Saturday Dead: 4.2.73

Words By Andy Zimmer

For those of us who live in America’s Midwest snow-belt, the past month or so has been pretty bleak. Dishwater-grey skies, bone-penetrating winds, and a dull and lifeless feeling that hangs in the air; this is what we live with for months on end during the dead of winter. It is during these times when I find myself yearning for the bucolic days of spring. Just to see the sun peek over the horizon and to feel its warmth upon my frost-chilled cheeks... ahhh, that’s the stuff!

I thought that with my pick this week I would try and coax the sun out of hiding, if just for a brief moment. My plan is to offer up this excellent show from the Spring of ’73 for you listening pleasure. Aside from it being a very high quality show through and through, including solid versions of “Playing In The Band” and ”Eyes of The World”, it features the most ridiculously smoking version of “Here Comes Sunshine” that I think I’ve heard. It is definitely worth your while to check out this twenty minute-plus version... especially if you like the Dead’s jazzy-psychedelic improvisations a la “Dark Star”. And, who knows, maybe if enough of you are blasting “Here Comes Sunshine” through your speakers this weekend we may even convince the big, yellow orb to make a brief appearance.

Grateful Dead Live at Boston Garden on April 2, 1973. <--- Direct Archive Link

Promised Land, Deal, Mexicali Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Row Jimmy, Looks Like Rain, Wave That Flag, Box Of Rain, Big River, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, You Ain't Woman Enough, Jack Straw, Don't Ease Me In, Playin' In The Band Ramble On Rose, Me & My Uncle, Mississippi Half Step Uptown Toodeloo, Greatest Story Ever Told, Loose Lucy, El Paso, Stella Blue, Around And Around, Here Comes Sunshine-> Jam-> Space-> Me And Bobby McGee, Weather Report Suite Prelude-> Eyes Of The World-> China Doll, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones, Johnny B. Goode, E: We Bid You Good Night


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