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    Default Favorite Grateful Dead live show

    I hope there are some GD fans on this site. I thought it would be fun to see what people think is the best Grateful Dead show. I have downloaded a lot of shows on etree and also bought my fair share of Dick's Picks (and now Dave's Picks) and box sets and, although I know it is imposssible to name just one show, let's try:

    I would have to go with the following:

    June 10, 1973: RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

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    I can name just one, that's all I ever attended. The Dead and the Allman Bros. slugged it out all day on a summer scorcher at RFK Stadium in DC. (as you just posted ) Did you not like the Allman Bros. portion of the show ???

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    Wow, gdb!!!! You actually attended that show? Incredible. I have never heard the Allman Brothers part of the show. I downloaded the GD show from etree and burned it to disc. The Alllmans do not allow their shows to be posted to etree so I have never come across the Allmans part of the show. I would love to hear it, though. I think I have at least 3 different versions of the GD show for 6-10-73: a soundboard version, an audience version, and a matrix. That is a show for the ages.

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    I am more of an eighties gd fan. However I do like 9/15/77 Englishtown. But if you want rockin/ down and dirty Grateful Dead you have to go early to mid eighties. 3/9/81 motb recording, 4/19/82 sbd, 11/3/84 sbd, 6/28/85, 6/30/85, 7/1/85 and you cant go wrong w/ 11/1/85.

    Those are a few of my faves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rromeo923 View Post
    I am more of an eighties gd fan. However I do like 9/15/77 Englishtown. But if you want rockin/ down and dirty Grateful Dead you have to go early to mid eighties. 3/9/81 motb recording, 4/19/82 sbd, 11/3/84 sbd, 6/28/85, 6/30/85, 7/1/85 and you cant go wrong w/ 11/1/85.

    Those are a few of my faves.
    I'm with you on the early to mid eighties rromeo923

    I was at the 11/1/85 show (Richmond VA) and the boys tore it up. This is a Dicks Pick but if you can find the aud recording get it. the crowd response is spine tingling which you will not hear on the DP.

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    7-2-88, Oxford Plains Motor Speedway. Oxford Maine
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    Gimme a great Fire on the Mountain and Feel Like a Stranger in the same show and i be happy happy happy.
    Beyond that i ride the ABB train not the GD's.

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    i first saw the Dead at Leguna Seca in '88... this show here.... http://archive.org/details/gd1988-07...7.sbeok.flac16. David Lindley and Los Lobos opened. what a day!

    also saw one of their last shows at Alpine Valley, East Troy Wisconsin in July of '89. this was a sunset/night show, and included my favorite songs live... I Know You Rider/Chinacat Sunflower. the show was pure bliss....
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    China Cat has to be one of my favorite songs to hear live as well too...along with Morning Dew.

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    I first saw the Grateful Dead 3/7/81 Cole field house U of MD. From then to 1993 I saw them over a hundred times. I saw them all over the country. I met some of my best friends to this day due to the GD. They were a huge part of my youth and early adulthood. When Jerry died it was the end of very special era.
    I with you VStarkwell on the Richmond 11.1.85 show. I was there too and I can possibly consider that the best GD concert i saw. RedRocks is probably the nicest venue I went to.. I was also at the Oxford Plains shows in Maine. I saw all of the Merriweather shows 83,84,85 and that place holds a special spot in my heart. 11Steve I was at Laguna Seca in 87 and that was probably the most fun GD weekend experience I ever had. I am in the Touch of Grey video I cant see myself but I was in the crowd when they filmed. They came thru the camping grounds around midnight asking if anyone wanted to be in a video. Well it was pretty awesome but it took 5hrs to complete. Anyway so many great times and music! What an incredible band!
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    and I can't forget Hampton Coliseum. That was a magical place. So many great shows there. I was there in 83,84,85,86,88,89 (Warlocks shows), and 92.

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    I saw the GD 4 times in the 1980s (twice at MSG/NYC 1981 and 1982, Carrier Dome/Syracuse 1983, Spectrum/Philadelphia, Easter Sunday 1986) and, while I love the 80's shows, as I have been downloading and collecting live shows, I find that late 60s or early 70s (1972, 1973 especially) is what I like the best. There is so much more extended jamming going on in that time period and Jerry's guitar never sounded better. But all eras are great with the GD so it is a matter of taste. Did anyone pick up the Spring 1990 box set? How is it? I wanted to get it but, having bought the Europe 72 box set recently, my budget was shot. Of course, the Spring 1990box set is now sold out now and ebayers are having fun jacking up the price on that one.

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    i really love the '72 recordings... just sayin'.
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    The 2nd set of 5/8/77 Cornell University is about as good as a set gets!
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    In fact, that Cornell show is right in the middle of an incredible 3-day run (in the middle of an incredible year!). May 7 at the Boston Garden, May 8 at Cornell, and May 9 in Buffalo are all killer shows. But the Cornell set with the Scarlet->Fire is outstanding.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brgman View Post
    Beyond that i ride the ABB train not the GD's.
    You might like this then, Allman Brothers Band, NYE 1973 w/members of the Dead

    http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/the-al...973-set-2.html

    and this if you can find a good recording

    http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/gratef...FME700211.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by nspindel View Post
    In fact, that Cornell show is right in the middle of an incredible 3-day run (in the middle of an incredible year!). May 7 at the Boston Garden, May 8 at Cornell, and May 9 in Buffalo are all killer shows. But the Cornell set with the Scarlet->Fire is outstanding.
    May of 77 was outstanding for the Boys, equally outstanding was June of 74. They uncorked some definitive Eyes of The Worlds such as: Atlanta Municipal Auditorium, 6/20/74, Freedom Hall, Louisville KY, 6/18/74
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    Quote Originally Posted by vstarkwell View Post
    You might like this then, Allman Brothers Band, NYE 1973 w/members of the Dead

    http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/the-al...973-set-2.html

    and this if you can find a good recording

    http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/gratef...FME700211.html

    What is Wolfgang's Vault?

    http://www.wolfgangsvault.com/memora...ml#bill-graham
    Thanks.I am a member at Wolfgangs and enjoy it greatly.I have also taped over 300 ABB shows so i'm covered pretty well.
    Right now i am looking for sbds of some of The Dead shows with Warren.Some nice mic shows around but they were selling about 200 sbd/matrix shows back before phil etal put the clamps down.

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    I listen to the dead from many different years, but, in my opinion, they were only making Art from '68-74'.

    Too many good shows to list; I have every officially-released live show they've ever put out as well as a damn-near COMPLETE collection of sbd's and audience recordings from '65-'77. Spotty but large collection for the rest of their career.

    The Europe '72 box sounds awesome. Really well recorded shows, and really well done remasters of them... plus they were making history with the Dark Stars and The Other Ones from all over this tour. Magic stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brgman View Post
    Thanks.I am a member at Wolfgangs and enjoy it greatly.I have also taped over 300 ABB shows so i'm covered pretty well.
    Right now i am looking for sbds of some of The Dead shows with Warren.Some nice mic shows around but they were selling about 200 sbd/matrix shows back before phil etal put the clamps down.
    Seeing that you have all those ABB shows, might you remember and or have a show were they did a version of "Crazy Love" with what I assume were some gospel mamas in singing background vocals? I had a cassette of it back in the 80's never knew what show it was or what year. It was ripping!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vstarkwell View Post
    Seeing that you have all those ABB shows, might you remember and or have a show were they did a version of "Crazy Love" with what I assume were some gospel mamas in singing background vocals? I had a cassette of it back in the 80's never knew what show it was or what year. It was ripping!!!

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    Doesnt ring a bell but i'll look into it.

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    I could have done with a WHOLE LOT LESS of Ms. Donna's "contributions" (Godcheaux)

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    Quote Originally Posted by brgman View Post
    Thanks.I am a member at Wolfgangs and enjoy it greatly.I have also taped over 300 ABB shows so i'm covered pretty well.
    Right now i am looking for sbds of some of The Dead shows with Warren.Some nice mic shows around but they were selling about 200 sbd/matrix shows back before phil etal put the clamps down.
    Mike,

    What dates are you looking for?
    There is a good chance I can get them for you.

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    I just stumbled on this article, very cool and good read about the Dead, the taping of their shows and the culture of it.

    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2...act_paumgarten
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdb View Post
    Mmmmm....... Loves me a nice Spanish Jam, Not sure but I believe it is a variation of "Solea" from Sketches of Spain by some guy named Miles Davis
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    Quote Originally Posted by rromeo923 View Post
    Mike,

    What dates are you looking for?
    There is a good chance I can get them for you.
    Rick i am looking for 4-28-09 E Rutherford Nj,10-6-09 Merriweather and 5-2-09 Philly
    If you might have a line on these i can throw some coinage your way or a couple ABB and/or Mule shows
    Thanks

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    Don't know about vids,but Europe 72 is one of my all time favorites!

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    Both bands on the same stage at RFK jammin to Mountain Jam off Eat A Peach! Fantastic! where have all the good times gone?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vstarkwell View Post
    Seeing that you have all those ABB shows, might you remember and or have a show were they did a version of "Crazy Love" with what I assume were some gospel mamas in singing background vocals? I had a cassette of it back in the 80's never knew what show it was or what year. It was ripping!!!

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    I'll dig back and see if i have anything worth a crap from 79.I am guessing that is when it's from.Bonnie Bramlett was with them at the time.
    one of the worst eras for the ABB IMHO.They fell into a craphole and were switching members like socks til 89 when they put together what has been a strong run.

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    5/2/77 has always been one of my favorites. Just downloaded Live Dead last night, still have it on vinyl but am turntable-less at this point. Live Dead is from '69 I believe, one of the first multi-track recordings if memory serves.

    Anyone heard the Grateful Dead Download Series Volume 7? From 9/3 and 9/4/80, track list looks right and I've always had a soft spot for 1980...

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