Hey now it's me, Sugarmag. I've been having one of those kind of days where I have been incredibly busy but have gotten very little done. Well, I got some of it done, but I don't know where the day went. The most worthwhile thing I did today was listen to this here show:
The Grateful Dead ~ 27 Years Ago Today
October 10, 1981
Stadt Halle IV, Bremen, West Germany
1st Set: Shakedown Street-> Bertha-> Minglewood Blues,
Friend Of The Devil, El Paso, Tennessee Jed,
Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Bird Song-> Let It Grow-> Deal
Set 2: Man Smart Woman Smarter, Sugaree,
Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Eyes Of The World->
Drums-> Space-> Truckin'-> The Other One-> Wharf Rat->
One More Saturday Night
Encore: Casey Jones
This is such a good show! One of the things I thought as I was listening to it is that one of the things I love about The Grateful Dead is that unlike many other bands who play the exact same songs the exact same way every single night, they tend to shake things up and do different weird things. There was this feeling that at a Grateful Dead concert, anything could happen.
This show started off strong with a hot Shakedown Street into a smokin' Bertha. In Minglewood Bobby sang, "A couple shots of whiskey, these German girls start lookin' good!" Hmmm, as a German girl myself, I'm not sure if I should be insulted ;). Later in the song Bob sang "T for San Francisco..." I guess maybe he was starting to feel a little homesick? Minglewood was followed by a really pretty version of Friend of the Devil. I loved the jam in the middle, there is an instrument I didn't recognize but I think it's Jerry with a synthesizer because I can hear Brent, maybe not, now I'm confused and need to listen to it again. Do me a favor, will ya'? Listen to FOTD and tell me what you hear during the long jam. During El Paso, Brent does this cool thing with his organ that sounds like an accordion, it being Germany and all. What else can I say about this show? Bird song is so pretty, but isn't it always? Same with Let It Grow...how I love that song, but is it ever bad? Methinks not! I love Lost Sailor into St. of Circumstance and man oh man, they were smokin' on this night. I like when Bobby sings Weee! at the end of the jam, know what I mean? Of course you do. Anyway, 'tis my favorite part of the song. Bobby sings, "What the fuck you gonna do now?" Eyes of the World seems to be played really fast on this night, I am used to a slower version but I really like it this way. It has a lot of great energy. Space is interesting and worth listening to, especially the Phil parts. Bobby is full of little improvisational lyric changes on this night. During Truckin', instead of "Livin' on reds, vitamin C and cocaine" he says "Ever since she had a sex change..." LOL...The transition into The Other One was really nice, then Wharf Rat was inspired. Of course, Casey Jones was a great encore, that's kind of obvious and also an understatement. What can I say? It's The Grateful Fucking Dead!
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Here's a video of Shakedown Street at another show in Germany,
a few months earlier.
I leave you with this thought: When was the last time you sat down and really listened to a Grateful Dead show? I mean just sat and listened and did very little besides listen? Another thought: one of the best things about Germany is drinking good beer. So...do yourself a favor and follow this advice: first, download this show. Next, crack open a good German beer, then sit and listen and drink beer and do nothing but those two things. Have a Grateful day ;).