Asked to describe the Grateful Dead's music, Garcia is reported to have quipped, “We were great for seconds on end.” (stolen from Cubensis site)

Monday, December 31, 2018

Dead Comes Dancin into 1972: December 31, 1971, Break Out The Same Thing


This 1971 New Year's Eve show has the total look and feel of a 1972 show with the addition of the only The Same Thing between 1966 and 1991 and only Dancin' in the Streets between 12-31-1970 and June 1976.

Pretty great radio show

Dancin' In The Streets, Mr. Charlie, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, You Win Again, Jack Straw, Sugaree, El Paso, Chinatown Shuffle, Tennessee Jed, Mexicali Blues, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Next Time You See Me, Playin' In The Band, Loser, One More Saturday Night* 
Truckin'-> Drums-> The Other One-> Me & My Uncle-> The Other One, Jam-> Black Peter, Big River, The Same Thing, Ramble On Rose, Sugar Magnolia, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away, E: Casey Jones













Jan 1972 SF Chronicle









Saturday, December 29, 2018

Closing of Winterland, Play Until 7AM, Dark Star Returns, "Best New Year's Ever" December 31, 1978


40th birthday of what many think is the best New Year's Eve show ever.
This is considered one of the most important Grateful Dead shows ever, the last show at Winterland, December 31, 1978 when the Dead broke out a dream third set of  Dark Star>The Other One>Dark Star>Wharf Rat>St Stephen>Good Lovin' to cap an outstanding show.  Here are the tunes

There is also a nice midnight first set opening with Sugar Magnolia>Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain that sandwiches back into Sunshine Daydream.

There is a lot written about this show and many beautiful photos and official DVD release.
The Blues Brothers and the New Riders opened the show and the Dead were on the radio and the TV

Amazing this show is only rankled #2 for 1978 behind the July 8 show at Red Rocks.  While I saw six New Year's shows from 1980-1985, this is the one I wish I could have seen the most and it's usually ranked top 12-31 show in informal polls.

I was at a party in Portland, ME that evening trying to get an update from my gf in Marin, but since the Dead didn't even start until 3AM east coast time, I'd didn't get the Dark Star info until sometime in January.

The bonus disc included with the 2003 4 CD release is here

Blair Jackson's great New Year's eve blog post




































Thursday, December 27, 2018

Stroke of Midnight, First Show of 1977: December 31, 1976 at the Cow Palace


After midnight, we got:

Sugar Magnolia->
Eyes Of The World->
Wharf Rat->
Drums->
Good Lovin'->
Samson & Delilah->
Scarlet Begonias->
Around & Around->
Help On The Way->
Slipknot!->
Not Fade Away->
Morning Dew,

One More Saturday Night,
Uncle John's Band->
We Bid You Good Night*

This was a monster show, the only one at the Cow Palace and it comes complete with an extended Jerry Moore review in (Dead ) Relix, volume 4, number 2, where I learned of the setlists. Times were different back then my friends.  Here is the music from the show. You can also get the pdf of the Relix issue.

This is likely the best show of 1976 with the after midnight jam one of the top-31 jam segments of all-time. The show includes one of the last set-one Playing in the Band closers, a Sugar with no Daydream, a rockin' Good Lovin>Samson in the middle of set two, a fantastic Scarlet, a few months pre-Fire, an unfinished Help>Slipknot, and then Dew, OMSN, Uncle John's and We Bid You Goodnight.  This 17 year old high school senior didn't have the funds to leave Maine on this night.














Whoa.