Saturday, August 26, 2006

The Mother Load

Google Video is very quickly taking over from YouTube as the premier source of GD Bootleg Video. Got a few hours to spare?





note: only downside is it seemed to take forever to download the embedded video. That being the case, better off just going to the source!

Monday, August 21, 2006

You Choose: Viola Lee Blues

A You Choose request, and a great request at that!

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3/3/68 Viola Lee Blues
3/21/70 Viola Lee Blues

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Thanks Scott D...

... for the kind link on the Archive Forum to the Best AUDs list. :-)

Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Other Ones: Zappa

Over my 35 years, there is no single band that I have been more devoted to more than the Grateful Dead. There have been others though over time that have come close though. Typically, I listen to one band at a time. Don't know why, but I just do, and almost always have been that way (It could be worse, my 1st college roommate only listened to ONE SONG at a time. Remember "500 Miles" by The Proclaimers? I still cringe when I think of that nightmare!)

Thanks to the magic of my favorite website, you guessed it, Youtube, I have been able to explore some of my old favorites recently. Overall, I've always loved bands that have been a bit off center, those who employ a variety of styles, who are typically underappreciated, who advance and evolve over time, and who are phenomenally talented. For a couple years in the mid-nineties, I dove into the brilliance of Frank Zappa. Like The Dead, the best Zappa was live Zappa. I've always felt that Zappa and Garcia were two of the most underrated, finest improvisational guitarists in rock history. Zappa also had a bizarre sense of humor that is almost unmatched in rock history.

It had been years since I had listened to Zappa last, but after checking out some Little Feat on Youtube (who I will feature next), I thought I would see what they had from Zappa, and the collection there is outstanding. I owned alot of live-Zappa on tape, but never saw him live. At least I can enjoy him now. So sit back and enjoy one of my Zappa favorites, Florentine Pogen:

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Happy 64th Jerry!

Today would of been Jerry Garcia's 64th birthday, and to celebrate, take a listen to a sweet Sugaree from Jerry's 31st birthday show at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, NJ.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Christmas in July...

...or Hannukah in July in my case I guess. No matter. This is a public television broadcast of a christmas concert performed december 17, 1987 at the warfield theater in san francisco, via Duanebase. Man I love YouTube! :-)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

You Choose: Bertha

Time for another round of You Choose, this time featuring a favorite 'barn-burner', Bertha. Which one will You Choose?

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8/6/71 Bertha
10/27/80 Bertha

Friday, July 14, 2006

You Choose: Morning Dew

Very close votes on the Terrapin and Eyes so far, just as I had hoped for :-) Thanks for the suggestions, I'm trying to find good AUD versions of those songs from different eras. If you are able to find any hot AUDs on The Archive that aren't on my Best Of list, please be sure to let me know, that will help enhance this effort for sure.

Anyway, moving on to today's You Choose. Your mission, if you accept it, is to select your favorite of two of the greatest Morning Dews recorded. The Cornell version is often referred to as the best, but some may like Pigpen-era version better. They are each special in their own way, but which one will You Choose...

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11/8/70 Dew
5/8/77 Dew

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

You Choose: Terrapin

In our second installment of you choose, we'll go with Terrapins from '78 and '87. Both are excellent versions, but which one will you choose?

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5/6/78 Terrapin
3/24/87 Terrapin

Friday, July 07, 2006

You Choose: Eyes of the World

It's audience participation time once again. This time around, I'll be selecting two versions of a song, include links to the versions of the song, and you get to vote on your favorite! Since 'eyes' are kind of a theme on this blog, Eyes of the World is as good of a song as any to start with.

I'd invite any suggestions you might have for future 'You Choose' polls. The ground rules are that there must be two verisons of the same song from different eras, and they should be linkable from The Archive, meaning that they will likely need to be from an AUD source. This should be interesting, so without further aideu...

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6/26/74 Eyes
3/29/90 Eyes

Friday, June 30, 2006

One Year Ago...

Wow! Another milestone. I just realized today that I've been at this for a year now (with a brief hiatus earlier this spring). Early June 2005, I thought that it might be fun to blog about the Grateful Dead. Little did I know at the time where it would go, who I would connect with, or what would happen in the coming months. Alot happened in the past year:
- 10 year anniversary of the Dead's last show
- 10 years since Jerry left us
- The Archive Scandal
- Ramrod Passed Away...
- ...And So Did Vince

I've had fun making this as interactive as possible with items like:
- Best AUDs at The Archive
- 10 Questions, and
- Desert Island Dead

The Grateful Dead blogging community has grown quite a bit over the past year, and I've feel privileged to have been a part of it. Thank you again to those who have visited over the past year. The Grateful Dead lives on in the hearts and souls of all of us. This blog has been, and will continue to be my tribute.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Dreadful Wind and Rain

Ode to all the rain we've had here in the DC area the past few days:

It's all night pouring, pouring rain; Lord but not a drop on me - Bertha

A box of rain will ease the pain and love will see you through - Box of Rain

Sound of the thunder with the rain pouring down - Brown Eyed Women

And I feel the wind, and I taste the rain - Comes a Time

Your rain falls like crazy fingers - Crazy Fingers

Rain gonna come but the rain gonna go - Doin' That Rag

And brave the storm to come, for it surely looks like rain - Looks Like Rain

Come again; walking along in the mission in the rain - Mission In The Rain

And the rain fallin' down, rain fallin' down - Saint of Circumstance

You still have to stand out in the pouring rain - Sugaree

As the lightning cries out of the rain - Wave To The Wind

And little change, the wind and rain - Weather Report Suite, Part I

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Summer Solstice!

Yes, today is the first day of summer, and to celebrate, GD via YouTube, from 17 years ago this very night!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Goin' DownUnder

Throw some shrimp-on-the-barbie, grab your favorite Sheila and head down under to join John and his new blog, downunderdead. Thank you John for the kind words, it's sweet to know I inspired someone. In fact, it's kind of Ironic, John inspired me, and I inspired John :-)

Also, welcome to Joy, who shares a wonderful Vince Welnick Story on her blog.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Garcia/Grisman on Letterman

Just found this on YouTube (gotta love YouTube!). A sweet Garcia & Grisman performance on Letterman from c.1993.