Since the 88's are goin well here in the vineyard, I'd like to offer up some more shows during their Fall Tour. The Cap Center saw some magic moments when The Grateful Dead showed up to play. Among them is the electric (and final) Ripple from 9/3/88, apparently a Make-A-Wish request.
Some time ago there was a gigantic vine circulating with ALL the shows played by The Dead in 2009. That vine is long dead (excuse the pun). I propose a modest little replacement vine featuring just the May 1 and May 2nd shows at the Philadelphia Spectrum. There was some pretty grate playing that weekend on both nights, and a typically energetic Philly crowd. Some folks may have heard the Saturday show which was broadcast on Sirius/XM.
The Friday show kicks off with a rare set-opening PITB and ends with the only Playing Reprise of the tour. Warren Haynes dominates this set (with Pigpen looking on from above), trading vocals with Bob on Shakedown before taking the lead vox on Duprees and Hard to Handle (the only one of the tour). The set finishes with a sweet and gentle Friend of the Devil followed by a slow-building Playing Reprise.
Set 2 gets kicking with Jack Straw and then the boys set the controls for the heart of the sun, launching into an up-tempo Alligator into a Caution (with everyone picking up bits of Pig’s rap), followed by Drums>Space. After dismantling and reassembling the universe, the band hands it over to Warren for the ballad (OK, “Comes a Time” does sound like the Allmans doing a cover, but it is a good cover!). The set regains some energy at the end and concludes with a lovely ‘Box of Rain” encore.
On Saturday the boys come out kicking with a rare show-opening Saturday Night and do not stop until they welcome in Sunday with Sampson and Delilah. The first set again features Warren heavily, throwing down some bluesy riffs during Schoolgirl (Bobby vox!), before taking the mic for Althea. After a middling He’s Gone and a sweet UJB (nice harmonies) the energy goes way up as they launch into a rollicking Mason’s without a pause. Nice jamming on this one.
The second set starts slowly with a gradually building Good Lovin’ and really gets cooking with Cumberland, followed by Cryptical (Phil on vox!) into The Other One into Drum>Space. Even if you are not a big fan of D>S you have to hear what they were doing with the D>S segment here – with some help from Jeff at the keyboards. After a longish pause, the first notes of Morning Dew whip the crowd into a frenzy (one of two played this tour, the other being at Shoreline on 5/14). Following another longish pause they kick it up a notch with St. Stephen and (without a pause) launch right into the Beatles’ “Revolution” (a nice bluesy version). Help>Slip>Franklins takes us to Phil’s rap and a Samson encore. Samson was expected of course, since after 53 sold-out GD shows at the Spectrum, this show was boys’ final performance in the Spectrum- by anyone -before it was demolished later that summer. The boys did have their way, and the old Spectrum was torn down!
This is a 6 CD vine with SBD mixes from the discs available at the show. The setlists are as follows:
Friday 1 May 2009
1. Playing In the Band
2. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo
3. New Speedway Boogie
4. Shakedown Street
5. Dupree's Diamond Blues
6. Hard To Handle
7. Friend of the Devil
8. Playing In the Band (Reprise)
9. Jack Straw
11. Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
14. Loose Lucy
15. Comes a Time
16. Cold Rain and Snow
17. Sugar Magnolia
18. Box of Rain
Saturday 2 May 2009
1. One More Saturday Night
2. Brown Eyed Women
3. Good Morning Little School Girl
5. He's Gone
6. Uncle John's Band
7. Mason's Children
8. Good Lovin'
9. Cumberland Blues
10. Cryptical Envelopment>
11. The Other One
14. Morning Dew
15. St. Stephen>
17. Help On The Way>
19. Franklin’s Tower
20. Samson and Delilah
Only “Hard to Handle” and “Playing Reprise” of the tour
“Half Step”, “Duprees”, “Alligator” and “Comes a Time” each played only twice on this tour
“Playing Reprise” starts disc two – annoying but the first set was too long for one CD
“Schoolgirl”, “Cryptical”, “Morning Dew”, and “Revolution“ each played only twice on this tour.
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Your hard work is always appreciated.
The Grateful Dead had one of their longest runs of the 80's here at MSG. The final show is the Rainforest Benefit Concert. Hope you guys enjoy some '88.
gd88-09-23.scheck.sbd.miller.79923.sbeok.flac16 (could be 9/24)
This is the rest of 76 not yet in the Vineyard. 6/18 will not be included in this vine as it was released as part of the Digital Download Series. Almost all of these seem to be upgrades and sound excellent from what I have listened to so far. Once Mary gives this vine a home I'll have it out the door and off to the post office..... Enjoy!!
5 DVD's FLAC:
Since 1988 is another under-represented year in the vineyard, I'd like to offer up this run of shows. Yes there are lyrics forgotten and mistakes on some songs but hey, a band can't be on every night.