Saturday Dead: 11.17.78

Words By J-man

Today's pick comes in the form of two interesting and very different shows. The first is an acoustic performance that took place at The Rambler Room on the campus of Loyola College. There is some speculation about what this show was billed as, however, I can tell you it's made up of Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia and what sounds like Phil on the low end. During the banter it sounds like Billy and folks claim Mickey is on this recording, but the drums are barely audible if at all.

Grateful Dead Live at Rambler Room, Loyola College on November 17, 1978.

One Set: Winin' Boy Blues, Tom Dooley, This Time Forever, Deep Elem Blues, K.C. Moan, Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Big Boy Pete, Jack A Roe, Dark Hollow, Oh Boy

Regardless this was the first acoustic show the Dead had played in over eight years. The recording is clean and the boys go through some killer rarities and favorites. Enjoy this unique set and check out the acoustic side of the spectrum.

Later that evening the full band stepped on stage at The Uptown Theatre. What a great day for Chicago and their resident heads. The late show, though much different from the earlier, continue with the same energy. The recording is overwhelmingly clean and the performance is top notch. The highlights of the first set came in the form of "Jack Straw," "Sugaree" and "The Music Never Stops".

The second set starts off with a brilliant "Scarlet Begonias>Fire on The Mountain" followed by "I Need A Miracle>He's Gone>The Other One>Drums>Space>Wharf Rat>Sugar Magnolia" with a "One More Saturday Night" encore. Incredible. That is all.

Grateful Dead Live at Uptown Theatre on November 18, 1978.

Set 1: Jack Straw, Candyman, Me And My Uncle ->Big River, Sugaree, El Paso, Stagger Lee, It's All Over Now, From The Heart Of Me, The Music Never Stopped

Set 2: Scarlet Begonias ->Fire On The Mountain, I Need A Miracle ->He's Gone ->The Other One ->Drums ->Space ->Wharf Rat ->Sugar Magnolia

Encore: One More Saturday Night


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