Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dead on Long Island

Grateful Dead Steal Your Face
10-30-70 SUNY Stony Brook setlist & soundboard mp3 download a.k.a. 10/30/70 aka 70-10-30

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38 years ago today...

Grateful Dead - October 30, 1970
University Gymnasium
State University of New York (SUNY) - Stony Brook

Early Show
Cold Rain & Snow, Truckin', Sugar Magnolia,
Next Time You See Me, Me & My Uncle, Good Lovin'-> Drums->
Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Cumberland Blues, Good Lovin', Casey Jones

Late Show
Smokestack Lightning, Beat It On Down The Line,
China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Friend Of The Devil, Truckin',
Candyman, It Hurts Me Too, Dancin' In The Streets, Big Railroad Blues,
St. Stephen-> Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad->
Not Fade Away-> Turn On Your Lovelight

All shows I like to approach equally. Back when you had a ticket in hand and you were on your way inside, you didn't know if it would be an okay show or a great show. You didn't know if there'd be one moment worth the price of admission, or a dozen moments that made you think life could end right then and there because WOW, that was sooooooooooo goooood!!!!!

Today, I've heard lots of shows but not 'em all. And since I just ain't in the business of posting only what are considered to be the "best" shows, sometimes one (or two) might not be so hot...


Veteran taper Barry Glassberg recalls that both shows on this date featured the Dead and the New Riders, who played one set each per show. The sound system was being run by students, not the Dead's crew, which resulted in the band getting really pissed off (and, so it seems, drunk). These circumstances conspired to foster some of the weakest shows of one of the strongest years in the Dead's touring history.

Jerry's guitar lacks energy, and Phil's bass is too low in the mix (the fatal flaw). "Truckin'" features howlingly awful harmonies, but a nice outro. Or maybe you're just glad it's over. All in all, this is a clean recording of a lackluster show. Unfortunately, the late show wasn't much better.

Excerpts from an actual e-mail exchange regarding the early and late shows:

All in all, a pretty loose night, never really found the groove. Unremarkable. Lazy. Indifferent. In general, =yawn=.

was holding back! . . . i've always found all four of those shows (10-30a&b, 10-31a&b) to be yawners.

Dancin', Smokestack, and Lovelight have their moments, but this show just isn't up to the 1970 standard. Consider these shows as a soundcheck / rehearsal for the Port Chester run.

I think it is a mellow show . . . well-played and executed, just without the highlights one expects from a 1970 show. The Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away > Going Down the Road Feeling Bad > Not Fade Away is basically uneventful.

If I had to take 500 Dead tapes to the proverbial sound- system- equipped desert island, this wouldn't be one of 'em.

transcribed from:

The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume 1 [for Grateful Dead music!]
The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume 1:
An In-Depth Guide
to the Music of the Grateful Dead
on Tape, 1959-1974 by Michael Getz and John Dwork
[out of print]

Well, ya win some, ya lose some.

Source: Soundboard> Master Reel>

Audio Quality:
10/30/70 Stony Brook @

the Soundboard
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Download The Show Right Here
10-30-70 aka 70-10-30 setlist 320 kbps mp3 SBD download
Grateful Dead ~ 10/30/70 ~ Early Show
Late Show ~ 10/30/70 ~ Stony Brook


Anonymous said...

Thanks yet again for a new and interesting posting Zoooma. I tend to disagree with the Compendium on the following night's shows (specifically the first, with a rare electric Till The Morning Comes to open and the final Viola Lee Blues into Cumberland thrown in, but hey, everyone has an opinion. I'm excited to compare these shows to those of the following night for that reason. Peace and long life, Adam

Nazz Nomad said...

i just referenced this show on my blog!
that's weird!

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

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