Monday, November 26, 2007

T right here in Montego

Most of America is asleep right now as I type this at 4:30 in the morning (Eastern time zone, yo... 12:30 a.m. here in Alaska.) But 25 years ago this very moment, the good ol' Grateful Dead were just starting their show that would wrap up Day 1 of the Jamaica World Music Festival. This would be their only concert in the Caribbean, and aside from Hawaii, their only show south of the mainland United States.

Many people've seen a show start when it was light out and finish when it was dark... but only a very few can say they saw the sun rise as the band went into Fire On The Mountain! Breakfast right after a show? Oh, man, that must've been somethin'. Knowin' me as well as I think I know me, this is a show I definitely would've mailordered for. Maybe I'd never have made it but my plans to go would have been in full swing, I tell ya what.

Anyway, on with the tunes...

Grateful Dead -- 11/26/82
Bob Marley Memorial Performing Centre
Montego Bay, Jamaica

1st Set
Sugaree, Minglewood Blues, Loser,
Women Are Smarter, Althea, Let It Grow

2nd Set
Samson and Delilah,
Scarlet Begonias Fire On The Mountain
Drums Space Throwing Stones
Not Fade Away Black Peter Good Lovin'

Holy Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Rastaman!! Mmmm, tasty! Just lovin' this yet again! Loser, for the 3rd time in a few days now, is absolutely the pinnacle of the 1st Set. I don't know why, near the end, everything in the universe comes into one absolute moment of perfection. Only a 6-song set but a pretty sweet Let It Grow wraps it all up. The band is in such a massive groove here that they could have jammed this out for twice as long as they did. For some reason, Bobby's rhythm guitar throughout the show is off to the side in only the right channel and not so easy to tune in on... but I'm really diggin' Phil totally front and center... and Jerry, of course.

Set 2 has more of the same. Scarlet-> Fire, at 16½ minutes, seems just right for 6 in the morning. Loved it! Drums-> Space is really brief before Bobby goes into Throwing Stones, a relatively brand new tune, launched only a couple months before. I usually love a rockin' end of the show but Peter is a pretty nice, mellow moment with some sweet, sweet Jerry! No encore but Bobby works some fun cheese into Good Lovin' to close it all out.
The whole thing is a little on the short side at under 2 hours but not a bad show for 4:30 to about 7 in the morning! And what a sweet recording!

lineage: master soundboard cassette > WAV > SHN
sound quality: Smokin' ... A to A+!!

listen: 11-26-82 Montego Bay is @

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Grateful Dead -- Jamaica World Music Festival, sponsored by Feyline and Budweiser at the Bob Marley Memorial Performing Centre in Montego Bay, Freeport Zone, Jamaica, West Indies.  The band, of course -- Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Brent Mydland.  Not present: Bruce Hornsby, Donna Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Ron Pigpen McKernan, Tom Constanten, Vince Welnick.  But they did songs by Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow.  Also on the bill: Ronnie Milsap, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, B-52s, Joe Jackson, Beach Boys, Aretha Franklin, Squeeze, Stacy Lattisaw, Skeeter Davis, Toots and the Maytals, Black Uhuru, The Clash, Jimmy Buffett, Rick James, English Beat, Yellowman, Bobby and the Midnites, Rita Marley and the Melody Makers.


Anonymous said...

never got into grateful dead younger, but having mellowed will try to discover what the hubbub is about.. like the mellow sound on one or two of their tunes.. thanks for sharing.. pordoine

Mark said...

THIS WAS GREAT! Listened to it on the way in to work and back. Great Black Peter. Thanks, man...

Zooomabooma said...

Yo Mark!

Pretty nice little show, isn't this one?!

When I first started this blog, there was no thought of sharing the tunes, twas just a dumb log of what I listened to -- but now it's my pleasure especially when someone really digs what I put up for folks to grab and enjoy.

Comments not needed but they are appreciated, my friend!

I don't know how great the quality is but 5/11/69 San Diego is comin' up I hope in no more than a week.

Mark said...

Keep up the good work, brother!

Hey Pordoine, get on the bus, there's plenty of room and Zooma is a great tour guide!

warlock said...

Never got to see the Dead,but got the first lp when I was 14 and have been hooked ever since. Thank you for bringing the live experience to me.(and to think my kids had to force me to get a computer) I sure am glad NOW! Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great jams here,

and thanks for the upgrade to the aud tape I had of this show which was always my favorite as it featured two tapers, experiencing a dream come true show in Jamaica.
A little while into the first set, one guy asks the other if he'd like to take a trip, and the other guy says "No I am ok" and then a little while later changes his mind. By the time you get into the 2nd side of the tape, they are both howling like the werewolves of london. Not so much a great aud tape, but for those two guys- a great memory of their trip to Jahmekya.

one says one number and the other another
but they were set at the same time. Hmmm...

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