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Grateful Dead Hour #1
Week of September 5, 1988
Interview with Jerry Garcia by Mary Eisenhart

Cats Under the Stars
Terrapin - 10/18/78
Dark Star single
Scarlet Begonias - 5/19/74 Portland OR
Viola Lee Blues->
I Bid You Goodnight - 5/2/70


Grateful Dead Hour #2
Week of September 12, 1988

Greatest Story Ever Told*->
Johnny B. Goode*
Playing in the Band* - 2-18-71 Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, N.Y.

Dark Star->
Wharf Rat*->
Dark Star->
Me and My Uncle - 2-18-71

* First Live! (6 of them no less....)


Grateful Dead Hour #3
Week of September 19, 1988

Henry Kaiser

Part 1 25:36
Interview with Henry Kaiser
Dark Star (excerpt) - Henry Kaiser,
Those Who Know History Are Doomed to Repeat It (SST CD 198, 1988)
Dark Star (excerpt)
Happiness Is Drumming - Diga Rhythm Band,

Part 2 26:32
New Potato Caboose - 2/68?
Mason's Children->
Black Peter - 1/10/70 Community Concourse, San Diego CA

Rainforest Action Network


Grateful Dead Hour #4
Week of September 26, 1988

Featured: live Grateful Dead music recorded December 28, 1983 at the San Francisco Civic Auditorium. Feel Like a Stranger opened the concert. Dire Wolf is out of sequence in the program because of timing. After The Wheel, the band played at Playing in the Band for a short while and then veered off into The Other One; they never did reprise Playing in the Band that night. The second set closed with a Chuck Berry double-header - Around & Around and Johnny B Goode - with Brent Mydland singing along with his organ solo in Johnny B. Goode. -- D.G.

Part 1 25:27
Feel Like a Stranger
Playing in the Band - 12/28/83 San Francisco Civic Auditorium

Part 2 27:18
ALF: I've decided to reveal myself to the world. This way I can meet new people, travel, see a Grateful Dead concert...
Willie: I don't think the authorities would even let you out in public, much less become a Deadhead. You'd become government property.
ALF: That's fine. As long as I've got my freedom.
Dire Wolf
The Wheel->
Playing in the Band tease->
The Other One->
Around and Around->
Johnny B. Goode - 12/28/83


Grateful Dead Hour #5
Week of October 3, 1988

Part 1 26:37
Jack Straw
Lazy Lightnin'->
Deal - 12/28/82 HJK, Oakland CA
When I Paint My Masterpiece The Band,

Part 2 26:32
Rose of Sharon - Robert Hunter, Tiger Rose
Shakedown Street->
Samson & Delilah - 12/28/82

Jack Straw was the first set opener, and Lazy Lightning/Supplication-> Deal closed the first set. Shakedown Street-> Samson and Delilah was the second set opener.

The Grateful Dead started performing "When I Paint My Masterpiece" in June of 1987 with Bob Weir doing the lead vocal, but which has also been part of the the Garcia Band's repertoire since 1983.


Grateful Dead Hour #6
Week of October 10, 1988

Part 1 25:12
She's On the Road Again->
Touch of Grey
Hard to Handle -
Bear's Choice

Part 2 25:46
Throwing Stones->
Not Fade Away->
Morning Dew - 12/28/82


Grateful Dead Hour #7
Week of October 17, 1988

Part 1 28:59
To Lay Me Down - 5/22/81 Warfield Theatre (w/ John Kahn)
Mason's Children - Living Earth (Relix RRCD 2033, 1988)
Fire on the Mountain - Mickey Hart (unreleased)
Cold Rain & Snow - 1/10/70 Community Concourse, San Diego

Part 2 26:04
Turn On Your Love Light - 1/10/70

Mickey Hart sings! This is the GD percussionist's unreleased studio version of "Fire on the Mountain," a rap record before the term was coined. These are the original lyrics by Robert Hunter, who Mickey has referred to as his "vocal guru."

"To Lay Me Down" originally appeared on Jerry Garcia's 1972 solo album, Garcia, and recently re-entered the band's live repertoire. The May 22, 1981 tape is an acoustic performance in a Nuclear Disarmament benefit at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, with John Kahn of Garcia Band fame playing stand-up bass in place of Phil Lesh.

I saw the Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden in 1983 and again at the end of the recent 9-show run, and I have to say it is a very different experience from the California shows I'm used to. So between sets on September 24 I asked Deadheads what they thought about the difference between East Coast and West Coast Grateful Dead shows. Asked whether they'd send a first-timer to the East Coast or the West Coast, west was favored by two out of three Deadheads.

The GD introduced "Mason's Children" in the fall of 1969, then abandoned it in the spring of 1970 after only about a dozen performances. They never put it on an album, although it was recorded around the time of theWorkingman's Dead sessions. This is a new recording from the self-titled debut album by a Pennsylvania band, Living Earth.

Editorial comment: Election day is almost here, and a lot of people I know feel that their votes don't count for much these days. But I think that if everybody who feels that way went to the polls it could make a difference, in local elections and maybe even in the presidential race. The phrase "consent of the governed" loses its power if the electorate remain ignorant and apathetic and don't even bother to vote. So let's give it a try - pass the word: this year the Deadheads are going to drop in and vote. Thanks for listening. -- David Gans


Grateful Dead Hour #8
Week of October 24, 1988

The tape was a low-gen soundboard, but it had distortion problems and there was an equipment buzz through most of the first set

Wave That Flag
Looks Like Rain
'We don't play St. Stephen any more because you like it too much'
Beat It On Down The Line
They Love Each Other
Big River
Brown-Eyed Women
Playing in the Band


Grateful Dead Hour #9
Week of October 31, 1988

Franklin's Tower->
One More Saturday Night
U.S. Blues - 10/9/76 Oakland Stadium
Tons of Steel -
In the Dark
Dark Star - 7/13/84 Greek Theater


Grateful Dead Hour #10
Week of November7, 1988

We heard excerpts from the Rainforest Benefit Press Conference held at the United Nations in NYC on September 14, 1988.

Press Conference
Morning Dew - 2/23/71 Capitol Theater, Portchester, NY
Press Conference
Box of Rain - 7/7/78 Red Rocks
Press Conference
Dire Wolf - 7/7/78
Press Conference
Throwing Stones - 6/15/85

Phil, Bill, and Brent add their views on the rainforest crisis.


Grateful Dead Hour #11
Week of November 14, 1988

Uncle John's Band->
Truckin' ->
Bob Weir jamming with the drummers - 4/16/83 Brendan Byrne Arena

Black Queen (w/ Stephen Stills)->
Iko Iko (w/ Stephen Stills)->
Bob Star->
The Other One - 4/16/83

The Dead played Stephen Stills' 'Black Queen' and he remained on stage to play 'Iko Iko'. After that, 'The Other One' began, and Bob Weir sang his 'Little Star' (or 'Bob Star') and the jam led into 'The Other One' proper. 'Little Star' is a nice song, sung over the music intro to 'The Other One'. It was only sung three times: the first time the night before; and the last time was later that summer. The words (as sung):

Long as we got to be,
Long as we are,
I just want to be,
One of them little stars.
One of them little stars.
And it would be just fine.
All you got to do
is hang up there and shine.
Hang up there and shine,
Hang up there and shine,
Hang up there and shine,
Hang up there and shine,
Hang up there and shine.

[Notes by ??? @ I seemed to notice the difference in the band's playing between 'Black Queen' and 'The Other One'. Black Queen seemed to drag - maybe because it was the first time being played - and Stills didn't seem to pickup on the switch to Iko-Iko until Jerry started singing. Once Stills went off the stage, The Other One started up, almost with a sigh of relief and a with a certain lightness, and quickly went into the depths of the intro and Little Star.]


Mickey Hart in 2 parts:

Grateful Dead Hour #12
Week of November 21, 1988

Part 1 27:59
Razooli - Diga Rhythm Band, Diga
Fire on the Mountain - 10/22/78 Winterland

Part 2 22:49
Good Night Irene - Leadbelly, from The Original Vision
Good Night Irene - 12/31/83 w/ Rick Danko and Maria Muldaur
Hobo's Lullaby - Emmylou Harris,
A Vision Shared/Woody Guthrie, The Original Vision
Goin' Down This Road Feelin' Bad - Woody Guthrie Sings Folk Songs, Vol. 2


Grateful Dead Hour #13
Week of November 28, 1988

Part 1 24:47
Tum Balalaika -
Golden Gate Gypsy Orchestra
Nugumi -
Music of Upper and Lower Egypt
Weir: "My stuff all works, but Jerry's stuff doesn't all work..." Alabama Getaway->
Greatest Story Ever Told - 10/9/82 Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford

Part 2 27:30
Jackaroe - 4/17/82 Hartford Civic Center
King Solomon's Marbles - 8/13/75 Great American Music Hall, SF

"Greatest Story Ever Told" was written by Mickey Hart, Bob Weir and Robert Hunter, based on the rhythm of a pump on Mickey's ranch in Marin County. It appeared on his 1972 solo album, Rolling Thunder, as "The Pump Song," and then Weir evolved it into Greatest Story Ever Told and included it on his 1972 solo debut, Ace.

The instrumental "King Solomon's Marbles" was recorded August 13, 1975 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, one of only four shows the band played that year.


Grateful Dead Hour #14
Week of December 5, 1988

Part 1 26:33
Don't Ease Me In
Lost Sailor->
Saint of Circumstance - 9/1/79 Holleder Memorial Stadium, Rochester NY
Mercy Mercy Mercy -
Brian Melvin's Nightfood, (Global Pacific ZK 40733, 1988)
Run for the Roses - Jerry Garcia,
Run for the Roses

Part 2 23:26
Wharf Rat->
I Need a Miracle->
Good Lovin' 9/1/79 Holleder Memorial Stadium, Rochester NY

There wasn't time to play the whole "Wharf Rat" and still get the end of the set in, but Garcia's last solo was so stunning I had to include it.

According to DeadBase, the complete book of Grateful Dead Song Lists, 9/1/79 was Brent Mydland's 20th concert since breaking in with the band on April 22 of that year. Brand new to the repertoire were the Bob Weir-John Barlow composition "Lost Sailor," introduced in Oakland on August 4, and its companion piece, "Saint of Circumstance," which Weir sang in public for the first time in Glens Falls, New York, the night before this Rochester performance.

"Mercy Mercy Mercy" is from a new Global Pacific album by Brian Melvin's Nightfood, with the late Jaco Pastorius on bass and Bob Weir on guitar and lead vocal. The song made the pop charts twice in 1967 - as an instrumental by Cannonball Adderley and in a vocal version by the Buckinghams. It was written by Josef Zawinul, who played keyboards with the Adderley Quintet and later founded Weather Report, where Pastorius became famous for his innovations on the electric bass. Weir also appears on "Fever," sharing lead vocals with Jan Fanucci. - DG


Grateful Dead Hour #15
Week of December 12, 1988

Brown-Eyed Women
Bird Song
The Music Never Stopped - 3/18/88 HJK

"There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert" cheer

When Push Comes to Shove
Man Smart, Woman Smarter


Grateful Dead Hour #16
Week of December 19, 1988

Grateful Dead live from the Bermuda Triangle, playing in front of ahumongous sound system at Miami Jai-Alai. Each instrument had its own amplification system and a couple dozen speakers, and it sure did sound fine! During the energy crisis of the early '70s it got too expensive to drive all that hardware around, and not long after this show the band took a 19-month vacation from touring. When they came back in 1976 their whole setup was a more reasonable size. Jai-Alai is a team sport played in a huge racquetball court with one side wall replaced by a net so the spectators can see the game without being hit by stray jai-alai balls. I saw the Dead play there in '78, but I don't remember whether they left the net up or not. The Dark Star-US Blues jam is slightly abridged; the master tape had a break in it, plus I had to lose another couple of minutes to make it fit into the Hour. - D.G.

Part 1 27:07
Let It Rock
Black Peter
Around & Around
To Lay Me Down - 6/23/74 Miami Jai-Alai

Part 2 25:29
Dark Star->
Spanish jam->
US Blues - 6/23/74 Miami Jai-Alai


Grateful Dead Hour #17
Week of December 26, 1988

Featuring excerpts from the Grateful Dead's second set July 26, 1987 at the Big A (Anaheim Stadium), not far from Disneyland and Leo Fender's house. The Dead played a set with Bob Dylan that night, and there's a live album from that tour due out very early in 1989.

Part 1 26:28

If I had the world to give...One pane of glass...Blue suede shoes...A ruffled dress, a necklace made of gold...all the French perfume you'd care to smell...Ribbons, ribbons, ribbons...Bucket hanging clear to Hell...A broken angel...Just a box of rain...I'll take a melody...Just a plaintive little tune...Ten gold dollars...Money money, money money money...A thousand dollars, please...A dime for a cup of coffee... Little Ben clock...An electric guitar...Something like a bird... Burgundy wine...Couple shots of whiskey...Couple more shots of whiskey...Couple more shots of whiskey...Just a cup of cold coffee... Pile of smokin' leather...A leaf of all colors...And very few rules to guide...A land that's free for you and me...You know the one thing we need is a left-hand monkeywrench...You know I'm ready to give everything for anything I take...There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert! <applause>

Shakedown Street 7/26/87 Anaheim Stadium
Notes from the Rosetta Stone (first section) - Peter Apfelbaum and the Hieroglyphics Ensemble with Don Cherry 10/14/88 Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, SF
China Doll -
Grateful Dead from the Mars Hotel

Part 2 25:59
percussion 7/26/87 Anaheim Stadium
Throwing Stones 7/26/87
Not Fade Away -
The Rolling Stones

Peter Apfelbaum and Hieroglyphics Ensemble was Phil Lesh's choice to open the show on New Year's Eve this year. It's a 15-piece band from Berkeley, using some "World Beat" dance rhythms for composition and improvisation in a big-band context. I think this band should appeal equally to the dancers and the serious listeners in the Grateful Dead audience. The following is an excerpt from an interview with Apfelbaum on the December 1988 instalment of Rex Radio, hosted by Phil Lesh.

Lesh: [Recalling a newspaper article in which] you were extolling the virtues of Reggae and African rhythms as opposed to swing rhythms... You were saying that most jazz composers only rely on swing rhythms, and that Reggae and African are a whole new untapped resource, in a way. And to my ears you've taken those rhythms and developed them considerably - especially overlaying more than one at one time.

Apfelbaum: That is a product of our continuing investigation of the roots of what we call jazz. In the process of investigating that root we realized that the basis of swing and the basis of the rhythms that make up what we call jazz come from Africa - specifically, from West Africa. There've been numerous attempts in this century to combine African rhythms with American jazz. Dizzy Gillespie was somebody who did that by way of Afro-Cuban music; Ellington did it, and more recently the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra... There was an outgrowth of awareness in the sixties that contributed to the overall awareness of African music, and it became an element that is more and more used in composition. What we're doing is taking modern dance forms and using them as a basis for composition and improvisation, much in the way that Ellington did, and people of his time that were orchestrating for a large ensemble.


Grateful Dead Hour #18
Week of January 2, 1989

Part 1 26:30
Interview: Phil Lesh
St. Stephen 6/15/76 Beacon Theater, NYC
Interview: Phil Lesh
Playing in the Band 7/29/88 Laguna Seca

Part 2 26:24
Interview: Phil Lesh
Passenger -
Terrapin Station
Interview: Phil Lesh
Africa - John Coltrane,
The Africa Brass Sessions, Vol. 2


Grateful Dead Hour #19
Week of January 9, 1989

Side 1 25:15
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
In the Midnight Hour - 8/22/87 Angels Camp CA (with Carlos Santana, guitar)
Iko Iko->
All Along the Watchtower - 8/23/87 Angels Camp CA (with Carlos Santana, guitar)

Side 2 27:06
Truckin' - Squalls, No Time (Dog Gone Records DOG 0001, 1988)
Q: Who would you choose to play the other band members in the movie of the life of the Grateful Dead? - Grateful Dead Talk to Themselves (Arista ADP-9630, 1987)
Dear Mr. Fantasy->
Playing in the Band->
Morning Dew - 8/23/87 Angels Camp CA

Santana was on the bill both days (along with David Lindley and El Rayo-X) at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, California, August 22 and 23, 1987, and Carlos Santana sat in on guitar for the last couple of songs in the first sets of both shows.

Interesting reading of Truckin' by Squalls, from their recent album No Time (Dog Gone Records, P.O. Box 1742, Athens GA 30603). Thanks to nethead Richard Baum for sending it in. Grateful Dead Talk to Themselves is a promotional disc put out to radio stations by Arista in Summer '87 to coincide with the release of In the Dark) - DG


Grateful Dead Hour #20
Week of January 16, 1989

Feel Like a Stranger - 3/2/87 HJKL
It's All Over Now - 3/1/87
Diamond Joe - Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band,
Almost Acoustic

Mississippi Halfstep->
Promised Land
Quinn the Eskimo - 3/3/87
Hell in a Bucket - 3/1/87


Grateful Dead Hour #21
Week of January 23, 1989

Samson and Delilah
Dark Star->
The Other One->
Dark Star jam
Stagger Lee
Good Lovin'
Casey Jones -> Johnny B. Goode
Bill Graham band intros - 12/31/78 Winterland


Grateful Dead Hour #22
Week of January 30, 1989

Side 1 25:14
Walkin' Blues
Bird Song
Jack Straw 12/28/88 Oakland Coliseum

Side 2 28:18
Mason's Children - Henry Kaiser, Alternate Versions (SST CD 237, 1989)
Uncle John's Band->
I Need a Miracle 12/28/88 Oakland Coliseum

Mason's Children is a late-'60s-vintage song which the Grateful Dead performed live a few times but never put out on record. This one is from a 3-inch compact disc by Henry Kaiser, Alternate Versions (SST Records). It's a remix of the version that appeared on last year's lp Those Who Know History Are Doomed to Repeat It, featuring keyboard overdubs by former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten and lead vocal and a guitar solo by yours truly. - DG


Grateful Dead Hour #23
Week of February 6, 1989

Turn On Your Lovelight - 12/28/88 Oakland Coliseum
New Year's Wishes
Wang Dang Doodle w/ Clarence Clemons
West L.A. Fadeaway w/Clarence Clemons - 12/31/88 Oakland Coliseum

When I Paint My Masterpiece
Cold Rain and Snow
Don't Ease Me In - 12/31/88 Oakland Coliseum
New Year's Wishes


Grateful Dead Hour #24
Week of February 13, 1989

New Year's Countdown->
Sugar Magnolia->
Touch of Grey (12/31/88) (w/ Clarence Clemons)
Interview with Steve Marcus of the GDTS office
Oh, the Wind and the Rain - Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band,
Almost Acoustic
The Wheel->
Gimme Some Lovin'->
All Along the Watchtower - 12/31/88
New Year's Eve Greetings
Got to Serve Somebody -
Dylan and the Dead


Grateful Dead Hour #25
Week of February 20, 1989

Side 1 26:57
Morning Dew->
Sunshine Daydream - 12/31/88 Oakland Coliseum Arena
Uncle John's Band
Workingman's Dead
Salt Lake City - Bob Weir, Heaven Help the Fool

Side 2 28:17
Queen Jane, Approximately - 12/29/88 Oakland Coliseum Arena
Wharf Rat->
*Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad->
*One More Saturday Night - 12/31/88 Oakland Coliseum Arena

* with Clarence Clemons, saxophone


Grateful Dead Hour #26
Week of February 27, 1989

Side 1 27:47
Alabama Getaway->
Promised Land
Tons of Steel
I Need a Miracle->
Cumberland Blues->
drums - 4/19/87 Irvine Meadows

Side 2 27:39
Mississippi Halfstep->
Franklin's Tower
Ramble On Rose
Box of Rain - 4/19/87 Irvine Meadows


Grateful Dead Hour #27
Week of March 6, 1989

This week's program features live Grateful Dead music recorded February 23-24, 1971 at the Capitol Theatre in Portchester, New York - including, by popular demand, four numbers featuring Ron "Pigpen" McKernan on the lead vocals, organ and harmonica.

Pigpen was a blues freak who hooked up with Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia in the early Sixties to form Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, and it was his idea to get a rhythm section and some electric instruments and turn it into a blues band that they called the Warlocks and later the Grateful Dead. His health forced him to quit performing with the band in 1972. I learned a lot about him when I interviewed the other band members for the book Playing in the Band. In a 1984 interview - which was long before I had any idea I'd be working on this radio program, so the recording conditions were a little less than first-class - Mickey Hart talked about Pigpen as a musician and as a friend.

"Little Red Rooster" has been a double slide-guitar showcase for the Dead all through the U80s. HereUs a recording of it by the guy who wrote it: Willie Dixon.

Side 1 27:31
Mickey Hart talks about Pigpen 11/11/84 (1)
Big Boss Man
Next Time You See Me
Sugar Magnolia
Casey Jones - 2/23/71 Capitol Theatre, Portchester NY

Side 2 26:46
Little Red Rooster - Willie Dixon,
I Am the Blues
Mickey Hart talks about Pigpen 11/11/84 (2)
Hard to Handle
Me and Bobby McGee
King Bee - 2/24/71 Capitol Theatre, Portchester NY


Grateful Dead Hour #28
Week of March 13, 1989

Side 1 26:58
Cold Rain & Snow;
Hell in a Bucket
Beat It On Down the Line->
Promised Land - 2/12/89 Forum, Inglewood CA
Big River - 2/11/89 Forum, Inglewood CA

Side 2 26:42
Estimated Prophet->
MIDI jam - 2/11/89
Wharf Rat - 2/10/8

The band turned their second set inside out at the Forum on February 11. Following Estimated Prophet, which usually leads to Eyes of the World and then into less structured realms, the drummers took a break and left guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and keyboardist Brent Mydland to do some exploring together with their respective computer music interfaces. The quartet continued through Brent's new ballad, I Will Take You Home (which is likely be part of the new album which the band is working on), and then they left the stage to Billy Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, who were joined by the Moreira family (Airto, Flora Purim and their daughter, Diana) for some wild vocals and percussion - and then the band went into Eyes of the World.

Another interesting statistic: This Big River was played without another cowboy song attached for the first time in about ten years... - DG


Grateful Dead Hour #29
Week of March 20, 1989

Side 1 26:27
Looks Like Rain 7/26/87 Anaheim Stadium
Bombs Away - Bob Weir,
Heaven Help the Fool
"And now the polka, you worms - and play as you've never played before in your life!"
Mexicali Blues - 5/26/73 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco
The Race is On -
Louie, Louie 5/1/88 Frost Amphitheatre, Palo Alto CA

Side 2 25:08
Crazy Fingers->
Samson & Delilah 5/1/88 Frost Amphitheatre

The Kingsmen had a big hit with "Louie, Louie" (written by Richard Berry) in 1963. Their incomprehensible vocal performance made the record a legend among pubescent suburban boys of the time - although no one could quote anything specific, we were sure they were singing something deliciously dirty. Since then, just about everybody who has ever plugged in a guitar has taken a crack at it. The song has been recorded thousands of times; Rhino Records released a Best of Louie, Louie compilation (including Richard Berry's original, the Kingsmen single and versions by the Sandpipers, Black Flag, the Rice University Marching Owl Band (!), and others) in 1983, and Bay Area college radio station KFJC aired more than 300 versions of the song during "Maximum Louie, Louie" in August of 1983. The Grateful Dead introduced "Louie, Louie" in the second set at the Hartford Civic Center April 5, 1988, with three- (or was it four-) part harmony on the choruses and Brent Mydland singing the verses. I heard Richard Berry sing "Louie, Louie" a couple of years ago at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley with a band that included Ry Cooder on guitar. Berry's version is slower, swingin'er, downright romantic; the version Brent and the boys played was more like Richard Berry than the Kingsmen.

"Louie, Louie" only appeared a few more times in 1988 - the last one was at Madison Square Garden on September 20 (thanks, Mal) - possibly because the band started working on new songs of their own right after that.

"Bombs Away" is the opening cut on Bob Weir's 1978 solo album, Heaven Help the Fool, recorded on the heels of the Dead's Terrapin Station with the same producer, Keith Olsen, in the same LA studio.

That's the late Keith Godchaux playing piano on "Mexicali Blues." He played with the Grateful Dead from 1971 until February, 1979. Brent joined in April of that year - hey, it's almost his Tenth Aniversary!

"The Race Is On" is from Reckoning, a live album of acoustic performances recorded in September and October, 1980 at San Francisco's Warfield Theatre and Radio City Music Hall in New York. -DG


Grateful Dead Hour #30
Week of March 27, 1989

Part 1 26:11
Weir: Could I have a follow spot, please?... This gentleman presented me with this... pussy willow....and we're going to respond in kind by doing our most requested number.
El Paso
The Rub
Dark Star-> - 4/28/71 Fillmore East, NYC

Part 2 24:45
Morning Dew - Bonnie Dobson at Folk City
St. Stephen->
Not Fade Away->
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad->
Not Fade Away - 4/28/71 Fillmore East, NYC


Grateful Dead Hour #31
Week of April 3, 1989

Part 1 25:34
Cumberland Blues
Morning Dew
Me & My Uncle - 4/28/71 Fillmore East, NYC

Part 2 24:44
Mama Tried - The Best of the Best of Merle Haggard
Hey Pocky Way
China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider->
One More Saturday Night - 4/30/88 Frost Amphitheatre, Palo Alto CA

The guitars are slightly out of tune as the band begins "Ripple," but by the time Jerry Garcia starts singing both he and Bob Weir have adjusted their instruments, and although their tuning remains a little tentative throughout the song the performance is a warm one. The definitive recording of this song can be found on the GD's 1971 studio album American Beauty.

Merle Haggard first achieved heavy name recognition among the rock generation with his jingo anthem "Okie from Muskogee" ("...'n we don't take our trips on ell-ess-dee..."). The song drew at least two responses from Bay Area musicians: Nick Gravenites's "I'll Fix Your Flat Tire, Merle" and the Youngbloods' parody "Hippie from Olema." My attitude toward Haggard changed when I became a fan of country music. Asleep at the Wheel and Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen brought Nashville, Bakersfield, Bluegrass, Louis Jordan, Texas swing and bebop to the party, and all of a sudden us hippies had some culture in common with the author of "Okie" and "The Fightin' Side of Me." Haggard's tributes to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys are a real treat.

According to DeadBase, Bob Weir started performing "Mama Tried" in June of 1969 at a San Francisco gig billed as "Bobby Ace and the Cards from the Bottom." Other Weir choices from that period include Buck Owens' "Tiger by the Tail," a couple of Everly Brothers numbers, and the Beatles' "I've Just Seen a Face." The book doesn't mention whether Garcia played six-string or pedal steel. Acoustic sets became pretty frequent for the next couple of years, and the country/cowboy material has remained in the band's repertoire ever since.

"Hey Pocky Way" is a Neville Brothers tune, with Brent Mydland singing lead. "China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider-> One More Saturday Night" was the encore, believe it or not, of the Dead's performance at the Frost Amphitheatre on April 30, 1988. I think Weir had to change guitars in the last song of the second set, so the show may have seemed incomplete to the band. Anyway, they came back with this extraordinary capper and made sure everybody got off before they left the stage. - DG


Grateful Dead Hour #32
Week of April 10, 1989

Part 1
Let It Grow - 11/4/77 Hamilton NY
Interview with Jerry, Bob, Mickey, Huey Lewis, Bill Graham and the organizer of the "In Concert Against AIDS" benefit in May, 1989.
Swing Low Sweet Chariot - Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band,
Almost Acoustic

Part 2
Turn On Your Lovelight - Bobby Blue Bland
Slow Train -
Dylan and The Dead
Phil Lesh intro: the Jones Gang
Samson and Delilah->
Cold Rain and Snow - 11/4/77 Hamilton NY


Grateful Dead Hour #33
Week of April 17, 1989

Part 1
Estimated Prophet - 3/18/77
Dancin' in the Streets w/ horns - GD single
Easy to Slip - Bob Weir,
Heaven Help the Fool
Tennessee Jed (2/26/77)

Part 2
Garcia interview on composing and writing 'Terrapin'
Hunter about the inspiration for 'Terrapin'
Terrapin ->
At a Siding->
drums- 3/18/77
Garcia interview
excerpt from
Terrapin Station album
Deal - 2/26/77


Grateful Dead Hour #34
Week of April 24, 1989

Part 1 25:25
All New Minglewood Blues
Not Fade Away - 3/18/77 Winterland

Part 2 24:44
Burger: Your honor, we've heard the testimony of this witness that the first part of this tape has been edited or tampered with.
Mason: All this working on the tape, this cutting and splicing, must have been important.
Witness: I should think you'd be grateful.
Burger: Well, we're not grateful, mister. I should like this tape entered in evidence and marked for the people exhibit D. Let's listen to it again, shall we? Lieutenant, turn it up with the volume high.

St Stephen->
Around and Around - GD 3/18/77 Winterland
Ivory Wheels/Rosewood Track->
Jack O'Roses->
Terrapin Station - Robert Hunter,
Jack O'Roses


Grateful Dead Hour #35
Week of May 1, 1989

Part 1 23:54
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Jack Straw - 10/21/88 Reunion Arena, Dallas
Tons of Steel -
In the Dark (Arista ARCD 8452, 1987)
Happy birthday, Brentski!->
Wang Dang Doodle - 10/21/88 Reunion Arena, Dallas

Part 2 26:45
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue - Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home
All Along the Watchtower->
Stella Blue->
Sugar Magnolia - GD 10/21/88 Reunion Arena, Dallas


Grateful Dead Hour #36
Week of May 8, 1989

Part 1 25:29
Crowd: WE WANT PHIL!!!
Weir: Phil says no prisoners.
Greatest Story Ever Told->
Devil with a Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly - 9/9/87 Providence RI
Channel n News
Late for Supper->
Eep Hour - Jerry Garcia,
Gomorrah - Jerry Garcia Band, Cats Under the Stars

Part 2 26:23
China Cat Sunflower->
I Know You Rider
Playing in the Band->
China Doll - 9/9/87 Providence RI


Grateful Dead Hour #37
Week of May 15, 1989

The creators of the Grateful Dead's 1987 video So Far talk to the press. And for you tape collectors: one of the all-time great performances of "Sugaree," plus the first electric "Ripple" since 1971.

Part 1 22:08
Jerry Garcia, Len Dell'Amico and Bob Weir talk about So Far and In the Dark NYC 9/14/87
Queen Jane, Approximately -
Dylan & the Dead (Columbia 45056, 1988)

Part 2 25:58
Sugaree - 3/18/77 Winterland

Claire: I want to get married again.
Grant: You hear that?
Claire: Come on, is that so much to ask? To show me how much you love me?
Grant: No, no, it's perfectly easy. We'll just go out and find a nice dead minister... a dead band - maybe the Grateful Dead. Should be a night to remember.
One More Saturday Night

Ripple - 9/3/88 Capitol Center, Landover MD


Grateful Dead Hour #38
Week of May 22, 1989

Part 1 23:11
The Music Never Stopped
The Other One - 9/12/88 Spectrum, Philadelphia

Part 2 26:28

Receptionist: I'm sorry, but I can't keep Dr. Garcia waiting all afternoon.
Erica: Well, if you will just give us a little more time, I'm sure that Mr. Hunter will be here any minute.
Receptionist: I'm afraid I can't keep juggling Dr. Garcia's schedule.

Man Smart, Woman Smarter->
Eyes of the World
Good Lovin' - 9/12/88


Grateful Dead Hour #39
Week of May 29, 1989

Part 1 28:08
Me & My Uncle->
Mexicali Blues - 5/7/89 Frost
Rain and Snow - Pentangle,
He's Gone->
snakey jam - 5/7/89 Frost
Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf

Part 2 24:48
The Other One->
Black Peter->
Lovelight - 5/7/89 Frost


Grateful Dead Hour #40
Week of June 5, 1989

Part 1 23:35
They Love Each Other
The Race Is On
West LA Fadeaway
Hey Pocky Way - 5/6/89 Frost

Part 2 26:38
Wharf Rat->
Around & Around->
Not Fade Away - 5/6/89 Frost
Ripple - Chris Hillman,
Morning Sky


Grateful Dead Hour #41
Week of June 12, 1989
Featuring an interview with Famous Deadhead David Crosby

Part 1 25:26
Almost Cut My Hair - David Crosby 12/31/86 HJK, Oakland
The Wall Song - Crosby & Nash 11/11/71 (studio rough) with Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Bill Kreutzmann

Part 2 25:16
Bird Song - 2/11/89 Forum, Inglewood CA
Eight Miles High - Byrds,
Fifth Dimension
U.S. Blues - 12/31/86 Henry J. Kaiser, Oakland


Grateful Dead Hour #42
Week of June 19, 1989

Part 1 26:30
Brown-Eyed Women
Box of Rain
Don't Ease Me In
Beat It On Down the Line
Weir dedicates it to Bill Graham:
Sugar Magnolia 12/31/72 Winterland, San Francisco

Part 2 25:15«
Truckin' 12/31/72 Winterland, San Francisco


Grateful Dead Hour #43
Week of June 26, 1989

The Grateful Dead were out of circulation for the second half of 1986, while Jerry Garcia recovered from the diabetic coma that felled him in July. The band re-emerged in December with three shows at the Oakland Coliseum and a four-show New Year's Eve run at HJK. All of these shows had a very affectionate, "So glad you made it" feel to them, and stuff like the last verse of Candyman took on a little extra meaning: Hand me my old git-tar/Pass the whiskey 'round/Won't you tell everybody you meet/That the candyman's in town.

Part 1 25:03
Desolation Row
U S Blues - 12/31/86

Part 2 25:43
Tiger Rose - Robert Hunter, Tiger Rose (Rykodisc RCD 10115, 1989. Original version released 1975. Vocals recut 1988; digital remix by Tom Flye)
Gimme Some Lovin';
When Push Comes to Shove 12/31/86


Grateful Dead Hour #44
Week of July 3, 1989
Interview with Phil Lesh

Part 1 25:51
Phil Lesh interview pt 1
MIDI jam - GD 5/6/89 Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford CA
Phil Lesh interview pt 2
Bird Song - GD 2/11/89 Forum, Inglewood CA

Part 2 26:38
Phil Lesh interview pt 3
Box of Rain->
Cold Rain & Snow - GD 9/12/88 Spectrum, Philadelphia
Eyes of the World - GD 2/23/74 Winterland, SF


Grateful Dead Hour #45
Week of July 10, 1989

Part 1 26:50
Introduction by Bill Graham;
Around & Around
Here Comes Sunshine
Ship of Fools - 2/23/74 Winterland
That's What Love Will Make You Do - Jerry Garcia,

Part 2 25:33
Jack Straw
Promised Land->
Greatest Story Ever Told - 2/23/74

Saturday, February 23, 1974 at Winterland in San Francisco was the second concert of three-day run during which the band played what turned out to be their last public performance of Here Comes Sunshine and introduced Ship of Fools, It Must Have Been the Roses, and the finished version of U.S. Blues.

This concert was recorded on quarter-inch two-track tape (at 7.5 inches per second), which was the state of the art fifteen years ago. The shortcomings of the tape are for the most part the fault of the stage gear - an occasional rattle in the bass cabinets, for example. Bill Graham introduces the band in his inimitable style, with a dramatic pause parting the artist's name down the middle. The mix is a little unstable in the first song, but it settles down after that.

These shows took place around the time Jerry Garcia was working on his second solo album, Garcia (Round Records RX102, 1974, due out on CD from Grateful Dead Merchandising later this year). That's the one which is often referred to as 'Compliments of Garcia' because the radio and review copies had the words 'Compliments of' stamped above the title. And so what if his first two albums were both named 'Garcia' - by this time Chicago was already up to Roman numeral VII!


Grateful Dead Hour #46
Week of July 17, 1989

Part 1 25:04
Jack Straw
Walkin' Blues - 12/27/87 Oakland Coliseum Arena
My Brother Esau - B side of "Touch of Grey"
Silvio - Bob Dylan,
Down in the Groove

Part 2 26:07
Ramble On Rose
Uncle John's Band->
Estimated Prophet - 12/27/87

Bob Dylan picked up a notebook of Robert Hunter's lyrics at the Grateful Dead's studio. He set "Silvio" and "Ugliest Girl in the World" to music and included them both on Down in the Groove, to Hunter's surprise and delight. Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Brent Mydland contributed background vocals to "Silvio."


Grateful Dead Hour #47
Week of July 24, 1989

Scarlet Begonias->
Fire on the Mountain - 3/18/77 Winterland
St. Stephen->
Mason's Children - 2/2/70 St Louis
Next Time You See Me - 12/12/69 Thelma Theater, LA
Comes a Time
One More Saturday Night
Casey Jones - 10/19/71 Minneapolis


Grateful Dead Hour #48
Week of July 31, 1989

Uncle John's Band->
He was a Friend of Mine
We Bid You Goodnight->
Caution 12/12/69 Thelma Theater L.A.


Grateful Dead Hour #49
Week of August 7, 1989

Money Money
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider - 5/17/74 P.N.E Coliseum, Vancouver BC
Weather Report (Part One)->
Let It Grow - 7/19/74 Selland Arena, Fresno CA


Grateful Dead Hour #50
Week of August 14, 1989

Feel Like a Stranger
He's Gone->
Little Star->
It's All over Now, Baby Blue (encore) - 4/15/83 Rochester NY

The Wheel - Garcia (first solo album)
Not Fade Away >
Going Down the Road Feeling Bad >
Around and Around >
Johnny B. Goode - 4/15/83


Grateful Dead Hour #51
Week of August 21, 1989

Maggie's Farm->
Cumberland Blues - 10/3/87 Shoreline
Dire Wolf -
Workingman's Dead
I Know You Rider
Silver Threads and Golden Needles - 6/5/70 Fillmore West

Friend of the Devil
Me and My Uncle
Black Peter
Bird Song - 8/24/72 Berkeley Community Theater


Grateful Dead Hour #52
Week of August 28, 1989

Happy Birthday Bobby->
U.S. Blues 10/16/74 Winterland, SF
Jam - 7/27/73 Watkins Glen soundcheck

The Other One ->
Cryptical Envelopment->
New Potato Caboose->
jam on 13 beats - 10/12/68 Avalon Ballroom, SF


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