The Grateful Dead have returned with their annual “30 Days of Dead’ November tradition by offering up a free high quality track all month long from their archives as selected by Grateful Dead archivist David Lemeiux. The band will also be testing your tape trading and collecting knowledge by having fans guess the venue and date of the track selected with a chance to win Grateful Dead swag including the grand prize, a copy of the sold out Grateful Dead Spring 1990 Box Set! For more details on the contest, head over to Dead.net.
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Day 1: Sugaree (10.17.83 Olympic Arena, Lake Placid, NY:This was the Grateful Dead’s only appearance in Lake Placid, NY, site of the Miracle On Ice. Of course, late in the show the band played “I Need A Miracle.” This “Sugaree” has always been considered one of the best of the 1980s, in a rare show-opening slot.)
Day 2: High Time – 5.17.77 University of Alabama Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, AL: This was the first of only three versions of “High Time” played in 1977, followed by none in 1978. Other later years without a “High Time” included 1983 and 1989.
Day 3: Uncle John’s Band – 5.1.70 Alfred College, Alfred, NY: This show was played the night before the famous Harpur College show, and featured its share of great music, including a good mix of acoustic and electric Dead.
Day 4: Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance – 7.11.81 Alpine Valley Music Theater, E. Troy, WI:This was the Grateful Dead’s second appearance at Alpine Valley, a venue they played every year in the 1980s aside from 1983.
Day 5: Jack Straw – 6.4.78 UCSB Stadium, Santa Barbara, CA: This was the Grateful Dead’s third visit to Campus Stadium at UCSB, with the other being in 1973 and 1974, and this would turn out to be the Grateful Dead’s final trip to Santa Barbara.
Day 6: China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider – 4.14.71 Christy Mathewson Stadium, Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA:An odd little tour that found the band playing larger and smaller college campuses, along with major city venues like the Boston Music Hall and the Fillmore East.
Day 7: Samson and Delilah – 4.5.88 Hartford Civic Center, Hartford, CT:This was the third night of a three night run in Hartford. The first night featured Jerry losing his voice, the second night featured some bizarre setlist moments, and the third night was a good, all-around solod show, and also featured Brent’s debut of “Louie Louie”.
Day 8: Here Comes Sunshine – 11.17.73 UCLA: From the upcoming Dave’s Picks Vol. 5, this is widely considered one of the top 3 versions of “Here Comes Sunshine” ever played (along with the version from 12/19/73 aka Dick’s Picks Vol. 1.
Day 9: Scarlet Begonias > Fire on The Mountain – 7.31.82 Manor Downs, Austin, TX:This mighty fine show at Manor Downs featured loads of great songs, and great performances of great songs, including this “Scarlet>Fire”. Other highlights include a great “Bird Song” and a terrific “Morning Dew”.
Day 10: Estimated Prophet – 3.20.77 Winterland, San Francisco, CA: This is the fifth version of “Estimated Prophet,” a song that would be played at most shows in 1977, and would appear on the Terrapin Station album.
Day 11: Jam – 3.25.91 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY: This is a somewhat rare jam that follows outside of the frame another song. It comes out of “Spoonful,” and hints at a few musical themes. While not quite the jam level of the one played at the same venue a year-and-a-day prior, it’s still very interesting.
Day 12: Ramble on Rose – 12.19.73 Curtis Hixon Covention Hall, Tampa, FL: This is an “outtake” from Dick’s Picks Vol. 1, a terrific release that features the best music of a great show on two CDs. The remaining material, though, as demonstrated by this “Ramble On Rose,” is also excellent.
Day 13: Shakedown Street – 12.31.89 Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA: This is a rare set-closing “Shakedown Street” from the New Year’s Eve 1989-1990 show. Earlier in the set, Bonnie Raitt sat in, and later in the show, the Grateful Dead performed their first California “Dark Star” in more than five years.
Day 14: Black Peter – 2.11.70 Fillmore East, NYC: “Black Peter” had entered the reportoire just two months before, and would be recorded shortly after this performance for Workingman’s Dead. This version is from the first set from
Day 15: The Music Never Stopped – 4.21.78 Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY:This show is mostly known for the Stella Blue that appeared on the So Many Roads box set in 1999, but there is some other great music at this show, including this Music Never Stopped, a song that peaked in 1978 to many people
Day 16: Darkstar – 10.20.68 Greek Theatre, Berkeley:By late 1968, “Dark Star” had developed into the form it would maintain throughout 1969, featuring long, pyschedelic passages. Later in 1969 into 1970, “Dark Star” often headed into more melodic territory.
Day 17: Let It Grow > Deal – 2.28.81:A great run of shows in Chicago to open the Grateful Dead’s 1981 performing year was filled with exceptional music. There is a heck of a lot of excellent music in 1981 start-to-finish.
Day 18: The Wheel – 4.29.77 Palladium, NYC:This is the first of a five night run at the Palladium in New York, previously known as the Academy Of Music. Some of this show was released as part of Download Series Volume 1 back in 2005, along with the entire 4/30/77 show.
Day 19: Bird Song – 10.2.72 Springfield Civic Center Arena, Springfield, MA:“Bird Song” in late 1972 was a spectacular first set jam vehicle, to add to the other first set exploratory song, “Playing In The Band.” Generally, on the Fall Tour of 1972, the first sets featured these two major songs, with the second sets then featuring either “Dark Star” or “The Other One.”
Day 20: Playing in the Band – 11.30.80 Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA: One of the longest-tenured, most-played songs in the Grateful Dead’s reportoire, “Playing in the Band” was a launching pad for some of the finest jams in the band’s career.
Day 21: New Minglewood Blues – 2.24.71 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY: From the final night of a legendary six night run in Port Chester, NY, this always-rocking tune, which dates back to 1966 for the Grateful Dead.
Day 22: Candyman – 2.4.78 Milwaukee Auditoium, Milwaukee, WI
Day 23: Brokedown Palace – 12.7.71 Felt Forum, NYC:From the final night of a four night stand at the Felt Forum in New York (the ground-level theater below Madison Square Garden). This tour marked the return of Pigpen to the band, where he would remain for the next six months, until his departure in June, 1972.
Day 24: The Other One – 9.27.76 War Memorial Arena, Rochester, NY:This is from the second of 10 shows the Grateful Dead performed at the War Memorial in Rochester.
Day 25: Jam > Bass > Sugar Magnolia – 2.24.73 Iowa Fieldhouse, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA: A cool jam precedes this fine Sugar Magnolia, a jam that came out of “Eyes Of The World” in the show-closing sequence.
Day 26: Franklin’s Tower – 5.9.78 Syracuse NY:This “Franklin’s Tower” opened the Syracuse show on the Spring Tour in 1978. After the band put “Help>Slip” on hiatus in the Fall of 1977 (until 1983), Franklin’s found itself without a set place in the show. Sometimes before “Drums”, sometimes after, and in this extra-rare position as an opener.
Day 27: That’s It For The Other One > Cosmic Charlie – 6.8.69 Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA: A great double dose of primal-era Dead, these two songs were not often paired like this. This is from the final night of a four-night run at the Fillmore West.
Day 28: Passenger – 5.26.77 Baltimore Civic Center, Baltimore, MD:This is from the penultimate show of the majestic Spring Tour of 1977, a really fine show wedged between 5/25/77 (Dave’s Picks 1) and 5/28/77 (To Terrapin).
Day 29: Row Jimmy – 5.14.74 Adams Field House, University of Montana, Missoula, MT:This is the Grateful Dead’s only appearance in Montana, and was only the second show of their first Wall Of Sound Tour. The show also features a monster, deep-space “Dark Star”
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