Some academics are studying this sort of thing; there were some relevant presentations at the So Many Roads conference at San Jose State. I don't have my program handy, but check with Nicholas Meriwether at the Archive.
I will be giving a presentation on the Grateful Dead phenomenon to an audience that has not had the pleasure of being at a show, but really wants to know what it is all about.
One of my themes will be the age-old artistic tension of absolute free-form expression within a confined framework, namely: Set 1, Set 2 with jams and Space, rousing finale, then one Encore.
I have seen some stats on which songs most commonly appear as openers, set closers and encores, but I would like to go a little deeper. I am looking for a way to document my observation that one of the recurring elements in these shows is a reflective, soul-searching, song after Space (e.g. Wharf Rat, Ship of Fools, Stella Blue).
This is my observation, but I would like to support it with some measure of “Frequency Distribution of Songs Played After Space”. Does this exist?
Ask any thou shall receive!
Wow, that was quick! That post following the Day 30 track had just what I was looking for. 8-)
Thanks to you both and have a wonderful holiday season.
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I know wilfredtjones recently replied to a post asking about date/venue/tidbit info for the last few days of this year's treasure chest. In previous years, I've been able to find a place that has the complete list of songs/venues/dates all in one spot. Not sure if it usually shows up on dead.net or elsewhere, but I've been unable to find it.
Anyone know where to look? If not, I guess I can go thru the list and copy/past the daily info but was hoping to find someone who's already done it!
This was the better of the 2 held that weekend in Washington DC. Listening to the show on GDC in its entirety. 2 great sets, then returned with Betts and Trucks from ABB, they were incredible. I'm 61 and this music will never stop !
Thank you Wilfredtjones.
Your the best!
Song: They Love Each Other
Venue: Deer Creek
tidbit info: The 1973 (and one version in 1974) arrangement of TLEO was fast, with a fun bridge, but when the song returned to the repertoire in 1976 (with one version in 1975), it was in a much slower arrangement than it had been in 1973-1974
Song: Box of Rain
Venue: Winterland Arena
tidbit info: Played live only in 1972 and 1973, this American Beauty opener was dropped from the repertoire until its triumphant return in Hampton, VA in 1986
Song: Lazy River Road
Venue: The Palace at Auburn Hills
tidbit info: Played at 65 Grateful Dead 1993-1995, including the last-ever Grateful Dead show
Song: Uncle John's Band
Venue: Paramount Northwest Theater
tidbit info: Uncle John's Band was played almost 350 times, and aside from 1976 (well, it WAS played as the encore on 12/31/76, but that was after midnight so was technically 1977...) and 1978, it had a consistent place in the repertoire.
It's all available here: http://www.dead.net/30daysofdead?intcmp=home/carousel2