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a weekly hour of the best live Grateful Dead music

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I listen to past shows and can’t wait to see whats gonna have me groovin every Friday !!

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By spencerlennard - May 17 2020
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I listen to past shows and can’t wait to see whats gonna have me groovin every Friday !!
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Well as we ease out of April it seems like a great idea to bring you s show from 1977... I have always tried to feature a show from that stupendous month of May '77, but all of those have either been featured already or commercially released, so I decided to go with this relatively unknown but excellent show from April 23rd, 1977 in Springfield MA.

The show has an easy mellow feel to it, reminiscent of '76 Dead, yet it has the tight harmonies and unexpected dips and turns of those classic May shows. From a fine, flowing 'Sugaree' through the great 'Loser' and 'Row Jimmy' I found lots of favorites in this first set. The highlight however is probably the Scarlet>Fire which closes the set, and marks only the 3rd time they performed 'Fire on the Mountain'.

We'll play the second set next week...

Grateful Dead

Springfield Civic Center Arena Springfield, MA

4/23/77 - Saturday

One

Sugaree [11:17] ;

Cassidy [4:29] ;

Loser [7:25] ;

New Minglewood Blues [4:34] ;

Ramble On Rose [6:55] ;

Me And My Uncle [2:52] ;

Row Jimmy [9:34] ;

It's All Over Now [6:17] ;

Scarlet Begonias [7:07] >

Fire On The Mountain [10:32]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod042718.mp3

Thank you so much for your kind support of the Deadpod.

I received a note along with a donation this week that said 'I'm a happier person since I discovered the Deadpod'.. I agree... :) thank you my friend, made my week.

Apr 27 2018

1hr 31mins

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Rank #2: Dead Show/podcast for 5/23/14

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I think this second set from 7/31/82 is a fitting treat for this 3 day Memorial Day weekend. This one is a real keeper.. it starts out with an incredible Scarlet ->Fire.. Jerry really takes the lead here with a number of very nice solos, each different and each wonderful to listen to.. the seque into Fire is very nicely done as well. 

They follow with an enteretaining reggae-esq Estimated, then a somewhat fast Eyes goes into a great Drums segment, Phil leads them out from there into a very interesting Uncle John's Band.. the Truckin' that follows has a bit of a false start but a strong finish, and this leads into the highlight of the set, a gorgeous Morning Dew.. the boys warp it up with a Saturday night and a rather anti-climatic Dough knees encore.. 

Still I can't imagine anyone went away displeased.. 

Grateful Dead Manor Downs, Austin TX,. 7/31/82

set 2:

Scarlet Begonias

Fire on the Mountain
Estimated Prophet
Eyes of the World
drums
Uncle John's Band
Truckin'
Morning Dew
One More Saturday Night

Don't Ease Me In
 
You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod052314.mp3
The Deadpod is made possible through the kind financial support of my listeners. I can't thank you enough.
 
Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.. and take a moment to remember the sacrifices of the Men and Women who we honor this Memorial Day.

May 23 2014

1hr 43mins

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Rank #3: Dead Show/podcast for 10/11/13

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Whether it was the fact that my mind has been turned toward this era of Dead by the release and success of  'Sunshine Daydream' or the fact that I"m not really ready to face another Winter, I ran into discussion of this gem of a show and decided I had to feature it on this week's Deadpod. This is the 2nd set of a show that took place just after the band came back to the States from their famous 1972 tour of Europe, July 16th, 1972 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford Connecticut. While we only have the 2nd set in decent soundboard quality (and even then there is an audience patch in the Not Fade Away), this is still a gem that every fan of the era should get to hear. 

This starts out with a Truckin' into a fabulous Other One.. this slowly turns into a wonderful jam that leads us into a very nice He's Gone.. The Looks Like Rain and Sugar Magnolia that follow are fine, but the highlight of the show follows when the band is joined by Dickey Betts and Berry Oakley for a blistering Not Fade Away and Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad. Just when you think the music couldn't possibly go further, they raise it up a notch with a smoking Hey, Bo Diddley..!  The band comes out for a Johnny B Goode encore but by then I can't imagine the fans could ask for much more.. 

Dillon Stadium, Hartford, CT (7/16/72)

Truckin'

drums

The Other One

He's Gone

The Other One

Looks Like Rain

Sugar Magnolia

Not Fade Away

Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad

Hey Bo Diddley

Johnny B. Goode

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod101113.mp3

I hope you enjoy the beauty of October and this stunning set of music. 

I could not bring the Deadpod to you without the financial support of my listeners, to whom I am very grateful. Thank you for your support.

Oct 11 2013

1hr 32mins

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Rank #4: Dead Show/podcast for 7/19/13

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Ah summer.. in the midst of its heat and humidity its wise for us to sit back and breath it in.. and savor it for passes like dew.. this week's Deadpod is of course the second set of a show that seems to me to embody the kind of setlist that a summer GD show should have.. lyrics that speak of starlight and songs that twinkle and sparkle like the summer night sky. Crazy Fingers.. Uncle John's Band.. Terrapin.. and of course Morning Dew.. even the Quinn the Eskimo reminds me of warm summer shows outdoors watching the boys .. I hope you've been lucky enough to see Furthur this year.. for all of us we have the chance to savor this recording and close our eyes and remember warm summer nights and the music that could take us along with those breezes.. 

Grateful Dead

Oxford Plains Speedway (7/2/88)

Crazy Fingers Playin' in the Band Uncle John's Band Terrapin Station drums The Wheel Gimme Some Lovin' All Along the Watchtower Morning Dew Sugar Magnolia Quinn the Eskimo

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod071913.mp3

Thank you for listening, and for your support... which I rely on to be able to bring you the Deadpod.. 

peace.

Jul 19 2013

1hr 35mins

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Rank #5: Dead Show/podcast for 7/11/14

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While we are in high summer my thoughts turned to great summer tours and despite my reservations about some shows from this year, I couldn't help but realize that this year had to be represented - 1985. The band played an amazing summer tour with such a wide variety setlists filled with extraordinary breakouts that the year deserves to be honored despite the well-known problems with Garcia's voice and the all-too-obvious tendency to overindulge in certain stimulants.. 

This week's show is a great example.. this week we get to hear a stellar first set from July 13th at the Venura County Fairgrounds in Ventura CA. The show opens with a very unusual One More Saturday Night, which rolls into an exceptionally well-played 'Fire on the Mountain' .. as I've heard it told, there actually were fires on the hills behind the stage as controlled burns were being done during the show.. One of the best 'Walkin' Blues' follows, the the fun Dupree's, I imagine the Mama Tried->Big River got everyone dancin', but the Bird Song that follows is dope for sure. Love to hear the Music Never Stopped that follows, a great great Summertime tune! 

 

Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA (7/13/85)

One More Saturday Night
Fire on the Mountain
Walkin' Blues
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Mama Tried
Big River
Bird Song
Music Never Stopped
 
You can listen to the Deadpod here:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod071114.mp3
 
The Deadpod can always use your support. Please consider a donation by clicking on the 'Donate' button or dropping me a note for an address to send a check. If you have a business and are interested in doing some underwriting on the Deadpod, please let me know. Thanks!!

Jul 11 2014

1hr 2mins

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Rank #6: Dead Show/podcast for 12/8/17

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This week - a really fun second set from the early Winter/late Fall of 79. This set starts out with a great Shakedown Street into a drummer's favorite - Samson and Delilah. Jerry slows things down a bit with a beautiful 'High Time' bu tthey pick back up with a long and well jammed-out Estimated->Eyes of the World. The jam going into Drums is particularly tasty. 'Black Peter' comes out of Drums, then they rock out the rest of the set with a 'Around and Around' into 'Johnny B. Goode', and a rockin'  'U.S. Blues' encore..

hope this gets you up and rockin' and keeping those bones warm:)

Grateful Dead

Cleveland Public Auditorium Cleveland, OH

11/29/79 - Thursday

Two

Shakedown Street [11:49] ->

Samson And Delilah [7:01] ;

High Time [7:53] ;

Estimated Prophet [13:29] ->

Eyes Of The World [16:02] ->

Space [8:13] ->

Drums [7:#15] ->

Black Peter [10:31] ->

Around And Around [4:59] ->

Johnny B. Goode [4:40]

Encore

U.S. Blues [5:29]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod120817.mp3

Your support of the Deadpod is very much appreciated!

Dec 08 2017

1hr 36mins

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Rank #7: DeadShow/podcast for 8/5/16

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This week's Deadpod is the result of a request for something from 86 or 87 from a longtime supporter of the Deadpod so I decided to pull out this show, which is one of my favorites from the early 86 shows.. This comes to us from the Berkeley Community Theater, April 22nd, 1986. 

The set opens with a wonderful coupling of Box of Rain -> Visons of Johanna.. the last time the band would play that Dylan tune until the final year of 1995. This is a very fine version indeed. The remainder of the set is quite well played as well, with a nice Bird Song and Deal among the highlights.. 

 

Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA (4/22/86) Box of Rain Visions of Johanna Mama Tried Big River Bird Song Little Red Rooster Deal   You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:  http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod080516.mp3     Happy Birthday Kevin ;)    and thanks to all of you whose support makes the Deadpod possbile..    Have a wonderful week!

Aug 05 2016

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Rank #8: Dead Show/podcast for 12/29/17

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First off - Happy New Year! Always a significant date on the touring calendar, the NYE run has seen many great shows over the years. I've decided to bring you one from 39 years ago, 12/29/78 at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA in Los Angeles CA. This rather long first set is a combination of slower Garcia ballads and rockin' Weir covers.. but it all works and I hope you'll enjoy it.  An opening 'Jack Straw' is always a treat, and this one is quite welcome.. 'They Love Each Other' follows, then Bobby brings out a nice 'Mama Tried' into 'Mexicali Blues'.  Garcia again slows it down a bit with a soulful 'Loser'. Other highlights in the firs set include a great rockin' 'Passenger' followed by a 'Tennessee Jed' with a great Garcia solo. 'Sugaree' that follows the 'Minglewood' is very tasty as well!

Grateful Dead

Pauley Pavilion - University of California

Los Angeles, CA

12/30/78 - Saturday

One

Jack Straw [5:28] ;

They Love Each Other [6:58] ;

Mama Tried [2:24] >

Mexicali Blues [3:56] ;

Loser [7:15] ;

Looks Like Rain [7:54] ;

Stagger Lee [5:33] ;

Passenger [5:00] ;

Tennessee Jed [8:44] ;

New Minglewood Blues [5:14] ;

Sugaree [9:15] ;

The Promised Land [4:28]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod122917.mp3

I wish for everyone a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Be safe and hope for better days...

thank you my friends for your support....

Dec 29 2017

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Rank #9: Dead Show/podcast for 11/3/17

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This week we bring you the historic second set from the Dead's performance on Holloween night, 1991 in Oakland California. This one is powerful, dark at times, rocking at times. Very introspective I think. A great 'Scarlet->Fire' leads it off, followed by Bobby on Truckin' and Spoonful. The Dark Star is the heart of the matter of course, wonderful flights of imagination and highlighted by Ken Kesey's eulogy for Bill Graham. Words that resonate today. The Last Time is a great choice coming out and then a personal favorite 'Standing on the Moon'. The rest of the set includes a 'Throwin' Stones' (was this misplaced?) and then the great 'Not Fade Away'.Jerry celebrates the day with a Werewolves encore! 

Grateful Dead

Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena

Oakland, CA

10/31/91 - Thursday

Two

Scarlet Begonias >

Fire On The Mountain >

Truckin' [7:10] >

Spoonful [6:20] (1) >

Dark Star [11:16] (1) (2) >

Drums [14:28] >

Space [12:17] (1) >

Dark Star [3:18] (1) >

The Last Time [5:33] (1) ;

Standing On The Moon [8:12] >

Throwing Stones [9:48] >

Not Fade Away [7:20]

Encore

Werewolves Of London [5:31] (3)

Comments (1) with Gary Duncan on guitar ; (2) Ken Kesey gives spoken eulogy to Bill Graham ; (3) sung as Werewolves of Oakland

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod110317.mp3

Thank you my friends for your kind encouragement and support. 

Don't forget our Facebook page! 

practice kindness

Nov 03 2017

2hr 1min

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Rank #10: Dead Show/podcast for 5/27/16

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Sometimes the inspiration for a Deadpod will hit me when I'm looking over setlists, trying to see which one fits my mood for the season we're in. This week, i was turned onto a show I hadn't listened to before from one of our contributing listeners, who told me about this , his first Dead show. This comes to us from May 6th, 1978 at the University of Vermont in Burlington VT. This is a fine recording - soundboard in this week's first set, audience in next week's second set but both showcase the band on a night that I think they are clearly 'on'. This set starts with a fine Sugaree, and continues with excellent versions of  Minglewood, Peggy-O. A rockin' Beat It On Down the Line follows, then we head back to the Old West for a great 'Loser'. Looks Like Rain, It Must've Been the Roses and a nice Big River are all well played. Deal closes the set and gets the crowd amped up for the second set to follow.. 

Patrick Field House (U of Vermont), Burlington, VT (5/6/78)

Sugaree

New Minglewood Blues

Peggy-O

Beat it on Down the Line

Loser

Looks Like Rain

It Must Have Been the Roses

Me and My Uncle

Big River

Deal

  You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:  http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod052716.mp3   A huge thank you to everyone who entered the Red Rocks contest, especially those of you so kind as to contribute to the Deadpod.. much much appreciated!  I only wish I had more CDs to send out - who said CDs are dead? :)    Finally, as we move into summer.. have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, be safe, and take a moment to remember and reflect upon those who lost their lives for us.

May 27 2016

1hr 8mins

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Rank #11: Dead Show/podcast for 5/16/14

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I don't know about you, but I'm feeling the need for a little early jump into summer.... so this week I decided to bring you this excellent summertime Dead show, recently requested by one of my wonderful listeners. This sweet show comes to us from that weird town of Austin, Texas :), back in 1982. Just a day before Jerry's birthday I think you'll agree that he and the rest of the band were in a fine mood for this classic summertime show. The first set, which we'll hear this week, has a great song list, highlighted for me by a sweet Bird Song, a surprisingly good Little Red Rooster, and a wonderful jam out of Music Never Stopped into Deal..

The band keeps ripping it up in the second set which we'll hear next week..

 

Manor Downs, Austin, TX (7/31/82)

Alabama Getaway
Promised Land
Candyman
El Paso
Bird Song
Little Red Rooster
Ramble on Rose
It's All Over Now
Brown Eyed Women
Music Never Stopped
Deal
 
You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod051614.mp3
Of course to those of you able to contribute to keep the Deadpod on the air, my most sincere thanks and appreciation!
 
Hope you have a fine weekend with blue skies and sunshine!

May 16 2014

1hr 20mins

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Rank #12: Dead Show/podcast for 3/22/19

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Let's welcome Spring with this wonderful second set from March 26th, 1973 at the Baltimore Civic Center. Since I'm a bit under the weather this week I'll just point out a few (obvious) highlights - the jam following Truckin' including the Weather Report Suite Prelude, the wonderful Eyes , and of course Morning Dew. 

I hope you enjoy this one, and feel free to join the Deadpod group on Facebook and offer your suggestions for shows you'd like to hear on the Deadpod! 

Grateful Dead

Baltimore Civic Center Baltimore, MD

3/26/73 - Monday

Two

Ramble On Rose [6:10] ;

Big River [4:09] ;

Here Comes Sunshine [7:50] ;

Greatest Story Ever Told [4:42#] ;

Candyman [6:30] ;

Me And My Uncle [2:41] ;

He's Gone [10:#49] >

Truckin' [14:45] >

Weather Report Suite Prelude [2:02] >

Jam [5:36] Wharf Rat [10:17] >

Me And Bobby McGee [5:35] >

Eyes Of The World [14:29] >

Morning Dew [12:42] ;

One More Saturday Night [4:25]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod032219.mp3

Thank you for your support!!! 

Mar 22 2019

2hr 6mins

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Rank #13: Dead Show/podcast for 2/8/19

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This week we can forget our troubles with a fine second set from this early 1979 date in Kansas City.

Scarlet starts a little slow, and Jerry's voice cracks a bit here and there, but he really starts soaring around the 3:30 mark. Around the 6:00 minute mark the calypso beat moves in, Donna's background vocals add just enough mystery not to be overpowering, and we float along waiting for the other shoe to drop. Eventually Jerry's notes flutter in like a bee, as the rhythm intensifies; a beautiful transition into 'Fire'. Again, while Jerry's voice is a bit strained, his playing is is unhurried, yet searing.. uplifting. Once you hear these two, you know you're in for a great musical moment. 'From the Heart Of Me' brings us back to Shakedown Street, and  in perspective, we're reminded of what was lost when Donna and Keith left the band. Excellent Jerry solo around the 4:00 min mark of the first one, all around a nice, unhurried jam, the boys spread their wings and you feel the music as it lets them glide into 'Eyes of the World'. Here the soundboard tape is patches with an audience source but there is little loss of fidelity. There's a marvelous, somewhat dark and forboding jam following Drums and a short but interesting Other One. The double encore with a 'Miracle' closer, sure seems to indicate they were having fun that night!

Grateful Dead

Soldier's And Sailors Memorial Hall

Kansas City, KS 2/10/79 - Saturday

Two

Scarlet Begonias [12:33] >

Fire On The Mountain [10:37] ;

From The Heart Of Me [3:31] ;

Estimated Prophet [11:51] >

Eyes Of The World [11:13] >

Space [1:37] >

Drums [6:30#] >

Space [13:38] >

The Other One [6:46] >

Wharf Rat [9:57] >

Sugar Magnolia [8:16]

Encore

One More Saturday Night [4:47] ;

I Need A Miracle [6:13]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod020819.mp3

May the music bring you joy and peace.

thanks so much for your kind support.

Feb 08 2019

1hr 58mins

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Rank #14: Dead Show/podcast for 12/22/17

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Our annual Christmas Deadpod features a very entertaining acoustic show from the summer of 1970. While it is true that the mandolin and the guitars are higher in the mix than optimal, I am of the opinion that the quality of the recording, and the originality of the set list, make this a worthwhile pastime on a cold winter's day. I do hope you agree. 

I wish for all of you peace and happiness and hope that this holiday weekend finds you with the people you love, for that is the greatest of all gifts. 

Grateful Dead

Golden Hall - San Diego Community Concourse

San Diego, CA

8/5/70 - Wednesday

One - 31:06

Candyman [6:46]%[0:17] ;

El Paso [5:44]%[0:10] ;

Rosalie McFall [3:34]%[0:06] ;

Tell It To Me [2:25];[0:15] ;

Drink Up And Go Home [2:44]%[0:26] ;

A Voice From On High [2:57]%[0:08] ;

Cold Jordan [2:26] >

Swing Low Sweet Chariot [3:02] [0:08]

Two - 31:34

Deep Elem Blues [5:35]%[0:04] ;

Dark Hollow [3:18]%[0:05] ;

Friend Of The Devil [3:55]%[0:05] ;

Mama Tried [2:52]%[0:04] ;

To Lay Me Down [6:18];[0:15] ;

Dire Wolf [3:15];[0:14 intro] ;

The Ballad Of Casey Jones [5:03];[0:06]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod122217.mp3

thank you for your kindness and for listening to the Deadpod! 

Dec 22 2017

1hr 3mins

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Rank #15: Dead Show/podcast for 3/3/17

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As March blows in we go back in this week's Deadpod to the spring of 1981, and one of the fine shows from the band's run at Madison Square Garden. Last year we played the previous evening's show, but this performance from March 10, 1981 deserves a spot on our favorites as well. The show beings with a Mississippi Half-Step that starts off great, then a shocking bit of feedback/reverb blows through the sound system - the band simply plays through it like the pros they are, but don't let it throw you off, this is a great version! This flows into a fine, stand alone version of Franklin's Tower. I always enjoy these, and this one is no slouch. Me and My Uncle follows with Weir joking that the earlier feedback was all planned. They slow it up a little with 'Roses'. Don't Easy Me In occupies a rare mid-set position, and there is some nice improvisation in the Lazy Lightnin'->Supplication transition. A strong first set that I hope puts you in a fine space as we roll into early March! 

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Madison Square Garden

New York , NY

3/10/81 - Tuesday

One

Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [11:36] >

Franklin's Tower [11:03] >

Me And My Uncle [3:05] ;

It Must Have Been The Roses [6:18] >

Little Red Rooster [6:12] ;

Don't Ease Me In [3:15] ;

Lazy Lightnin' [3:24] >

Supplication [6:03] ;

Brown Eyed Women [5:27] >

Looks Like Rain [9:19] >

Deal [7:13]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod030317.mp3

My thanks for your kind support!! 

Mar 03 2017

1hr 24mins

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Rank #16: Dead Show/podcast for 8/30/13

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Here's a labor day weekend show for you from the Fall tour of 1991.. This was a request from one of our facebook friends, for a show from the run that took place at the Richfield coliseum in Richfield Ohio.. I decided to play the first show from this run, but it wasn't an easy choice as all three shows have their moments.. while the real highlights from this night come in set 2, this week's first set contains plenty of fine playing .. Jack Straw is nicely played, as is the Jack-A-Roe that follows. The entire set is well played, and solid, and a nice long first set as well. I am always pleased to hear Friend of the Devil, and the Cold Rain and Snow->Promised Land close the set on a real high note and leave us wanting more.. 

Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH (9/4/91)Let the Good Times RollJack StrawJack-A-RoeWalkin' BluesFriend of the DevilBlack-Throated WindTennessee JedMasterpieceCold Rain and SnowPromised Land

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod083013.mp3

Have a safe and happy Labor Day my friends!thank you so much for your support of the Deadpod - without which I would be unable to publish it..

Aug 30 2013

1hr 6mins

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Rank #17: Dead Show/podcast for 5/26/17

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Wow, Memorial Day weekend already! Hope you have some fun plans to welcome in summer! Hopefully you'll find this wild show from 1969 to be the perfect complement to some your times this weekend.. 

This comes to us from May 31st, 1969 at McArthur Court at the University of Oregon. Always a crazy show as you know the Pranksters will be out in force - and are they ever - especially on the first few songs as you will hear. (if you don't care to listen to Ken Babbs insane rap, just fast forward about 10 minutes after the Cold Rain and Snow :) The band settles down afterwards and puts on a typically manic 1969 performance - Garcia is if anything, overly excited at times - but this is quintessential early Dead and I hope you enjoy it! Pigpen is excellent on an alltime 'Lovelight' , Garcia gives a very extended version of  'He Was A Friend of Mine' and the 'Dark Star' that follows is to me, the highlight of the set, played in the familiar 'Live Dead' style. Sadly 'Cosmic Charlie' is cut on the tape, but there is plenty here for any fan of early dead - over two and a half hours of Live Dead for your Memorial Day Weekend .. ;) 

Grateful Dead

McArthur Court - University of Oregon Eugene, OR

5/31/69 - Saturday

One - 1:35:43

Hard To Handle [3:57];[0:55] ;

Cold Rain And Snow [4:13];[6:15] ;

Yellow Dog Story [1:40];[2:45] ;

Green Green Grass Of Home [4:05];[1:04] ;

Me And My Uncle [3:02];[0:46] ;

Cryptical Envelopment [1:56] >

Drums [0:54] >

The Other One [10:46] >

Cryptical Envelopment [3:#11] >

Sittin On Top Of The World [3:28];[0:58] ;

It Hurts Me Too [5:34];[0:59] ;

Turn On Your Love Light [29:04]

Two - 43:56

He Was A Friend Of Mine [14:27];[0:16] %

Dark Star [23:58] >

Doin' That Rag [4:37#] >

Cosmic Charlie [#0:30]

Encore - 12:42 It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [8:51];[0:10] ;

And We Bid You Good Night [3:11]

Comments Total time [2:32:21]. 

Ken Babbs & sundry other pranksters marshall the chaos between the first few songs. 

Jerry plays pedal steel guitar on Green Grass. At 1:52 into the Cryptical reprise there is a cut ; probably several minutes are missing here. 

It's anybody's guess how much of the second set may be missing.

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod052617.mp3

Thank you for your support of the Deadpod! 

Be safe and have a great weekend. 

May 26 2017

2hr 23mins

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Rank #18: Dead Show/podcast for 2/9/18

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45 years ago today the Dead premiered the 'Wall of Sound'.. they also premiered the following classic songs: China Doll, Eyes of the World, Here Comes Sunshine, Loose Lucy, They Love Each Other, Row Jimmy, Wave That Flag (Later US Blues).. this week we'll listen to the first set from this spectacular show, from February 9th, 1973 at the Roscoe Maples Pavilion at Stanford University, Palo Alto California. I can't believe I never played this before on the Deadpod but it appears I have not.. my thanks to Steve for the suggestion for this week! 

 

Roscoe Maples Pavilion (Stanford U), Palo Alto, CA (2/9/73) Promised Land Row Jimmy Black Throated Wind Deal Me and My Uncle Sugaree Looks Like Rain Loose Lucy Mexicali Blues Brown Eyed Women El Paso Here Comes Sunshine Playing in the Band You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod020918.mp3 Enjoy.. and thanks for your support!

Feb 09 2018

1hr 30mins

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Rank #19: Dead Show/podcast for 3/7/14

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This week I'm bringing out a show that has been on my request list for some time, I believe the reason I hadn't played it before is probably because I only have the first set in a soundboard format - the show is certainly good enough to warrant a listen as this first set contains the very first performance of 'Visions of Johanna' .. but that's not the only highlight of this first set.. Beat It on Down the Line and Big Railroad Blues are very solid as is the Music Never Stopped.. I think you'll enjoy this one and want to send out a special thank you to our friend who requested this! 

 Hampton Roads Coliseum, Hampton, VA (3/19/86)

Hell in a Bucket
Stagger Lee
C.C. Rider
Cold Rain and Snow
Beat it on Down the Line
Big Railroad Blues
Looks Like Rain
Visions of Johanna
Music Never Stopped
Don't Ease Me In
 
You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod030714.mp3
 
My thanks to all of you who help keep the Deadpod alive! I am indebted to you for your support!

Mar 07 2014

1hr 11mins

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Rank #20: Dead Show/podcast for 7/26/13

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This week's Deadpod features some really unique music from the summer of 1976.. this one comes from the famous run at the Orpheum Theater in San Francisco, from July 16th, 1976.. We only have the 2nd set of this show in soundboard quality so that is what I'm going to present.. I think you'll agree that this is a fine example of the more exploratory side of the band that was unfolding after the hiatus of '75 and before the signature sound of 1977.. The entire run is quite worth exploring, and many would argue that the next night, with its magnificent 'Comes A Time' would be a better choice, but we'll keep that in our pocket for a future Deadpod.. This second set has some really unique music, I'm very fond of the Playin'>Jam>Cosmic Charlie.. wowza! and what a set list... not only does Samson follow that, but another great 'Spanish' Jam.. then the Playin' reprise following the Wheel.. just when you think the surprises are surely over.. we get a GREAT 'High Time'.. some folks don't care for this more jazzy or improvisational side of the band, but after its been a bit since I've heard any I am refreshed when I hear it.. I hope you find it so as well.. 

Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, CA (7/16/76)

set 2
Playin' in the Band-> Stronger Than Dirt jam-> Cosmic Charlie-> Samson and Delilah->
Spanish Jam-> drums-> The Wheel-> Jam-> Playin' in the Band reprise-> Around and Around High Time Sugar Magnolia E: U.S. Blues

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The Deadpod is only possible through the generosity of its listeners. My sincere thanks to those of you who have contributed to keep the show on the air. Please stay in touch if there is anything I can do to make it better!

Jul 26 2013

1hr 38mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 7/10/20

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This week we get a second set that is almost as hot as the weather around here this week - it comes to us from July 1st 1980 in San Diego California. 

An excellent China>Rider opens the set and contains some of my favorite jamming of the evening.. the China cat jams from Garcia in particular are noteworthy, as is Brent's contributions. 

A rare 2nd set Peggy-O follows CC Rider, then we are treated to an early Brent contribution of 'Far From Me'. 

The boys take off from there with some great combos the rest of the way.. I love the Wharf Rat in particular but the playing throughout is full of energy and emotion.. I hope you enjoy it.. 

They return for a double encore .. featuring 'Alabama Getaway' and of course, 'Johnny B Goode'.. 

Grateful Dead San Diego International Sports Arena San Diego, CA 7/1/80 - Tuesday Two     China Cat Sunflower [8:09] > I Know You Rider [6:25] > C C Rider [6:57] ; Peggy-O[7:27] ; Far From Me [3:59] ; Uncle John's Band [7:39] > Playing In The Band [10:52] > Drums [9:05] > Space [7:28] > Truckin' [7:53]> 

Wharf Rat [10:48] > Around And Around [4:14] > Good Lovin' [7:17] Encores:

Alabama Getaway [5:11] > Johnny B. Goode [4:15] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod071020.mp3

Thank you for your support of the Deadpod! 

Be well and take care of yourselves! 

Jul 10 2020

1hr 46mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 7/3/20

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Happy July 4th! 

This week's Deadpod takes place back on July 1, 1980 in San Diego California, where the Dead would play a very nice show at the Sports Arena. This week we will hear the 1st set, which opens with a great Jack Straw > Franklin's Tower combo. They only did this opening combo eight times, but I think its a great way to open a show. El Paso and Tennessee Jed folow, then another combo, Lazy Lightning into Supplication.  A very nice Althea follows, with Jerry in good form. Then Bobby finishes this first set with another combo, Lost Sailor into Saint of Circumstance, 

Grateful Dead San Diego International Sports Arena San Diego, CA 7/1/80 - Tuesday One     Jack Straw [6:07] > Franklin's Tower [13:31] > El Paso [4:30] ; Tennessee Jed [8:58] ; Lazy Lightnin' [3:25] > Supplication [5:56] ; Althea[9:12] > Lost Sailor [6:13] > Saint Of Circumstance [6:19] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod070320.mp3

I hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend. In what is surely the strangest summer ever, may you stay well and be kind to each other. 

thank you so much for your kind support

Jul 03 2020

1hr 4mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 6/26/20

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This week on the Deadpod we have another monumental set from the seminal year of 1974. This week of course from the show in Springfield MA, on June 30, 1974. 

Following Seastones, the boys came out with a fine 'China>Rider' a combo often used to good effect as a second set opener. The transition is quite fine. 'Big River' follows and shows the spark it had which made it an excellent second set tune. A stand-alone 'Scarlet Begonias' lets Jerry stretch out a bit next. The meat of this set however is the 'Truckin'>Eyes>Stella Blue'.. as always during this period 'Truckin' lets the boys take things to unexplored dimensions, but the 'Eyes' here is perhaps my favorite. 'Stella Blue' is sung very well also. A strong trifecta of 'Not Fade Away>Goin' Down the Road>One More Saturday Night' closes the set, which even without an encore comes in at just slightly less than two hours. 

Grateful Dead Springfield Civic Center Arena Springfield, MA 6/30/74 - Sunday Three     China Cat Sunflower [11:12] > I Know You Rider [5:12] ; Big River [5:00] ; Scarlet Begonias [7:52] ; El Paso [4:06] ; U.S. Blues [5:35] > Truckin' [13:22] > Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam > Eyes Of The World [23:47] > Stella Blue [7:15] ; Not Fade Away [10:24] > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [7:34] > One More Saturday Night [4:56] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod062620.mp3

 Thank you for your kind support of the Deadpod! 

'History's page will thus be carved in stone. And we are here, and we are on our own'

Jun 26 2020

1hr 54mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 6/19/20

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This week's selection - a birthday request from a good friend of the Deadpod - takes us back to the last show of the June 1974 east/midwest tour which took place in Springfield Massachusetts on June 30, 1974. The first set, which we will hear this week, features some outstanding leads by both Jerry and Phil and a great song selection. Be patient during the opening number 'Don't Ease Me In' which is plagued by mix problems (as were most opening numbers in the Wall of Sound era), they clear up for a beautiful rendition of 'Black Throated Wind'. 'Peggy O' follows, a relatively new song, this is only its fifth performance. 'Greatest Story Ever Told' is a sizzler, as is 'Cumberland Blues'. The highlight of this set, if not the show, is the 'Playin' In The Band' > 'Uncle John's Band' > Playin' sandwich. As usual during this time they take things to unexplored spaces and it makes for a most wonderful time. 

Grateful Dead Springfield Civic Center Arena Springfield, MA 6/30/74 - Sunday One     Don't Ease Me In [3:32] ; Black Throated Wind [6:44] ; Peggy-O [5:19] ; Jack Straw [4:41] ; Loser [6:16] ; Greatest Story Ever Told [5:40] ; Cumberland Blues [6:04] ; Dire Wolf [4:18] ; Playing In The Band [19:07] > Uncle John's Band [8:54] > Playing In The Band [6:07] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod061920.mp3

Thanks so much for listening and for your kind support! 

'The black-throated wind keeps on pouring in And it speaks of a life that passes like dew'

Jun 19 2020

1hr 26mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 6/12/20

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This week we continue listening to the band's performance at the Tower Theater in Philadelphia PA on June 24, 1976 with a somewhat short, but quite sweet, second set. 

As with many great second sets, this one starts with a fine 'Help>Slip>Frank' containing an exceptional 'Slipknot!' . This fine recording, which has been available as a soundboard and an FM long before the first set, continues with a smoking 'Samson and Delilah', then a beautiful 'Wharf Rat', certainly one of the best of the year. A nice jam out of Wharf Rat then goes into an exceptional 'Dancin' In the Streets'. No Drums or Space on this set, they close with a very nice 'Sugar Magnolia'. 

No encore at this one..

Grateful Dead Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA 6/24/76 - Thursday     Two     Help On The Way [4:10] > Slipknot! [9:50] > Franklin's Tower [9:42] > Samson And Delilah [5:55] ; Wharf Rat [8:59] > Jam [2:07] > Dancing In The Street [12:57];[0:10] ; Sugar Magnolia [8:47] (1) 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod061220.mp3

I hope you enjoy this fine performance - thanks so much for listening and for your kind support! 

Jun 12 2020

1hr 6mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 6/5/20

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This week's Deadpod features a fine show from June 24, 1976 at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby PA, near Philadelphia.

This spring '76 tour features mail order tickets for the first time, and rejuvenated vocals from Bob and Donna, who seem to have benefited from the time off. This particular show was broadcast on FM but this is a soundboard copy and I think it sounds great. This one also has a hilarious opening by Bob and Phil - worth keeping the rather longish tuning in place ;)

I think you'll find that Keith is particularly fine throughout, but especially on Big River..

Listen to Jerry make that axe howl in Tennessee Jed ;) And what beats a first set Scarlet Begonias?

Hope you enjoy.

Grateful Dead

Tower Theatre

Upper Darby, PA 6/24/76 - Thursday

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Tuning and Stage Announcements

Cold Rain And Snow [6:02] %

Big River [5:22] %

Friend Of The Devil [8:08] %

Cassidy [4:15] %

It Must Have Been The Roses [7:26] %

Lazy Lightnin' [2:46] >

Supplication [4:55] %

Tennessee Jed [7:55] %

Looks Like Rain [7:19] %

Scarlet Begonias [10:22] %

The Promised Land [3:56]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod060520.mp3

Thanks for your support of the Deadpod! 

Be well.. Peace, Respect and Dignity to all! 

Jun 05 2020

1hr 31mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 5/29/20

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A energized show from 49 years ago highlights this week's Deadpod, from Winterland on May 30, 1971. We only have a partial second set from this Sunday night show but its in fine quality and the band is in top form for this period. The recording starts with a partial 'I Know You Rider' and you immediately wish the entire show survived. A fine 'Sugar Magnolia' follows,  and then 'Cumberland Blues' rocks out. Pigpen makes himself known with a powerful 'Big Boss Man'. 'Me & My Uncle' and 'Deal' follow, displaying the usual energy they were played during this time. 'Truckin' brings a big response from the crowd, but it leads into the highlight of the evening, a 15 minute plus 'Turn On Your Lovelight' that is pure Pigpen at his peak. 'Uncle John's Band' follows and then 'Casey Jones' closes out the set. A very energetic 'Johnny B Goode' ends the evening at must be well past the 2:00 AM curfew that Bill Graham warns us about following 'Lovelight'. 

This was released on a limited edition vinyl record store day release in November 2012. However this comes from the Charlie Miller tapes. 

Grateful Dead Winterland Arena San Francisco, CA 5/30/71 - Sunday Two     (MISSING) China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Sugar Magnolia ; Cumberland Blues ; Me And My Uncle ; Deal ; Truckin' > Turn On Your Love Light ; Uncle John's Band ; Casey Jones Encore     Johnny B. Goode   

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod052920.mp3

Thanks so much for your kind support of the Deadpod

Be well - enjoy life! 

May 29 2020

1hr 23mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 5/22/20

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This week we are treated to the second set from the band's performance in Troy NY at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on May 7, 1978.

This is a solid set throughout, featuring the opening Scarlet>Fire which clocks in at over 20 minutes with some exceptional Garcia licks.  The 'Estimated Prophet' that follows features some nice Garcia work on the wahwah as well. 'He's Gone' slows things down a touch and leads into Drums.

A great 'Iko, Iko' comes out of drums - and I read that Donna and Bob were doing a hulu dance during it ;) 'The Other One' that follows has some nice Phil bombs. 'Black Peter' follows and is as charged with emotion as any you'll hear. 'Around and Around' closes the set, and they come back for a 'U.S. Blues' encore.

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Field House - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

5/7/78 - Sunday

Two    

Scarlet Begonias [10:50] >

Fire On The Mountain [10:00] ;

Estimated Prophet [12:26] >

He's Gone [12:14] >

Drums [17:33] >

Iko Iko [9:39] >

The Other One [8:17] >

Black Peter [12:27] >

Around And Around [8:37]

Encore    

U.S. Blues [5:52] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod052220.mp3

My deepest thanks for your kind support of the Deadpod.

Please take care and help someone smile today :)

May 22 2020

1hr 45mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 5/15/20

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This week's Deadpod will take us to May of 1978. This show took place in the Field House at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY on May the 7th, 1978, a place that was described as basically an aircraft hanger with terrible acoustics and hot as hell. Luckily the tape we have is pretty good overall because this was a show where you can tell that the band was in great spirits and having fun throughout. I think you'll find that Jerry and Donna, in particular are in great voice, and Keith and Phil are both having an exceptional evening. 

There are plenty of highlights to be had here - as well as alot of noodling and playing around between songs.. some of my favorites are the 'Dire Wolf', the great 'It's All Over Now' featuring some very nice Garcia licks, and Passenger, with Donna in great voice. 

The closing 'Music Never Stopped' reaches some very nice spots as well.. 

Grateful Dead Field House - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 5/7/78 - Sunday One     Jack Straw [6:23] ; Dire Wolf [4:03] ; Mexicali Blues [3:42] > Mama Tried [2:36] ; Tennessee Jed [8:31] ; It's All Over Now [8:10] ; Friend Of The Devil [5:#43] ; Passenger [5:08] ; Brown Eyed Women [5:20] ; The Music Never Stopped [8:17] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod051520.mp3

Please observe the safeguards to stay well, join us on Facebook if you like, and don't forget the Friday night 'Shakedown Street' videos on YouTube. 

thanks so much for your kind support. 

May 15 2020

1hr 10mins

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Happy Mother's Day Weekend! This special Deadpod goes out in honor of all our Mothers..and this one is a huge dose of big ol' Grateful Dead lovin! 

This is the second (and third?) set from the band's performance on Mother's Day, May 12, 1974 in Reno Nevada.

As I mentioned last week, this was an outdoor, Wall of Sound show with quite high winds, which complicated things a bit. In fact, Garcia was quite unhappy with their performance, saying afterwards that he wouldn't blame folks if they wanted a refund! 

Well I don't agree and hope you don't either.. while this is an embarrassment of riches you must pay particular attention to the Truckin'>Other One, embedded as they are with both a 'Nobody's Fault' jam and a 'Mind Left Body'' jam.. this is quintessential 74 Dead. 

Grateful Dead University of Nevada Reno, NV 5/12/74 - Sunday Two     El Paso US Blues Greatest Story Ever Told Must Have Been the Roses Bobby McGee Deal Around And Around Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [7:21] Truckin' [10:06] > Nobody's Fault But Mine Jam > The Other One [22:#02] > Mind Left Body Jam > Row Jimmy [8:00] Big River [4:53] Ship Of Fools [5:36] Sugar Magnolia [7:25#] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod050820.mp3

It's such a sober time, I hope this brings some light and joy to your life in what should be a month filled with the promise of Spring. 

Be well my friends and love each other. 

thank you for your kind support. 

May 08 2020

1hr 55mins

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Hello May Day! hoping this finds you and yours healthy and safe.. This week I'm bringing you the show that kicked off Spring Tour 1974, from the University of Nevada in Reno Nevada on May 12th, 1974 - Mother's Day.. We will listen to the first of this three set show this week, then sets 2 & 3 for a Mother's Day treat next week.

This was an outdoor Wall of Sound show, as well as the first real show of Spring tour, and as usual with Wall of Sound shows, there are some sound issues off the bat - so 'Promised Land' is pretty rough till they get things dialed in. In addition to this this show was very windy - the " Washoe Zephyr" was in full throat and I've read that it was so strong that at times the speakers on the Wall of Sound were spinning around above the muscians' heads.. nevertheless this is a very strong and energetic performance. 'Sugaree' follows the opening 'Promised Land'. You can hear that wind as Bobby announces 'Polka Time!' before leading into 'Mexicali Blues'. 'Tennessee Jed' follows and I enjoy listening to Keith on the keyboards here, as well as Jerry's climaxing solo. A nice 'Jack Straw' follows. That ol' engine keeps on chugging through 'Brown Eyed Women' and 'Beat It On Down the Line'. The highlight jam wise of this first set comes in the closing 'China Cat>I Know Your Rider', which closes the set on a high note. 

Grateful Dead May 12, 1974 - Sunday University of Nevada Reno, NV One Promised Land Sugaree Mexicali Blues Tennessee Jed Jack Straw Brown Eyed Women Beat It On Down The Line China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod050120.mp3

Many thanks for your kind support of the Deadpod. 

Stay well and safe my friends. 

May 01 2020

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Dead Show/podcast for 4/24/20

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This week we feature the second set from a fine late '89 Grateful Dead show - from the Great Western Forum on Sunday, December 10, 1989. 

In my opinion the meat of this set comes right out of the gate with a exquisite 'Jack Straw' followed by a wonderful, driven 'China Cat Sunflower'. The 'I Know You Rider' is no slouch either and the combo is, in my opinion the highlight of this set. The always-fun 'Man Smart, Woman Smarter' leads into a rather lengthy Drums and Space. The 'Wheel' comes out of space, but it lacks the spark of some versions. 'I Need a Miracle' follows and despite some hiccups, Jerry brings out 'Stella Blue' and does a respectable version here. 'Good Lovin' closes the set with the crowd on their feet, and the boys leave us with an excellent 'It's All Over Now, Baby Blue' to close out the evening. 

Grateful Dead 1989-12-10 Great Western Forum - Inglewood, CA - Sunday Two     Jack Straw [5:31] > China Cat Sunflower [6:52] > I Know You Rider [7:05] % Man Smart (Woman Smarter) [8:31] > Drums [12:20] > Space [7:21] > The Wheel [5:16] > I Need A Miracle [4:53] > Stella Blue [9:07] > Good Lovin' [7:00] Encore     It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [6:09#]

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod042420.mp3

Don't forget to follow us on facebook - there I post the info on events such as the Dead's 'Shakedown Street' series of live concerts on Nugs net on Friday night and this week,  Dead & Co. from CitiField with Meyer on the Wolf... 

be safe and take care of yourselves and others.. 

thanks for being here

Apr 24 2020

1hr 33mins

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Hello friends.. this week's Deadpod results from a special request and is dedicated to a brother who just lost his battle with cancer - Joel Hatcher. His friend Tiffany who contacted me shared that he was listening to the 'pod throughout his chemo treatments and that he loved the Dead and the Blues. 

This was their first show together and I'm honored to be able to play it in his honor. This show - from December 12, 1989 at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood California, is full of positive energy and I thank Tiffany for the chance to play it in Joel's memory.. 

The first set, which we will hear this week, starts out with a strong 'Hell In A Bucket'. A nice 'Sugaree' follows, with Bruce Hornsby joining in on accordion. There are some excellent Garcia fans during this one. Next comes one of the new Brent compositions of the Fall of '89, 'We Can Run' - he sounds great on this, it sounds like he's been playing it forever.  Masterpiece and Loser follow, both solid versions. Another relatively new song follows - 'Victim or the Crime' - while this song would ultimately reside in the second set, this version has a different feel and arrangement to it, one that I find refreshing.  Next up another surprise as Spencer Davis joins the band for 'CC Rider' (the first since April '87) and then 'I'm A Man' - the only version the boys ever did.. always fun to hear the boys stretch out and back up someone like Spencer Davis. 

Grateful Dead 1989-12-10 Great Western Forum - Inglewood, CA - Sunday Set 1: Tuning Hell In A Bucket Sugaree * We Can Run, But We Can't Hide When I Paint My Masterpiece Loser Victim Or The Crime C.C. Rider I'm A Man * w/ Bruce Hornsby **w/ Spencer Davis on guitar and vocals and Bruce Hornsby on keyboards

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod041720.mp3

Hope you enjoy this one! 

Thank you for your kindness, and take care of yourself and each other... 

Apr 17 2020

1hr 10mins

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Strap in for some serious fun on this Good Friday edition of the Deadpod.. the second set from April 2, 1973 at the Boston Gardens is a classic.. There are memorable moments right from the start as Phil warns us to "watch out for the electric popcorn".. 

We get a mix of well played Dead classics, for example the 'Greatest Story Ever Told' is filled with some unique Garcia wahwahs.. 'Loose Lucy' is bluesy and foreshadows what the song will become later on.. The 'Stella Blue' is dreamlike and spacy.. Lest you think you aren't going to get any far-out jams, they bring it on , of all songs, the 'Here Comes Sunshine', which is unique and goes way out there. They bring us back with a fine 'Me and Bobby McGee', then we get a just a hint of 'Weather Report prelude' before they go into a molten 'Eyes of the World'. The 'China Doll' that follows is delicate and dripping with emotion. 

The double encore of 'Johnny B. Goode and We Bid You Good Night' caps off almost four hours of prime Dead.... 

Boston Garden, Boston, MA (4/2/73) Set 2: Stage Banter Ramble On Rose Me and My Uncle Mississippi Halfstep Greatest Story Ever Told Loose Lucy El Paso Stella Blue Around and Around Here Comes Sunshine -> Me and Bobby McGee -> Weather Report prelude -> Eyes of the World -> China Doll Sugar Magnolia Casey Jones Stage Banter Johnny B. Goode-> We Bid You Good Night

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod041020.mp3 

thank you for your kind support

Nothing left to do but Smile, Smile Smile

Apr 10 2020

2hr 2mins

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I had mastered an entirely different show for this week when I was reminded of this one... I played this one back in 2003 on-air at KOPN in Columbia MO, but never here on the podcast. This one is a monster. We have one of the best of the Spring 73 shows, this one from April 2nd.. Boston Garden.

It's a 16 song first set, great sound (a bit of a rough start but that was common in this period :).

While the stretching out jams don't come here in set 1, there is a ton to love here. There is a stunning 'Looks Like Rain', followed by 'Wave that Flag' - the precursor to 'US Blues'. The jam on 'Big River' is thunderous, and the 'China>Rider' is just exactly perfect. They close this set with a long and very interesting 'Playin' in the Band', coming in at around 18 minutes.

97 minutes of some of the finest Grateful Dead.. don't know about you, but I need it..

Boston Garden, Boston, MA (4/2/73)

Promised Land Deal Mexicali Blues Brown Eyed Women Beat it on Down the Line Row Jimmy Looks Like Rain Wave That Flag Box of Rain Big River China Cat Sunflower I Know You Rider You Ain't Woman Enough Jack Straw Don't Ease Me In Playing in the Band

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod040320.mp3

Be safe, of course.

This darkness got to give..

Thanks for listening..

Apr 03 2020

1hr 37mins

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Might you need some energy after some time cooped up with 'social distancing'? Well I think this show will have you covered.. true primal Dead here.. the frantic scorching solos from Garcia on most of these might not be everyone's cup of tea, but this is a great presentation of where the band came from and what the sound was like back in 1967. This was the third time they had played Winterland and the day after their first album had been released. The Pigpen tunes here are real gems. He sounds on top of his game. Chuck Berry was also on this bill, and played between the 1st and 2nd Dead sets. 

The second set in particular is fascinating. Check out the great electric versions of 'Cream Puff War' and 'Viola Lee Blues' they practically blow the roof off the place !

There are some understandable flaws in this recording and a couple cuts.. still I hope it brings a smile and gives you a respite from our dystopian present.

Grateful Dead Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA 3/18/67 Set 1 1.  Me And My Uncle 2.  Next Time You See Me 3.  He Was A Friend Of Mine 4.  Smokestack Lightnin' 5.  Morning Dew 6.  It Hurts Me Too 7.  Beat It On Down The Line 8.  Banter 9.  Dancin' In The Streets Set 2 1. Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion 2. Cream Puff War 3. The Same Thing 4. Cold Rain And Snow 5. Viola Lee Blues 6. Death Don't Have No Mercy

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod032720.mp3

be safe and be well my friends. 

Mar 27 2020

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Dead Show/podcast for 3/20/20

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My hope is that this podcast, this music, can bring a little joy and light into your life during this dark and scary time... 

This week we'll hear the second set from the band's performance on March 23, 1972 from the Academy of Music in New York City. While it is not as long as that massive first set from last week, I think it is uniformly good. 'Truckin' starts things off, nice tempo, lots of energy. The 'Ramble on Rose' is great.. Pig follows with 'Two Souls in Communion' and we're reminded what a loss was coming when he passed... 

'Mexicali Blues' features some nice flourishes from Jerry, then we have the Dark Star.. unique as all Dark Stars are, certainly jazzy and complex. I've read different reactions to this Star, some positive some not so much.. give it your space and see where it leads..

Out of the Dark Star ... Pig gives us the 'Big Boss Man'.. love it.. 

they close with Not Fade Away>Goin' Down the Road>Not Fade Away.. Bobby goes hoarse from screaming.... :) what a night.. 

hope you enjoy it.. 

Grateful Dead Academy of Music New York, NY 3/23/72 - Thursday Two     Truckin' [11:13] ; Ramble On Rose [5:54] ; Two Souls In Communion ; Mexicali Blues [3:16] ; Dark Star [24:05] (2) ; Big Boss Man [5:55] ; Not Fade Away [4:04#] > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > Not Fade Away 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod032020.mp3

be well, chill and take care of yourself and everyone around you my friends.. 

remain in light... 

Mar 20 2020

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Dead Show/podcast for 3/13/20

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This week brings a *huge* first set Deadpod for you, from the famous run of shows at the Academy of Music in New York City on March 23, 1972. This set runs over 2 hours and contains 18 songs! 

The band was gearing up for the upcoming Europe tour and I think this is one of the best shows of that run. Some of the many highlights include a great 'I Know You Rider' , Pigpen's 'Chinatown Shuffle', the third ever 'Looks Like Rain' with Jerry on the pedal steel, Keith does some great work on 'You Win Again'. The 'Jack Straw' is spot on, and 'Me & Bobby McGee' is one of their best. 

I'm sure in these two hours you'll find some favorites of your own! 

Grateful Dead Academy of Music New York, NY 3/23/72 - Thursday One     China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Black Throated Wind ; Chinatown Shuffle ; Brown Eyed Women ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Cumberland Blues ; Looks Like Rain ; Mr. Charlie ; Tennessee Jed ; El Paso ; You Win Again ; Jack Straw ; Next Time You See Me ; Playing In The Band ; Comes A Time [7:30] ; Me And Bobby McGee [5:53] ; CaseyJones [5:44] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod031320.mp3

Finally, a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Phil Lesh who turns 80 on Sunday!! 

Mar 13 2020

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Dead Show/podcast for 3/6/20

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Here we have a fine second set from the band's last performance at the Uptown Theater in Chicago IL, on February 28, 1981. 

I think this is a very nice recording and an interesting set list, starting with the 'Cold Rain and Snow' opener, through the heart of this one, the 'Terrapin Station' into drums and Space, then a fine 'Other One' and 'Stella Blue'. While there is a bit of funky echo in spots, for me it doesn't diminish what is an excellent set. 

Brent has some interesting sounds in that transition from Terrapin, and I'm always fond of hearing a soulful 'Stella Blue'...

Grateful Dead Uptown Theatre Chicago, IL 2/28/81 - Saturday     Two     Cold Rain And Snow [6:17] > Greatest Story Ever Told [4:19] ; Ship Of Fools [8:48] ; Lost Sailor [6:09] > Saint Of Circumstance [6:33] > Terrapin Station [12:39] > Jam [3:03] > Drums [12:23] > Space [10:26] > The Other One [6:44] > Stella Blue [8:07] > Around And Around [4:01] > Good Lovin' [8:06] Encore     One More Saturday Night [4:26#] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod030620.mp3

here's hoping March winds blow our troubles away... 

thanks for your support, my friends.. be well. 

Mar 06 2020

1hr 42mins

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Dead Show/podcast for 2/28/20

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39 years ago the band played a fine show at the Uptown Theater in Chicago, which I'm pleased to begin to present to you today. A fine 'Jack Straw' opener begins things on a high note, and the rest of this first set is varied and quite well played on this fine recording. Some of the highlights include a 'Little Red Rooster' with both some fine slide work and some nice color added by Brent, a great 'Big Railroad Blues' (which ones aren't?), and a near-perfect 'Althea'.  'Let it Grow' segs into 'Deal' to close this enjoyable set of early 80s Dead. 

Grateful Dead Uptown Theatre Chicago, IL 2/28/81 - Saturday     One     Jack Straw [6:25] ; They Love Each Other [7:19] ; Mama Tried [2:36] > Mexicali Blues [4:22] ; Candyman [7:17] ; Little Red Rooster [8:30] ; Big Railroad Blues [4:46] > Looks Like Rain [7:31] ; Althea [9:07] ; Let It Grow [11:56] > Deal [7:48] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here: 

http://traffic.libsyn.com/deadshow/deadpod022820.mp3

Keep your lamps trimmed and burning...

thanks for your support! 

Feb 28 2020

1hr 14mins

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I listen to past shows and can’t wait to see whats gonna have me groovin every Friday !!