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

Thursday, June 6, 2019

RIP Dr. John

RIP Dr. John

On a cold Palo Alto January 10 night at Sophie's in 1976 when James Booker came up from New Orleans to replace Nicky Hopkins in the Jerry Garcia Band, JGB played Right Place, Wrong Time, which was Dr John's biggest hit (billboard #9, US charts)

On an April 7, 1972 bootleg from Syracuse New York, Dr John and band played a wicked Wang Dang Doodle as its penultimate tune. The Dead were in London.

He also played with John Kahn and Jerry at the beacon on April 21, 1982