This should've gone up weeks ago. Deep down I've so desperately wanted to listen to the Good Ol' Grateful Dead... but I'm in such a slump right now. Life's just not all gumdrops and rainbows at the moment. This music that I love so much just ain't able to make life better. I pray that things change and I can love this stuff again the way I know I should be able to. Still I'm gonna give this show a second listen and, because I want to try to get back to posting, I'm gonna go ahead and get this up anyway...This show is one that a commenter here asked me for.
Grateful Dead -- June 17, 1976
Passaic, New Jersey
1st Set: Cold Rain & Snow, Big River, They Love Each Other, Cassidy,
Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain, Row Jimmy, The Music Never Stopped,
Scarlet Begonias, The Promised Land
Set 2: Help-» Slip!-» Frank-» Dancin' In The Streets-» Samson & Delilah,
Ship of Fools, Lazy Lightnin'-» Supplication, Friend Of The Devil,
Let It Grow-» Drums-» Let It Grow-» Wharf Rat-» Around And Around
What a seemingly lazy first set up until Music. Some nicely played versions, beautiful to listen, but the band really hits a higher gear with Music Never Stopped. They sure don't jam out for awhile but it rocks. Mmm, then during Scarlet we get a much heavier dose of his guitar work. There's some gorgeous space here where they just take a bit of a sail for a little while. More rockin' goodness comes in a fun and super high-spirited Promised Land to wrap up the set.
Plenty of jammy goodness in Help-> Slip to kick off Set 2. Nice valleys and rolling hills are formed by the precision playing here. What a beautiful ride all the way to the end of the show. One funny spot to listen for comes after Supplication when someone in the crowd yells out: "Cosmic Charley, Lesh!" In a good-humored way, Phil says back: "Ah, shut up! Shut up!" Just gotta love the little moments like that.
The Deadhead's Taping Compendium, Volume II:
An In-Depth Guide To The Music of the
Grateful Dead on Tape, 1975-1985
[out of print]
This is a birthday show for me, the first in a three-night run at this classic venue in the middle of a northeast tour. This is the band's first tour following the 1975 and early 1976 hiatus and the May 1976 studio rehearsals. This tour may have been the one that sealed the band's commitment to nearly twenty more years of touring after long and hard deliberation about their future. It saw the first comeback of "Saint Stephen," the last return of "Cosmic Charlie," as well as first evers of "Supplication," "Lazy Lightnin'," "Might As Well," "Samson," and "The Wheel." And it is the only GD tour featuring "Mission in the Rain." The strength of set 1 is found in the closer of "Music," "Scarlet," "Promised," although the "Looks Like Rain" and "Row Jimmy" provide respite in enjoyable moments of beauty. Set 2 soars, dips, twists, and reignites like a bird of prey in flight. It kicks off with a well-received "Help" that transcends into a liquidy "Slipknot!," traveling wide before a quick move back into "Franklin's." The "Dancin'" > "Samson" combination also features some of the night's finest Garcia moments with some intense trippy jam segments. "Ship," "Friend of the Devil," and "Wharf Rat" make up the aforementioned dips in the wondrous flight and are filled with moments of passion and warmth. The "Lazy Lightnin'" and "Let It Grow" are solid passages and propel the set to new heights.
ERIC M. VANDERCAR
I decided to upload the Matrix source of this show rather than the straight soundboard. Why? It's better! Well, methinks so and so do others. A tremendous amount of love and care goes into blending an Aud source with a Remastered SBD source to complete the gem that is a Matrix. The end result is something more full-bodied, yeah, like a fine wine, that's the ticket. Nothing is lost when adding Audience noise. The MTX presents itself as having real ambiance. A straight old soundboard in comparison can be stale and lacking the flavor needed to make it an even sweeter recording. Ya dig? Cool. Enjoy the Matrix!
Download The Show Here
Source: MATRIX MIX: SBD/AUD (shnid=91861)
Lineage: SBD > Master Reel > Dat (48k)
Dat (Sony R500) > SEK'D Prodif Plus > Samplitude Professional v7.02 > FLAC
Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller
AUD: Sony TC 153 Sony ECM 99A Mike's Master Cassette > Reel > DAT
Matrix by Hunter Seamons
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