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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Grateful Dead, The Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA. Three shows May 1982 (SBD)

This is one of my favorite run of Grateful Dead shows I attended.  And I saw a lot of shows (over 150).  The run of shows was super well played and these are great soundboard recordings of the event.  It was my first time seeing the Grateful Dead at the Greek Theater.  Seeing them at the Greek was special.  The Greek was home turf and as such the shows have a special feel and attention to detail.  This one had an incredible Courtenay Pollock tie-dye stage backdrop.  This is well worth a listen from start to finish.  Powerful stuff.
Day one, the Friday eve show.  Just a warm up?  Hardly!  This Playin > Uncle Johns Band is fantastic.  The second set is one continual non-stop jam.  Otis the band's dog running out on the stage during intense jams.  Wavy Gravy during the break telling us to all protest against the Diablo Canyon Nuke Reactor (Grateful not Nuclear Dead).  The set list may not impress but it is how it is played not what was played on this one.  Short but sweet! 
The Grateful Dead
The Greek Theater, University Of California
Berkeley, CA

SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony TC-D5M) -> Dat -> CD
Transferred by: Charlie Miller
Set 1
Bertha ->
Greatest Story Ever Told
Friend Of The Devil
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River
Bird Song ->
C C Rider
Looks Like Rain
Might As Well
Set 2
Playing In The Band ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Drums ->
Space ->
The Wheel ->
Playing In The Band ->
Black Peter ->
Sugar Magnolia
Don't Ease Me In

Saturday show with some fantastic moments.  Brent steps out and does Never Trust A Woman (Good Times).  Cumberland Blues and Lazy Lightning > Supplication and Deal are smoking hot.   Strong China Cat -> I Know You Rider and much more.
Grateful Dead
Greek Theatre, University Of California
Berkeley, CA
SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony TC-D5M) -> Dat -> CD
Set 1:
Jack Straw ->
Tennessee Jed ->
New Minglewood Blues
Cumberland Blues
Lazy Lightnin' ->
Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider ->
Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
Never Trust A Woman (Good Times)
Lost Sailor ->
Saint Of Circumstance ->
He's Gone ->
Drums ->
Space ->
Not Fade Away ->
Wharf Rat ->
Around And Around ->
Good Lovin'
U.S. Blues

The big finale!  Shakedown Street opens the show.  A strong Scarlet-> Fire.  Motorcycle sound effects in drums, one of the only two Casey Jones played that year.  Satisfaction -> Brokendown Palace encore as a send off. 
Grateful Dead
Greek Theatre, University Of California
Berkeley, CA
Recording Info:
SBD -> Cassette Master (Sony TC-D5M) -> Dat -> CD
Mastering By Charlie Miller
-- This is the only circulating source without digital noise reduction
Set 1:
Shakedown Street ->
The Promised Land
They Love Each Other
Mama Tried ->
Mexicali Blues
Loser ->
Little Red Rooster
Ramble On Rose
Let It Grow
Set 2:
Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Samson And Delilah
Ship Of Fools
Estimated Prophet ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Drums ->
Space ->
The Other One ->
Stella Blue ->
I Need A Miracle ->
Casey Jones

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction ->
Brokedown Palace
Harley Davidson motorcycle used  on stage for sound effects in Drums -> Space

To see some really great images of this run of shows go to this link.  http://www.mediaspin.com/grateful_dead1.html 
where you will find six pages of great images of these shows
from the lens of Joel Eisenberg.  Fantastic!

1 comment:

  1. I don't know what this sounds like, 'cuz I'm still staring at that amazing tye-dye backdrop!