Grateful Dead

May 23 Strand Lyceum, London

The band began its final run of shows on the tour in London with a bang, sharing stage with opening act and good friends the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Just like the previous show in Munich, this show's big second set highlight was a "Dark Star>Morning Dew." This, of course, is the less-famous London Dew, after the magnificent version played on 5/26 and included on the Europe '72 album. The show also featured the first version by the Grateful Dead of "Rockin' Pneumonia" and the "Boogie Woogie Flu."

Listen to a stream of "Dark Star" from this show.

CD 1 of 3
Promised Land
Mr. Charlie
Black Throated Wind
Tennessee Jed
Next Time You See Me
Jack Straw
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Me & My Uncle
Chinatown Shuffle
Big Railroad Blues
Two Souls In Communion
Playing in the Band

CD 2 of 3
Top Of The World
Rockin Pneumonia
Mexicali Blues
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones
Ramble On Rose
Dark Star Listen To This Song
Morning Dew

CD 3 of 3
He's Gone
Sugar Magnolia
Comes A Time
Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
Not Fade Away
Hey Bo Diddley
Not Fade Away
Uncle John's Band


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cbs73's picture
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Dark Star is on the Facebook app for this day. Here's a link to the file...

cbs73's picture
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That Dark Star MP3 is all of 64kbps. Most of the others have been 192kbps.

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My All Time Favorite DS->Dew

This sounds pretty great at 64 kbps. I've got every note of this Dark Star memorized. It's a great one, in part, because of where it does NOT go. It's one of the most introspective and focused Dark Stars out there, with more gloom than sunshine, and only a brief but intense moment of violence. About a 1/3 of the way in, Jerry's guitar seems to literally evaporate and for a bit there's only Billy and Phil and the darkness all around. Following the return of the rest of the band, there is that little bit of sunlight, then Jerry sings the first (and only) verse, after which it's back into that strange shadowy world of dewy ferns, brown frogs, baby alligators ... and that one moment of violence. And after that follows one of the most shockingly beautiful musical conversations ever recorded, ending with a fleeting reference to the song's theme which quickly melts into the opening notes of Morning Dew.

It's tough to listen to this without the Dew following because they really are of one piece, much more so than all of the other times they performed these two songs together. And I'd definitely rank the Dew above the version (also great) that ended up on the LP (recorded a few days later at the same venue).

Anyways, thanks to whoever picked this particular track to highlight. You did the right thing. ;)


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May 23 Strand Lyceum, London