Friday, August 17, 2018

25 Years Ago: Best Days Between, August 22, 1993 Autzen

Your assignment today is to listen to maybe the best version of the last Garcia/Hunter masterpieces, which occured almost exactly 25 years ago today.  Just click above, and I got you covered.

This is the first 1993 show I have covered in Grateful Seconds.  I'm not an expert in late period Dead, since I only saw one more show after July 24, 1987 with Dylan, but here goes.

This is certainly a show of the year candidate, third in Deadbase behind 9-22 (MSG, David Murray, Dark Star, you get the drift) and 3-24 (30 Trips at the Knick).

And you get the all-time Days Between here (top in Deadbase too).
Hear it all here music

Since its 1993 you get a  late period Help on the Way suite, newspaper coverage, fanzine reviews, and all kind of bells and whistles.  About 43,000 paid $1.1 million to attend this show.

RIP to the kids who died driving back from the show. Still so sad after 25 years.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Dead Sell-Out Iowa City, February 24, 1973

Here is probably some Dead items you never saw before. A color copy of the February 24, 1973 Poster at the University of Iowa, found deep in their digital online archives and a snice little review of this concert that we don;t know everything about. 

For a long time, there were only four songs in SBD from this show, but in the past few years an audience appeared of much of the show.  Raead about it here from the experts at

Since it is February 1973 the Playing in the Band is suberb, you can get the tunes here

Wish I had more information, but what we have here is cool enough for me

For more on more famous Iowa Dead shows in this era read

First time I ever saw this in color

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (2/24/73)

Mexicali Blues
Brown Eyed Women
Looks Like Rain
Loos Lucy
Beat it on Down the Line
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Jack Straw
Here Come Sunshine
El Paso
Box of Rain
Tenessee Jed
Playing in the Band

They Love Each Other
Greatest Story Ever Told
Row Jimmy
Big River
Ramble On Rose
Me and Bobby McGee
Nobody's Jam
Eyes of the World
Sugar Magnolia

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Obscure Little Santa Monica Show with 30,000 Downloads, March 7, 1970

Between Fillmore East February and Harpur in May, there is this quirkly incomplete rare look at March 1970 in Santa Monica. I kind of really like audience tapes of this era with Black Peter leading the way.  So fun to hear it from the fan point of view.  Who knows the whole set? Wish I did
Crowd is sure quiet for a rock n roll show in 1970.

I recommend the one recording of this show, its here

Even weirder is that was promoted by Concert Associates, A Filmways Company (as in The Beverly Hillbillies, a Filmways presentation)

Presented some Daily Bruin and LA Times information, and currrent industry flavor

Same Night Downton about Ten Miles Away from SM Civic

From Deadlists

3/7/70 - Saturday posters tickets, passes & laminates
One [27:57] ; Black Peter [8:54] % China Cat Sunflower [3:18] > Jam [2:01] > I Know You Rider [4:28] > High Time [5:48] ; Tuning (1) [3:16] ; Dire Wolf [0:12#]
Two [47:23] ; Not Fade Away [#5:13] > Drums [4:59] > Good Lovin' [2:53] > Drums [0:13] > The Other One [6:#48] > Not Fade Away [2:26] > Turn On Your Lovelight [24:51#]
Comments This tape has circulated for years mislabeled "3/8/70" but Joey Newlander's archival research demonstrates that this show actually took place on 3/7/70. There are probably songs missing before and after Black Peter; on the circulating copy the Dire Wolf breaks off and the tape cuts in on the beginning of NFA. There must be tunes lost after Dire Wolf as well. (1) Includes New Speedway Boogie Tease.
It is impossible to tell whether the two fragments come from one set or two. There is a tape flip 3:27 into The Other One; probably not much is lost here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Eleven, Plus One, Phil Lesh & Friends (The Q) Free Soundboard Releases, 2000-2001

Phil Lesh & Friends in 2000-2001 are the best years of the best post-Grateful Dead spin-off group (to me).  Luckily, Phil decided to release 12 soundboard CDs free at the time for the enjoyment of us all.

I wrote about Phil Lesh & Friends once before,  But if you want to swim in this river, you can have all 12 of these shows  MP3 for all shows, FLACs can be downloaded on (links on each show)

Official Free Phil/Cygnus Productions soundboards from here on:
Thanks to the website for providing all these back in the day.

1.  10/1/2000- Burlington, VT
Jam > Mr Fantasy > Jam >St. Stephen > Cumberland, Deal> Broken Arrow> Jam, Smokestack > Bertha Jam> *Ship of Fools> Jam> Soulshine, *Passenger > Jam > Days Between > Jam > Terrapin > Jam >I Know You Rider > Jam > Scarlet Begonias Encore:Tom Thumbs Blues

2.  10/6/2000- The Orpheum, Boston
Jam>Casey Jones ,Pride of Cucamonga,Built To Last, Jam>Dire Wolf,The Wheel> Jam>
Low Spark.   Black Peter> Jam> The Other One (V2)> Cryptical Envelopment> Jam>Into the Mystic, Here Comes Sunshine, She Said She Said, Help on the Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower
Intros / Donor Rap, Not Fade Away>And We Bid U Goodnight

3.  10/16/2000- Beacon Theatre, N.Y.C.
Jam> Into the Mystic, Cosmic Charlie, Bertha, Little Light, New Speedway Boogie, New Potato Caboose > Jam > Uncle John's Band
Scarlet> Tennessee Jed, *Get Back > Jam> Other One> Cryptical> Stella Blue , China Cat > Doin' that Rag E: Brokedown Palace

4.  10/21/2000- Chicago
Dancin' in the Streets > Jam> Doin' That Rag, Duprees Diamond Blues, Broken Arrow> Fire on the Mountain, Soulshine > Blue Sky Jam> Morning Dew> Big Blister Jam>UJB> Little Light , I Know U Rider, Crazy Fingers Tease> Terrapin> Stella Blue > Spanish Jam >Lady with a Fan (Inspiration...)> GDTRFB > And We Bid You Goodnight E: Mountains of the Moon> Jam> Midnight Hour

5.  10/24/2000- The Fillmore, Denver, CO
Jam > Here Comes Sunshine> The Wheel > Dire Wolf, Cumberland Blues, Sugaree > New Potato Cabose > Passenger Box of Rain > Bertha > She Said > Dark Star > Cryptical Envelopment > The Other One > The Eleven > Dark Star > Lovelight > Cumberland Reprise >
Lovelight E: Cosmic Charlie

6.  10/27/2000- H.O.B., Las Vegas, NV
Jam > Dear Mr. Fantasy > Deal, Friend of the Devil, Casey Jones, Soulshine, Foolish Heart, Built to Last Not Fade Away > Eyes of the World, Strawberry Fields > Doin' that Rag, Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad, Scarlet Begonias, Just a Little Light, Sugaree

7.  10/28/2000- Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles
Jam> China Cat > The Eleven>Lazy River Rd., Jam> Blue Sky, Unbroken Chain, Ramble On,
Uncle John's Band Jam> *Tastes Like Wine > Mts. Of the Moon> Dupree's Passenger, Terrapin (Lady With a Fan)>Stella Blue> Terrapin> Jam> Slipknot>Franklin's E: Patchwork Quilt

8.  02/18/2001 Maritime Hall, S.F.
Dancin In The Street > Scarlet Begonias >Dancin In The Street > Milestones >Dupree's Diamond Blues, Bertha.  Caution Jam >Dear Mr. Fantasy >Dark Star >Tomorrow Never Knows >Dark Star > [
Wharf Rat >Viola Lee Blues >In The Midnight Hour >Viola Lee Blues, Strawberry Fields Forever >
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad >Comes A Time >And We Bid You Good Night

9.  04/20/2001 Charlotte, N.C.
 Passenger >Cumberland Blues, Dire Wolf, Wharf Rat >Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
Casey Jones, Rainy Day Women Jam >I Know You Rider, Dark Star >Blues For Allah >Dark Star >
Night Of A Thousand Stars, Help On The Way >Slipknot! >I Am The Walrus > Slipknot! >Franklin's Tower,And It Stoned Me >And We Bid You Good Night

10. 04/29/2001 Asbury Park, N.J.
Jam > Eyes of the World > The Wheel > Low Spark of the High-Heeled Boys > Cold Rain & Snow,
Tastes Like Wine > Scarlet Begonias Tons of Steel -> Casey Jones, Broken Arrow ->
Viola Lee Blues ->Shakedown Street > Bertha > Viola Lee Blues > Midnight Hour >
Viola Lee Blues Encore: Midnight Train > I Know You Rider

11. 04/30/2001 Roseland Ballroom, N.Y.C.
Jam >Soulshine > Pride of Cucamonga, Wharf Rat >Feelin' Groovy Jam > FOTD > St. Stephen >
Good Times, Bad Times Tease >St. Stephen >Golden Road, Birdsong > Night of 1000 Stars,
Lady With a Fan > Terrapin > Help > Slipknot! > The Eleven > Slipknot! > Franklin's Tower
Encore: Stella Blue > Box of Rain

12. 07/07/2001 Red Rocks, CO
Jam>Shakedown Street>Blue Sky, Lay Of The Sunflower, Mason's Children>Built To Last Jam>
Help On The Way>Slipknot!>The Eleven>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower>Dark Star>Lucy In The Sky>
Dark Star>I Know You Rider, Encore: Saint Stephen >Not Fade Away

Some 2000-2001 newspaper pieces.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

From Alice D Millonaire to Salt Lake City: 30 Songs That Opened a Grateful Dead Show Only One Time, 1966-1995

In the 2,000 plus shows the Grateful Dead played, there were 30 tunes that opened the song only once. 6 of these opened the acoustic set in 1969, 1970 and 1980. Obviously the early year stats are like maybes and subject to change. Please let me know if I missed any or made any other flubs

10-06-1966 Alice D. Millionaire, no tape
01-30-1968 Gloria, no tape
04-22-1969 Sitting On Top of the World, The Ark in Boston
06-11-1969 Let It Be Me (Bobby Ace & The Cards from the Bottom show, California Hall), no tape
05-15-1970 Ballad of Casey Jones (acoustic set, late) Fillmore East, one of those 65+ song shows
08-05-1970 Candyman (acoustic show, is this a real show?)
10-31-1970 Til The Morning Comes , famous Stonybrook Halloween
03-25-1972 Hey Bo Diddley (with Bo Diddley of course at the Academy)
02-15-1973 Loose Lucy, second version ever
02-21-1973 Wave That Flag (US Blues opened multiple. U of Illinois)
12-04-1973 Johnny B Goode (crazy Cincinnati show with very late start

03-23-1975 Blues for Allah, Snack benfir Kezar

06-17-1975 Crazy Fingers, Winterland
02-26-1977 Terrapin Station (first one), Swing, San Bernardino
05-09-1978 Franklin's Tower, Syracuse
12-13-1978 Passenger, Tampa
09-25-1980  Bird Song (acoustic set, first 1980 acoustic show), Warfield
10-02-1980 Dark Hollow (acoustic set), Warfield
10-31-1980 Heaven Help the Fool (acoustic set), Radio City
08-21-1983 Cassidy, Frost
04-13-1984  Day Job, Hampton
10-31-1985  Space>Werewolves of London, South Carolina only show
06-25-1985  Day Tripper, Blossum
11-21-1985  Big Boy Pete, Kaiser
03-21-1986  Roadrunner, Hampton
03-03-1987  The Mighty Quinn, Kaiser
06-21-1989 Hideaway, Shoreland, PPV show
10-23-1989 California Earthquake, Charlotte
06-17-1991 Eyes of the World, Giant's
02-21-1995 Salt Lake City, Salt Lake city

Thanks to the folks at Deadbase 50 for saving me hours weeks of research and Deadlists for the color.