The DeadpodAuthor: John Henrikson
23 Nov 2017

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    Dead Show/podcast for 11/17/17

    This week we hear the conclusion of this great, fresh sounding show from April 14th, 1971 at Bucknell University.
    This set starts with a great and somewhat longish for the period, Bird Song, and just keeps getting better.. with a unique Sugar Magnolia, a psychedelic Crypical, and the Pig on 'Hard To Handle'.
    The closing jam on 'Not Fade Away'-> 'Goin' Down the Road'->'Not Fade Away' is great and they come back for a nice 'Uncle John's Band' encore.
    Hope you enjoy this dose of early, Good 'Ol Grateful Dead!

    Grateful Dead
    Davis Gym - Bucknell University
    Lewisburg, PA
    4/14/71 - Wednesday


    Bird Song ;
    Sugar Magnolia ;
    Cryptical Envelopment >
    Drums >
    The Other One >
    Wharf Rat ;
    Hard To Handle ;
    Not Fade Away >
    Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad >
    Not Fade Away >
    Johnny B. Goode
    Encore Uncle John's Band

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  • Posted on 17 Nov 2017

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    Dead Show/podcast for 11/10/17

    This week's Deadpod takes us back to the early days of 1971, to a performance that was before a small crowd at Davis Gymnasium on the Bucknell University Campus in Lewisburg PA on April 14th, 1971. This is a wonderful tape, despite a little static here and there.. it has by and large excellent sound and the band is really energized. There's a great mix of rocking numbers like 'Truckin' and 'China Cat' along with quieter ballads like 'Me & Bobby McGee' and 'Sing Me Back Home'. I love how clearly I can hear Phil's thundering bass on 'Bertha'! 
    A true treat here is one of the rare performances of 'I Second That Emotion' (only played 6 times) that happens here in set 1. (There is some dispute about the setlist order - Deadbase 50 puts it in set 2, I've left it in its traditional 1st set slot here).

    thanks to Jim H for the suggestion -  remember I'm always happy to take requests!

    Grateful Dead
    Davis Gym - Bucknell University
    Lewisburg, PA
    4/14/71 - Wednesday
    Truckin' ;
    Deal ;
    Me And Bobby McGee ;
    Next Time You See Me ;
    Bertha ;
    Playing In The Band ;
    Sing Me Back Home ;
    Me And My Uncle ;
    China Cat Sunflower >
    I Know You Rider ;
    I Second That Emotion ;
    Casey Jones

    You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

    Thank you for listening and for your support!

  • Posted on 10 Nov 2017

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    Dead Show/podcast for 11/3/17

    This week we bring you the historic second set from the Dead's performance on Holloween night, 1991 in Oakland California. This one is powerful, dark at times, rocking at times. Very introspective I think. A great 'Scarlet->Fire' leads it off, followed by Bobby on Truckin' and Spoonful. The Dark Star is the heart of the matter of course, wonderful flights of imagination and highlighted by Ken Kesey's eulogy for Bill Graham. Words that resonate today. The Last Time is a great choice coming out and then a personal favorite 'Standing on the Moon'. The rest of the set includes a 'Throwin' Stones'. and then the great 'Not Fade Away'.Jerry celebrates the day with a Werewolves encore!

    Grateful Dead
    Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
    Oakland, CA
    10/31/91 - Thursday


    Scarlet Begonias >
    Fire On The Mountain >
    Truckin' [7:10] >
    Spoonful [6:20] (1) >
    Dark Star [11:16] (1) (2) >
    Drums [14:28] >
    Space [12:17] (1) >
    Dark Star [3:18] (1) >
    The Last Time [5:33] (1) ;
    Standing On The Moon [8:12] >
    Throwing Stones [9:48] >
    Not Fade Away [7:20]
    Werewolves Of London [5:31] (3)
    Comments (1) with Gary Duncan on guitar ; (2) Ken Kesey gives spoken eulogy to Bill Graham ; (3) sung as Werewolves of Oakland

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  • Posted on 03 Nov 2017

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    Dead Show/podcast for 10/27/17

    This week I've decided to bring you the first set of what might very well be the band's most historic Halloween show - 10/31/91 in Oakland. The run was historic because it occurred the week of the passing of Bill Graham in a tragic helicopter crash. A great friend of the Dead, Bill's passing was marked in the second set of this show during a eulogy from Ken Kesey, which we'll hear next week. This first set however is definitely worth hearing and should provide a great warm up to your Halloween weekend! It starts off with a great Help->Slip->Frank, with Phil out front and driving the train. The Slipknot is a beautiful ensemble effort, especially Vince and Bruce's contributions to the overall structure. It floats along beautifully, then, just as it reaches its apex, we're plunged into that great bouncy Franklin's Tower. Jerry's leads here are crystalline, soaring.. Jerry's voice contains just enough world weariness to make me feel the wisdom here. While 'Little Red Rooster' wouldn't have been my choice to follow this up with, it is one of their better versions, with some nice slide work. 'Loser' follows, it takes a bit to get warmed up, but Garcia builds it up slowly into a great crescendo. Phil follows with a great version of  'Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues', a song they would only break out 4 or 5 times a year. A long 'Let It Grow' closes the set, an interesting if not completely enrapturing performance of this piece....

    Grateful Dead

    Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Arena
    Oakland, CA
    10/31/91 - Thursday
    Help On The Way >
    Slipknot! >
    Franklin's Tower ;
    Little Red Rooster ;
    Loser ;
    Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues ;
    Let It Grow

    You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

    For those of you looking for the 2nd set from October 19, 1971, you can find it here:

    My apologies for repeating the first set last week..

    Have a safe and happy Halloween!!

    As always, my sincere thanks for your support, my friends.

  • Posted on 27 Oct 2017

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    Dead Show/podcast for 10/20/17

    This week's Deadpod features a rather historic show in the band's history - this was the very first show with Keith Godchaux, on October 19th, 1971 in Minneapolis Minnesota. Not only was this Keith's first show it features the premier of six songs that would all become staples in the band's repertoire, Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Mexicali Blues, Comes a Time, One More Saturday Night and Ramble On Rose. There's plenty of energy in this set, and the new tunes and the addition of Keith mark a turning point in the band's trajectory, as the sound begins its transition to the characteristic sound of 1972.

    Its also a nice coincidence that I received an email this week from the author of a new blog, all about 'Comes A Time' .. it has a nice writeup about this show as well as other great versions. You can find it here:, check it out!

    Grateful Dead
    Northrup Auditorium
    Minneapolis, MN 10/19/71 - Tuesday
    Bertha [5:46] ;
    Me And My Uncle [3:01] ;
    Sugaree [6:14] ;
    Beat It On Down The Line [3:29] ;
    Cumberland Blues [5:01] ;
    Tennessee Jed [5:59] ;
    Black Peter [8:43] ;
    Jack Straw [5:02] ;
    Big Railroad Blues [3:14] ;
    Brown Eyed Women [4:15] ;
    Mexicali Blues [3:22] ;
    Comes A Time [7:01] ;
    Playing In The Band [5:42] ;
    One More Saturday Night [4:22] ;
    Casey Jones [5:47]

    You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

    for some reason the number of listeners seems to have gone down a bit lately..
    if you have any suggestions please let me know!

    have a great week and thank you for your support!!

  • Posted on 20 Oct 2017


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