A Dead night for a bit 'o Grateful Dead

Not Fade Away and Goin' down the road feelin' bad

This is the recording from the Skull & Roses live album. The band is just perfectly on. Lesh and Kreutzman are totally synced and Weir's rhythm playing is inspirational. Harmonies perfect and, finally, Garcia is ON. Jam makes sense and they just seem to know where they're going that night. Once again, the progression between the first and into the second song, is flawless. Many have said this was perhaps the best Dead concert ever.

Couldn't be more perfect.

Grateful Dead - China Cat Sunflower / I Know You Rider (5-3-72)

Perhaps the BEST versions of these two great Dead songs. Progression between the two cuts is one of the finest I have ever heard. This was a live Recording from a concert in Paris, France as mentioned below.

China Cat Sunflower into I Know You Rider by the Grateful Dead. This was performed on May 3, 1972 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France. This version can be found on the Europe '72 album.

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Stogie said...

I've never really listened to Greatful Dead recordings and it appears I missed something. I will have to get some CDs of their music.

My father was in the music business for many years and met some of the Greatful Dead in the late 1960's at a music supplier in Oakland, California. He said they were (1) some of the scuzziest looking guys he ever met and (2) some of the nicest guys too.

I like the old home movie you used with the songs. Looks to be from the 1940's.

PatriotUSA said...


I am what one calls a 'Dead head', Stogie. Or rather a retired one.

I stumbled upon the GD in 1965(I think) when a cousin of mine had their first album playing. I was intrigued and hooked. The Dead were first the "Warlocks" before they became the GD.

We had moved from West Texas to southern Falikornia (which I hated)in 1960 and I was fortunately exposed to a ton of excellent West Coast music.

It was not unusual for me and my friends to drive or take the train to the bay area for Dead concerts. We would travel 800 miles to go to one and this was when concerts and transportation, gasoline etc. was reasonable, even for a teenager. I have worked since I was 10 years old so I always managed to support my hobbies etc.

I was lucky enough to meet and have several conversations with Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and other members of the band. Yep, they were somewhat hippie looking, scuzzy whatever but all of them were very kind to me and my friends. Garcia, was by far one of the FINEST musicians I have ever heard in my life.

The Dead of course, were well known for their very long concerts and they did a lot of drugs. Their sound is unique and fits in my what I call '1960's -1970's West Coast sound'. I went to at least 40 dead concerts over the years, mostly in Falikornia.

I never did care for the Beatles(great song writers) or the Rolling Stones which made me somewhat of an outcast but I simply did not care. I grew up with the Dead, Doors, Hendrix, Airplane, Canned Heat, Hot Tuna, Steve Miller, Led Zepplin, John Lee Hooker, BB King, Muddy Waters, John Mayall and a lot of other Blues music. I listen to A LOT of Blues, Jazz, older rock etc..

Today, I can listen to anything except rap and hip hop. I still cannot listen to much Beatles or Stones. There is much better English music in my own opinion.

If you would like me to, I can suggest some Dead Cd's for you to try. Just let me know. The album that the first two cuts I posted (Not Fade Away, Goin down the road feelin bad) IS PERHAPS THE best Dead album they did. Many will tell me that I am wrong but music is a very personal thing and as always, I just do not care if others agree with me or not.

Nick said...

Live music is a totally different animal from studio CDs. I went to see Eric Clapton at Earl's Court in London in 98 I believe it was, and suddenly realised what all the fuss was about!

I've seen Clapton a couple times since then - I flew down to Manchester to see him at the MEN Arena (twice), & he seems to be getting better with age.

I also went down to Glasgow to see George Thorogood at the Armadillo not too long ago - that was pretty good.

Nick said...

The Ultimate Bootleg Experience.