Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Blogger Vacation

Take a vacation, fall out for a while...

A blogging vacation that is. It's been a couple weeks since my last post, for a number of reasons, I just kind of took a break. I wasn't feeling well for a while, wasn't sleeping well either, then went on a business trip to San Diego two weeks ago, and just haven't got back into the groove since. I wrote alot the first several months of this blog's existence, it was starting to get tough to keep it going with new and fresh ideas. The collaborative nature of this blog has been positive, and I hope to come up with some new ideas around that.

I may start blogging on some other subjects as well, probably around things happening in my life, or other things that interest me. I don't plan on going political, in fact I'll probably keep my personal views and opinions to myself for the most part. I even thought about starting up a completely separate work-related blog, but I'm still not sure if that's a good idea or not. This however is first and foremost a Grateful Dead blog, I'm just still thinking about where I want to take this and what else would be worth blogging about.

In my hiatus, I missed a couple birthdays, so with apologies, happy belated birthday wishes to Phil Lesh who turned 66 on March 15, and TC, who turned 62 on March 19.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Jonathan's Desert Island Dead

Jonathan takes off for the Desert Island with five favorites...

1. DP 18 - Like Mark, this collection just blows my mind every time I hear it. The Samson alone is worth the price of admission, but to follow it with that ripping Scarlet > Fire is unworldly. To include what,for me, is the consummate "Eyes" is almost unbearable.
2. DP 35 - The House Boat Tapes. Despite the noveltythat surrounded this release when it came out, it's a great collection of music. 1971 Dead at their peak.
3. 10/26/89 - Miami, FL - This show came from outer space, I swear. Great performances during the whole thing, and the Dark Star here is Halloween-worthy.
4. 4/23/77 - Springfield, MA - One of my favorite '77 shows, with what is perhaps a Top 5 Scarlet > Fire for me.
5. 4/17/71 - Princeton, NJ - The Brooklyn Bridge rave-up, my favorite Pig moment of all time. And as was typical for '71, the rest of the set ain't bad either.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Pigpen - RIP

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan left this earth 33 years ago today. As I write this, I'm listening to the 3/24/71 show which has classic versions of Hard To Handle and Next Time You See Me.

Pigpen was a bluesman to the core, he lived hard, and was the heart and soul of the Grateful Dead even for years after he passed away. It makes me think that it's a real shame that he has never been, and probably never will be, respected for the great showman that he was, at least outside of the Dead community. As his tombstone says though, "Pigpen Was And Is Now Forever One Of The Grateful Dead". And he will be in the hearts and souls of Deadheads now and forever too.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Two New DeadBlogs...

...well, not necessarily new, but new to my DeadBlog list.

Librarian In Tye Dye - Is written by David Dodd, author of the great Annotated Grateful Dead Lyrics website and recently released book.

Lightmuzik was recommended to me by Microdot, who was a major contributor to my Best AUDs at The Archive compilation. This blog is run by a fell Marylander and Aquarian, he also works for a non-profit, and he's almost the same age as me (all from his profile). And he blogs about the Grateful Dead, talk about having alot in common!

Check 'em both out!

Friday, March 03, 2006

SLC's Desert Island Dead

SLC Library Boy went a bit overboard with his Desert Island Essentials. He's packin' heavy for his trip, but that's OK, no way I could ask someone to narrow-down a list like that. BTW, he did 'narrow-it-down' himself to shows from '72 to '79 :-)

03-25-72 Academy of Music, New York, N.Y. (Sat)
1: Hey Bo Diddley> Mannish Boy> Rap Jam> Jam, Take It Off> Mona, Wo Wow Hey Hey> Unknown, Pollution, Eighteen Children, Jam> Jam
2: How Sweet It Is, Are You Lonely For Me, Next Time, B. E. Women, Smokestack, Top Of The World, Sugaree, L. L. Rain, Bertha
3: Mr. Charlie, B. T. Wind, Deal, Playin, Lovelight, Casey Jones

Hell's Angels party/benefit - also: Bo Diddley - first set with Bo Diddley - "Unknown" is a blues number - Donna Godchaux's first official appearance as a member of the Grateful Dead - first "Hey Bo Diddley" - final "Mannish Boy" - only "Take It Off" - first "Mona" - only "Wo Wow Hey Hey" - only "Pollution" - only "Eighteen Children" - only "Are You Lonely For Me" - only "How Sweet It Is"

This is available as Dick’s Picks #30. The Bo Diddley set is fantastic, but this whole run is amazing. Previous guests include The Beach Boys (who play an off-the-hook “Good Vibrations”) and the return of T.C.

05-11-72 Rotterdam Civic Hall, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Thu)
1: Playin, Sugaree, Mr. Charlie, B. T. Wind, Deal, Chinatown Shuffle, Mexicali, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Hurts Me Too, BIODTL, B. E. Women, Jack Straw, Big RxR Blues, Good Lovin, Casey Jones
2: Morning Dew, Me & My Uncle, Two Souls, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, Next Time, Dark Star> Drums> Dark Star> Sugar Magnolia> Caution> Who Do You Love> Truckin> Uncle John E: Saturday Night
final "Caution" - final "Who Do You Love"

This whole show kicks, but the second set run, from Dark Star to Uncle John is incredible.

08-27-72 Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Or. (Sun)
1: Promised, Sugaree, Me & My Uncle, Deal, B. T. Wind, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Mexicali, Bertha
2: Playin, He's Gone, Jack Straw, Bird Song, Greatest
3: Dark Star> El Paso, Sing Me Back Home, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones, Saturday Night
Springfield Creamery benefit - "Field Trip" - also: NRPS

This is the legendary show that was filmed for the still unreleased movie “Sunshine Daydream.” I’ve traced the (lack of) info concerning the (non) release here:

I recently acquired the first half of the movie and it’s amazing. I can’t wait to (one day) get the rest. But in the mean time, the audio of this show rocks my world.

02-09-73 Roscoe Maples Pavilion, Stanford U., Palo Alto, Ca. (Fri)
1: Promised, Row Jimmy, B. T. Wind, Deal, Me & My Uncle, Sugaree, L. L. Rain, Loose Lucy, Mexicali, B. E. Women, El Paso, H. C. Sunshine, Playin
2: China Cat> I Know You Rider, Jack Straw, TLEO, Truckin> Eyes> China Doll, Big River, Ramble On, Box Of Rain, Wave That Flag, Sugar Magnolia, Uncle John, Around E: Casey Jones
"Beer Barrel Polka" tuning before "Mexicali" - first "China Doll" - first "Eyes" - first "H. C. Sunshine" - first "Loose Lucy" - first "TLEO" - first "Row Jimmy" - first "Wave That Flag"

This show has powerful energy behind it. Deadbase has a great review of this show. The 1st time versions are a lot of fun, including an up-tempo, funky They Love Each Other (TLEO).

06-16-74 State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Ia. (Sun)
1: Bertha, Mexicali, Row Jimmy, BIODTL, Scarlet, B. T. Wind, Sugaree, El Paso, Roses, Jack Straw, China Cat> I Know You Rider, Around
2: U. S. Blues, Race Is On, Eyes> Big River, Playin
3: Tennessee Jed, Me & My Uncle, Deal, Greatest, Ship Of Fools, Truckin> Nobody's Jam> Wharf Rat> GDTRFB E: Casey Jones

This whole show is tight, but I just can’t get over the beautiful and unexpected transition from Eyes of the World into Big River.

10-18-74 Winterland Arena, San Francisco, Ca. (Fri)
1: Around, Sugaree, Mexicali, Peggy-O, BIODTL, B. E. Women, Cumberland, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, WRS Prelude> WRS Part 1> Let It Grow
2: Phil & Ned> Jam> Dark Star> Morning Dew
3: Promised> Bertha> Greatest, Ship Of Fools, NFA> GDTRFB> Saturday Night E: U. S. Blues
"Beer Barrel Polka" tuning before "Mexicali" - final "WRS Part 1" - final "WRS Prelude" - "Sugaree", "BIODTL" and "Ship Of Fools" appear on "Steal Your Face"

Phil & Ned (a minimal electronic jam by Lesh & Nagin) into “Jam” into Dark Star into Morning Dew is just perfect.

03-23-75 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, Ca. (Sun)
Blues For Allah> Stronger Than Dirt> Drums> Stronger Than Dirt> Blues For Allah E: Johnny B. Goode
first "Blues For Allah" - first "Stronger Than Dirt" - with Merl Saunders and Ned Lagin - without Donna - FM broadcast KIOI-San Francisco - Students Need Athletics Culture & Kicks (SNACK) benefit –

This show is very unique. Besides the crowd pleasing encore, it is all instrumental. It’s very fusion-jazz-like. Check out the rehearsals for this show. There are some stellar jams.

07-18-76 Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco, Ca. (Sun)
1: Half Step, Cassidy, Row Jimmy, Mama Tried, Scarlet, L. L. Rain, Tennessee Jed, Minglewood, Loser, Music
2: Might As Well, Samson, Candyman, Lazy Lightning> Supplication> Let It Grow> Drums> Let It Grow> Wharf Rat> Drums> Other One> St. Stephen> NFA> St. Stephen> Wheel> Other One> Stella Blue, Sugar Magnolia E: Johnny B. Goode

FM broadcast KSAN-San Francisco

The second set portion starting with Lazy Lightning thru Stella Blue is out of this world.

02-26-77 Swing Auditorium, San Bernardino, Ca. (Sat)
1: Terrapin, Minglewood, TLEO, Estimated, Sugaree, Mama Tried, Deal, Playin> Wheel> Playin
2: Samson, Tennessee Jed, Music, Help> Slipknot> Franklin's, Promised, Eyes> Dancin> Around
E: U. S. Blues
first "Estimated" - first "Terrapin"

Wow! Nuff said.

05-07-77 Boston Garden, Boston, Ma. (Sat)
1: Bertha, Cassidy, Deal, Jack Straw, Peggy-O, Minglewood, Half Step> Big River, Tennessee Jed, Music
2: Terrapin> Samson, FOTD, Estimated, Eyes> Drums> Wheel> Wharf Rat> Around E: U. S. Blues
Bill Kreutzmann's 31st birthday

Everyone has the Barton Hall show and the show directly before and after get over shadowed. Cornell is great but this and the next are just as good.

05-09-77 War Memorial Auditorium, Buffalo, N.Y. (Mon)
1: Help> Slipknot> Franklin's, Cassidy, B. E. Women, Mexicali, Tennessee Jed, Big River, Peggy-O, Sunrise, Music
2: Bertha> Good Lovin, Ship Of Fools, Estimated> Other One> Drums> NFA> Comes A Time> Sugar Magnolia E: Uncle John

last "Mexicali": 10-19-74 [65]

I think 5/7, 5/8, & this show make a great 77 trio.

01-22-78 McArthur Court, University of Oregon, Eugene, Or. (Sun)
1: Minglewood, Dire Wolf, Cassidy, Peggy-O, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, Music
2: Bertha> Good Lovin, Ship Of Fools, Samson, Terrapin> Drums> Other One> Close Encounters> St. Stephen> NFA> Around E: U. S. Blues

If you’ve never heard this show, stop what you’re doing and listen to it on the archive. The aliens communicate through Jerry here, no doubt about it.

10-27-79 Cape Cod Coliseum, South Yarmouth, Ma. (Sat)
1: Jack Straw, Candyman, Me & My Uncle> Big River, B. E. Women, Easy To Love You, Minglewood, Stagger Lee, Sailor> Saint> Deal
2: Dancin> Franklin's, He's Gone> Caution Jam> Other One> Drumz> NFA> Black Peter> Around E: Saturday Night

last "Caution Jam": 10-22-78 [68]

The whole show is amazing, but that Dancin’ is just too damn funky.