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Boston Tea Party

Thanks for the Midnight Cafe links, David Duryea and for the Anthem read- very good stuff. I love those shows and will definitely queue up the 12/31 in honor of New Year's Eve.

Speaking of which, Happy New Year to everyone out there. I hope the new year brings good times, health, and happiness; I know it will include some great music. I'd be ok with a '79 release- DP5 rocks pretty good.

Remember that gratefulness leads to happiness.

Be good, y'all.

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Anthem

"...but also the illuminating blaze of consciousness that is capable of penetrating to the very heart of darkness."

Very moving...and very much needed in this world of ours. Thank you for sharing.

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Anthem of the Sun

50 years...yeah, they should do something special with that.

the cover art is priceless.

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@libertycaps97211

Brent's first show is a very, very worthy candidate for an official release. With that in mind, there is a similar rationale for a September 1979 N.Y.C. MSG mini box set. These were Brent's first shows in N.Y.C.. So it is kind of like the new guy's and his new sounds Broadway debut. Brent hits "The Big Time!"

Likewise while not an 80s release, it is close to it. Brent = 80s even if it is late 79.

As I said earlier The GD W/Brent took N.Y.C. by storm: They Came, They Saw, They Conquered.

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Sun Anthem

Just had to say what a cool story and the painter is a fine writer as well.

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Anthem of the Sun (artist)

My mind is blown.. I have the white background cover of Anthem.

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Anthem of the Sun artwork

http://www.billzart.net/files/AnthemGuide_2002-12-02_web.pdf

INTRODUCTION
In January ’68, while living in the Haight-Ashbury, Phil Lesh asked me if I would do a cover for the Grateful Dead’s second album. I was living in a house on Shrader Street, two blocks above Haight Street, that had canvas window shades. I removed one, stapled it to a 34 inch diameter piece of plywood and drew out the basic image in a week or so. Showed it to the concerned members of the band, they said “OK,” so I began painting. I painted until May when Warner Brothers needed it for the summer release of Anthem of the Sun. Although the background was not done and much of the details were not painted to my satisfaction, we decided it would be fine, since the image would be reduced from 34 inches in diameter to about 11 inches on the album cover. After Warner Brothers had done what they needed to do with the painting, I gave it to a friend (Richard Kane), with the intention of finishing it “whenever,” and began a trip that would not bring me back to the painting until some 20 years later. I finished the background during a three month session in 1989. Then after two more six month painting sessions, Anthem was completed in ’96.
Over the last several decades, I have observed many responses to, and have been asked many questions about the painting. I understand Anthem’s visual language is esoteric and not readily accessible, but I’ve been reluctant to explain or elaborate for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it just wasn’t finished and it’s awful easy to get carried away with descriptions and explanations about something that isn’t complete. Secondly, I believe an intuitive or gut response to a work of art is the most insightful and of the highest level of understanding. However, now that it is finished, and in response to the numerous questions, I feel it timely to offer a guide in hopes it might be useful in providing a more fertile understanding and experience for those interested in the painting and where it came from.
For me, the painting has three interwoven and synchronous levels of import: The outer or direct, the middle or hidden, and the inner or secret meaning. In the following pages, I’ll try to articulate these three ideas and the design and painting process. This guide was written as (and should be read as) a playful and quizzical passage through some of the various landscapes of circumstance, influence and experience from which Anthem grew. Sometimes the memories were fresh and fertile, and I felt as if I was on a pilgrimage to sweet and sacred places of earth, mind and heart. Other times, I felt like an archeologist rummaging through sedimentary layers of mind-rot for some detail of thought, experience or history. The writing takes a winding course, with many switch backs, staggers and crawls. As you pass through the following pages, keep in mind that Anthem of the Sun, means Song of the Sun, and the implied reference is not only to the great solar blaze that brings light and life to a darkened world, but also the illuminating blaze of consciousness that is capable of penetrating to the very heart of darkness.

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New Years Eve Shows Lament

Hi all, I've been experiencing something that happens every year around this time, what I might call NYE Shows Lament. I feel sad I don't have a NY Dead Run to run off to and experience with many of my friends and fellow deadheads. My first real dead show was NYE 71-72 at Winterland, and I caught the bug pretty quickly in 1972. I attended every NYE run in the bay area since then. Towards the end, from about 88 on, I was on the floor in the center about 6 blankets back from the stage with about 20 of my best friends all holding down our blanket space and enjoying the show together. We would smuggle in champagne for the new year, and along with the traditional super fun balloon drop was the traditional Bill Graham NY stunt, a different one each year. That was real bliss, and I miss it every year around this time. I just thought I'd share the sense of NYE loss I experience, I'm sure I'm not alone in this feeling.

I love all the years and look forward to more grate releases in 2018!! Any way we can speed them up and get more releases quicker?? Ha Ha

Best to all you grate people in the New Year, Scott

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+1 for '79 in 2018!

4/22/79 would do nicely. It's been in The Vault for yonks. Brent's first show. It's a Betty. Fun 'n funky "Shakedown St." encore. What's not to like?

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Anthem of the Sun 50th

The GD Debut Album 50th Anniversary 2cd was released on 1/20/17. It's high time for the Anthem 50th! Any rumors, hints or suggestions for an unreleased show on the second disc? A fellow can dream, can't he? Bolo? Bolo? Bolo?

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I second East vs. West 79 box sets -- simultaneously released.

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DD: that Boston December/New Year's run is awesome.

good call.

also, GD79 is a treasure trove.

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@deadegad

I'll second that motion for a '79 MSG box set while we are at it add 8/4,5/79 Oakland make it an east vs. west box set

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Tea Party (3rd night)

https://themidnightcafe.org/2016/03/20/lossless-bootleg-bonanza-grateful...

December 31, 1969
Boston Tea Party
Boston, MA

Download: FLAC/MP3

SBD

–Set 1–
101-d1t01 – Introduction
102-d1t02 – China Cat Sunflower ->
103-d1t03 – I Know You Rider
104-d1t04 – Mama Tried
105-d1t05 – Next Time You See Me
106-d1t06 – Cold Rain & Snow
107-d1t07 – Black Peter
108-d1t08 – Hard To Handle
109-d1t09 – Me & My Uncle
110-d1t10 – Mason’s Children
111-d1t11 – Dire Wolf
112-d1t12 – Uncle John’s Band

–Set 2–
201-d2t01 – Yellow Dog Story
202-d2t02 – Alligator ->
203-d2t03 – Drums ->
204-d2t04 – Alligator ->
205-d2t05 – Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) ->
206-d2t06 – Good Lovin’ ->
207-d2t07 – Drums ->
208-d2t08 – The Eleven
209-d2t09 – High Time
210-d2t10 – Cumberland Blues
211-d3t01 – Big Boy Pete
212-d3t02 – Not Fade Away
213-d3t03 – Seasons
214-d3t04 – The Race Is On
215-d3t05 – Silver Threads And Golden Needles
216-d3t06 – Slewfoot
217-d3t07 – Dancing in the Street

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Tea Party (2nd night)

https://themidnightcafe.org/2016/03/20/lossless-bootleg-bonanza-grateful...

Boston Tea Party
Boston, MA
12/30/69

Download: FLAC/MP3
:
SBD
–Set 1–
101-d1t01 – Intro
102-d1t02 – Good Lovin’
103-d1t03 – Mama Tried
104-d1t04 – New Speedway Boogie
105-d1t05 – Casey Jones
106-d1t06 – Black Peter
107-d1t07 – Me & My Uncle
108-d1t08 – In the Midnight Hour
109-d1t09 – Cumberland Blues
110-d2t01 – Cryptical Envelopment ->
111-d2t02 – Drums ->
112-d2t03 – The Other One ->
MISSING – Cryptical Envelopment ->
113-d2t04 – Cosmic Charlie

–Set 2–
201-d2t05 – Uncle John’s Band ->
202-d2t06 – Mason’s Children ->
203-d2t07 – China Cat Sunflower ->
204-d2t08 – I Know You Rider
205-d3t01 – Dark Star ->
206-d3t02 – Alligator ->
207-d3t03 – Drums ->
208-d3t04 – The Eleven ->
209-d3t05 – Bid You Goodnight Jam ->
210-d3t06 – Alligator Reprise ->
211-d3t07 – Caution Jam ->
212-d3t08 – Feedback ->
213-d3t09 – And We Bid You Good Night

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Tea Party

https://themidnightcafe.org/2016/03/13/lossless-bootleg-bonanza-grateful...

December 29th, 1969
Boston Tea Party
Boston, MA

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SOURCE: SBD

–Set 1–
101-d1t01 – //Cold Rain & Snow
102-d1t02 – Mama Tried
103-d1t03 – Black Peter
104-d1t04 – Easy Wind
105-d1t05 – Me & My Uncle
106-d1t06 – China Cat Sunflower ->
107-d1t07 – I Know You Rider
108-d1t08 – High Time
109-d1t09 – Hard to Handle
110-d1t10 – Mason’s Children

–set 2–
201-d2t01 – //Cumberland Blues
202-d2t02 – Casey Jones
203-d2t03 – Good Lovin’
204-d2t04 – Dancing In The Streets
205-d2t05 – Dire Wolf
206-d2t06 – Saint Stephen ->
207-d2t07 – Not Fade Away

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Is the '79 praise group still around?....

....if so, may I present this.
http://relisten.net/grateful-dead/1979/9/1/scarlet-begonias
....p.s. it's got a thirty minute Scarlet>Fire. Fair warning.

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Knights, Hoods & Starrs....

....Vegas Golden Knights are kicking ass and taking names, Harry Hood is a decent Phish tune, and somewhere Pete Best gnashes his teeth a little harder....

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A Hard Day's Knight

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been given a knighthood.

The 77-year-old was handed the honour in the New Year’s Honours List under his real name of Richard Starkey.

Ringo has become a “Sir” for his services to music and said it is an honour and a pleasure to be awarded a knighthood, 52 years after receiving an MBE with the Fab Four.

The Beatles drummer, one of the last two surviving members of the band, is recognised in the New Year Honours list for his services to music.

In a short message, signed off with his trademark phrase, Starr said: “It’s great!

“It’s an honour and a pleasure to be considered and acknowledged for my music and my charity work, both of which I love. Peace and love. Ringo.”

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/beatle-ringo-starr-ge...

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79?

N.Y.C.. Madison Square Garden. September 1979. Mini-Box. The next sellout!

The GD September 79 @ MSG: They Came, They Saw, They Conquered.

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Jeff SMith FOD

Jeff Here is what I copied form the FOS 30days page

Hint: An acoustic song that would be a part of the repertoire for 25 years, although the arrangement would change after the first six years.

San Francisco, CA, Fillmore West
6/7/1970
Originally an acoustic number recorded for American Beauty, "Friend Of The Devil" would also be played sporadically through to 1974 electrically. When it returned in 1976, it was in a slower tempo.

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Jeff SMith FOD

Jeff Here is what I copied form the FOS 30days page

Hint: An acoustic song that would be a part of the repertoire for 25 years, although the arrangement would change after the first six years.

San Francisco, CA, Fillmore West
6/7/1970
Originally an acoustic number recorded for American Beauty, "Friend Of The Devil" would also be played sporadically through to 1974 electrically. When it returned in 1976, it was in a slower tempo.

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Jeff SMith FOD

Jeff Here is what I copied form the FOS 30days page

Hint: An acoustic song that would be a part of the repertoire for 25 years, although the arrangement would change after the first six years.

San Francisco, CA, Fillmore West
6/7/1970
Originally an acoustic number recorded for American Beauty, "Friend Of The Devil" would also be played sporadically through to 1974 electrically. When it returned in 1976, it was in a slower tempo.

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Jeff SMith FOD

Double hit

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Jeff SMith FOD

Jeff Here is what I copied form the FOS 30days page

Hint: An acoustic song that would be a part of the repertoire for 25 years, although the arrangement would change after the first six years.

San Francisco, CA, Fillmore West
6/7/1970
Originally an acoustic number recorded for American Beauty, "Friend Of The Devil" would also be played sporadically through to 1974 electrically. When it returned in 1976, it was in a slower tempo.

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30 Days Housekeeping

Sorry for the aside, but realized I do not have the date/venue for the Friend of the Devil from the 29th Day of this year's 30 Days of the Dead. I checked on dead,net at http://www.dead.net/30daysofdead/nov-29-2017, but it only shows the date/venue for the previous day and the following day 30 only shows the answer for that last day. Of course the 29th is the day I did not pay attention to. . . Thanks!

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chiming in on '79

Let's not overlook Aug 12 '79 at Red Rocks, which smoked. Plus the next two rain-out nights at the old McNichols Arena, Aug 13 '79 (opened with Shakedown bomb) and Aug 14 '79.

I see only 12-29-79 as far as official releases go, so '79 seems ripe for releases.

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12/29/77

DiP 10

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hey all

Does anyone have pre-fm copies of 12/31/85 or 12/31/86 to share? PM if you do. I check messages daily.

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The Other '89 Freedom Rock Album

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rockin' in the Free World - Hyde Park - Live in London - July 12 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afnD8Jgo0kM&ab_channel=steveatgigs

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12/27/87

Gave this a listen. Always loved this show. Truly a 5 star performance and recording. Haven't even scratched the surface yet, with all of the gold still in the late-80's hills, as far as official releases go, and this one also includes diamonds. The first and second sets are like a cornucopia of awesomeness, and where the official release gods need to delve more deeply into.

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Freedom rock

'89, '90, & '91 I worked at a potato chip factory with a couple of stoner buddies. They BOTH had freedom rock (on cd). We listened to that over and over. It was bananas.

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RIP Sally Rogers

Rose Marie, 'Dick Van Dyke Show' Star, Dies at 94

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79 Daves

Listening to 12-28 now on Sirius TIGDH. Dave says all 5 shows were the last true Bettys. Seeing how he loves filling in the blanks a 3 show box to complete the run would be fantastic....Played the hell out of Dicks 5 when it came out and the RT still sees daylight as well. Beautiful recordings of fine shows.... Might As Well Dave!!

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Gary 12-27-87

With ya Gary hoping this gets released. That UJB>Estimated has been a favorite since XL2 days. Also loved 11-7-87 as well. Great stories also!

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Favorite Bonus Disc 12/06/73 Cleveland Road Trips 2011

I just love the start of the Dark Star!!! Anyone else ever have to turn their bass down with Phil at the end of I Know You Rider?? I have all the Bonus Discs since the Fillmore West Box, and this is the one that i find myself playing the most frequent. Happy New Year everyone... Bob t

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The Midnight Cafe...

Jorma & Jaco
1-1-85
Lone Star Café,N.Y.

...get some if ya want some.
:)

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is that Freedom Rock, man?

Well, turn it up, man!

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12/28/69 Mason's Children

truly THE best. all the others are shriveled up, for some reason.

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Re: Jaco Pastorius documentary

on Netflix

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Freedom Rock...

How times change. 2 CDs for $24.95 or 4 LPs for $19.95 That sort of price ratio sure doesn't exist today!

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12/28/69
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TIGDH

Today in Grateful Dead history:

This band absolutely ripped what I believe to be the best Mason’s Children of all time— 11 minutes with an absolutely epic jam.

Check it out here: https://archive.org/details/gd69-12-28.sbd.cotsman.8999.sbeok.shnf/gd69-...

Not a fan of Mason’s Children? Don’t really dig primal Dead?

Well, surely you enjoy hilarious pre-song banter! And Pigpen delivers that here. Worth the price of admission alone. I love the way he pulls a 180 when he realizes that he is starting to sound like a lawyer.

To borrow from another poster, “Git some!”

“Who told you that?”

“Macintyre told me that!”

And if you didn't understand wilfred t's earlier post about "Freedom Rock", then you really need to check this out as well-- and TURN IT UP you're at it! Thanks wilfredt for reminding us about this blast from our past: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3CnvphQs04

"What's a cassette?"

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12/31/85 part 2

So, anyway early in January 1986 I get a letter from a friend who lived in Half Moon Bay, California at the time with an invitation to come out to California to see the Grateful Dead at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland in February. By coincidence, I get a long distance telephone call the next day from him urging me out to HMB in Feb. The next day after the call, I am able to book a round-trip flight out of Newark, NJ (EWR) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) for the dates that Mike & Sue requested.
Ta-da!
It was Magic and Good Karma in a few words.
I got to see most of the February run at the Henry J., 2/9, 2/11, 2/12, & 2/14/86. Unfortunately these shows were my only West Coast shows I saw with Jerry as 1st (lead) guitarist in the Grateful Dead. This run was quite different than my usual local Eastern "Seaboard" shows, in that the crowd was far more mellower and I love the shows. It was a highlight of the "good old days."
And for this I am grateful.

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Brent's first few....

I was at Charlotte (#2), Hampton (#3), Baltimore (#4), Billerica (#7), and Amherst (#8). Flash of energy at Hampton, Baltimore was great, and the rest was kind of beat... no disarray but very little kick. 1979: massive improvement between May and September!

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We saw the bandmembers outside the building, about 20 feet away. Actually, it was just Brent (or some guy with long thin hair & beard that looked EXACTLY like Brent from later pictures and stage and video) and Jerry. We yelled and waved and Jerry waved back.

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@Born Cross Eyed...

I bet that would have been a good show to see in '79. Mydland's 5th show, pretty cool setlist and a guest appearance to boot. Any memories of the show?

http://www.dead.net/show/may-7-1979

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12/31/1985

1979? For the exception of 5/7/79 @ the Kirby Field House on the Lafayette College Campus in Easton, PA., just 15 miles from my house, I didn't see the boys at all in '79.
Moving forward in time to 1985, I was listening to WMMR from Philadelphia most of the time and just after Christmas the radio station announced that 'MMR would carry the New Year's Eve national broadcast feed of the Grateful Dead's NYE show from the Oakland Coliseum Arena. I had bought a VHS-Hi-Fi recorder earlier that year and recorded the MTV b'cast of LiveAid (live AIDS) event and recently learned how to use the deck as an audio-only recorder, and this NYE show would be my 1st real test. Anyways, I think that 12/31/85 is a good show, but NOT spectacular.
I transferred that VHS audio only tape to cassette so I could play the cassettes in my car.

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12/28/79

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