazed at the quality and selection of the music.
Again David, the great people of western New York thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have provided outstanding music as well as history that will live for ETERNITY.
Looking forward with anticipation - Beecue
I love this feature! Wow. I was at giant's stadium 6/17/91 - probably my favorite show. When they opened with Eyes the place exploded. Hornsby and Jerry connected well. The rest of the show smoked as well. One of those perfect nights...
Thanks, this is cool. I need to hear something from Copenhagen 1981. I'll prey, and I will be checkin' out monday after monday, okay, I will anyway, but, that would be something. I even have heard that Dark Star Orchestra played the whole concert, and even better, it was their first, I don't know if it's true, but anyway, a good story.
Back in the old days, 1981, we had to go by ferry to go to Copenhagen from Aarhus. As I remember it, must have been something like 50 casette players cascading the sounds across the cafeteria. When we got to Copenhagen, The Forum, all kinds of cars, especially big American ones, were cruisin' the avenues with dead flags and booming music. Did I dream this up? No, but the tea was damn good. My friends forgot to turn on the tape recorder, and one way or the other, they were paralyzed, but I had a good time being rat no. 1 leading the wild bunch up the aisles, like an outlaw hiding from security. Jerry was like standing on the moon, and with a blink he told them to ride low. Nice day in dead land.
According to the dead encyclopedia the name of that rat is? Just got to stay interactive with the real nerds ;-)
This run deserves a vault release. After all, it was filmed for ABC's "In Concert" and recorded to multitrack. I still have the original TV broadcast recorded on Hi-Fi VHS! Plus, these are some really *really* great performances. 6/17/91 was one of the best shows I had to pleasure to attend....
Some very tasty head treats you have going on here,makes my old memories come alive...Thank you fer a real GOOD time!
I have to agree with Darkstarlarry; on all accounts as I too was at all three of the shows he mentions! Great choices.
thank you and keep up the good work. So Glad that Deadnet is back better than ever!!!!
" DEAR MR FANTASY PLAY US A TUNE!"
I was in the 4th row for this show!!!!!!!! We were all kinda lookin around trying to figure it out, and then we all got it!!! What a surreal moment. We were off to the side a little, Jerry goes into the break, the wind was blowing, the grey hair was flowing and he was just stepping into it. It STILL brings tears to my eyes just thinking about it. THANK YOU!!!!