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  • October 1, 2012 - 8:09am
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    Winterland June 1977 Box Set
    Is the Winterland 1977 box set ever going to be available again? I'm starting to get REAL worried about this...
  • August 4, 2012 - 6:56pm
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    Looking for the best version of...
    Days Between. That song had so much potential, yet all the versions that I remember seeing or hearing, just don't do it justice. The TRI version was sweet, but I'd love to get my hands on or listen to on the archive the best possible version(s) of this beautiful song with JG singing and leading the charge. It's one of those tunes that could've been the modern day "Morning Dew." THank you.
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    Garcia's Wake...
    The stuff that was played at Garcia's wake at the SF polo fields was some of the best stuff I've heard... old timey stuff... anyone remember that? anyone know what that was from ? S
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    u need a deadbase
    u need a deadbase theyre out of print, but available t
  • July 16, 2011 - 5:23pm
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    Tape collection
    I'm downsizing and am reluctantly willing to dispose of my GD cassettes, DATs, and DAT recorder. I'm talkin' 600 cassettes, 80 DAT's and a working Sony D-7. Please inquire.
  • July 16, 2011 - 5:29am
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    Interesting observation about tap preservation
    I bough the cheapest blanks I could find and I have many recorded from the late 70s that still sound pristine. Not only are the blanks bad quality, they got hauled around to different parst of the country. I've lost maybe 2-5% of my collection. Maybe it has something to do with playing them on a regular basis, One tape I have blows away Dick's Pick's (#?) Salt Palace. OMG, the Other One is molecular. Like Dick said: Caveat Emptor. To be fair, it is the only tape I have that is better than a DP and the DP actually caught Phil's into. much more clearly. I have heard from hard core tapers about tape degeneration. I just got lucky, I guess
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    Deer Creek 91 w/Hornsby
    Some earlier mentioned after Brent past Vince didnt fuel Jer in any way nor come even close to filling the Brent void. Then on some runs when Hornsby had the big grand up there that really fuelled Jerry to drive his leads up on to another plateau based on Hornsby's style. Other than the fact that I personally can't stand Vince's and Bruce's vocals which almost sound the same and Hornsby was too loud some nights brought Jer into a volume war and a creativity war exchanging leads with Bruce. I believe it was the 2nd night deer creek91 2nd set Scarlet
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    STD -- A matter of taste
    There are 3 or 4. What do you plan to do, wait for individual release or ripem?
  • February 5, 2011 - 10:57am
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    Europe '72
    I need the answer(s) to an idiotic question but here goes...Is there one show from the Europe '72 run that could be considered the 'most' essential? I just can't afford the $450 right now for the entire run but would like to know if there is just one show that needs to be heard.
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    The tape that originally
    The tape that originally made me go, "WOW! I have to see this band live!" was the second set of 1/15/79. The segue from "Miracle->Shakedown" still ranks as one of my all time favorite, and the meandering mess that is the near 40 minute "Playing" makes me smile and dance to this day. I have a tape player in my home office to this day so that I can play THAT tape. It sounds better on tape, that show.
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Thanks to the mods for putting up this topic! Okay, now I have a question. I have a giant hole concerning goods shows from the 80s (only DPs, official releases, and a show from july 84). My knowledge of the Brent years is sorely lacking. Any 80's recommendations? As for an essential show or run of shows I'll throw out the "From Egypt with Love" run in Oct '78 at the Winterland. I think these are kind of underrated shows. I was completely unaware of them until they were mentioned in passing by crazyfingers on the old message boards (BTW thanks crazyfingers!). It's the last great run with Donna and Kieth. Everyone is really on. Great, great playing. Yo Soy Boricua!
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February 26, 27,March 2,3 1969The Fillmore West Run Start here Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
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Feb. 11 - 14 19702/13/70 gets all the press, but all three nights are epic to me. special guests...acoustic sets...and mindbending jams. the epitome of the good ol' grateful dead.
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I'm with leadbelly on this. All five nights were awesome but my favorite out of the bunch is 10-21. The post drums sequence makes me shudder,cry,laugh and shout. Leaves me with a great big smile every time I listen.
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leadbelly, I'll try to get you a list! I'm not with my music this week, but watch for a PM next week!
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Fillmore West Run was 2/27, 2/28, 3/1, 3/2 1969 not 2/26. Feb. 11 -14 my esential East Coast run, agree with neddles on how incredible this run was/is. Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.) Walt Whitman-Song of Myself
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what is now DP 6:10.14.83 - Set II is IT! 2.26.77 - Swing Aud; First Terrapin & Estimated; beyond the pale 5.77 - cannot go wrong in this month/year If you like slower, mellow Dead, check out 1976, the music is slow langid and flowing. That entire years reminds me of what the Lady with a Fan would look like. Shows from Europe 1972; Fillmore East 1971 Anything or Everything from the Summer of 85; 11.1-2.85 VA Dead, of course :-) Summer 89-Spring 1990; Band in peak form going new places; much material to recommend. and 1991 with Bruce is terribly underrated, mostly due to the death of Brent, I feel. I still think that the shock of Brent's death took a long time for the fans to come to terms with. Jerry had the music and Bruce to help him out. I felt lost for the longest time and it wasnt until several shows into 91 (3.31 to be exact), that I felt the fit. Sorry I cant be more specific, my memory HATES me now. But the guys and gals on this site will not let you down. I am a mere mortal in the presence of grateness on this site~ Cheers. “The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”
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Both nights at the Hampton Coliseum were great, but 10/9/89 stands proudly in the pantheon of all time best Dead shows (in my humble opinion). "Dark Star -> Drumz -> Death Don't", is earth shattering. The first "Attics" in over 17 years is magic! Certainly a must have tape.Rock on. -Hunter "The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."
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Another great show from the 1980's that comes to mind is 10/12/84, Augusta ME.I seem to have misplaced my copy. Can anyone out there help me out? -Hunter "The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."
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Hal R,Totally agree with the 69 fillmore west run in late feb early mar. I was lucky enough to get the box set with all the shows. Blew my mind. The Dead were insane psychedelic monsters at that time. I like the '80's suggestions from Hunter and JohnnyG. Awsome! I've been listening on the archive. JohnnyG, I agree with you on '91 being a killer year. Wish Bruce had stayed on full-time. Submitted for your approval: 6/17/91 Giant's Stadium -- Eyes of the World, Walkin' Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Masterpiece, Loose Lucy, Cassidy, Might As Well, Saint of Circumstance> Ship of Fools-> Truckin'> New Speedway> Uncle John's Band-> Drums> Jam> China Doll> Playin' reprise> Sugar Mag, E: The Weight Note: Dark Star theme throughout show. Opened with Eyes! Yo Soy Boricua!
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...shall we go, you and I while we can... Leadbelly, You can download a pristine copy of this show if you teach yourself how to download torrent files! Trust me, it's not that hard.
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The Felt Forum,In The Madison Square Garden Building,Held Some Awsome Shows. The Dead Run December 4,1971-December 7,1971 Is Must Listen. These Disc Are Part Of My Everyday Rotation
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Yamadog - the 5th has been one of my "I can't believe this s..." shows for a long time. The 10th is, too. As are the .. ahh, heck, they oughta just box up the whole month and call it "Can you believe this s..?" Es verdad. "From day to day, just lettin' it ride, You get so far away from how it feels inside, You can't let go, 'cause you're afraid to fall, But the day may come when you can't feel at all."
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Heres a few shows that come to mind - Veneta 72 Hampton 89 DC 73 (sound check) NY 71 (with ABB and Beach Boys) San Jose 79 (Brent rehersals) AK 80 NM 83 Berkeley 84 Irvine 87 Mtn View 91 Reno 74 There are more but these are gems I love
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I think the best show of the 80's is 26th October 1989 Miami Bob W - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
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my first dead show i found, Soilder Field, July 9th, 1995, the last show, something about it that gives me goosebumps when i listen to it!
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Hey everyone, brand new to the wonderful world of the dead over here, so please bear with me I was wondering where to start, when it comes to live shows. I'm looking for early era recordings. Circa late 60s early 70s. What are some of the best shows for someone who never experienced them live? Thanks in advance. I would love to get a hold of some recordings where they just jammed at the tests, are those available? Apologies for the dumb questions in advance. I have over 200 blank CD-R and have no problem sending and paying for shipping and what not. My goal is to fill those with live DEAD. "like I told ya, what I said, steal your face right off your head"

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This show has been on my wishlist for a long time. Finally I couldn't take it anymore and went to archive.org to listen. Amazing Dark Star! Really cool show! I agree with Sunshine-daydream, this is one of the best in the 80's. The whole month is amazing!-Hunter "The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean." www.geocities.com/newcamptownraces/gratefulgoddamneddead.html
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My fav. years are: 1970, 1972 , 02-14-70 set 2 is brilliant, almost all of europe 72 is really, really good, get the complete 05-26-72 Lyceum...it's simply too good. there are alot of brent years that are good shows, don't always go by the setlist, especially during 1985 - that isn't a good year for performances - jerry had some problems that year, of which finally came to light in his "coma" in 86 - for example, 06-22-93 is a very good performance, but the setlist is average - I really need my deadbase on hand beside me to type in some dates. The Hamburg 72 show is really good too, there is a aud source that floats around , it would be nice to have the master available , it sounds like the mics are placed from the balcony rail. If you ever find (I think it's jim wise's senn 421's) 04-01-91 that are 20' space on the balcony rail , you won't want the soundboard, as well as Silberman's 04-21-84 PCM master with Nuemann U-87's... I'll go for now, but I'll be back! Ursa I wish that for just one time, You could stand inside my shoes, and for just that one moment, I could be you - Bob Dylan, Positively 4th St.
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Hello all, I'm hoping that someone can direct me to any online archives and/or ftp servers that offer recordings of shows for download. I used to visit www.gdlive.com but sadly, they seem to have gone away. I'm not really into streaming, as I'd rather load a set into my mp3 player and go outside. Any help would be greatly and gratefully appreciated and please feel free to contact me via the email address below, as I don't often have enough time to check out the forums as mich as I'd like. Mike "Goodbye, Mama and Papa, Goodbye, Jack and Jill The grass ain't greener, the wine ain't sweeter, Either side of the hill" islandmyk@yahoo.com
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A good place to start for 1977 is 5/8/77 Cornell University. You HAVE to hear this show. 5/8/77 is essential. There were other shows during that run (New Haven, Buffalo, Boston) that are just as essential. You can easily download these for free at Nugs.net. Just click on Free Stash, and click on Grateful Dead (there are many other shows there available for free as well). Go ahead, do this now. Hunter is right; DP 15 9/3/77 is great. Other Dick's Picks chronicling 1977 you can start with: DP # 3-- 5/22/77 Pembroke Pines FL DP # 29-- 5/19/77 Fox Theater GA & 5/21/77 Lakeland Fl (Yeah may '77 was that good, too bad I was only 2yrs old :) DP # 34--11/5/77 Rochester DP#10-- 12/29/77 Winterland These shows will give you a fair portrait of the Dead in 1977. Yo Soy Boricua!
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Thanks to Hunter and Sunshine-Daydream for pointing out this show. I've heard others talk about this show in the past, but I've forgotten to check it out. What was I waiting for! Thanks for pointing me here!Yo Soy Boricua!
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as Leadbelly mentioned - nugs.net ....free stash - if u r just starting out then there are 46 shows there just waiting to be downloaded and drooled over..... then u can really start looking!
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GO LISTEN HERE!!!Download trick works!!! Message me!! THIS SHOW IS HUGE!!!!!!!! One of my favs!!! 1: Truckin, Loser, BIODTL, B. E. Women, Mexicali, Half Step, B. T. Wind, Don't Ease, Big River, Tennessee Jed, Promised, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Playin 2: Bertha> Greatest, Brokedown, Me & My Uncle, Ramble On, El Paso, He's Gone> Other One> Bobby McGee> Other One> Wharf Rat, Sugar Magnolia, NFA> GDTRFB> NFA GSET has St.Stephen jam!!!!!!! Other One is a MONSTER!!! One of the GREAT Wharf Rats!!! Dead to the Core www.myspace.com/bongwizard
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but then.............................................. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
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7th April 1972 to 26th May 1972 Bob - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Spanish Jam
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How about all those ESSENTIAL mp3's that are no longer available????????
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Went to that site, as I'm a big fan of the Stanley Theater. 1st song I got was a horrible sounding Loser. What's up with that. Check out 3/06/81 very hot. As for my runs I like all the richfield colisium runs in the 90's. They were great fun.
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Ah, yes... mp3's. Very easy to aquire, if you know how. Stream the audio. In WMP, I just right click on "File", "Save Media As..." and away you go. You'll have to do that for each tune. You may or may not have to rename each file. Probably very similar for Mac users.
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WOW!!!! This was actually the second tape of the dead that I ever did myself. An old college radio station had an hour or so deadicated to the boys every Tues., I think. So I taped it complete with a flip and everything. It was one of my most cherished tapes I had, forever. For one, I taped it myself, which was cool cuz it gave me something to trade with and Two....Are you phucking kidding me with what Phil did here. The tug of war so to speak of Jerry and Phil going back and fourth as to were they going into the Other One and when.... and then Bobby pulling out the Bobby Mcgee......Truly primal Of note.... I have a really good recording of the second set from the Berkley Community Theatre from 8/21/72 which was right before the infamous Veneta show that is often overlooked, but which I think is comparable. ( Despite some horrible tape flips and edits) The quality is board and if anyone is intrested, hit me. Overall a great month in deadistory. KOT...... Check out the Shelter from the Storm if ya'll feel the need for some healing.
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I just heard the best LL Rain I've ever heard on the Sirius channel, but my player doesn't tell me the date unless it's a full show broadcast. Bob says something like "now for something really sad" when he opens it up, and Jerry plays slide guitar on the whole thing. Can anyone help me find which show this is from? Anything with Jerry playing slide peaks my interest . . .
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On Dicks Picks 30 before a Jerry steeled Looks Like Rain, Bob says "time for a cryin' song folks". I believe it's from 3/28/72. It's a pretty good version too at least until Phil belts out "I'll still sing you love songs" in only a way Phil knows how! ;-)
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HippieChuckwhat an awesome show,i am also surprised no one has stated the painfully obvious may 77 run.if anyone can send me a 10-8-89 or any jgb i'd be your best friend!!
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HippieChuck-apparently i was mistaken,some did mention it.and i hate to say it,no one shoot me but alot of the dead shows with warren were really good!i cant compare him to jerry,2 different styles.warren really knows how music works!ive heard a couple and they sounded really clean.
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I'm looking for a tape of this show. My father told me about this show - he described it as the best show (any show) he'd ever been too. I'd love to be able to give him a copy of this show as a Xmas gift. any help?
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Lets get these shows out there on from dead.net. This is probably the best run of the Greek shows ever. The Shakedown will knock your jock off
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I only have bits and pieces of these shows on a Parrot records release called "The Best Damn Music in the World" but Fillmore East 2/11/70 with Greg and Duane Allman and Peter Green St. Louis Fox Theatre 2/2/70 The Warehouse, New Orleans 2/1/70 with Fleetwood Mac "You know the one thing we need is a left handed monkey wrench....."
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One of the first shows I really got into was 6/25/92 Chicago. First "School Girl" since '87 and a Drums>Space jam that gives me chills. Also, 10/31/91 Oakland. Great setlist with a Dark Star>Kesey Rap>Drums>Space>Dark Star during the second set. Though it is overly stated the May '77 run is amazing. The DP 3 second disc (5/22/77) is one of my all time favorite discs to listen to."...the powerful plays goes on, and you may contribute a verse" -Walt Whitman-
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Can someone tell me where I can find a copy of the May 8th, 1977 show at Barton Hall, Cornell U. I have heard heads just rave about, and I would love to hear it. Thanks in advance for any help.
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I like the 2 live albums from the Warfield Theater and Radio City Music Hall runs from September 1980 (Im looking for individual shows from any of those runs) and is there someone who has a copy of The Oops Show from Amsterdam from there 1980 Tour of Europe Im also interested in hearing that Peace Isaac
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You can find the Cornell Show as well as a few other May '77shows in mp3 format at http://stash.nugs.net/stash.aspIf you want lossless you will probably have to bit torrent it. Happy hunting! "...the powerful plays goes on, and you may contribute a verse" -Walt Whitman-
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Buckeye...Those Shows Were Vined In Wav. You Never Want Mp3's.There Are Some great Vines Over There.Check It Out. Trevor..The Wharehouse Show You Mentioned Is In The Vinyard,As Part Of The Whole Run. (Cause,There's An Easy Wind....Blowin' Cross The Bayou Today)
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Now that I've gotten a few posts under my belt, I'd like to offer up a few suggestions here: Grateful Dead Listening Guide These are AUD recordings. I will update and add things regularly.
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Penn State '80- best China-Rider.... who has it? My tape died over a decade ago....Ami
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Arkstar: Thank you I've been trooling through your blog for the last few days, this is a great intro to a clueless dead show wannabe trader. Your info is educating me. So I'll be the one on here to say thank you for it, please keep it up. You're putting alot of good hard work into it. The pictures are great too!! www.tuckermike.com