• November 26, 2007
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    November 26 - December 2

    We're going to stop into a couple of fine years this week, specifically 1979 and 1973.

    Out first couple of stops will be on the excellent 1979 Fall Tour. The tour began, really, toward the end of October, featured the two great shows in Cape Cod, the Philly shows, Buffalo, Nassau, Cap Center and Ann Arbor. Some of these shows, of course, have been compiled into the first installment of the Road Trips series. Brent was already firmly ensconced as a vital member of the band, and this tour solidified his status. After Ann Arbor on November 10, the band took a couple of weeks off, reconvened for three California shows November 23-25, and then began a cool Eastern-Midwest tour on November 29. From the tour opener on 11/29/79 at Cleveland Public Hall, we have this raucous second set opening combination of Shakedown Street>Samson and Delilah. This was a rather common set opener at this time, but certainly nothing to complain about.

    Next up is the very next show on the tour, at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh. As Blair Jackson has aptly pointed out, this was a very interesting time for the Grateful Dead, as they could easily sell out major hockey halls such as the Spectrum in Philadelphia or Madison Square Garden, while at the same time still being able to play more intimate theatres such as the Stanley in Pittsburgh. This had been the situation for quite some time, but this was the tail end of the band's ability to do both, perhaps lasting another year and half before being relegated almost exclusively to the larger arenas. There were, of course, exceptions such as the Hult in Eugene until 1984, Marin Civic until 1984 and Berkeley Community Theatre until 1986, but overall the days of playing small theatres ended around 1981. From the first show in Pittsburgh on 11/30/79, we have the first set closing Dancing In The Street>Deal. There were some mighty Dancing In The Streets played in 1979 (Cape Cod and Buffalo come to mind immediately), and this one is up there. A great mix on the tape, too.

    Our final stop this week on our journey through the Fall Tour of 1979 is the second Pittsburgh show, on 12/1/79. This is a tape that has seemingly been in circulation forever, and is definitely a show worth hearing. From the second set, we have the pre-Drums segment of the show featuring He's Gone>Gloria Jam>C.C. Rider. The Gloria Jam, really the only of its kind, is one of the best instrumentals the band would launch into during a year that featured plenty of instrumental improvisation, particularly just before Drums. This is up there with the jam from 5/12/80, 5/6/81 and 3/24/90, and would amazingly run straight into a terrific C.C. Rider, the first-ever version of this tune played by the Grateful Dead (listen to Brent's soulful organ solo!). This has got to be one of the most-confident and competent debuts of any song ever performed by the Grateful Dead. This entire jam is certainly one for the record books. Were there record books for this sort of thing, of course.

    We have a bit of an urge to play some 1976 music for you this week, and because there were no shows this week in Grateful Dead history in 1976, we'll head to Dick's Picks Vol. 33 to Oakland Stadium on 10/9/76 to play you a couple of first set Garcia-Hunter classics: Scarlet Begonias, which stretches out to 12 minutes, still diligently searching for a partner that would appear five months later in the form of Fire on the Mountain, and the set closing Sugaree.

    Finally this week, we'll stop in and listen to one of the most inspired of the 36 Dick's Picks, Vol. 14 . This was the final Dick's Pick hand selected and seen through to completion by Dick before his passing in August, 1999. And what a Pick! Aside from opening and closing with Morning Dew, it featured four hours of stunning music in between. From the first show of the run, on 11/30/73 at the Boston Music Hall, we have CD One's closing track, Playing In The Band, one of those lengthy versions that runs beyond 20 minutes, typical of late 1973.

    Check back next week, same time and place, and we'll have more great music for you from this week in the Grateful Dead's performing history. As always, feel free to email with questions, comments or suggestions.

    David Lemieux
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We're going to stop into a couple of fine years this week, specifically 1979 and 1973.

Out first couple of stops will be on the excellent 1979 Fall Tour. The tour began, really, toward the end of October, featured the two great shows in Cape Cod, the Philly shows, Buffalo, Nassau, Cap Center and Ann Arbor. Some of these shows, of course, have been compiled into the first installment of the Road Trips series. Brent was already firmly ensconced as a vital member of the band, and this tour solidified his status. After Ann Arbor on November 10, the band took a couple of weeks off, reconvened for three California shows November 23-25, and then began a cool Eastern-Midwest tour on November 29. From the tour opener on 11/29/79 at Cleveland Public Hall, we have this raucous second set opening combination of Shakedown Street>Samson and Delilah. This was a rather common set opener at this time, but certainly nothing to complain about.

Next up is the very next show on the tour, at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh. As Blair Jackson has aptly pointed out, this was a very interesting time for the Grateful Dead, as they could easily sell out major hockey halls such as the Spectrum in Philadelphia or Madison Square Garden, while at the same time still being able to play more intimate theatres such as the Stanley in Pittsburgh. This had been the situation for quite some time, but this was the tail end of the band's ability to do both, perhaps lasting another year and half before being relegated almost exclusively to the larger arenas. There were, of course, exceptions such as the Hult in Eugene until 1984, Marin Civic until 1984 and Berkeley Community Theatre until 1986, but overall the days of playing small theatres ended around 1981. From the first show in Pittsburgh on 11/30/79, we have the first set closing Dancing In The Street>Deal. There were some mighty Dancing In The Streets played in 1979 (Cape Cod and Buffalo come to mind immediately), and this one is up there. A great mix on the tape, too.

Our final stop this week on our journey through the Fall Tour of 1979 is the second Pittsburgh show, on 12/1/79. This is a tape that has seemingly been in circulation forever, and is definitely a show worth hearing. From the second set, we have the pre-Drums segment of the show featuring He's Gone>Gloria Jam>C.C. Rider. The Gloria Jam, really the only of its kind, is one of the best instrumentals the band would launch into during a year that featured plenty of instrumental improvisation, particularly just before Drums. This is up there with the jam from 5/12/80, 5/6/81 and 3/24/90, and would amazingly run straight into a terrific C.C. Rider, the first-ever version of this tune played by the Grateful Dead (listen to Brent's soulful organ solo!). This has got to be one of the most-confident and competent debuts of any song ever performed by the Grateful Dead. This entire jam is certainly one for the record books. Were there record books for this sort of thing, of course.

We have a bit of an urge to play some 1976 music for you this week, and because there were no shows this week in Grateful Dead history in 1976, we'll head to Dick's Picks Vol. 33 to Oakland Stadium on 10/9/76 to play you a couple of first set Garcia-Hunter classics: Scarlet Begonias, which stretches out to 12 minutes, still diligently searching for a partner that would appear five months later in the form of Fire on the Mountain, and the set closing Sugaree.

Finally this week, we'll stop in and listen to one of the most inspired of the 36 Dick's Picks, Vol. 14 . This was the final Dick's Pick hand selected and seen through to completion by Dick before his passing in August, 1999. And what a Pick! Aside from opening and closing with Morning Dew, it featured four hours of stunning music in between. From the first show of the run, on 11/30/73 at the Boston Music Hall, we have CD One's closing track, Playing In The Band, one of those lengthy versions that runs beyond 20 minutes, typical of late 1973.

Check back next week, same time and place, and we'll have more great music for you from this week in the Grateful Dead's performing history. As always, feel free to email with questions, comments or suggestions.

David Lemieux
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What delicious choices for post-holiday work week!Thank you, thank you, David
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Does anyone have some cinnamon sticks? after eating those hot tomalas out of a brick I've reposed my number one smash hit over. Most ever the only way you're going to get any of these tracks is via Realplayer 11. chuck it down and video auto record way of the future dude one hundred percent electronic
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to be here with the grate music :)
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This Shakedown is quite nice, (maybe a little short?). I am loving the way the crowd is reacting after the first vocals into the jam. I can picture their mindset...They must've been: hmmm, this 'new guy' is gonna work out just fine...smiles, smiles, smiles...gotta go but my friends can stick around...be back later for another spin...thanks to everyone that made this possible...
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I am loving these 79 picks this week david thank you. They are a good warm up for the road trips set I have on the way. It was shipped on the 13 so hopefully it wont be much longer
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monday kind thanks Davidwhen a shakedown samson really matteried the brent jerry interplay started really expanding in my ears heheh, more trading and louder brent in the mix and average length of insturmental jams and songs perrrrr set as usual great choices, the nassau shows were dancerifffic when i was 17 keep em comin and as we approach the new year january nassau 79 the dark start night., please make a pasty note hahahaha PUHLEASE
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omgwhere did they get the funk man? round and round
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Why does it seem that the songs just keep getting less and less? HMMMM......RHINO...........HMMMMM _________ NTFDAWY
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Yeah NotFade, I was kinda thinkin' that ... perusing old TS posts the other day, when there used to be like 10-20 BBBBIIIIIIIGGGG selections and all 'unreleased' stuff ... Maybe it's Rhino as NTF suggests or maybe DL is busy preparing other goodies for us and has less time to devote to the Monday freebies. BUT hey either way I don't wanna complain, it's all free anyway and DL certainly doesn't have to do this, I'm just happy to have a few new tasties every Monday.Good times.
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when the tapers section started it was only 2 or 3 songs when more were added, no one said thanks they reduce the number (perhaps david wanted a holiday?) and in roll the complaints gah www.gdradio.net Streaming Grateful Dead and more
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It's time to release 10/27/79 and 12/1/79.
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I never listen to the TS anymore because i always seem to check it out at night and not really convienent. I was one of the evil downloaders but i do check in when i can just to see what is being offered. I was in the front row of the balcony right over jerry on 12-01-79 at the Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh. Many times you leave a show and you think it was a good show but no idea how important it would be later in an historical sense...like i was at the Roosevelt shows in '73, 73 and 76 and Colt Park, Englishtown, etc. But this show i knew at the time was special and when i listen today it brings back memories of a great night!
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Best Sampson I've heard. Thank God I never went to a show - I would still be looking for the bridge!!!!
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I know I get too sappy, David, but I gotta thank you for introducing me to 11-29-79. I had to "Archive.org" it after that Shakedown-Sampson. Man, what a show! My cozy comfort of home looks better every day!
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Zang! That Pittsburgh Dancin' is UltraSlickFunky!
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beenwaytoolongatsea yah shakedown went alltheway through this time holy smoKES!!!! and now this samson, ridiculous, jerry is cooooking right now my first shows were in the year brent joined the band and i remember thinking at the time he was pretty good, seeing those shows, dang what about those funkadelic keys in shakedown jam like keyboard with a wah or something, crazy, now in samson leaning on the trustee b3, nnniiiiiiiccccccceeeeeeee ..... and jerry is smoking again OMG aaaaahhhhh
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The beginning of Dancin' whets my palette for some comic relief care of our favorite band. Perhaps some of Bobby's side splitters for some tapers section supplements? I cannot help but crack up sometimes when I hear some of the lighter moments. What comes to mind immediately is the way Jerry 'inadvertantly' screams "Yea-ah-ah-ah" at the end of Rider on Dick's Picks 30 from the Academy of Music Shows. This Brent miscue at the beginning of Dancin ranks up there. Also, check out Oakland 12-26-79 where Jerry decides to go for another twirl on the solo at the precise time Bobby rightly trys to come back in on the verse. Any body else have some great comic relief moments to share? Hey tapemaster! Put some of Bobby's jokes up here!!
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Thanks for the music David. A little or a lot, long or short, as long as you can listen to it, you can enjoy it.
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great stuff, much thanks for your kind giving.. 79 was always an overlooked year.. a verry funky groove the band was in for sure...Brent was a major breath of fresh air at the time...we miss him so...looking towards my road trips christmas present from my wife... thanks again for these tasty treats.. digging on that mad dancin right now...
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"Any body else have some great comic relief moments to share?" Jerry turning down a request for banjo lessons, explaining "I don''t teach anymore." The Q & A (repeated a few times as both parties to the exchange understandably had trouble hearing each other over the Dead's roar) all clearly audible on the tape- 10.17.78
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Adding to the weirdness/goofiness of the exchange is the musical setting under which it took place, during space... sort of "I don't (thweeeeeeep) teach (zrrrrpp kchikachikachika) anymore (lelelelelelelele)" ...Then the "If I had the World to Give" right after, like he'd gladly give the poor girl banjo lessons if only...
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beenwaytoolongatsea okay if we're going to talk about band malfunctions go to nassau spring '85, can't remember which date, touch of grey, jerry plays the mid-song solo - everything's going fine - the jam ends, and the band breaks back into the second go 'round of the bridge as they should have, and jerry, with conviction, launches into the next verse opposing the rest of the band who are playing the bridge. utter mayhem until they all re-calibrated and got it together, this was way beyond getting the verses of franklin's swapped around ........ i was pretty close and the whole band (jerry included) were laughing their asses off, and when they did glue things back together the rest of touch ROCKED!! i believe it was the same night phil busted the first tom thumb's ..... very memorable.
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does anyone know how to explain using mac flac to a technical idiot? thanks...
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hey now, cliking here and it looks like a new format on the front page. MUCH MORE user friendly and i thank you, gratefully. Christmas is coming early this year = ) round and round
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Great selections this week! Thanks, DL. "I tell you Max, I don't know why I ever leave this place. I've got all the company I need right here." - The Grinch
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never had any streaming problems until the past few weeks. big gaps in the audio as the streams reset themselves. most annoying. i'm finished with this section. quality control is seriously lacking.
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or a while i was saving the taper section tune posts as mp3s and i could put them in my itunes, now i just went back to the site to keep downloading and they are opening in a player window, i cant figure out how to download them as mp3s is this no longer available? am i doing something wrong? thanks!
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It's done, bro. See 50+ pages of comments somewhere around mid-august I believe..Time to find a nice speaker hook-up for your computer.
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when you find them, please let us know! so far, this week's selections seem to running great for me. Extra funky Brent makes me a very happy girl!
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the last few weeks, roughly coinciding with the server meltdown etc., the streams seem to be more problematical for a lot of folks. We're reporting it; the techs still have kind of a full plate. If you could report the particulars in the topic for streaming problems, that would be swell. Meantime, sorry for the aggravation.
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beenwaytoolongatsea as noted above the downloads are ancient history, while you can no longer download these selections, you can record them, without too much difficulty (although not as simple as a download). if you want some instruction on this send me a private message ....... like someone said earlier the band didn't used to had you gear on the way in to shows to record them, it took some investment and some doing, but we all know it was done, so it's kind of like that now with the newfangled t/s, write if you want, i'll help get you started. been
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beenwaytoolongatsea the only way to manage macflac is to delete it immediately, find a free download called XACT (OSX Audio Compression Toolkit) it is the new way to go for mac decoding (and encoding) for shn, flac, more, you will not have success with macflac it is outdated and no longer supported but XAct is like a dream come true, and free.
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Hey David,You say in this weeks tapers section. "This was the final Dick's Pick hand selected and seen through to completion by Dick before his passing in August, 1999." But I remember reading a interview with Dick, with Dick saying that he had many many years of Dick Picks long after he was gone. I have all of the Dicks Picks and will miss them. Maybe Rhino could put out once in a while "Remembering Dicks Pick" Thanks again for all you do David!! Peace good people!! Gary H.
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Hello, I am new to this site, so if I am in the wrong place for this, I do apologise. I am desperatly looking for a factory sealed casset tape of the dead, and am having a hell of a time doing it. I know that is kind of a wide request...I would prefer a box set,live if possible, but at this point will take close to anything...Can anyone point me in a direction? No luck on e-bay, or Amazon....This is for a x-mas present for my husband, who is spending the holiday in a Tucson prison...his last TG, and who can only play tapes, if they are delivered from a buisness, factory sealed.....can anyone help???
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    I have a factory sealed 'Go To Heaven' if you are interested I will send it to you. You can e-mail me at kelley.armstrong@comcast.net.
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    Hello, I am new to this site, so if I am in the wrong place for this, I do apologise. I am desperatly looking for a factory sealed casset tape of the dead, and am having a hell of a time doing it. I know that is kind of a wide request...I would prefer a box set,live if possible, but at this point will take close to anything...Can anyone point me in a direction? No luck on e-bay, or Amazon....This is for a x-mas present for my husband, who is spending the holiday in a Tucson prison...his last TG, and who can only play tapes, if they are delivered from a buisness, factory sealed.....can anyone help???
  • GaryHartman
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    Dicks picks
    Hey David,You say in this weeks tapers section. "This was the final Dick's Pick hand selected and seen through to completion by Dick before his passing in August, 1999." But I remember reading a interview with Dick, with Dick saying that he had many many years of Dick Picks long after he was gone. I have all of the Dicks Picks and will miss them. Maybe Rhino could put out once in a while "Remembering Dicks Pick" Thanks again for all you do David!! Peace good people!! Gary H.