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Believe It Or Not, Truckin'>He's Gone
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The second version of this Hunter-Garcia song that was only played just over a half dozen times, followed by a jam reminsicent of the November 24th 30 Days selection
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Rochester, NY, Silver Stadium
Believe It or Not was only played seven times by the Grateful Dead, six in 1988 and once more in 1990. It's a shame it was retired so quickly, as it had the potential to become a real show-stopper, as demonstrated here. It's followed by a classic 1970-1972 pair of Dead songs, Truckin'>He's Gone.
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The second version of this Hunter-Garcia song that was only played just over a half dozen times, followed by a jam reminsicent of the November 24th 30 Days selection
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Believe It Or Not, Truckin'>He's Gone

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Not familiar with this song. A fine addition!!

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Seemed simple enough. I did quadruple check to make sure it was not from an unknown venue, in an unknown city, from 1387 or some such date.

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Now time just to listen to an entire show. That's a nice way to start a Monday morning. Thanks for thinking of us all throughout the month. Love it!

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Wow two in a row for the three song clusters. Those make it really easy to pin down the answer. Plus the giveaway hint today.

Believe It Or Not would have sounded right at home at a Jerry Garcia Band show.
The somber almost gospel mood, the spaces in the arrangement (lots of room for that Hammond B3), the rhythmic hits of the guitar/bass. And that chorus effect he has on the guitar. All of those remind me of JGB sound.

I liked this cassette back in the day. One of my first additions once I really started to get the collection going.

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A little rarity ditty thrown in the set there. A certain nearby town gets a shout out in a song's lyrics and a loud reaction from crowd.

Indeed, it has a similar chord progression/vibe as the 1949 song "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)" by Harry Beasley Smith and Haven Gillespie from the JGB repertoire. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sb8OudIe8DE I was a lucky ol' son when I got to see the debut performance of this gem at Alpine Valley, my favorite version of course, but I'm enjoying today's offering as well.

I was thinking it sounded a little more like Gomorrah, but anyway you slice it, it totally sounds like JGB.

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I have loved this song and the version from this show especially since the first time I stumbled across it. Does anybody know why it didn't stay in the rotation - is there a backstory? Aside from that...listen to them hit the climax on Truckin!!!! Hoo boy.

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I've also wondered why BION was so short-lived. It's definitely a straight-up love song; maybe one of the most explicit ones in the Garcia/Hunter catalog. Could be it was a difficult one for Jerry to deliver although I would disagree with that if that's the case. There's also a more upbeat studio outtake from the Built To Last album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUhfZDCfnSs

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I did not previously know that Believe It Or Not is a Garcia Hunter tune.

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We had fun with He's Gone, given the venue that we'd frequented as members of the Knot Hole Gang: "He's going back, back, back - He's Gone!"

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I went to grade school in the R-H school district, in the suburbs. Never attended a show here but did catch them both 60+ mi. to the east and west.

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FYI...there are two choices for this venue which are pretty identical.

Fun fact: the largest attendance for this venue was this particular show...

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ok
todays answer has the city and venue choice...and...has the city and the city and the venue choice.
go ahead and figure that one out...am going with deadbase XI

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I attended all the shows at this venue and also saw Cal Ripken Jr and Deter Jeter play here.... (at different times)…

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these past two days. And a whole lotta easy searching as well!(I'm sure the rest of the month won't be filled with such softballs).

Today's first tune is new to me. The first time seeing it in it's prose form in Robert Hunter's songbook, Box Of Rain and it really struck me as beautifully written but never followed up on it till hearing it this morning. It's really soulfully sung by Jerry and reminiscent of some of the SOTM or Black Peters from the later years.
Many thanks David and DeadNet!

Also regarding today's selection: Watch out for low flying bottlerockets! I think one shot through my left ear and out the other, fortunately without hitting anything.

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Yes, Deadbase XI and DeadLists both have the same name for the venue. However, archive.org has an actual picture of a ticket that has the other name. What to do? Guess I'll have to go with the flow and take the Deadbase name.

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… I view this more as Dave and Co. putting together a playlist for me, call it "November 2019", a little something for the holidays!

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This only took me one or two moments to find the right combo (I hope!)
Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile
Time to hang it up and see what tomorrow brings.....

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Just cant stop listening to this show!!!
Brent and Jerry going back and forth on vocals.
Brent singing "far from me".
And the Dead's only live performance of the super cool instrumental Green Onions!!!
Good stuff.

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love love Believe It. Wish Jerry loved it as much as I did. Saw 3 of the 7 including this one.

My understanding of its limited run is that Jerry didn't think it had quite enough going for it.

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...Believe It sounds just like Gomorrah with a country twang and much less cool factor, right?

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perhaps zebweber could clarify the stadium issue. looks like he might have had the tape rolling.? -still playing zeb?
is it really the 25th? damn
oh now that i've read the comments - yes you are
congrats gr8fulted!
my turn now

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1st selection in 9 years of listening and selecting dates and venues. Good luck with your attempts!

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  • hornsby
    1 month 4 weeks ago
    more grate stuff

    perhaps zebweber could clarify the stadium issue. looks like he might have had the tape rolling.? -still playing zeb?
    is it really the 25th? damn
    oh now that i've read the comments - yes you are
    congrats gr8fulted!
    my turn now

  • Gr8fulTed
    1 month 4 weeks ago
    Thanks Hornsby

    1st selection in 9 years of listening and selecting dates and venues. Good luck with your attempts!

  • pvcnova
    1 month 4 weeks ago
    I mean...

    ...Believe It sounds just like Gomorrah with a country twang and much less cool factor, right?