May 5 - May 11, 2008
This week we have some very, very classic Grateful Dead, as well as a unique jam from 1972.
First of all, from MIT in Cambridge, MA, on 5/6/70, we have this monster Good Lovin'. This was a free concert that took place at MIT's Kresge Plaza and was part of a student day of striking to protest the Kent State killings a few days before. This show was just after the Harpur College show on 5/2/70, and carries with it much the same energy as Harpur. There was a version of Dancing In The Street played at MIT that was every bit the equal of the terrific version played at Harpur.
Next up we have a very special jam from Europe '72. Amongst all of the small venue shows the band played on that tour, they broke away from the trend on 5/7/72 to play the Bickershaw Festival in Wigan. At every show on the Europe tour, the band played either a Dark Star or an Other One as the central jam vehicle in the second set, but never both songs at the same concert. Except at Bickershaw. This show saw the band playing its longest show of the tour, and the second set featured the ultimate Europe '72 jam, Dark Star>The Other One>Sing Me Back Home. There is a bit of a cut in The Other One before they venture into the second verse, but it's forgivable considering how great the rest of the jam is. We played the Dark Star here last year, but due to popular demand, we have the whole jam here this year. Sorry it took so long.
This being the week that includes May 8, we figured it'd be a good time to play Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain from 5/8/77 at Cornell. 'Nuff said.
Finally this week, we have a nifty little stand-alone Estimated Prophet from 5/11/77 in St. Paul, MN. The song developed with a longer and more exploratory jam at virtually every stop on this tour. Occasionally it would go into another song, but these stand-alone versions are pretty darn cool, so we figured you could use another.
Be sure to stop by next week for more music from the vault. And don't hesitate to write with comments, questions, suggestions, requests, complaints or praise. The only way we can get the music you want out there is if we hear from you. The email address below, with “Grateful Dead” in the subject, will get the message directly to me.
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...because the Wigan OTHER ONE is wiggin' with my wigstand. Wow!
oh my, the dark star is sublime - and with the other one, it's like quadruple overtime!
maybe it's just "spring tour" fever, but i'm back in the weekly swing of the taper section.
WRT Cornell '77 - is there actually a place on dead.net to find out what is in/not in the vault? (possibly in the shows and lyrics section?) if not, it would be a nice addition to the site, and definitely settle a lot of curiosity and inquiries, and draw a lot of folks to the depths of dead.net for clarification.
It might also streamline chatter/allow folks to weigh in on what they want released, and what you might be offering for future releases and roadtrips. just a thought...raw and undeveloped...
keep up the good work/workingman's dead...
I didn't think that 5/8 was in the vault? And you said it bob, 77 is a year that a has a small number of songs in the rotation, yet each show the songs take on a fresh approach.
release the whole month, shit release the whole year, i'd buy it
OH EUROPE ! 72 !! I WAS ONLY A BABY TATER-TOT, BORN IN DEC 71 ~ HAHA
THAT MUST HAVE BEEN SOOOOOME PARTY ! HAHA YEHAW ~
LOVIN THESE MONDAY MORNING POSTS W/ MY JAVA & 420 ~
KEEP THE EARLY 69 - 71 DEAD COMING, I DONT HAVE MUCH OF IT, AND LV TO HEAR THOSE YEARS OF MUSIC, SWEET MUSIC ~
I WISH I HAD MORE OF THOSE YEARS ON TAPES /CD'S
ALSO,, HOW ABOUT PLAYING SOME 92-95 TOUR ??? EAST COAST WAS ON FIRE !
I WAS AT A BUNCH OF THAT !
THANKS DAVID AND GD FAMILY FOR KEEPING IT REAL ~
HAPPY SPRING FROM OREGON
Josh E Bear !!
"California, prophet on the burnin' shore, I'll be knockin on the golden door.. "
I think it's still monaural...
Betty boards from this time period are all incredibly good, with reverb applied to the vocals.
I have posted many comments on the archive site about May 1977 & i have never noticed any comments that just about every show from May of '77 are the same songs, now do not get me wrong that month & year I have alsways said will remain the best.....but by the time May came around after 5 months of playing the same songs over and over again shouldn't they have perfected them by then?????.....the set list's hardly changed at all that whole year
About Time! : )
The Estimated from 5/11/77 is AMAZING! Thanks David.
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