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Box of Rain
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An album opener that had a interesting relationship to the Dead's live repertoire.
day5_puemjcj79mpk8vg_Box_of_Rain.mp3
San Francisco, CA, Kezar Stadium
"Box of Rain," American Beauty's opener, was played only once in 1970, and then became a somewhat standard 1972-1973 song for the Grateful Dead. It then left the repertoire. In March 1986, at Hampton, VA, it returned, and would stick around for the next decade. "Box Of Rain" was the final live song the Grateful Dead performed, as the second encore on July 9, 1995, in Chicago.
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An album opener that had a interesting relationship to the Dead's live repertoire.
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Box of Rain

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yet again dead.net comes up with the goods, thank you from aberdeen scotland, i really appreciate what you do for us fans

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Only five days in:
8 songs and 64 minutes of free music.
Damn, life is good. Happy Friday everybody!

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Maybe you'll find direction
As you listen to all these beautiful versions of Box of Rain
This one is a gem
Thank you Phil

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I sure enjoyed Phil and Donna harmonizing on this tune. Good pick David!

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Knew the year right away but had to go fishing a bit. There's a flub in there that's repeated in at least one other version of the song from around the same time period.

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Box don't be surprised? I mostly relied on the drum and piano but the flub made for a positive id.

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Inch your way through dead dreams to another land!

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This one was harder than yesterday's. I was living a few blocks from there when they tore the place down. Those were the days, my friend.

I was also there when they broke the song out again at Hampton. Those were also the days.

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Phil sounds like he's from Mars or something (in a good way!) so I conducted my search accordingly. Looking back, it didn't take me too long.

On a side note, this was one of the critical songs that got me into the Dead. UJB, Speedway and this gem...couldn't get enough when I first heard it!

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The only time that Jerry played the first 20 seconds that simple, stripped down, un-embellished way. What an amazing artifact.

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It was all in that first guitar solo that led me. Glass, metal, ceramic, bone... several options for the tube that glides over the strings. Cool to see the trajectory of his solos over this year. And I liked the way they did the intro in this era. Nice bent gtr notes there. Heard a few of my fave shows when comparing today and it was really cool how the intro synced up on different examples. Liking this next tune in the show. Enjoy!

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Not bad so far. Didn't have time to sift thru all those '71 Berthas. Think I've got Box of Rain but there's a few that are so close.....

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Bundubush commented yesterday about not seeing the past day's songs.

You have to go to the main 30 Days page and scroll to the bottom & click on the numbers in the Past Dates section. We are not allowed to post l i n k s tho....

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The 10/14/80 Scarlet > Fire that was just shared with us got me listening to the entire 10/14/80 show. The China Doll from that show was released on Reckoning, but a big -- and great -- part of the jam was cut out. You can hear the unedited version on the Archive. It smokes!

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Jerry's opener here is a beautiful cry.

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...did it for me. Took a while, though. Phil's final notes and such were pretty identifiable. Good luck!

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I saw that moribundjt dropped a hint, as did I, but I'm wondering if anyone else noticed?

We have all been here before, we have all been here before,
We have all been here beforrrrre.

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I noticed the hints but couldn't decipher them - you're not saying this was a repeat 30 Days selection are you?

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Ah, got it. Interesting play but at least we got a little more ground uncovered this time. Dave's no fool.

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2019. Check it out for Loose Lucy, too.

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day ja voo "2"
Exactly! Thus the 'double' deja vu that we got yesterday.

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I thought to myself, "That sounds (year)-ish."

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Once again, a "hint" that either isn't really a hint or I don't get.
But there is a flub that easily confirms when you get it. Can't believe I wasted so much time wandering instead of just coming home to one of my favorite shows.

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I always guess whether to start at the beginning and work forward or start at the end and work backward. It seems like I pick the wrong direction way more often than not. But I got there!

That "Hint" really messes with people who think it's an actual hint. Maybe it should say "Background:" instead. Or maybe simply leave off the word "Hint".

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... there is a hint buried in there ssteve. Seems like not often, but the comment about wedded bliss the other day actually got me right to the Warfield show. Hmmm...

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How did that get you to the warfield show? I started to look at anniversaries of the combo being played and from the sound I knew it had to be in the first 75 or so being played. Which made sense because the sound was early Brent. They played 22 of the combo in 77. 22 in 78 About that number in 79 so it had to be 1980. Oh well I guessed Philly 8/30/80 the 70th platinum anniversary but I knew it was not right

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Well, like I said, it is indirect.

Keith & Donna met & married in SF. This was a Brent show, so obviously, it had to be from 1979-1990. This most significant year in that span for K&D was 1980, the year Keith passed. 1980, San Francisco. The most famous shows from 1980 SF are the Warfield's, so I looked there first...boom.

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Yes the rewind or fast forward date button... I have gone in many directions at once during some past years and days on this contest. Today for me it was trying to see what JG did with that first guitar solo about a minute and half or so into the song. During today's particular year he went with different approaches both in the choice of left hand fingers or an appendage and in the area of the fretboard he started on, high or lower. That intro that people mentioned is nice and may help. But I found another BoR from earlier in the year where the intro was so close it synced well enough to be deceiving.

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Do y'all shelve your purchased cds in series release order (Dave's Picks 1, 2, 3, etc.) or in performance order by date? I go by date. I even go so far as to take the digipacks out of the box sets in order to accomplish this.
I'm sorry to hear that StaffRex is having a bad day. At least you're still suckin' air and stompin' Terra. Try again tomorrow!
I got today's answer by matching the four count intro before the single snare snap. so many BORs that year began with a drum riff with a cymbal.
Nice to be back to the November Ritual with y'all.

I actually try to keep mine in chronological order from when the music was recorded too. Still, there is an OCD part of me that appreciates seeing all the spines lined up in order for a series. It's a tough life. lol

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when HE(who shall remain unnamed), plays AND sings so thanks a lot! This one definitely got a lot of miles during that particular period, and it did INDEED have a unique place in the Dead's setlists. Now how about a Tom Thumb or a Broken Arrow? Please?......

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They won't do covers from other Artists..............

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Love the Song though! At least Loose/BT Wind were done separately in past.

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Damn this one spun me out, unreal how precise they had this song down to the second! Phil & Donna combo sounds so nice! Very distinct difference over the years on the count off, cool to listen to them working things out as the song matured.

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I always try to find something about the performance that is obviously unique. It's easy to compare vocals show to show. Today did have a lyric slip up in the first verse. And of course Phil saying thank you at the end. Then off to the archive. I was hoping it wasn't one of the two shows I found that didn't have Box on the recordings.

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"That intro that people mentioned is nice and may help. But I found another BoR from earlier in the year where the intro was so close it synced well enough to be deceiving."

Yep, caution on the tracks out there! I ran across that earlier BoR, too, and you are SO right! The intro was eerily close and I nearly bought it, but I kept poking around.

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Kinda surprising this show hasn't been released yet. I remember getting a tape of it back in 89-90 and playing the hell out of it.

I agree. Had that tape in the 1989-1990 era also. Well... 3 tapes if I remember right. It was a long 3 set show I think.

Good to see you here again. I have not been on the ol' WDN Forum in a while. I think we met first in person in NYC at a mutual forum friend's apartment in Queens. URCHIN BOAT CRUISES!!!

So cool you won this thing a couple yrs back!

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Had this one on cassette tape! Actually still do, need to find a nice deck again. Got lucky and picked it first show I listened to. That’s rare for me.

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If I'm correct, this BoR may be from one of the lost Betty Boards that finally made it's way back to the vault, which may be how we got the '76 Box Set (6/10, 6/11, 6/14, 6/15 added to 6/19) and the Cornell and Buffalo '77 releases.

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This hint to me suggested the champagne toast. I felt pretty close on the year. I first thought about the Warfield show that was Jill's first show, but the sound wasn't quite right. I thought it was definitely pretty early Brent, so then the hint just took me to the champagne. I thought it was a good place to start and it was in fact the show. Whether that was intended or not, I don't know, but if not it was a pretty good coincidence.

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  • Dead Pondo
    2 months 1 week ago
    Box of Rain - live repertoire

    I figured the reference to Box of Rain having an "interesting relationship to the dead's live repertoire" was going to point out that it was one of the few songs that could show up almost anywhere in the set list. As it turns out, it has been a first set opener and closer, second set opener and closer, commonly was an encore, and even came out of space one time. However, Box of Rain never went into drums. I did find at least one song that occurred in all the key slots in the setlist: set one opener, mid-first set, set one closer, second set opener, early second set, into drums, out of space, ballad slot, second set closer, and encore. Can anyone name this versatile song? Or are there any other songs that could occur anywhere in the setlist in the OG GD 65-95?

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    Jason Wilder
    2 months 1 week ago
    Versatile Song guess

    Touch and UJB are good guesses. How about Morning Dew?

  • MindLeftBody11
    2 months 1 week ago
    A Guess

    Terrapin?