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Monday, February 29, 2016

Alabama Week: Amazing Collection of Grateful Dead Debuts Arrives On Archive, I Saw Four

This rocks, a complete playlist of all debut versions of Grateful Dead originals from 1965 to 1995. Listen here:

I saw four, the primitive versions of Althea and Lost Sailor (no Saint), Hell In a Bucket and my favorite right out of the gate: Alabama Getaway.  Since Donna Jean was inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame last Saturday, I say it's time to relisten to the first Alabama Getaway.

August 4, 1979   Althea and Lost Sailor at the Okaland Auditorium Arena (later Kaiser)

November 4, 1979  Alabama Getaway at the Providence Civic Center

May 13, 1983, Hell In A Bucket at the Berkeley Greek

The links to archive are above or if you prefer to add the 161 files to your Itunes, here they are

Here's a nice unusual cover debut from November 6, 1970

Thursday, February 25, 2016

I love Howard's Take On the Dead

Howard F. Weiner is a true fan of the band and a great Deadhead. His new blog has an excellent take on the year 1977 which he covers extensively in his book.

From the great Bob Minkin  (Buy His Photos)  11-5-77

His Blogspot piece I like today is:

He also has a great book on the Jerry Garcia Band,w hich I like, but respectively is too heavy on 1982+ JGB when I preferred 1975-1980 JGB. Still his Jerry book rocks too

Let's review Howard's top-25 highlight selections from 1977. Luckily, I was there for his highlights #2, #8, #9, #17, #18 and #22.

1. 5-8-77 Scarlet > Fire
2. 9-3-77 Mississippi Half Step
3. 5-19-77 Playing > Uncle John’s Band
4. 5-8-77 St. Stephen reprise > Morning Dew
5. 6-9-77 Help on the Way > Slipknot > Franklin’s Tower
6. The Grateful Dead Movie
7. 5-15-77 Estimated > Eyes
8. 11-4-77 Playin’ > Eyes > Estimated > Other One
9. 5-7-77 Mississippi Half Step > Big River, Tennessee Jed, Music Never Stopped
10. 2-26-77 Terrapin Station
11. 5-19-77 Sugaree
12. 5-9-77 Big River, Peggy-O, Sunrise, Music Never Stopped
13. 6-7-77 Samson > Terrapin > Morning Dew
14.. 10-15-77  St. Stephen > Not Fade Away > Stella Blue > Sugar Magnolia
15. 5-22 Eyes of the World > Wharf Rat > Terrapin > Morning Dew
16. 3-18-77 Terrapin
17. 5-28-77 Sugaree
18. 11-6-77 Truckin’
19. 10-29-77 Let It Grow
20. 5-17-77 Fire on the Mountain
21. 5-18-77 Other One
22. 11-5-77 Three Take a Step Backs and Mississippi Half Step
23. 10-9-77 Lazy Lightning > Supplication, Sugaree, Music Never Stopped
24. 10-2-77 Casey Jones
25. 5-15-77 Dancin’ in the Street

I wont't disagree with the one's I was not at. Who can argue with Cornell and Buffalo, however Pembroke Pines 5-22 should probably be number one. Come on, when Dick's Picks 3 was released, that was Godhead awesome brain-dripping moment that I didn't even know occurred until like 20 years later. Also see

#2. I do love the Half Step on 9-3, but the 5-7 was more awesome and the highlight of Englishtown has to be He's Gone>Not Fade Away>Truckin'.  Listen to that again. it is the best Not Fade Away ever ever ever.

#8  yes Colgate is awesome, i love it nothing to add. Howard rocks here.

#9  yes, maybe higher in the standings, top 1% to 5% best first set I ever say

#17  Hartford is awesome too, and this Sugaree should be heard, but listen to it in its entirety Bertha>Good Lovin> Sugaree Here

#18  Binghamton might be high too but here's my long take

#22  Rochester, yes this are fun, but the highlight of this show (which I luckily heard on Sirius at 1-45pm Western last night is Eyes. It's Phil's world, we only live in it. Yes audience tapes do rock too

Sunday, February 7, 2016

December 31, 1985: Audience Suggests NFA, Band Says Love Is Real NotFade Away

The Grateful Dead started playing Not Fade Away in 1968, but it took until 1985 for them to open a show with it. And it started with a flyer in the lot. Wish I still had the flyer, but at my 6th straight (and last) New Year's show, there was an attempt to get the band to open the show with Not Fade Away. Which did happen. And Michael and Juliet were there with me as my witness, Not only did the band open with Not Fade Away, they closed the second set with it, and continued it into the encore for a three-peat.

Not Fade Away was almost always a second set two (and later set 2 post-drums) showcase for the band, and after pairing it with Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad in Queens, NY in October 1970, the pairing moved exclusively to the second set until the famous London show on May 26, 1972 which closed the Europe 72 tour.

 This show feature the ultra rare first set NFA>GDTRFB>NFA at the end of first set that had already featured 16 songs including a blistering Playing In The Band and a classic China Sunflower>I Know The Rider. Apparently, the band forgot to leave the stage and the London audience starts the only other clap request that was answered, finishing with a 19 song set, the only first set NFA>GDTRFB after 1970.

 Unfortunately, the last one was played in Winterland on February 24, 1974. The next Not Fade Away into Goin Down The Road was played at my fourth show on April 23, 1977, but alas not NFA reprise ever again.

 Not Fade Away as an encore was rare since inception with the first one noted at the Watkins Glen show on 7-28-73 while  jamming with the Allmans right prior to Mountain Jam. There were two NFA encores in 1976, one in Chicago on June 28 and one at the Orpheum a few shows later on July 17. It rarely opened a set two jam, Englishtown 1977 being the rare exception (certainly best verison I ever heard). And 9-14-78 Eqypt started with Ollin Arageed>NFA, which was close to opening the show.;

 The Dead had been experimenting with the NFA show close and revise in the encore at a couple of shows 4-12-83, 4-7-84, and 9-12-85. It's interesting that certian places like California, Providence and Alpine get mulitple versions of these call and response Not Fade Aways. After 1989, they only played NFA in set two. But it was fun while it lasted.

Encores of Not Fade Away, 1986-1989

 2-11-86 Kaiser Stella Blue ; Not Fade Away Encore Not Fade Away ; Hey Bo Diddley ; Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad

 3-30-86 Providence Throwing Stones ; Not Fade Away Encore Not Fade Away ; The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)

 4-21-86 (I was there) Berkeley High School Morning Dew [9:25] > Around And Around [3:32] > Not Fade Away [7:23] Encore Not Fade Away [1:44] > Don't Ease Me In [3:02]

 6-21-86 Berkeley Greek Throwing Stones ; Not Fade Away Encore Not Fade Away ; Brokedown Palace

 6-29-86 Alpine Throwing Stones ; Not Fade Away Encore Not Fade Away ; U.S. Blues

12-17-86 Oakland Coliseum Throwing Stones [7:51#] ; Not Fade Away Encore Not Fade Away ; Brokedown Palace

 1-30-87 SF Civic Throwing Stones [8:39] > Not Fade Away [7:01] Encore Not Fade Away [1:56] > Brokedown Palace [6:17]

 4-11-87 Chicago Throwing Stones [8:48] > Not Fade Away [6:18] Encore Not Fade Away [ 0:52] > Black Muddy River [6:16]

 4-19-87 Irvine Wharf Rat [9:25] > Not Fade Away [7:18] Encore Not Fade Away [0:45] > Brokedown Palace [5:55]

 5-3-87 Frost Throwing Stones [8:26] > Not Fade Away [9:01] Encore Not Fade Away [0:40] > The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) [4:17]

 5-10-87 Monterey (encore only) Encore Not Fade Away [5:22] ; Black Muddy River [6:17]

 6-28-87 Alpine Throwing Stones [8:52] > Not Fade Away [8:11] Encore Not Fade Away [0:58] ; The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) [4:17]

 8-13-87 Red Rocks Throwing Stones [8:08] > Not Fade Away [5:27] Encore Not Fade Away [0:23] > Touch Of Grey [5:49] > Knockin' On Heaven's Door [6:16]

 8-23-87 Ange's Camp Encore only Encore Not Fade Away [7:43] > Brokedown Palace [4:50]

 9-9-87 Providence Encore Not Fade Away [7:43] > Brokedown Palace [4:50]

 11-7-87 Kaiser Encore Not Fade Away [7:43] > Brokedown Palace [4:50]

 6-25-88 Buckeye Not Fade Away [6:41] Encore Knockin' On Heaven's Door

 7-3-88 Oxford Encore NFA

 2-6-89 Kaiser opens Beer Barrell Polka > Not Fade Away (Second and last show opened with NFA)

 2-12-89 LA Forum with Dylan on guitar Not Fade Away** ; Knockin' On Heaven's Door**

10-15-89 Meadowlands Throwing Stones [8:51] > Not Fade Away [8:09] Encore Not Fade Away Jam [2:34] ; Box Of Rain [4:41]