Thursday, July 9, 2009

Billy For President

Hey now it's me, Sugarmag. I've been so busy with summer school these last few weeks that I have not written much but I wanted to tell you about this show that I've been listening to. The set list doesn't look like much on paper but it is a really good show...

Sugarmag's Zoooma-designed Steal Your Face -- I love you, Babe!Grateful Dead -- June 21, 1980
Auditorium - West High School
Anchorage, Alaska
Sugarmag's Zoooma-designed Steal Your Face -- I love you, Babe!

ticket for the Grateful Dead 6/21/80 West High Auditorium, Anchorage, Alaska - borrowed from

1st Set: Sugaree New Minglewood Blues, Candyman,
Me & My Uncle
Big River, Loser, Lazy Lightning Supplication,
Far From Me, Ramble On Rose, Feel Like A Stranger
Set 2: Big Railroad Blues, Samson & Delilah,
Terrapin Station
Playing In The Band Drums Space
Truckin' Stella Blue Sugar Magnolia
Encore: One More Saturday Night, Brokedown Palace

Brent had just joined the band a few months before and every song is fresh and full of energy. I love 1980! There is not a bad moment in this entire show, starting with Sugaree. I am often not excited about Sugaree but I think that this is the best one ever! The energy builds into a great jam near the end of the song, and the band rides this energy through the whole show. Bobby belts out the lyrics to Minglewood while Jerry wails on his guitar. These guys are having a great time. Have I mentioned how much I love Brent's sound? Another highlight from the first set is the Supplication jam, wow! Jerry blows me away every time. I also like Far From Me a lot. I can't hear this song without thinking of the last few times he played it ten years later in 1990. Of course in 1980 it was brand new, and it sparkles! I really like Brent's voice. Ramble on Rose and Stranger are excellent, too. This show truly does not have a bad moment. I first listed to this show during a listening party over at Lost Sailor's Pub, and at some point my friend Kochman said, "Jerry was putting on a clinic on this night!" If Jerry was putting on a clinic, so was everyone else in the band. This is how it's done.

I love hearing the enthusiasm from the band and the crowd in the opening of the second set. The crowd is going nuts clapping along. Terrapin is good although I should whisper that I have heard better Terrapins but I hate to say that because Terrapin is still good and this is such a good show! In Terrapin I think the best part is the way Jerry plays before he sings, "since the end is never told..." My favorite part of this whole show is the Playin' in the Band. There is this really cool, trippy spacey jam that doesn't even sound like Playin' where Jerry and Brent and everyone else are just going nuts and then it is time for drums.

I love the rich sound that Brent brings to every song and I really like the way he plays the opening notes to Truckin'. On this night in Alaska Bobby sang Chicago New York Alaska it's all in the same street. Jerry, of course, rocks. Things slow down for Stella Blue and it is so pretty, so poignant. I try not to think too much when I hear this song because I could easily cry. Jerry's voice in 1980 was so sweet and clear. After that is my song ;-) to close out the set.

I know some people don't care for Saturday Night as a closer but I think it's always fun. Brokedown Palace is such a sweet ending to this show. I hope you dig it.

ARCHIVE HEADPHONES6/21/80 @ the Internet Archive:
Audience source for listening and downloading
plus the SBD and SBD-AUD Matrix for Listening Only


Source: SBD + AUD Matrix Mix (60%-SBD/40%-AUD)
Audio Quality:

Soundboard Cass Master Sonic Solutions (20bit)
Sony SBM2 Master CD EAC FLAC

AUD Source: AKG 414 stereo mic
Sony TC-158 deck
Eddie Claridge

mp3 320 kbps SBD + setlist (no lossless FLAC) 6-21-80 aka 06-21-80 aka 6/21/80 aka 06/21/80 aka 80-06-21 Anchorage
Do not be scared of the SBD-AUD Matrix that I (Zoooma) have chosen for this download. The people who work on these give a whole lotta tender loving care to produce a sweet-sounding recording. The audience source gives some ambiance to the sterility of the soundboard. No music is lost; if anything, it's enhanced and most people agree that a MTX like this actually makes the show sound better! Give it a whirl and enjoy!

poster for the Grateful Dead at West High School in Anchorage, Alaska - borrowed from

Psst! Hey Zoooma, I love you!

PSSST! Hey Sugarmag, I love you, too!!!


Anonymous said...

Grab this one if you don't have it. It is well worth the time. And to echo Zooma...don't fear the matrix.

"Grate" 3 night run in Anchorage. I've had these shows for a while and really enjoy all three.

Anonymous Deadhooker

sean said...


Anonymous said...

80's live Dead, makes my weekend better!

Sugarmag said...

Hiya Deadhooker, Sean, and Danhunting, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Take care!

Anonymous said...

Much thanks sugarmag! My Dead experiences are certainly limited after the clock struck 1980.

It's really a problem that I should remedy....thanks for the reminder!

Hans-Joachim said...

Thank you sugarmag for this show. The matrix is fine. I also recommend the night before - a solid show, too.
Have a nice sunday and best wishes from Würzburg, Germany (Bavaria)!

Scotty Greene said...

I'm so glad I was never one of those people who, as you so rightly put it, "didn't care much for Saturday Night"

What we all would give to hear it played live, just like that, one more time.

Nicely done!!

Brian said...

Thank you as always. Very nice choice. I am loving the Matrix.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the matrix, it makes the ride to work almost enjoyable!

Rick said...

Thanks for this and a bunch of the others you've posted. Really enjoy them all. And really appreciate your efforts in sharing great music.

Jas said...

Hey man my dad was tellin me about when he went to this dead show thanks for the picture of the poster he said he had the poster tapped behind his dresser ... cool i got to see it

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

Calvin and Hobbes in the snow -- animated