Grateful Dead

30 Days of Dead November 16

Today's Song

"Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"
Hint: The only song this band member ever sang lead on, played only a half dozen times.
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Syracuse, NY, Onondaga County War Memorial
9/17/1973
This is the penultimate version of Keith's "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away," played six times, all in September 1973.

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Werewolves of London?

The only song on which Keith sang lead? What about "Werewolves of London" in '78?

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Jerry sang that...

...at least at Red Rocks.

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Not ‘73, but some crazy ‘76 JGB

Here’s some crazy good video for the time period, from The Pirates Ball, a Hells Angels party on the S.S. Dutchess in New York Harbor, NYC on 9/15/76. Below are two links, the first is a great blog, with this entry, all about this show, and the second is the actual video. In the blog, there is a link to the same video. What is way cool here, and somewhat relevant to today’s clue....in that blog page, look at the photo of the “Yipster Times”, which shows many photos from this event, all on its front page...if you blow up the photo, you will notice the photo of Keith shows him singing. I think it is back-up vocals to the “Stir it Up”, which you will see in the video. The “After Midnight”, is also very good. The whole thing is quite a treat as far as the video goes, the sound isn’t perfect, but still worth checking out. When you blow up that cover of the “Yipster Times”, read the caption...it’s fantastic!

http://jgmf.blogspot.com/2014/02/jgb-91576-ss-duchess-new-york-city.html...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jYZ2hOWWyv8

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SS Duchess

Thanks Eyes43...I followed your links to those tidbits, great stuff. Distracted from today's musical quest for a while, but that's what this community is for, right?

And now for something completely different.....heard very cool "Casey Jones" by Warren Zevon on way to work today (XM Radio).

As relatively new to the party, just want to say "Thank you" all for the insight, opinions, and peace. Thanks DL for "30 Days"

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Captions

More than one of those captions are hilarious!!

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Meester on sax!

The Meester, Martín Fierro, giving us some sax on this show. He played in the opening band, too.

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Another Discovery

I suppose I should be embarrassed to admit that I didn't know they ever played LMSYBA live - with horns no less! Another selection lacking in volume but high value.
Also, check out the Looks Like Rain from this show, another unique (and odd) gem - as one of the commentators pointed out, sounds like someone's playing a theremin during the jam and beyond.

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"One for the money and two for the show"

I've always really liked this tune. Love the horns! Keep the 30 Days coming, Cause I ain't never had near enough!!!

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Should have been ...

This should have been the first fruits of Keith's song contributions to the Dead catalog. Unfortunately it is the one and only. As mentioned below, it definitely has a Band vibe. (I also agree with the SNL comment below in regards to how the horns sound). But compared to what Brent and Vince wrote, this is far and away the most "Dead" feeling song from a post-Pig piano player.

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Dave, got any '73 video?

Hey Dave, (or anyone else), do you have any video in the vault from 1973? I can't seem to find much other than these two clips:

Watkins Glen soundcheck jam (pretty cool jam if you've never heard it; video of GD playing is 17:21-18:42): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqlADKgCS_Y

and

UC Santa Barbara: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5HsVYP4yv0

If you've got any 1973 video (or any other year, we'll take it), I think it's high time for an official GD archival video release!

Thanks for all you do!

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LMSYBA

Album version is 3:18...First live version is about 3:35...After that they added a horn solo and jammed it out a bit more...about 5:00 plus for the last five versions...then it was gone forever!

(Actually DSO has played it several times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4WQa6RP82tw)

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The Band

Mick55 ...I thought the same thing about this song

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Is it just me....

... or does this song have "The Band" vibe? Very interesting to me that they were trying out horns in concert in '73. Some really great shows back then.

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I hear that

Would've benefitted from a Levon Helm or Richard Manuel vocal. This also sounds like Saturday Night Live music to me.

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The Band

I can hear some similarities in these two tracks from The Band:

"Time To Kill" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDUU7raVlYM

and

"Rag Mama Rag" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHy_XeBMagU

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The Band

Could be...they had just co-billed with The Band (and ABB) at the largest concert in history one week before they started recording the album Wake of the Flood.

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Jazzy Jams

Good to hear Martin in our daily dose & celebrate his legacy. This show rocks. Love the long jazzy jams of this year. Attended many great tours of this part of my home state.

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Odd to hear horns.......

If you get a chance, check out China Cat/Rider and Dark Star/Morning Dew from day before!
Can't get much easier than this?

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2 Venue names

I was wondering if the two venue names was due to the tape archive label. Like if Hartford was dropped and only Civic Center was written, or like Riverfront Arena and not Coliseum. I've gone with what DeadBase has, which is not what the answer has been. I assumed DeadBase was the official record....apparently not. Any clarification??

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I used this song as a Subject

I used this song as a Subject earlier this morning before I'd checked to see what the song was for today...nuthin' left to do but smile, smile, smile!

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I forgot.......

about this one. Fun song and I love the classic Hunter lyrics too. All day long in my head...

Hop in the hack
Turn on the key
Pop in the clutch
Let the wheels roll free!

Puts a spring in your step on a dark and grey fall day(not a hint, hints not so important today).

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Wouldn't mind either Charlie

Mr. or Cosmic

(oops - this was supposed to be a reply to Mr. Smallz -- somehow got topped after logging in -- sorry)

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I'll take both, please.

I'll take both, please.

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1973

A strong year, many swell dance concerts. My guess yesterday was correct you must have dropped that hint in the past.

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Let me sing your blues away

I recall this song being played in a previous "30 days of November", wasn't it? Martin Fierro and Joe Ellis add a little pizzazz, eh?

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still listening

to the show...

Might not be too many shows to choose from on this one, but the soundboard I found with today's selection, very cool.

I'm listening to the full show, thanks for pointing us in this direction Dave.

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None

There is only one Hartford Civic Center. Notably, in 1978 it snowed so hard that the roof caved in. (Responding to Gleenco, below)

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HCC

About three months after the roof collapsed I went to see the Marshall Tucker Band at the New Haven Coliseum. My date and I were on the last row of the floor on standard issue folding chairs. On the backs were spray painted: Hartford Civic Center.

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Our 2nd repeat town of the month...

...after Baltimore. I can see why they only played this song 6 (of one, half dozen of the other) times :)

Any other "rarities" you people are pining for? I wouldn't mind hunting for a Tons Of Steel. Love that song, and the only live release in my collection is the Anaheim '87 video.

I've noticed we haven't had a Black Peter in the past several years. Meanwhile, we get an UJB every year (sometimes more than once!), and My Brother Esau always seems to find his way into the mix. Not complaining, just saying.

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What's the difference

between Hartford, CT, Civic Center
and Hartford, CT, Hartford Civic Center
They're both listed and I wasn't sure which one to put yesterday (I forget which I chose, but I think I chose wrong).

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Venue once again

There is no difference. The official name is the Hartford Civic Center. Why there are often two choices on the menu I don't know. As I have said before, in my mind either one is acceptable and we all got it right.

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Pop in the clutch

and let the wheels roll free.
Nice.

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nice

lovin these tasty little gems. but they're taking it pretty easy on us this year...so far..
half way through already? slow down 30 days

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I forgot they ever played this

Hint: No. There's only 6 of them!
Thanks again, Cool choice, Dave & Co!

Interesting sidenote about these "horn" shows: Dick Latvala, commenting on the 9/11/73 Williamsburg, VA show, said the following. "The 9/11/73-Williamsburg, Va. show is another favorite of mine. Well actually it isn't a favorite in the sense of the whole show, but it certainly has one of the finest examples of the famous medley "Dark Star->Morning Dew". (which, BTW, I find the 9/10/74- Alexandra Palace to be one of the highest of the high versions!!!) For the remainder of this month, I will have to pass on since I have never been able to get passed the horns."

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Everyone has their own story...this is mine...

I totally forgot he sang at all! Having listened almost exclusively to concert recordings for so long, it’s been some time since putting on my Wake of the Flood vinyl.
My initiation to Grateful Dead in the mid-70s was the Wake album, given to me by a new friend upon moving to Waterloo, Ontario. Although in my 20s, listening constantly to rock music and buying albums, I totally was unfamiliar with the band, its music and aura. Growing up in Indiana probably explains it. For some reason, it took years for me to warm up to what clearly is one of their landmark records.
Years passed. In the mid-80s, now in Kansas, I had Dead Head friends who played concert tapes, but it was hearing the Terrapin Station album that finally turned me on. I made cassette tapes of all the released albums, copied a couple of the fan-circulating concert tapes, and played them over and over. I especially liked Skull and Roses, Europe 72, American Beauty, and Blues for Allah. My friends took me to my first show at the Starlight in KC in summer ‘85.
In 1992 I finally bought a CD player. One of my earliest purchases was Dick’s Picks Vol. 1. Wow! What a revelation! This live shit is damn good!! Later picked up Vol. 15, and the Winterland October ‘74 5-CD set. In 2011, new to buying online, I ordered the last three Road Trips, and in November discovered 30 Days. My wife of 30 years having succumbed in September after battling breast cancer for 11 years, it was cathartic to experience the daily joy of jumping online each morning to listen to and download the day’s song. Being a completionist and data-minded, I created one file to record the dates, venues, and daily hints and song notes, another to list all songs chronologically by show date that I add to each November.
That also was when Dave announced the beginning of the Dave’s Picks series; I immediately signed up. That is when my live shows collection floodgates really opened! A couple of EU72 shows, Sunshine Daydream (Veneta OR ‘72), May 1977 box, and in 2015 the beautifully created, amazing 30 Trips Around the Sun box.
So here I am in my 60s, a hopelessly (and blissfully) confirmed Head, listening to hundreds of hours of Grateful Dead music.
I decided to tell this story after reading WildBill29’s post of yesterday, and smallz’s response. If you missed it, I highly recommend going back to read. WildBill and smallz, thanks dudes! You seem to have similar paths to mine, and so well expressed the feelings we share.

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Cool story!

Thanks for sharing :)

I'm from Indiana too (Lafayette), now living in Michigan. I'm 42, got hooked on Dead in mid-20's. The addiction/obsession only gets worse over time, and after reading your story it sounds like it's not going away any time soon either. Fine by me!

Nice to meetcha, UncleJohnH.

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Back atcha, smallz!

Interesting! I grew up in Elkhart. Since 1992 I am in Windsor, Ontario; until my retirement one year ago I worked for Ford in Dearborn, MI. I am a dual citizen, love living in Canada! Since 1997 I've been involved with the Vintage Base Ball (1867 rules) program at The Henry Ford Greenfield Village.

Your comment about your wife tolerating your Dead Headness and noticing that it has a positive affect on you also struck a chord with me. Recently my fiance, a huge music lover but not so familiar with the Dead, watched the 'A Long Strange Trip' documentary and really enjoyed it. She told me she feels like she understands me better now!

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Horns

The 9/21/73 Philly show from this run is especially good from start to finish. I really like the added horns, especially on WRS.

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The Great Horned Dead

I like it too, but only very occasionally - not as a steady diet or even more than when the rare mood strikes me. It's been so long since I listened to one of these horned shows that I forgot they played this tune from the Wake album at all! I do love the Marsalis and Murray and Clemons shows as well, but with the same caveat :) I've listened to those much more frequently though.

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