Saturday Dead: Zimmer's Picks

Words By Andy Zimmer

This week we’re traveling back to 1979 for my Dead pick. The fall ’79 tour had some particularly strong shows, and this one is no exception. After the departure of Donna and Keith Godchaux in February of that year, it took the band a little bit to get back into the groove and mesh with the new keyboardist, Brent Mydland. If there was ever a question before of whether Mydland was the best fit for the Dead, this show definitely put those worries to bed. His playing is exceptional throughout, and the band really gels around his accompaniments. Additionally, the second set features one of the best jam segments that I can think of from any incarnation of the Dead. If the Dancing in the Street > Franklin's Tower > He's Gone > The Other One > Drums > Not Fade Away > Black Peter > Around and Around doesn’t get your heart pumping and toes tapping, I’m not sure what will.

Grateful Dead Live at Cape Cod Coliseum on October 27, 1979. <--- Direct Archive Link

Jack Straw, Candyman, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Brown Eyed Women, Easy To Love You, Minglewood Blues, Stagger Lee, Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Deal Dancin' In The Streets-> Franklin's Tower, He's Gone-> Caution (Do Not Stop on Tracks) Jam-> The Other One-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Around & Around, E: One More Saturday Night


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