Friday, November 4, 2016

Dave's Picks Vol. 20 - Grateful Dead - Boulder, CO - December 9, 1981


Grateful Dead - Boulder, CO - December 9, 1981

Disc 1
01. Cold Rain And Snow [6:38]
02. Jack Straw [6:26]
03. Friend Of The Devil> [8:10]
04. Little Red Rooster [8:48]
05. Bird Song [9:01]
06. Mama Tried> [2:25]
07. Mexicali Blues [5:15]
08. Candyman [6:11]
09. Cassidy [6:16]
10. Looks Like Rain [8:11]

Disc 2
01. China Cat Sunflower> [6:01]
02. I Know You Rider [6:31]
03. Scarlet Begonias [10:27]
04. Fire On The Mountain [8:44]
05. Estimated Prophet> [10:31]
06. He's Gone> [14:53]
07. Drums> [6:16]
08. Space [9:37]

Disc 3
01. The Other One> [7:40]
02. Stella Blue> [9:31]
03. Around And Around> [3:40]
04. Good Lovin' [9:23]
05. U.S. Blues> [4:59]
06. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction [6:31]

Who's ready for a little early 80's Grateful Dead? 

For our last installment of the 2016 Dave's Picks series we are heeding that call with Boulder, CO, December 9, 1981. The last show of a 10-day run, Dave's Picks Volume 20 finds the band cranking out back-to-back high-energy sets; the first filled with superior Jerry moments (“Friend Of The Devil,” “Bird Song”) and a very rare 1-2 punch of Bobby songs ("Cassidy," "Looks Like Rain"). The second is a powerhouse of tight innovation with a nearly perfect "Scarlet>Fire," Brent's organs taking "Estimated" to an otherworldly level, and a double encore fit for "rock 'n' roll excellence."
And if that wasn't enticing enough, this one is chock full of classic covers - "Mama Tried," "Little Red Rooster," "Around and Around," "Good Lovin'," and potentially the very best version of "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" that the Dead ever did do.

Taken from 7" reel-to-reel master tapes, Dave's Picks Volume 20 offers up top-notch sound quality and a robustness that was unusual for the tape recordings at this time. As always, it has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Phish 2016-10-30 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV


Set 1: The Dogs, Ghost, Funky Bitch, Chalk Dust Torture, Army of One, Heavy Things, How Many People Are You, Stash, Theme From the Bottom > Suzy Greenberg

Set 2: Down with Disease[1] -> Birds of a Feather, Fuego, Miss You, Harry Hood -> Have Mercy -> Harry Hood > A Day in the Life

Encore: Character Zero

[1] Unfinished.

This show was webcast via Live Phish. DWD was unfinished. The Birds was quoted after Birds of a Feather. Fuego contained Birds of a Feather and The Birds teases. Have Mercy was played for the first time since June 4, 2011 (221 shows).

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Phish 2016-10-31 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV


Set 1: Carini[1], Your Pet Cat, AC/DC Bag > Free > Possum, What's the Use? > Wombat, Tube, Wolfman's Brother, Ass Handed, Petrichor > Run Like an Antelope

Set 2: Five Years, Soul Love, Moonage Daydream, Starman, It Ain't Easy, Lady Stardust, Star, Hang On to Yourself, Ziggy Stardust, Suffragette City, Rock 'n' Roll Suicide

Set 3: 46 Days > Sand > Twist[2] -> Meatstick > Also Sprach Zarathustra > Backwards Down the Number Line > Slave to the Traffic Light

Encore: Space Oddity

[1] Lyrics changed to make reference to Trey's shirt from The Tonight Show.
[2] Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike and Page on percussion.

Carini featured lyrics altered to reference Trey's shirt, which he wore on The Tonight Show. Trey teased Martian Monster in Free. The second set "musical costume" was David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. All of the songs in the second set were Phish debuts. Twist featured Trey on Marimba Lumina and Mike and Page on percussion. Also Sprach Zarathustra contained Fame quotes from Trey.

Monday, October 31, 2016

2016-10-29 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV


Set 1: The Birds, Kill Devil Falls, 555, Roggae, Gumbo, Lawn Boy, Wilson, Maze, Wingsuit, More

Set 2: Mercury > Piper > Scents and Subtle Sounds[1] > Tweezer > I Always Wanted It This Way[2], The Horse > Silent in the Morning > Golgi Apparatus

Encore: Shine a Light > Tweezer Reprise

[1] No intro.
[2] Trey on Marimba Lumina.

This show was webcast via Live Phish. Trey teased Call To The Post at the end of Gumbo. Scents did not have the intro. I Always Wanted It This Way featured Trey on Marimba Lumina.

Phish 2016-10-28 - MGM Grand Garden Arena - Las Vegas, NV


Set 1: Martian Monster, No Men In No Man's Land, Dogs Stole Things, Beauty of My Dreams, Destiny Unbound, Limb By Limb, Home, When the Circus Comes, Steam > The Wedge, Cavern, Walls of the Cave

Set 2: Crimes of the Mind, Golden Age > Simple > Light > Twenty Years Later > Blaze On, The Squirming Coil

Encore: Bouncing Around the Room, Bold As Love

Trey teased San-Ho-Zay during No Men In No Man's Land and Sand in Golden Age. Dogs Stole Things was played for the first time since 06-17-2012 (182 shows). Beauty of My Dreams was played for the first time since 12-31-2010 (227 shows). Crimes of the Mind was played for the first time since 11-29-2009 (283 shows).

Friday, October 28, 2016

Phish 2016-10-25 - Verizon Theatre - Grand Prairie TX


Set 1: Daniel Saw the Stone, The Moma Dance > Chalk Dust Torture, Cities, Foam, Waking Up Dead, Divided Sky, I Didn't Know, Walk Away > What's the Use? > More

Set 2: Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan, Backwards Down the Number Line > Lifeboy, Meatstick, The Line, Tide Turns > Taste, Friday, Waves > Julius, Good Times Bad Times

Encore: Show of Life

Lifeboy was played for the first time since December 29, 2011 (189 shows). Friday was played for the first time since August 14, 2004 (325 shows).

Phish 2016-10-22 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park - Alpharetta GA


Set One: Mike’s Song > Ass Handed > Weekapaug Groove, Waiting All Night > Sample in a Jar, Bathtub Gin, Rift, Stash, Funky Bitch, Your Pet Cat, Character Zero

Set Two: Run Like an Antelope, Fuego > Runaway Jim, No Quarter > Simple > 46 Days > Sneakin’ Sally Through the Alley > 46 Days

Encore: Makisupa Policeman, First Tube