Welcome back, and goodbye to 2013, and hello to 2014. To ring in the New Year, we have music from the east coast, the west coast, and Europe.
Our first stop this week is on 9/21/74 in Paris, the final night of the Europe '74 tour. From this show we have the entire first set, featuring Bertha ; Mexicali Blues ; Sugaree ; The Promised Land ; Peggy-O ; Me And My Uncle ; Deal ; The Race Is On ; Loose Lucy ; El Paso ; Eyes Of The World > China Doll.
Next is music from nine years later on 8/31/83 in Eugene, featuring some first set music: Alabama Getaway>Greatest Story Ever Told, Dupree's Diamond Blues, Me and My Uncle>Mexicali Blues, West LA Fadeaway, Hell In A Bucket. By this time, West LA Fadeaway had developed a nice groove, and this versions is one of the meatiest you'll hear.
Our last selection this week is the start of the second set from 9/15/87 at Madison Square Garden, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet>Eyes Of The World. This show would mark the Dead's return to MSG after four years away.
Stop by next week for more tunes from the vault.