Saturday Dead: 9.10.90

Words By Andy Zimmer

Grateful Dead Live at The Spectrum on September 10, 1990.

This week I really wanted to pick a more recent show from the Dead Vault for your listening pleasure. Because I strive to find shows that are high-quality throughout the entire performance, sometimes this can prove to be a little tricky. Many later-Dead shows seem to suffer through large portions of disjointed music, or uninspired playing. Clearly, it is unrealistic to expect the Dead to have played an “epic” (I hate that word) show every night... and, being Dead fans we are spoiled with the amount of incredible music at our fingertips.

I think this show from the Philly Spectrum is one of the most solid performances from start to finish to come out of 1990. The band gets the energy flowing right out of the gates with a very nice “Shakedown Street” and doesn’t let up until the last notes of the “US Blues” encore. Along the way, we are treated to solid versions “Peggy-O”, ”Foolish Heart”, and “Scarlet Begonias”. I am also a fan of the Dylan cover, “Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again”, and the rocking first set closer of “Promised Land”.

Set 1:

d1t01 - Tuning
d1t02 - Shakedown Street
d1t03 - Little Red Rooster
d1t04 - Peggy-O
d1t05 - Mama Tried ->
d1t06 - Mexicali Blues
d1t07 - Row Jimmy
d1t08 - Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
d1t09 - Foolish Heart ->
d1t10 - The Promised Land

Set 2:

d2t01 - Tuning
d2t02 - Victim Or The Crime ->
d2t03 - Scarlet Begonias ->
d2t04 - Fire On The Mountain ->
d2t05 - Man Smart, Woman Smarter ->
d2t06 - Drums ->
d3t01 - Space ->
d3t02 - The Other One ->
d3t03 - Wharf Rat ->
d3t04 - Sugar Magnolia


d3t05 - U.S. Blues


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