Saturday Dead: Live at The Academy of Music

Academy of Music
New York, NY 3.23.1972

Words By J-man

Grateful Dead Live at Academy of Music on March 23, 1972.

Set One: China Cat Sunflower ->I Know You Rider, Black Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, Brown Eyed Women, Beat It On Down The Line, Cumberland Blues, Looks Like Rain, Mr. Charlie, Tennessee Jed, El Paso, You Win Again, Jack Straw, Next Time You See Me, Playing In The Band, Comes A Time, Me And Bobby McGee, Casey Jones

Set Two: Truckin', Ramble On Rose, Two Souls In Communion, Mexicali Blues, Dark Star, Big Boss Man, Not Fade Away ->Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad ->Not Fade Away

Encore: Sugar Magnolia

Educate yourself with this gem from The Academy of Music in New York from 1972. This clean recording features the Dead, sounding as good as they ever have. Donna Jean would join the band a mere two days following this recording, but on this day it would just be the boys. This show in mid 1972 marked the near end of Pigpen's career and life, but on this date the boys would collectively transcend.

Highlights from the show include the opening "China Cat>Rider", "Tennessee Jed", "Jack Straw", "Casey Jones", "Truckin'", "Ramble on Rose", a massive "Dark Star", and a great closing "Not Fade Away> Going Down The Road>Not Fade Away"


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