June 7 to June 13, 2010
This week we've got a good variety of music from 1970, 1973, 1974 and 1988, with a bit of something for most people.
Our first stop this week is 10/17/74 at Winterland, the second of five nights that were recorded and partially filmed for the Grateful Dead Movie. From this show we have Weather Report Suite , which was included on the bonus CD that accompanied the Beyond Description boxed set. The next night's version, from 10/18/74, is included on the Grateful Dead Movie DVD as a bonus track, filmed from 5 camera angles and mixed in 5.1 surround sound.
Next up, from Cincinnati on 12/4/73, we have Eyes Of The World . This was a short show, owing to the fact that the band started a little later than usual by all accounts. However, it was a good show, as would be expected from the era. Some of the show was included as a bonus in the 9-CD Winterland 1973 boxed set, but in case you missed that bonus disc, it's a pleasure to bring it to you here.
Our next stop this week is one of my favourite Pigpen covers from 1970, It's a Man's World, recorded live on 6/7/70 at the Fillmore West. There's an excellent version of this James Brown classic on the Dead's Harpur College album (Dick's Picks Vo. 8) so check that out if you get a chance.
From the Family Dog on 2/4/70, as part of the TV shoot for Night At The Family Dog, we have this quite-early, electric Black Peter. It was recorded to 16-track audio for TV audio mixing purposes, and we're fortunate these old analog tapes have stood up so well for so long.
Lastly this week, one of only two live Grateful Dead versions of Bob Dylan's Ballad Of A Thin Man, recorded on 3/27/88 in Hampton, VA. The other was played on 4/1/88, which was included on the excellent David Gans-produced Postcards of the Hanging. It's too bad they didn't play this song more often, as it would have been a nice change from Queen Jane, Masterpiece and Memphis Blues in the Dylan slot of the first sets. g.
Next week we'll have music from 1973, 1974, 1983 and 1989, so be sure to stop in for more great Grateful Dead tunes.