August 6, 2010 Playlist

Grateful Dead Audience Tape Special
Recorded by the fans for the fans
Jerry Garcia
Jerry Garcia would have been 68 on August 1st.

"Europe '72" by The Grateful Dead (1972)
The Grateful Dead  "Europe '72"  1972 (USA)
We're doing something a little different for the monthly special this August -- since Jerry Garcia's birthday was August 1st, we're reviving the "featured artist" special format with a twist -- not only is this week's show all Grateful Dead music, most of it comes from audience recordings.  For decades, the Dead allowed fans to record their live performances and trade the tapes among themselves, as long as no money was involved.  Today, these audience tapes have been archived on the Internet.  Check them out yourself!  This archive of audience recordings includes hundreds of entire shows that can be downloaded or streamed.  As far as the CAOTW, it obviously had to be a live Dead album, and so here is the group's third live album -- a triple record set from their first overseas tour.
Unfortunately there isn't a whole lot of Grateful Dead video footage from their golden era pre-1974.  The earliest clip I could find was the group performing "St. Stephen" on Playboy After Dark in 1969.  They also played at the Woodstock festival in 1969, but were not included in the movie.  Next, here's a clip of "China Cat Sunflower/I Know You Rider" from the 1972 European tour documented by this week's CAOTW, and check out the freak-dancing during "Playing In The Band" from The Grateful Dead Movie (recorded on the 1974 tour, the movie was released in 1977).  Finally, the greatest psychedelic song of all time: "Dark Star" from Sunshine Daydream, a legendary unreleased film that documents an Oregon gig from 1972.  
Artist Songs (all recorded live) Album / Source Graphic Country
The Grateful Dead China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider (trad. arr. Grateful Dead)
(Olympia Theatre Paris, France - May 3, 1972)
Europe '72
Live in Europe 1972
The Grateful Dead Truckin'
(Lyceum Theatre London, UK - May 26, 1972)
Europe '72
The Grateful Dead Untitled Jam ->
Wharf Rat
Audience Recording:
Soundcheck the day before the
Watkins Glen Summer Jam
at the Grand Prix Circuit in
Watkins Glen, New York
July 27, 1973
Riding to the soundcheck USA
The Grateful Dead Playing In The Band Audience Recording:
Watkins Glen Summer Jam
at the Grand Prix Circuit in
Watkins Glen, New York

July 28, 1973
Watkins Glen Concert Poster USA
The Grateful Dead Scarlet Begonias ->
Fire On The Mountain
Audience Recording:
Barton Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
May 8, 1977
Cornell 1977 concert poster USA
The Grateful Dead Dark Star ->
El Paso (Marty Robbins) ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson/Tim Rose)
Audience Recording:
Roosevelt Stadium
Jersey City, New Jersey
August 1, 1973
(Jerry Garcia's 31st birthday)
Actually this is a photo of The Band who opened for The Dead at Roosevelt Stadium in 1973. USA
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