Grateful Dead

RFK Stadium 1989 Box


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The Grateful Dead battled the elements in July 1989, enduring drenching rains and stifling humidity during back-to-back shows at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium in the nation’s capital. In spite of the bleak weather, the band thrilled the massive crowds both nights with triumphant performances that rank among the very best of a busy year that included 74 shows and the release of the group’s final studio album, BUILT TO LAST.

ROBERT F. KENNEDY STADIUM, WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 12 & 13, 1989 includes two previously unreleased concerts taken from the band’s master 24-track analog recordings, which have been mixed by Jeffrey Norman at TRI Studios and mastered in HDCD by David Glasser. The collection’s colorful slip case features original artwork by Justin Helton and a perfect-bound book with in-depth liner notes written by Dean Budnick, editor-in-chief of Relix magazine. The set will also be available as a digital download in Apple Lossless and FLAC 192/24.

When Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Brent Mydland, and Bob Weir rolled into D.C. in July 1989 for the Dead’s two-night stand at RFK, the band hit the stage running with a stellar rendition of “Touch Of Grey,” the group’s biggest hit from its only Top 10 album In The Dark, which was released in 1987. The following night, the band returned to its double-platinum commercial breakthrough when it opened the show with a fiery version of “Hell In A Bucket.”

“RFK Stadium '89 fell right in the middle of one of the best tours of the last 15 years of Grateful Dead performances, with these shows being the sixth and seventh of an 11-show tour. This tour is widely considered the start of a nine month period of sustained excellence, which ran from Summer '89 through Spring '90. The RFK shows are as good as any of the more famous shows from this period, including July 4 in Buffalo, July 7 in Philadelphia, and the Alpine run,” says David Lemieux, Grateful Dead archivist and the set’s producer. “When Bob Weir has asked me to provide copies of Grateful Dead songs to give to his bandmates to learn and rehearse, he almost always requests Summer '89, and I've often drawn upon the RFK shows for this purpose. It's really that good!”

Both shows feature standout moments, but the July 12 show is notable for a few reasons. Perhaps the biggest is that the first set featured at least one song sung by each of the band’s four lead singers – Garcia, Weir, Lesh and Mydland – something that rarely happened. Another surprise came when the band opened the second set with “Sugaree,” a song that almost always appeared during the first set.

Pianist Bruce Hornsby — who briefly joined the band between 1990 and 1992 — is featured on both shows. He played accordion during “Sugaree” and “Man Smart (Woman Smarter),” with a touch of keyboard-tinkling, on July 12, and then played more accordion the following night for “Tennessee Jed” and “Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again.”

For fans of Mydland’s tenure with the Dead – which began in 1979 and ended in 1990 with the keyboardist’s tragic death – these stellar shows capture that incarnation in peak form. Among the long list of highlights are performances of live staples such as “Eyes Of The World,” “Wharf Rat” and “I Need A Miracle,” along with rarities like “To Lay Me Down,” which was played only a few times in 1989. The July 13 show also features the band road-testing “I Will Take You Home,” a track Mydland wrote with Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow that would appear later that fall on Built To Last.

Product Details

6-CD
Release Date: 11/10/17
Limited Edition of 15,000
Individually Numbered
A Dead.net Exclusive

Listening Party: THE BIG ONE


7/12
Far From Me
Black Peter
7/13
To Lay Me Down
Looks Like Rain
Wharf Rat

Listening Party #1


"Wharf Rat"
"Cassidy"

Listening Party #2


"Sugaree"
"Let It Grow"

Seaside Chat: RFK Stadium

Product Details

R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/12/89)

1. Touch Of Grey
2. New Minglewood Blues
3. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
4. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
5. Far From Me
6. Cassidy
7. Friend Of The Devil
8. Promised Land
9. Sugaree>
10. Man Smart, Woman Smarter
11. Ship Of Fools>
12. Estimated Prophet>
13. Eyes Of The World>
14. Drums>
15. Space>
16. I Need A Miracle>
17. Dear Mr. Fantasy>
18. Black Peter>
19. Turn On Your Lovelight>
20. Black Muddy River

R.F.K. Stadium, Washington, D.C. (7/13/89)

1. Hell In A Bucket
2. Cold Rain And Snow
3. Little Red Rooster
4. Tennessee Jed
5. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
6. To Lay Me Down
7. Let It Grow
8. He's Gone
9. Looks Like Rain
10. Terrapin Station
11. Drums
12. Space
13. I Will Take You Home
14. The Other One
15. Wharf Rat
16. Throwing Stones
17. Good Lovin'
18. U.S. Blues

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hope john is ok

Exploding appendix is what took me down last December. It aint no fun. One of the surgeons was like, you really must have a high tolerance for pain as I went 16 days between when it exploded and when the ambulance picked me up. So glad I am getting much better. 2018 is going to be a return to high times indeed. I kept a lot of the meds for future use. Wink. I have aloways been a huge advocate of the "just say no" movement. As in, just say no to legal drugs, they can kill you.

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Vguy

I worked at the movie theater when Tron showed...also Floyd the Wall, For Your Eyes only, etc. One night they showed Cheech and Chong's next movie at the Saturday night midnight (madness) showing. A biker that came left a 1/4pound under his seat. I happened to find it and gave to the owner. The owner (family theater, that was several decades old, so it was the son of the gentleman that opened it), was a stoner. I used to get high grade grass from the projectionist. The owner actually gave the smoke back to the biker the next day. That was crazy. Why I didnt just keep it I do not know. Of course, I later became friends with several of those bikers and helped move THINGS around. So it worked out well. Plus I did not get my a$$ kicked.

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R.I.P Christine Keeler

I found it hard not to feel saddened by the death of Christine Keeler earlier this week. For those who don't know, Christine was a teenager who suffered an abusive childhood, who gravitated to London circa 1960, where she worked in as a hostess in a night club. From what I can make out, she was paid for having drinks with customers. In 1963, a government minister was identified as one of her customers, and all hell broke loose. In fact she nearly brought the British government down. Respect. Its always nice to read of situations where someone with little power brings someone down who has too much of it.

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...I have the complete

...I have the complete "Europe 72 "music only edition Boxset. A couple shows are opened, but the rest of the shows are still sealed...
If anyone's interested in any shows, please send me a pm, Ill be happy to help my fellow deadheads :)

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The Ice Palace....

....I was ten months old, but still would've tried to go if I had a driver. At the time, our house was approx five miles away. Later, as a teen, the ice rink was converted to a huge pool hall. There was also a bad ass arcade four storefronts down. Spent a lot of time and quarters there in the early '80's. Back when there was an arcade on every other corner. Fun times. Joust anyone?....Discs of Tron? Tempest?

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Download for Vguy

Grateful Dead
March 29, 1969
Ice Palace
Las Vegas, NV

Download: FlAC/MP3

Recording Info:
SBD -> Master Reel -> Cassette -> Dat

Transfer Info:
Dat (Tascam DA-20) -> Tascam SS-R05 -> Samplitude Professional v11.2.1 -> FLAC
(1 Disc Audio / 1 Disc FLAC)

All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller

–Setlist–
101-d1t01 – Morning Dew
102-d1t02 – Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
103-d1t03 – Doin’ That Rag
104-d1t04 – Dark Star ->
105-d1t05 – St. Stephen ->
106-d1t06 – The Eleven ->
107-d1t07 – Turn On Your Lovelight

https://themidnightcafe.org/2017/03/12/repost-bonanza-grateful-dead-las-...

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Appendectomy
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Re: Mayer

Ouch.. Emergency Appendectomy! Show tonight at the Smoothie King Center postponed..

Sounds like he needs an Immune Booster Sweet Green Smoothie pronto.

Get well John, wishing a fast and full recovery.

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f-hole

I don't know if its true, but I have read that big bodied, f-hole guitars are prone to uncontrollable feedback when played at high volumes. B.B. King played a big bodied Gibson 335 that had painted f- holes on towards the end of his career. And one of the big Gretsch's-I think it was the "Tennessee Rose"- had them painted on as well.

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Mayer...

Get better ASAP....I mean, there's a fall tour to round out!
Hopefully all is well...

https://liveforlivemusic.com/news/john-mayer-hospitalized/

Sixtus

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Kent Island

That would be about 20 feet higher than my house.

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Paul Reed

Nice.. this guitar is made in Stevensville, MD on Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay.. a cool 18 feet above sea level.

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f-hole

The Mayer guitar official version has an f-hole, however the guitar he has been playing on this tour definitely has a decal only. Holes don't give off reflections with the actual wood around it, and in high def there's no doubt. Maybe the solid body works better in live situations... but PRS probably still wants to promote that model with the f-hole.

I had a PRS. Was an amazing guitar. I sold it because I actually didn't like having the full hollowbody - just felt too delicate to wail away on. Loved the look, but I'm a solidbody guy.

Man Smart from this box IS a goodie. Lots of good stuff in unexpected places. And it looks like it will be available for a looong time....

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My wife would say different....

....but that's another story for another time. When I'm blasted on margaritas. Eureka. God, I love her. Definitely married up....is the RFK offering of Women Are Smarter the GOAT? If not, it's knocking on the door....

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some people say ...

... the G-Spot is fake, too.

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Mayer's PRS specs

Mayer's PRS specs are here: http://www.prsguitars.com/supereagle/

Looks like a nice guitar. Not a big PRS fan personally. The f-hole (that does sound dirty) is real.

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The licorice .....again

What made us all such avid fans of this band? Why did the music become so infectious to our ears? What made us deadheads? I nor you could ever answer that question literally. The swirls of the universe have captured us in a time where we are caught in the wheel.......thanks GD!!!!

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F-Hole

F-Hole, It feels dirty just saying it. It's fake? say it isn't so.. it looks so good as a hollow body. Interesting.. still a pretty cool wide body custom guitar, I'll take two please.

I enjoy working with wood, you don't run into hunks of maple like the one that guitar is made from very often. That's one beautiful guitar.

Thanks for the links, Eyes.. hats off on that Had the World to Give. A solid interpretation of an obscure and underplayed Garcia/Hunter song.

As for rambling... I know this song it ain't never gonna end.

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Columbus quality video!

Heres the “If I Had The World To Give”, from Columbus. Its a nice quality video.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=T6u-yogj6dw

And the complete show here...

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

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Never apologize for rambling on....

....if that was a law, we'd all be guilty.

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Jim / V

Sorry to ramble on, but agree on Mayer's guitar choices. I don't know anything about the technical specs on his two PRS's (PRS'?) but the silver is definitely crunchier. They both have their place though.

Also the F-hole on the maple/sunburst is fake.

And that's all I have to say about that.

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Double Post

Need input.

Edit: I will re-purpose my double post to shout out 3/16/90, current listening. I don't think I like the new Black-Throated Wind lyrics as much as the original, but I admire the straight out re-write. Flashes of Quincy-I mean Dylan. 3/14 remains a favorite but this one won't go away quietly.

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2120 South Michigan Avenue

If I Had The World - I wasn't familiar with the song, not really having listened to the Shakedown LP yet and appears the Dead didn't play it much. I did remember it from a version on the Day of the Dead compilation a few years ago.

I really like it, saw it in Columbus and streamed the Texas shows.. Oteil does a killer job singing the ballads. And Fire.

Also cool to see Deep Elem show up a few times. I've heard a few of the Dead versions (and JGB), but mostly know it from Levon Helm, The Lonestar Cowboys and Dylan's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyezKA18UG0

Ended up spending most of today listening to 7/19/74 Selland Arena, Dave's 17. Strange in terms of audio quality, not bad necessarily, just different. I guess that's the Wall of Sound? Gives the whole thing a quality on top of the syrupy playing. I'm not the biggest Eyes of the World fan but the '74 ones are some of their best stuff ever.

Received the Stones 'On Air' yesterday, only listened to about half the first disc but really cool. Very similar to the Beatles' Live at the BBC, obviously. Cool to contrast the two bands at a similar point.

Also watched Prairie Home Companion prior to the Dead & Co show last night. Never saw it with the original host, but Chris Thile is insane. All the band too, amazingly talented. The listener requests are my favorite part..I wasn't familiar with the song but they nailed Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke as if they had practiced it for weeks. Could be staged..but I suspect they're just insanely talented musicians. Not fair.

Last random thought..after a ~month of digestion, where do people rank the RFK set? I guess starting with the most comparable release, a better or worse offering than the Warlocks?

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Had The World To Give

I caught up to Had the World.. Hat's off to Oteil. At the end of the song I found myself ever so mildly slack jawed, a few minutes in the woodshop, came back and watched it again. Just as good the second time.

Worth checking out should anything decent pop up on YouTube tomorrow or the next day.

Smiling.

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Reverb....

....draws a fine line between too much and too little. Mayer could stand just a little more. Just a little. Otherwise, keep shredding John....

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Had The World

I noticed that. I'm not there yet.. how was it?

I've noticed something, since at least last year. John apparently got this custom zebra striped maple guitar built when he started playing GD music. But for at least the last two years he has a different metallic silver guitar he uses just for the old songs (67 - say 71 give or take). Just a random observation, but the old school beast has much more reverb and muscle.

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Dead & Co broke out If I Had The World To Give in the 1st set...

....in Austin. I'm sure this time. Wise choice.

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Goosebumps....

....revisiting the Dallas show today via the Archive. Bobby forgot a line in Scarlet, but the crowd filled in for him. Yea. Shit like like is guaranteed goosebumps for me ;)....That majestic Eyes is around the corner. Oh boy! That's like seventeen minutes of goosebumps. Keeping the lamp burning. Thank you Dead & Co.

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Talkn' 'Bout Last Night.....

I agree that last night's show took the cake in a lot of ways. First set had a fantastic vibe to it, shakedown was super funk-a-fied.. I loved the Deep Elim Blues (Bobby: "You all knew this was coming..."); it was nicely paced and it sounded like they had practicd it quite a bit. I even enjoyed the music never stopped sandwich with easy answers. That one took me off guard too but it was enjoyable despite it's questionable place in history.

Second set was absolutely amazing on the first half and I totally concur that I was blown away. They caught me totally offguard coming out of fire on the mountain, for a brief moment there I thought it was Franklin's Tower. Then it was that awesome realization that no, in fact it was eyes of the world! The biggest smile ever grew on my face at that very moment and for the ensuing rest of the show, even getting lost for several moments in the Dear Prudence jam which was I think the best one yet that they've done.

Thanks guys for the links to the 30 days. I'll work on the scooping those up shortly to round it out.

Sixtus

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Worth every cent

In case anyone is still thinking about buying this and hasn't...you should. It is TOP SHELF Dead. I have listened to it twice through now, and it is really terrific. It surprises me how the Dave's Picks sell out so fast and yet these box sets stick around sometimes for years without selling out.

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Re: edit

Yeah, after they outlawed short-term memory Las Vegas has really gone to pot.

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Edit....

....Dallas, not Austin. Damn legalization....

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Unsung heroes....

....yessir Jim. They gel pretty swell...

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missing days

thanks for posting the link to '30 days of dead'. I missed day 24-30 due to a broadband outage and I could not find them today once I got up-and-going again. I happen by here and noticed the link.
Again, thanks very much!

Ken

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Eyes

like 26 minutes or something sick.. hats off to Burbridge and Chimenti, the unsung heros of this band.

2017 oatmeal is surprisingly tasty. With or without bananas.

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I don't know if any of you are listening....

....but I found a pretty decent mixlr stream of the Dead & Co show in Austin tonight. That Eyes Of The World made me smile and cry at the same time. Bravo!!

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...I have the complete

...I have the complete "Europe 72 "music only edition Boxset. All but a couple shows are opened, the rest of the shows are still sealed...
If anyone's interested in any shows, Ill be happy to help my fellow deadheads :)

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Close Encounters Space

Also on 7-17-89

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shorter link
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re: 30 Days...

Speaking of 30 days of Dead...I Missed the last few days this year and wanted to grab them, but it is no longer obvious where they are? Anyone have that link to share?

Sixtus

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7/15/89 Deer Creek — Close Encounters Space

Listening to 7/15/89 today and I didn’t realize that there is a big time Close Encounters space. It’s much more pronounced than the close encounters space from DaP 23.

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Yo Dennis

Go to the 30 Days Of Dead page and scroll down and click on the 30th.
Scroll down to the comments and someone has it right there.
:O)

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4/15/70 Jam

Saw the reference to the Tighten Up jam from Dancin on 4/15/70 and couldn't help commenting.

Check something out - listen to the song Tighten Up by Archie Bell and the Drells from 1967 and then listen to the song Soulful Strut by Young-Holt Unlimited from 1968. Both tracks can be found on Disc 3 of the Soul Spectacular collection from Rhino. When you finish that listen to that jam on the 4/15/70 Dancing (from about 5 min. 50 sec through about 8 min 50 sec.) - to my ears the jam is working the melody from Soulful Strut pretty clearly, a melody entirely lacking from Tighten Up. For another version of what I've seen called the tighten up jam check out the version on Darkstar from 10/31/71 DP 2 that starts about 13 minutes and 25 sec. or so in. This version sounds a lot like the melody from Soulful Strut. I never seem to tire of hearing that Darkstar-Jam from 10/31/71. Oh well, just can't help commenting when this comes up.

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31 days of dead (unofficial)

anyone have an address for this site this year. I like the 31 days, he seems to use larger chunks of shows.

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'Cause I'm a stone jack baller and my heart is true

Mornin’, rockers!!

On the menu this fine day:

https://archive.org/details/gd1971-12-01.sbd-set2.miller.32304.sbeok.flac16

See also: http://deadsources.blogspot.com/2012/07/december-1-1971-boston-music-hal...

After an absence of 18 shows, the grease is back. But it’s down a quart. Long gone were the days of Hard To Handle, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, and Midnight Hour. But at least we had a few more months of Big Boss Man, Next Time You See Me, It Hurts Me Too, Lovelight, and Good Lovin’. And even Caution………………..

Virtually all of December 1971 circulates EXCEPT the first set of this show. Is it in the vault, in the super secure area? Was it even recorded? Perhaps lost to the ravages of time and temperature? Does anybody out there have any insight into this mysterious phenomenon?
Seeing this IS December 1, I shall repeat my Aprilish offer. Anybody who would like recordings from the fine December 1971 tour, pm me on the anniversary of the show and I shall email it to you………

If you’ve read down this far-----major credit to you----but please note that I will be going on a year-long voluntary sabbatical in 2018. So next year, no Port Chester, April, December, or single show offerings. If there’s something 71 you need/want, now is the time to ask.

For everybody I’ve helped in the past, and my “regular customers”, I’ll still be around----just not on deadnet-----so you know where to find me.

My friends, rock on!!! Play it loud, and proud!

Doc
There is a Reaper, whose name is Death,
And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between.

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5.2.70....

.... alright! OK! I'll listen. Twist my joint. There was rubber air that night.

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Gone Bananas

No one mentioned adding half of a nice ripe banana to oatmeal. Just slice it up, drop it in while the oats are cooking and mash it a bit. Add a dash of vanilla extract and maple syrup to taste. Now we are getting somewhere. Don't forget a pinch of salt in the mix.

Banana is on deck for tomorrow morning. Extra Friday treat -- a few dried cherries in there too.

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Dp volume 4

I copied these disks 10 years ago for a dear old friend.

The occasion was a reunion of chums I'm sure will, sadly, never be repeated.

When I stated that the band came out with "the subtlety of a sledgehammer" I got a roaring laugh. I'm certain that I stole that phase from somewhere else but, I thought this was the appropriate format to repeat this assessment.

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No Pedal Steel. Not Yet.

I lied. Never trust a Prankster.

Taking another listen to this one as well. Always fun to listen to a show at my Alma Mater. DP8 was one of the first Aha! moments, for me.

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