Saturday, July 6, 2019

The OOPs Concert: Amsterdam, the Ones That Got Away, October 15-16, 1981

Thanks again Voodoonola  Here's the music

From September 30 to October 19, the Grateful Dead spend three weeks in Europe for their second trip that year, having played 5 shows in the UK and Germany at the end of March.  These were the band first trip to Europe since 1974, although they had cancelled a couple of London gig during the Egypt shows in September 1978.  They wouldn't come back until 1990.

In the Netherlands, the Dead had played on both May 10 and 11, 1972, playing Amsterdam and then Rotterdam. These 1981 shows are the last shows the Grateful Dead ever played in the Netherlands.
Apparently 1974 shows in Amsterdam were cancelled according to Steve Brown in David Gans and Blair Jackson Dream book.

So as legend has it, the Dead had some time off between gigs and on October 11, Bobby and Jerry decided to play a few acoustic tunes at the Melkweg and then came back for two nearly full Dead shows on October 15 and 16.   Most of these shows are mana from Heaven, especially the last night on Bobby's 34th borthday where they played a bunch of tunes like Lovelight, Gloria and their only Hully Gully. We can both listen and see this show.

Famed Dead photographer Bob Minkin took many of the pictures on this page and even wrote the fab review in the Taping Compendium Vol. 2. If I were you, I'd buy Live Dead, Bob's great book of photos with tremendous coverage not only of these Melkweg shows but the entire October 1981 European tour.

Since only May 6, May 19, and December 9 have full show official release, maybe its time for October 16, 1981 to be released. So this is my latest guess for a show getting the CD treatment.

 Here's Garcia on the cover of the local rock rag in 1972.

Grateful Seconds has covered May 12, 1972.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

JGB's After Midnight>Eleanor Rigby>After Midnight Reigns Supreme in Oswego February 17, 1980

JGB Brought It This Cold Night in Upstate New York with After Midnight and an Eleanor Rigby sandwich and also Positively Fourth Street, Catfish John, Deal, Let It Rock, It Takes Alot to Laugh
and the show was endless. As is the Student Newspaper Coverage of the Show. I'd see the show nine nights later with Rick Sullivan (who I still talk to 40 years later!) from the front row at the Ocean State in Providence  and see Tiger Rose, Promontory Rider with Robert Hunter in the JGB, but I'd trade it for this show. Heres 2-17-80   According to JGMF, this show brought the Band a cool $10,000.

Note that Dead wordsmith supreme Howard Weiner devotes Chapter 4 of his Positively Garcia book about this show, calling it one of the best Garcia Band shows ever (4th!) and since you really should support Dead writers, I'll only give you a snapshot of his writing below. Just buy his books!

Also please thank Keith Gatto for recording this show. It's a wonderful audience.

This is flac encoded & tagged version of shnid: 9017

Jerry Garcia Band
Laker Hall, SUNY Oswego
February 17, 1980

MAC(taped by Keith Gatto Nak 300s>Sony TC-D5)>DAT>CD>WAV>SHN.

Disc One
1. /Melody
3. /How Sweet
4. /Catfish John
5. Deal
6. /Positively 4th Street

Disc Two
1. That's Alright Mama
-set 2-
2. /Money Honey
3. Sittin' in Limbo
4. Let it Rock
5. After Midnight >
6. Eleanor Rigby >
7. After Midnight

Disc Three
1. Train to Cry
2. Harder they Come

And here is the wonderful coverage in the Oswegonian

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Weather Report>US Blues takes 50 Minutes And The Set-Long Sugar Magnolia Sandwich is Invented Show on June 28, 1974

The Wall of Sound played havoc with the Grateful Dead's 1974 summer show 45 years ago due to the sheer time to take apart, transport and reassemble the speakers.

It is appropriate then, on a couple fronts, that this three-disc set concludes a near thirty minutes of untitled jam immediately preceded by a quarter hour of rhythm guitarist Bob Weir's "Weather Report Suite."    (you can listen above)

You can take 50 minutes of set two between Sugar Magnolia and Sunshine Daydream and simply write Weather Report>US Blues. But the > in the middle is a once-only highlight of the Grateful Dead's entire career.

Obv the Dead loved Massachusetts in June (or anytime). But this is my favorite Mass Dead ever.
Boston Globe, 12-31-1998

Mps of the show are:
1st Sugar Sunshine split
12/10/1973 Charlotte Sugar Magnolia > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [5:44] > Sunshine Daydream [3:50]

1st full set Sugar Sunshine split.   This split was also popular at Boston shows with 3 of the first 6 at Boston shows

Sugar Magnolia [6:00] > Scarlet Begonias [8:35] ; Big River [4:48] ; To Lay Me Down [7:43] ; Me And My Uncle [2:37] ; Row Jimmy [8:01] ; Weather Report Suite Prelude [1:16] > Weather Report Suite Part 1 [4:09] > Let It Grow [10:11] > Space > Mind Left Body Jam > Jam [27:39] > U.S. Blues [8:30] ; The Promised Land [3:00] > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad [8:16] > Sunshine Daydream [3:37]   (from