Week of February 13, 1995
Continuing an all-music sequence that began last week. "Playing in the Band" from this performance was included on the boxed set So Many Roads (1965-1995) - a powerful, scary peak of latter-day Grateful Dead improvisation. If I remember correctly, this is the jam that blew a circuit breaker in the sound system - an episode commemorated by the blown breaker on a plaque in Mickey Hart's studio.
This set also includes one of only a handful of live performances of the lovely Hunter-Garcia ballad "Believe It or Not." In his lyrics compilation A Box of Rain, Hunter called this "a C&W lyric reminiscent of the kind of stuff I remember hearing coming form tavern jukeboxes in 1948, when my father would stop in to have a few while I waited out in the car." We found an unfinished studio recording of the song and included it on So Many Roads; no idea why it didn't stick in the band's repertoire.
Grateful Dead 7/29/88 Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey CA
PLAYING IN THE BAND->
GIMME SOME LOVIN'->
BELIEVE IT OR NOT->
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- David Gans