Zimmer's Picks: Deadstash

Words & Pick By Andy Zimmer

Grateful Dead Live at Boston Music Hall on December 1, 1973.

Sometimes an overlooked year in the Grateful Dead’s tenure, 1973 has lots of quality material to choose from. This selection, from the Boston Music Hall in December of ’73, is no exception. It has everything that a fan of the ‘70’s Dead is looking for. There are plenty of Jerry-ballads; sung with the upbeat, crisp energy of an enthusiastic Garcia. The show also sprinkles in a liberal dose of psychedelia, with the band exploring some nice spaces during the second set jam-vehicles. Fans of the Dead’s strange, sometimes disjointed, stage banter will want to make sure to tune in to the start of the second set. Hilarity ensues as the band attempts to appease the local law enforcement by coercing the crowd to not clog the aisles. Standout first set tracks include good versions of “Tennessee Jed”, “Brokedown Palace”, and “Weather Report Suite”. The second set features a very nice, up-tempo version of “They Love Each Other”. However, the standout moments of the show undoubtedly occur during the winding jam between “Playing In The Band” and ”Uncle John’s Band”, which includes some excellent interplay between Jerry and Phil. The concert wraps up with a “Not Fade Away”>”Going Down The Road Feeling Bad”>”One More Saturday Night” jam-sandwich that is typical for the period but played excellently. Sit back, relax, and get lost in the music.

Set 1

The Promised Land
Mexicali Blues
Tennessee Jed
Looks Like Rain
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Big River
Brokedown Palace
Weather Report Suite Prelude ->
Weather Report Suite Part ->
Let It Grow
Casey Jones

Set 2

Around And Around
They Love Each Other
Me And My Uncle
Don't Ease Me In
Me And Bobby McGee
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Playing In The Band ->
Uncle John's Band ->
Playing In The Band
Row Jimmy
Greatest Story Ever Told
Not Fade Away ->
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->
One More Saturday Night


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