“I Know You Rider”June 26, 1974; Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island. [Godchaux keyboards]—but it has almost no Pigpen verbal riffing on it, so it’s not fair to choose it as the version. ), but this one from a few months earlier is even more exciting and expansive. For the main picks, we’ve listed where they can be found on Grateful Dead–sanctioned releases (where applicable), most of which can be accessed through Apple Music and Spotify. The first hints come during a tremendously strange and ominous “Space,” then a long build-up (guitars and talking drum! Seventies pick: County Fairgrounds, Veneta, Oregon, 8-27-72. Eighties pick: “Let It Grow”: Alpine Valley 8-7-82. For an acoustic rendering closer to the Workingman’s Dead version, check out Harpur College 5-2-70. ', has died at age 77. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up. Nineties pick: Greensboro (North Carolina) Coliseum, 4-1-91. “Bird Song”August 27, 1972; Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Oregon. “New Speedway Boogie”May 14, 1970; Meramec Community College, Kirkwood, Missouri, The Dead played this only in late 1969–70, and then again from ’91 (at the outset of the first Gulf War) until ’95. Available onRoad Trips Vol. 11. Played briefly in the mid Seventies and then from ’82 on, the ’76 versions capture the spirit of the jewel-like Blues for Allah version, with this one a particularly satisfying rendition, with its breezy, reggae lightness. This was a tough one. It was recorded on May 21, 1971 at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco. Nineties pick: Greensboro Coliseum 4-1-91; strong Bruce Hornsby and [keyboardist] Vince Welnick contributions, and some great peaks over its 17 minutes. A 2 CD set. Available on Dick’s Picks Vol. 31. ), but consistently fine for more than 20 minutes. Available on Dave’s Picks Volume 15. Garcia Live Volume Six July 5th, 1973: Lion’s Share (2016) “My absolute favourite of the 7 volumes so far in this series. “Estimated Prophet”July 8, 1978; Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado. 27. But here’s the cool news: There’s a fantastic web site called headyversion.com that is the ultimate resource for listening to the “best” versions of Grateful Dead songs. Artist: Jerry Garcia Band. Nineties pick: Hamilton 4-22-90 (tight, great MIDI Jerry). 11. Thank you for signing up to Guitar World. Call it jagged, gnarly, noisy or unpleasant, the fact is this dissonant late Eighties Weir song was a darkly powerful force to be reckoned with, and almost featured a harrowing jam, as its ascending lines crashed and clashed. What a great moment it was at any show when the first golden notes of “The Wheel” would emerge, float into the air, and point the way to that rousing sing-along. Internships. Eighties pick: Frost Amphitheatre 10-10-82. Disc 1 is a compilation of tracks from the first 5 Jerry Garcia solo and Jerry Garcia Band albums. Like on this one—talk about the Group Mind in action! Not only do they appear in order of popularity according to hundreds of folks who have weighed in on their favorite versions of just about every song in the Dead cannon—280 versions of “Eyes of the World,” 27 versions of “Liberty,” 59 versions of “Jackaroe,” etc.—but the site also provides direct links to archive.org’s immense vault of Dead performances, so you can hear them all in just a couple of mouse-clicks. Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group. This rightly revered version is, alas, cut near the end on the soundboard recording, but when it was officially released on Road Trips Vol. From the Eighties, it’s hard to top Augusta, Maine 10-12-84. In the end, though, opinions about “best” anything are always going to be completely subjective and also probably change over time. Price Match Guarantee. Available on the Spring 1990 (The Other One) box. The one on Live Dead (from 1-26-69) is the most famous (and also great! 17. I love the relaxed-but-still intense vibe of Seventies “Eyes”; by the early Eighties the tempo had increased and the tune sometimes lacked that liquid-sunshine flow the song begs for. Introduced two days after “Victim” in 1988, this melodic Hunter-Garcia number (occasionally paired with “Victim”) provided a bouncy contrast, somewhat in the tradition of “Franklin’s Tower.” This version, as presented as a bonus track on the remastered Built to Last CD, is mixed so that every instrument is clear and loud—you can really feast on Weir’s imaginative rhythm lines and Brent’s synth washes. My own preferences run toward the driving, high-energy Brent-era versions ’79–’90 (I loved what Brent’s B-3 and backup vocals added), but it’s hard to argue with the primacy of Cornell ’77, which has the unbeatable ending “Fire on the Mountain” jam (but the best-ever “Scarlet” is the amazing Giants Stadium 9-2-78 version). This double CD anthology of Jerry Garcia's work will not fail to please Garcia fans. This one hits all its marks beautifully, including a nice “landing” after the jam. Their usual bass player, John Kahn, was not present. 40. 2. Available on Road Trips Vol. “Eyes of the World”August 6, 1974; Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ. If spacey/strange is more your thing, look no further than this Seventies pick: Egypt 9-16-78 (no third verse or vocal coda, but jamming galore). “Victim or the Crime”March 21, 1990; Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario. The song part is fairly similar one to the next, but the two jams at the end are where the fireworks occur. Then in 1995, Jerry Garcia famously departed for that great gig in the sky. Indeed, the events of that year seem to have both rekindled the ardor for the group’s music in many Deadheads who dropped off the psychedelic bus following Jerry Garcia’s death in the summer of 1995, and also brought in many new fans who never had a chance to see the band but are attracted by the Dead’s amazingly diverse and appealing songbook, and the colorful, upbeat, Sixties glow that will forever surround the group. “Sugaree”May 22, 1977; The Sporatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida, Again, lots of great choices from 1977. 46. Brent would sing the first verse alone, Garcia would go wild between verses, and then sing the second verse as a duet, followed by more fiery leads, and in some cases—as in this incendiary version from 1989 (one of the Dead’s best years), go into the “Na-na-na” coda of “Hey Jude,” with Brent singing “Mr. 37. Bath It always built to a couple of nice peaks—the first instrumental and then the vocal coda (“Across the Rio Grande-o…”) and ending solo. Don’t miss it! They drew from electric and country blues, oldtime and bluegrass, jazz, rock and roll, soul, funk, Indian, New Orleans R&B, electronic and classical music; nothing was off-limits. It’s big, loping and jammed to the max between verses with everything from fast, intricate runs to powerful fanning to gentle guitar etchings. “Shakedown Street”June 30, 1985; Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland. This version of the suite is spectacular, and leads to a long jam where Billy Kreutzmann takes the “Let It Grow” pulse and drives it frenetically in jazzy directions, with Garcia’s wah-wah and Keith’s Rhodes sounding like electric Miles Davis. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, It just won’t quit—until it drops down into a devastating “Death Don’t Have No Mercy.” Available on Two from the Vault. 4 No. The sound is superb, the band are on exhilarating and blistering form, and Jerry seems at his inspirational best. “Truckin’ ”May 19, 1974; Portland Memorial Coliseum, Oregon, Another nearly impossible choice, with more than 500 versions to pick from! “Crazy Fingers”June 9, 1976; Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts. 8. Along the way they built the most loyal fan base the music world had ever seen. Available on Dick’s Picks Vol. The best Eighties versions of this Weir tune, also from 1975’s Blues for Allah, have a ragged majesty and intensity that is unmatched by earlier ones. “Dark Star”February 27, 1969; Fillmore West (San Francisco). “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleoo”September 3, 1977; Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey. This song/jam was only around for about two years, but what a glorious run it had! 24-23. Spanning over thirty years, thousands of shows, countless memories, and infinite jams—Jerry was a beacon for generations. Available on on Dick's Picks Vol. 29. Sad to say, I never got to see them sing the “High green chilly winds” bridge into “The Eleven.”. 14-13. 19. This one, from the first show of their greatest year, is smokin’ and amazingly varied, even tucking in a bouncing “China Cat” at around the 18-minute mark, before bringing “Good Lovin’ ” to a close. 41. At this show it comes out of 30-minute “Dark Star,” so it feels like it has a little extra juice and sparkle to it. 9. “Comes a Time”May 9, 1977; War Memorial, Buffalo, New York. We’re going with this 1970 version because of Jerry’s emotional vocal delivery and the snaky, all-too-rare, slide solo that leans heavily on the old country blues lament “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”. “Saint Stephen”February 27, 1969; Fillmore West, San Francisco, This performance, which is the Live Dead version, is what hooked me on the Dead back in November 1969, and though there are many other killer versions, this one still resonates most strongly with me. The subtext of the Bonnie Dobson–penned folk ballad could not be more dire—the last man and woman on earth after a nuclear holocaust!—but in the Dead’s hands it was both delicate and filled with heavy pathos. Nevertheless, their legendary live shows continue to garner a massive and loyal following. 3 No. “The Wheel”December 14, 1980; Long Beach Arena, California. ... New York City, The Best Of The Rest, October 15-30, 1987 (Album) 2 versions : Jerry Made: JGCD-0003 ... Bands I've Seen Live by Meloski. 1. Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group. From December ’86 on, “Saint” appeared alone; usually not quite as potent as it was with the then-departed “Sailor.” (Still, check out this excellent Hornsby-era solo “Saint” pick: Giants Stadium 6-17-91. Though I generally prefer the harmony vocals on the bridge in the Brent-era, the late Seventies versions have a distinctive haunting quality and some crushingly powerful jams. Nearly every version is a blazing psychedelic swirl. Eighties pick: Greek Theatre 7-15-84; cool and jazzy. Introduced in March ’77, this multi-layered Hunter-Garcia epic was always solid during its first year, with this version—played as the encore of what to this point was their biggest show as a headliner—notable for both its precision and power; just about perfect. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, The rise, fall and rediscovery of the Fender Jaguar, How to set up a Les Paul: 7 essential tips, (Image credit: Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images), Corey Taylor: "I wanted this album to be stacked with the best songs that I have, because you don’t get a second chance to make that first impression", Haunted Labs and Dirty Haggard Audio's Hell Horse is a stallion of a fuzz/delay hybrid, What’s new, Pussycat? Strong late Brent-era version with hot extended jam (including MIDI flights) between tunes and solid “Rider.” Available on View from the Vault III. “Dancing in the Street”May 2, 1970; Harpur College, Binghamton, New York. 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Rhino. They brought it all together in a unique mélange that took them from the fire-breathing psychedelia of the late Sixties, to the Dead Americana of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty, and far beyond. Always the boundless storyteller, his catalogue of live performances and tours reads like an intense journey through history, space, and palpable change. Dark, passionately sung, with a wonderful, if brief, slide guitar solo, and then a completely rip-roaring finale that keeps on building to a sustained climax before it lurches into “Sugar Magnolia.” Look for the soundboard recording on archive.org. Their styles couldn’t be more different, but they were completely sympathetic players, tightly enmeshed and equally in sync with bassist Lesh (another utterly unconventional player) and the drummers. All tunes selected are lyrical, top-notch in their representation of Jerry's exceptional guitar skills and most feature beautiful examples of his singing voice. By 1969–70, it had expanded to a big jamming number, with all sorts of great R&B riffing (a quote from Archie Bell & the Drells’ “Tighten Up”!) Eighties pick: Greek Theatre 5-13-83; Seventies tempo, lots of jamming, nice work by Brent; look for the soundboard version on archive.org. 43. 1986-12-15 Grateful Dead Ticket experienced 18 minutes ago. This one, clocking in at 19 minutes, is just about flawless in every respect. Fortunately, the Dead had the largest archive of live tapes of any band ever, so there is much to draw from. “Turn on Your Love Light”January 26, 1969; Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco. 2 No. The “song” part was reliable over time; it’s what happened in the jam that followed that Deadheads lived for. 16. ’72-’74), this particular version has a perfect tempo, a top-notch lead vocal, Keith seemingly channeling country piano great Floyd Cramer throughout, a soulful stroll through the “Nothin’s gonna bring him back” coda, and then an extremely tasty melodic jam that’s as pretty as anything you’ll hear from this group. This first-set version shows all its bludgeoning brute force (and sophistication), then dissolves into Garcia’s late-Eighties ballad tour de force, “Standing on the Moon”—which, truthfully, deserves to be on this list, too, so listen to both! This was the year that “Bird Song” really blossomed; from here on out it was a cherished jamming vehicle (usually) in GD first-sets; not as common as some, but always welcome when it flew in. Why live performances? 31. Available on the bonus disc of Road Trips Vol. Brent would sing the first verse alone, Garcia would go wild between verses, and then sing the second verse as a duet, followed by more fiery leads, and in some cases—as in this incendiary version from 1989 (one of the Dead’s best years), go into the “Na-na-na” coda of “Hey Jude,” with Brent singing “Mr. This titanic 31-minute marvel from ’77 crackles with electricity, with a booming “Help,” an intricate then relentlessly building “Slipknot!” jam, all resolved with a triumphal “Franklin’s Tower.” Available on Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings. The song came back in an exciting, if vocally challenged, disco-influenced arrangement—also very jam-heavy—in 1976. Nineties pick: RFK Stadium 6-14-91 (with Bruce Hornsby and MIDI Jerry) “Franklin’s Tower” alone: Cape Cod 10-27-79. 4 No. LP 3-5 are Live recordings. Yes, the Beatles-ish harmonies were a challenge, but the jams were varied and often tremendous. Performances I remember enjoying by consort. “Feel Like a Stranger”August 10, 1982; Fieldhouse, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. We hate spam as much as you do! When this wonderful Weir funk number—introduced in 1979, less than a year after “Shakedown”— appeared as an opener, it promised a “long, long, crazy, crazy night!” and laid the groundwork for exactly that. Outside the realm of the Dead, Jerry pursued a broad array of folk, bluegrass, blues, and roots rock side projects that enriched his storied career. Jerry’s Story experienced 15 minutes ago. 5. The slinky, Pigpen-sung “Schoolgirl” gave the early Dead a chance to stretch out on an easy shuffling blues groove, with Garcia and Pig trading licks on guitar and harmonica, and Phil always dancing on top with what was already a formidable bass assault. Here, it drifts evenly for a while, then picks up steam and rides high, before settling back down and eventually chiming into “The Other One.” Available on Red Rocks: 7/8/78. Again, we lean early: ’72–’74, when Keith was in the band, Phil was at his most prominent musically, and the jams following the song typically opened up the widest and wildest. It was still powerful when it was revived in the mid Eighties, and from that era I’d recommend checking out Richmond Coliseum 11-1-85, which has a fragile but committed Jerry really baring his soul. “Stella Blue”October 21, 1978; Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco. What follows is a selection of the best live versions of 50 songs by the Grateful Dead (and a few cover tunes) spanning their history. The version 10 days earlier from Des Moines, Iowa, (6-16-74) has a slightly better “China Cat” and a cooler between-songs jam, but Providence has a fantastic long intro to “China Cat” and better “I Know You Rider,” so we’re going with that choice. “Cumberland Blues”September 27, 1972; Stanley Theatre, Jersey City, New Jersey. (Available on Sunshine Daydream). Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. This song was always much more rockin’ and intense in a live setting than you might expect, and many versions in the early Seventies stretched out nicely under that fast, shuffling beat. 4-3. ); and “Saint of Circumstance” is a riff-heavy and ultimately anthemic rocker, which also has some unpredictable components. The longest and perhaps most intense versions are from the late period of the song’s relatively brief existence in the repertoire (such as Chicago 4-26-69 and Harpur College 5-2-70), but this one from 1967 really encapsulates what made this song such an important part of the Dead’s first years—it was the biggest jamming vehicle for the early group, capturing that era’s feral intensity, with all the parts interlocking, more by kismet than by calculation, Phil completely monstrous on the bass, and [Ron] Pigpen [McKernan’s] swirling organ still such a fundamental part of the sound. Recorded in Union, New Jersey, “After Midnight: Kean College, 2/28/80” from the Jerry Garcia Band has plenty to satisfy any fan of relentless, determined and imperfect live music. Collected on the bonus disc of Road Trips Vol. Here, the harmonies are fine, Garcia’s lead vocals are deep, and his playing outrageous and spectacular on the two concluding jams. Played for the first time in two-and-a-half years, this is more in the vein of ’69 versions (even dropping in a couple of actual riffs from that era) and surprisingly self-assured—more to my taste than the best late-Eighties or early-Nineties versions, which relied so heavily on MIDI textures. After about 11 minutes of floaty, drifty goodness leading up to the first verse, the jam gradually accelerates and starts to go more “out,” as Phil signals a shift to a mid-tempo cruising altitude, then does it again a few minutes later for a long spacey stretch. 15. 31. 48. Weir revived the song in earnest in 1977, and many fine versions of that more compact, but still energetic, showstopper abound. From its introduction in the summer of 1984 until Brent’s demise in summer 1990, this relatively rare Traffic cover was a real crowd favorite. Remembering Jerry: Listen to Jerry Garcia Band Play at The Stone in San Francisco on This Day in 1985 – 8/9/1985 AUD ... Join over 5,000 live music lovers who receive our free daily jam newsletter and score 15% off a new tee or hoodie in our store! “Wharf Rat”April 22, 1978; Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Tennessee. 15. Quotations by Jerry Garcia, American Singer, Born August 1, 1942. Share your email with us and we'll send you a new jam everyday! 15. This song was great in all eras, always a highlight when it appeared. So, live recordings it is. After a couple of years of “Scarlet” enlivening any set it appeared in, in March 1977 it was paired with the new “Fire on the Mountain” to become perhaps the most popular combo of songs in Dead history—it was played around 240 times. Always a winner pre-hiatus (i.e. Rhino's double-disc Very Best of Jerry Garcia is arguably exactly that. Seventies pick: Boston Music Hall, 6-9-76. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from The Jerry Garcia Band at the Discogs Marketplace. 3 No. Fantasy” in between the “na-nas.” Truly electric; Jerry goes off! Eighties pick: Santa Fe 9-10-83 (“Slipknot!”). "The Eleven"August 24, 1968; Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA. Jerry Garcia / Jerry Garcia Band / Old & In The Way / Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band / Reconstruction Initial release : Sept 2006. Overall, my preference is for Brent-era versions, but there are many, many great ones from 1972 to 1979, and I have to concur with popular opinion that this one from the close of the Keith and Donna [Godchaux, singer] era smokes from beginning (“We used to play for acid/Now we play for Clive”) to the blistering ending jam. This is another winner from the dynamite Englishtown show. Everyone, including band members, will tell you that studio albums never quite captured the Dead’s mystical X-factor. Available on Dick’s Picks Vol. “China Cat Sunflower” > “I Know You Rider”June 26, 1974; Providence Civic Center, Providence, Rhode Island. [Godchaux keyboards]—but it has almost no Pigpen verbal riffing on it, so it’s not fair to choose it as the version. ), but this one from a few months earlier is even more exciting and expansive. For the main picks, we’ve listed where they can be found on Grateful Dead–sanctioned releases (where applicable), most of which can be accessed through Apple Music and Spotify. The first hints come during a tremendously strange and ominous “Space,” then a long build-up (guitars and talking drum! Seventies pick: County Fairgrounds, Veneta, Oregon, 8-27-72. Eighties pick: “Let It Grow”: Alpine Valley 8-7-82. For an acoustic rendering closer to the Workingman’s Dead version, check out Harpur College 5-2-70. ', has died at age 77. Find low everyday prices and buy online for delivery or in-store pick-up. Nineties pick: Greensboro (North Carolina) Coliseum, 4-1-91. “Bird Song”August 27, 1972; Old Renaissance Faire Grounds, Veneta, Oregon. “New Speedway Boogie”May 14, 1970; Meramec Community College, Kirkwood, Missouri, The Dead played this only in late 1969–70, and then again from ’91 (at the outset of the first Gulf War) until ’95. Available onRoad Trips Vol. 11. Played briefly in the mid Seventies and then from ’82 on, the ’76 versions capture the spirit of the jewel-like Blues for Allah version, with this one a particularly satisfying rendition, with its breezy, reggae lightness. This was a tough one. It was recorded on May 21, 1971 at the Keystone Korner in San Francisco. Nineties pick: Greensboro Coliseum 4-1-91; strong Bruce Hornsby and [keyboardist] Vince Welnick contributions, and some great peaks over its 17 minutes. A 2 CD set. Available on Dick’s Picks Vol. 31. ), but consistently fine for more than 20 minutes. Available on Dave’s Picks Volume 15. Garcia Live Volume Six July 5th, 1973: Lion’s Share (2016) “My absolute favourite of the 7 volumes so far in this series. “Estimated Prophet”July 8, 1978; Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, Colorado. 27. But here’s the cool news: There’s a fantastic web site called headyversion.com that is the ultimate resource for listening to the “best” versions of Grateful Dead songs. Artist: Jerry Garcia Band. Nineties pick: Hamilton 4-22-90 (tight, great MIDI Jerry). 11. Thank you for signing up to Guitar World. Call it jagged, gnarly, noisy or unpleasant, the fact is this dissonant late Eighties Weir song was a darkly powerful force to be reckoned with, and almost featured a harrowing jam, as its ascending lines crashed and clashed. What a great moment it was at any show when the first golden notes of “The Wheel” would emerge, float into the air, and point the way to that rousing sing-along. Internships. Eighties pick: Frost Amphitheatre 10-10-82. Disc 1 is a compilation of tracks from the first 5 Jerry Garcia solo and Jerry Garcia Band albums. Like on this one—talk about the Group Mind in action! Not only do they appear in order of popularity according to hundreds of folks who have weighed in on their favorite versions of just about every song in the Dead cannon—280 versions of “Eyes of the World,” 27 versions of “Liberty,” 59 versions of “Jackaroe,” etc.—but the site also provides direct links to archive.org’s immense vault of Dead performances, so you can hear them all in just a couple of mouse-clicks. Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group. This rightly revered version is, alas, cut near the end on the soundboard recording, but when it was officially released on Road Trips Vol. From the Eighties, it’s hard to top Augusta, Maine 10-12-84. In the end, though, opinions about “best” anything are always going to be completely subjective and also probably change over time. Price Match Guarantee. Available on the Spring 1990 (The Other One) box. The one on Live Dead (from 1-26-69) is the most famous (and also great! 17. I love the relaxed-but-still intense vibe of Seventies “Eyes”; by the early Eighties the tempo had increased and the tune sometimes lacked that liquid-sunshine flow the song begs for. Introduced two days after “Victim” in 1988, this melodic Hunter-Garcia number (occasionally paired with “Victim”) provided a bouncy contrast, somewhat in the tradition of “Franklin’s Tower.” This version, as presented as a bonus track on the remastered Built to Last CD, is mixed so that every instrument is clear and loud—you can really feast on Weir’s imaginative rhythm lines and Brent’s synth washes. My own preferences run toward the driving, high-energy Brent-era versions ’79–’90 (I loved what Brent’s B-3 and backup vocals added), but it’s hard to argue with the primacy of Cornell ’77, which has the unbeatable ending “Fire on the Mountain” jam (but the best-ever “Scarlet” is the amazing Giants Stadium 9-2-78 version). This double CD anthology of Jerry Garcia's work will not fail to please Garcia fans. This one hits all its marks beautifully, including a nice “landing” after the jam. Their usual bass player, John Kahn, was not present. 40. 2. Available on Road Trips Vol. “Eyes of the World”August 6, 1974; Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ. If spacey/strange is more your thing, look no further than this Seventies pick: Egypt 9-16-78 (no third verse or vocal coda, but jamming galore). “Victim or the Crime”March 21, 1990; Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario. The song part is fairly similar one to the next, but the two jams at the end are where the fireworks occur. Then in 1995, Jerry Garcia famously departed for that great gig in the sky. Indeed, the events of that year seem to have both rekindled the ardor for the group’s music in many Deadheads who dropped off the psychedelic bus following Jerry Garcia’s death in the summer of 1995, and also brought in many new fans who never had a chance to see the band but are attracted by the Dead’s amazingly diverse and appealing songbook, and the colorful, upbeat, Sixties glow that will forever surround the group. “Sugaree”May 22, 1977; The Sporatorium, Pembroke Pines, Florida, Again, lots of great choices from 1977. 46. Brent would sing the first verse alone, Garcia would go wild between verses, and then sing the second verse as a duet, followed by more fiery leads, and in some cases—as in this incendiary version from 1989 (one of the Dead’s best years), go into the “Na-na-na” coda of “Hey Jude,” with Brent singing “Mr. 37. Bath It always built to a couple of nice peaks—the first instrumental and then the vocal coda (“Across the Rio Grande-o…”) and ending solo. Don’t miss it! They drew from electric and country blues, oldtime and bluegrass, jazz, rock and roll, soul, funk, Indian, New Orleans R&B, electronic and classical music; nothing was off-limits. It’s big, loping and jammed to the max between verses with everything from fast, intricate runs to powerful fanning to gentle guitar etchings. “Shakedown Street”June 30, 1985; Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, Maryland. This version of the suite is spectacular, and leads to a long jam where Billy Kreutzmann takes the “Let It Grow” pulse and drives it frenetically in jazzy directions, with Garcia’s wah-wah and Keith’s Rhodes sounding like electric Miles Davis. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, It just won’t quit—until it drops down into a devastating “Death Don’t Have No Mercy.” Available on Two from the Vault. 4 No. The sound is superb, the band are on exhilarating and blistering form, and Jerry seems at his inspirational best. “Truckin’ ”May 19, 1974; Portland Memorial Coliseum, Oregon, Another nearly impossible choice, with more than 500 versions to pick from! “Crazy Fingers”June 9, 1976; Boston Music Hall, Boston, Massachusetts. 8. Along the way they built the most loyal fan base the music world had ever seen. Available on Dick’s Picks Vol. The best Eighties versions of this Weir tune, also from 1975’s Blues for Allah, have a ragged majesty and intensity that is unmatched by earlier ones. “Dark Star”February 27, 1969; Fillmore West (San Francisco). “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleoo”September 3, 1977; Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey. This song/jam was only around for about two years, but what a glorious run it had! 24-23. Spanning over thirty years, thousands of shows, countless memories, and infinite jams—Jerry was a beacon for generations. Available on on Dick's Picks Vol. 29. Sad to say, I never got to see them sing the “High green chilly winds” bridge into “The Eleven.”. 14-13. 19. This one, from the first show of their greatest year, is smokin’ and amazingly varied, even tucking in a bouncing “China Cat” at around the 18-minute mark, before bringing “Good Lovin’ ” to a close. 41. At this show it comes out of 30-minute “Dark Star,” so it feels like it has a little extra juice and sparkle to it. 9. “Comes a Time”May 9, 1977; War Memorial, Buffalo, New York. We’re going with this 1970 version because of Jerry’s emotional vocal delivery and the snaky, all-too-rare, slide solo that leans heavily on the old country blues lament “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.”. “Saint Stephen”February 27, 1969; Fillmore West, San Francisco, This performance, which is the Live Dead version, is what hooked me on the Dead back in November 1969, and though there are many other killer versions, this one still resonates most strongly with me. The subtext of the Bonnie Dobson–penned folk ballad could not be more dire—the last man and woman on earth after a nuclear holocaust!—but in the Dead’s hands it was both delicate and filled with heavy pathos. Nevertheless, their legendary live shows continue to garner a massive and loyal following. 3 No. “The Wheel”December 14, 1980; Long Beach Arena, California. ... New York City, The Best Of The Rest, October 15-30, 1987 (Album) 2 versions : Jerry Made: JGCD-0003 ... Bands I've Seen Live by Meloski. 1. Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist best known for his work with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group. From December ’86 on, “Saint” appeared alone; usually not quite as potent as it was with the then-departed “Sailor.” (Still, check out this excellent Hornsby-era solo “Saint” pick: Giants Stadium 6-17-91. Though I generally prefer the harmony vocals on the bridge in the Brent-era, the late Seventies versions have a distinctive haunting quality and some crushingly powerful jams. Nearly every version is a blazing psychedelic swirl. Eighties pick: Greek Theatre 7-15-84; cool and jazzy. Introduced in March ’77, this multi-layered Hunter-Garcia epic was always solid during its first year, with this version—played as the encore of what to this point was their biggest show as a headliner—notable for both its precision and power; just about perfect. Please deactivate your ad blocker in order to see our subscription offer, The rise, fall and rediscovery of the Fender Jaguar, How to set up a Les Paul: 7 essential tips, (Image credit: Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images), Corey Taylor: "I wanted this album to be stacked with the best songs that I have, because you don’t get a second chance to make that first impression", Haunted Labs and Dirty Haggard Audio's Hell Horse is a stallion of a fuzz/delay hybrid, What’s new, Pussycat? Strong late Brent-era version with hot extended jam (including MIDI flights) between tunes and solid “Rider.” Available on View from the Vault III. “Dancing in the Street”May 2, 1970; Harpur College, Binghamton, New York. 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