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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David, I look forward to these the way I used to look forward to the great download series. Nice work and thanks again! No doubt "...you are the eyes of the world..."!
Thanks for sharing these select gems with us. Your knowledge of the band is great. Look forward to your weekly updates. Keep up the good work. Love the new site and this forum. Hope to do some reviews of your posts and share my thoughts about that sweet slice of Americana that is the Grateful Dead. EM, Golden, CO
thanks again for the great tunes!
any 1979 lying around?
Thanks Dave! This is how to start a week on a positive note. Was wondering if at some point we could hear a little 92-93 "Corrinna" ? Shake it on down?
I think these excellent "later" arrangements put up here should change a few minds out there about the GD having gone down the tubes after 1983. Yeah, they had their mundane moments, but there is some real music being torn up on some of these later taper section snippets. More '95.
Love the Hawaii Other One...the drum break is indeed very raw and tribal. Super version.
The Red Rocks '84 sequence is great too. I remember this as being one of the first tapes I had...actually just that pre-drums snippet. The Shakedown jam really grooves. The Playin' transition to Fantasy is interesting. There is a suggestion by Jerry very early in the jam, but then the transition itself really seems like Brent singing over the beginning of China Doll, which actually works pretty nicely as an intro!
Every Monday, I get a week's worth of bike-rides to work filled with Dead on my ipod. Thanks DL!!!
Just got through that great Jack Straw !! I skipped right to that because i was there !! The 2nd jam w/ Jerry and Bruce going at it was great!!
Keep it coming!
wonderful choices this week!
Keep up the good work!
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