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That puzzle just popped up on my Facebook feed.  Looks pretty cool, but pricey.

i am listening to the Wall of Sound Road Trips.  And almost 9:30 into the opening China Cat from 6/16/74, Jerry plays the opening line of The Eyes of Texas during his solo.  Fun to hear even though I know he was probably quoting the railroad song.  Those discs have so much good stuff on them I wish they would have released both complete shows.  The Eyes> big river segue is badass and the other one and Morning Dew from 6/18/74 are among my favorite versions ever.  The 6/16 Playing is probably my favorite non-72 version.

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Well, I’m sitting in the spa looking for something new to listen to and now I have it. Muchos Gracias!

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It’s going to be a good show if they open with Bertha!!

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Shakedown Stream is showing the Grateful Dead movie tonight.  It started about 30 minutes ago.  Since it's youtube, I think you can rewind to the beginning if you would like to.

 

 

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I’ve been on a deal kick lately. I’m currently listening to the first time I heard Deal live...6/13/93. It’s actually pretty good.

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Where are all of the Deadheads??  This SIP is tailor fucking made for us.  We've got years and years to work through.  I'm currently working thorugh 6/19/76 from the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ. 

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Where are all of the Deadheads??  If there is any fan base made for weathering a storm like this it is the fans of the Grateful Dead.  Tonight is the 55th anniversary of the first time the Warlocks took the stage at Magoo's Pizza in Menlo Park.  What a long and unbelievably strange tri pthat was and continues to be.  The Music Never Stops!

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I got the new Dave’s pick yesterday and listened to the first two disks as I was finishing up an exam for the class I was working on.  The class has kept me really busy around going to work (drugs can’t fill themselves from home) and kept me from posting here too much.  The release ( Miami 74) is pretty good and from my favorite era. Can’t wait to hear the rest as I always loved the Spanish Jam on the So many Roads box set and the bonus disc is loaded. 
Also, I can’t  remember if I mentioned it up thread, but the Broken Record podcast where Rick Rubin interviews Bob is worth a listen. I really enjoy that pod even when I don’t know the artist.

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According to my local weatherman, the Midwest and Northeast get to listen to some great jams this weekend.

 

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Also, today is the 43rd anniversary of what many believe to be the best Grateful Dead show of all time. May 8, 1977 may be the pinnacle of a fantastic spring tour that year. Seriously, you could pick any of the shows from Spring 77 and it would be fantastic. The highlights of the show for me are They Love Each Other and Brown Eyed Women. The BEW is so good I’ve gotten to where it’s about the only version of that song I can listen to. Anyway, I’ll probably drink some whiskey and listen to that show tonight!

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The Shakedown Stream tonight is 7/2/89 from Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. They were absolutely on fire in 89. I like 89 better than 90 because they were doing more Dylan songs I like and fewer Brent songs. I love Brent I’m the keyboards and organs, but I never really got into his songs much. It seems like they were really playing more Brent songs then.

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The Dancin in the Streets is my Barton Hall highlight.  I work with a guy who grew up in New Jersey and his sister took him to that show for his birthday.  He went to at least 5 or 6 all time classic shows that have been officially released including Roosevelt stadium 74 and Englishtown Raceway 77.  He is kind of a weird old loner now, but it is so interesting when I can get him to talk about some of those shows.  He saw a shit ton of songs that are #1 on Headyversion.  So jealous.

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I need to listen to that Englishtown show. It’s almost as legendary as the Cornell show. I’m enjoying the Shakedown tonight. I think this is the 5th one and 3 of them have been kind of letdowns. They did some shows that have been released for a long time. Buffalo 89 was the same way, but I’m not going to complain since that’s my favorite show.

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This Dear Mr Fantasy is just fucking outstanding! Brent and Jerry just had that look and they fucking killed it!

 

And into Hey Jude?!!!??!!! Goddamn!

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When the guy was first telling me about the shows he saw, the Englishtown one (DiP 15) was the one that had him the most excited.  There are some pretty good articles online about it.  It was apparently an all day show with 100-150k attendees.  New Riders and Marshal Tucker opened.  The whole show smokes.  The Miss 1/2 step is real nice.  1st set TLEO, Peggy-O, Looks like rain, the music never stopped are all great too.  

the second set from Estimated on is amazing.  The Not Fade Away>truckin closer and Terrapin encore had to be so fun to see in a crowd that size.

some other shows he saw were Roosevelt 74 (DiP 31), most of the June76 run that was just released, 9/24/76 ((DaP 4), 9/25/76 (DiP 20) as well as some JGB shows from that era.  He said he quit going in the early 80s cause it just wasn’t the same anymore.  The things he saw boggles the mind.

they leave the streaming shows up for the week, so I will definitely check out the 7/2/89 show.  I agree that Summer and fall 89 were their late peak.  I have been waiting for an Alpine 89 box set for years.

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I am listening to the Not Fade Away from Englishtown now.  It is out of control.  The intro is longer than lots of their later versions. I would rate it as one of the best versions of any song they ever played (along with DiP 1 Here comes sunshine and DiP 3 Sugaree).

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Just started listening to a newish dead podcast called 36 from the Vault.  They are going through the Dick’s picks series.  I listened to the first two and am going to listen to Vol 3 before listening to the third one.  It is pretty good, the hosts are both pretty successful music critics who are big fans.  
In first episode, my biggest discovery is how good the He’s Gone is on Vol 1.  Keith’s playing is great.  I hadn’t really listened to it in years as I usually stick to disc 1.  Also, I never knew there is a 4 minute bass solo that Phil insisted be cut from the first Jam after Truckin for it to be released.  

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The Shakedown Stream tonight was 6/17/91 from Giants Stadium.  It's supposed to be a pretty legendary show and I know there are some big fans of this show that post here, but I haven't been able to get into it.  I've yet to hear a "Bruce" show that I really liked and I think it's because it's Vince and  Bruce.  It's just too much for me.  I would love to have heard them with Bruce only or maybe even with just Vince during that time.  To me there is too much sounds with Bruce and Vince there.  It's distracting to me.  I'm finishing up the night listening to 5/8/77.  There is a guitar teacher in Baltimore that has started a series where he breaks down Grateful Dead songs.  He gets really technical sometimes and I don't understand the "music" part of what he is talking about, but it's really cool to see someone catch the bug in real time.  You can tell every once in a while that the Grateful Dead is smacking this guy right in the forehead and it's starting to make a dent.  Here he is reviewing Row Jimmy from 5/8/77 and he's said over the next few weeks he is going to breakdown the whole show.  It should be pretty good.

 

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I’m listening to 6/18/76 from the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey & 6/21/76 from the Tower Theatre in Philly. It’s the download series Volume 4. Both are very solid shows. 1976 is sometimes a strange year for me to listen to. You can hear the beginnings of them being tight like 77, but it’s not quite there. It’s still a good listen on a Saturday night.

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And I just heard a song I've never heard before, Mission in the Rain.  I liked it.  I wonder why they stopped playing it?

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Holy shit! Phil is just fucking with everyone on this Scarlet Begonias. 

 

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I like that 6/18 show. For me, it is a cool one since I was born a couple hours before the show started.  I’ve always really liked Mission in the Rain. It stayed in the JGB rotation even though the Dead quit playing it.  
 

I really like the version from the Don’t Let Go JGB release recorded about a month earlier.  The whole show is great.  Keith and Donna are in the band, I love John Kahn on bass, and the drummer is Ron Tutt from Elvis’ TCB band and later Neil Diamond’s band.  They do great versions of Sugaree and TLEO and really everything else.  The After Midnight is one of my favorite covers from any band ever.  The find the perfect groove on it.  It is worth a listen and is my favorite JGB release outside of the Legion of Mary stuff.

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Not the same show, but same venue (3 years later) which apparently underwent zero upgrades to their A/V setup.  Wonderful version of Reuben & Cherise with just Jerry, no band. 

 

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Absolutely!!! The Grateful Dead community always accepts anyone that wants to get on the bus! Post your favorites!

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Loser is what really got me started down the rabbit hole, what a great fucking song.

 

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On 3/28/2018 at 2:24 PM, Hate said:

Love this song

 

 

Love this Brent era version you posted on the first page

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Yeah, I’m a huge Brent fan. You should check out the Wharf Rat from that show as well. There are so many great recommendations on this thread. Check out the Truckin Up to Buffalo show on Amazon Prime that I’ve mentioned before. It’s outstanding from beginning to end.

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7 hours ago, elguapo said:

Is this thread accepting recent converts?

i hope so, i've only just recently discovered this band "The Grateful Dead" and its many resulting incarnations---Jerry Garcia Band, The Dead, The Other Ones, Further, Dead & Co., et. al.  I certainly hope you'll allow me to post on your threads.  You must be the mixing board guy.  

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I don’t need to wait until that day! I’m listening to Jerry right now! If the thunder don’t get you then the lightning will!

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@elguapo...One thing you'll see on your trip down the rabbit hole is how the songs changed over the years.  Here are 3 different Bird Songs all played very differently.  They are all outstanding!

 

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Tomorrow night's Shakedown Stream is from 7/16/90 in Buffalo.  This is the second show from Buffalo.  I was in Buffalo just 3 years later and can confirm that they always brought it in Buffalo for some reason. 

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Where you at @elguapo?  Where you at fellow Deadheads?  If ever there was a time for this music and this band, it is now!  @elguapocheck out these different Eyes of the World over the course of 50 years.

Same song, but different every time.  It's pretty goddamn amazing really.

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