Grateful Dead

Rainbow Theater - October 6, 1981

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Rainbow Theater

October 06, 1981

London, UK

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Notes:

first "Blues For Allah Jam"

Set List:

Shakedown Street
New Minglewood Blues
It Must Have Been the Roses
Little Red Rooster
Althea
Me and My Uncle
Mexicali Blues
Good Time Blues
Cumberland Blues
Looks Like Rain
Might As Well

Man Smart/Woman Smarter
High Time
Estimated Prophet
He's Gone
drums
Blues For Allah Jam
The Wheel
Sugar Magnolia
Stella Blue
Good Lovin'

Sunshine Daydream
Brokedown Palace

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Blues for Sadat

This was a spooky one. Egypt's president, Anwar Sadat was ambuished that afternoon during a military review and what would have been the finale of a fairly triumphant four night run at the Rainbow in Finsbury Park turned a little heavy.

Interestingly, the show was pretty buoyant through the 2nd set opener, Women are Smarter, and they even dusted off Cumberland. But this was one for the ages. I have an old hand held tape and you can hear the air leave the building from High Times on - it gets real deep. Jerry's vocal and playing on He's Gone, and the following chorus into drums / space are breathtaking. Phil tonal work was never better. Blues for Allah into the Wheel still is the most affecting Dead performance I ever witnessed. After a brief return to the surface with Sugar, the vessel submerges once more to a sparse and breathless Stella. Couple more live ones to get the pulse back and then Brokendown caps it.

If this one is in the vault, I sure hope they put it out as a Dick's Picks sometime soon. To me, this show is the highlight of my Dead live experience.

Tank

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Picked this 1

Almost every morning I pick a show to listen to on the Internet archives today was this one. Sitting back in room eating bowl of Frosted flakes and wrapping up 1st set. Dam fine show so far, been along time sense checked out this one. Wont disappoint if others check it out.

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Rainbow Theater - October 6, 1981