Grateful Dead Live at Oakland Coliseum Arena on 1979-02-17
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d1t01 - Greatest Story Ever Told
d1t02 - Don't Ease Me In
d1t03 - Mama Tried ->
d1t04 - Mexicali Blues
d1t05 - Friend Of The Devil
d1t06 - Passenger
d1t07 - High Time
d1t08 - Looks Like Rain
d1t09 - Jack-A-Roe
d1t10 - Lazy Lightnin' ->
d1t12 - Supplication
d2t01 - Might As Well
d2t02 - I Need A Miracle ->
d2t03 - Bertha ->
d2t04 - Good Lovin'
d2t05 - From The Heart Of Me
d2t06 - Big Railroad Blues
d3t01 - Terrapin Station ->
d3t02 - Playing In The Band ->
d3t03 - Drums ->
d3t04 - Space ->
d3t05 - The Wheel ->
d3t06 - Shakedown Street ->
d3t07 - Playing In The Band ->
d3t08 - Sugar Magnolia
d3t09 - One More Saturday Night
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|Greatest Story Ever Told|
|Don't Ease Me In|
|Mama Tried ->|
|Friend Of The Devil|
|Looks Like Rain|
|Lazy Lightnin' ->|
|Might As Well|
|I Need A Miracle ->|
|From The Heart Of Me|
|Big Railroad Blues|
|Terrapin Station ->|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|The Wheel ->|
|Shakedown Street ->|
|Playing In The Band ->|
|One More Saturday Night|
-- Set 2 disc change is seamless
-- Discs were labeled Master Reel, but I strongly doubt it
-- Thanks to Paul Scotton for the discs
- 2007-12-17 23:22:53
- CD -> Samplitude Professional v9.02 -> FLAC
- Oakland, CA
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Oakland Coliseum Arena
Subject: 'breakouts' in keith/donna's last show
time for Keith to go. He was GREAT from 71 thru 74. still good thru spring '77 when he still used different tibre's, 'acoustic piano, moog 3 for estimated, passenger, ocassional Loser(cornell77), Brokedown(st paul 77) Mississippi(boston 77, killer misszipi) by 78 his percussive acompanyment with occasional flourishes were a negative distraction. Brent added a lot to the band his early funky sounds,his B-3 though I too never liked his 'standard' keyboard sound. I also disliked some of the arrangement changes. Late 78,early 79 stella Blue had great Garcia outro guitar that lasted 3 min+ where stella frequently exceeded 11 minutes same for Poor (Black) Peter. with Brent the outro jams were normally shorter with a few notable exceptions
Subject: With Donna and Keith gone, the balance in the band shifted
On the one hand, they play almost every Donna song in the book, and she has a nice night. I know there are lots of (frankly) '80s-era complainers about Donna, but she never messed up a show I was at. She didn't have a great voice (well, no one in the band did, although Jerry and Pig knew how to sing, which is different), but she fit in with the style of the band. Think about what Robert Christgau said about Workingman's: "Of course they don't sing as pretty as CSNY - prettiness would trivialize these songs." I think it was also Christgau who also observed that the lyric interlude in Dark Star was really not "singing" - it was meant to be another, different, instrument. So think of Donna in Playing as another instrument. Brent had a technically prettier voice; just right for the Doobie Brothers.
On the other hand, Keith is largely unhearable except for a couple of songs inthe second set - it would have been nice to turn him up for this one night. And the set list is virtually an anti-Keith list. No China Cat / Rider or any of the 1971/72 Europe songs on which he really shines and made his mark. I understand there were reasons for asking Keith to leave - even from a musical standpoint, with the return of the second drummer, they wanted to go back to a non-percussive keyboard sound. But there must have really been a weird set of hard feelings here to not give him his due on his last night.
A fine show; four stars because five should mean something; it should be set aside for the great shows - 4/28/71; 5/2/70; 6/18/74, 6/7/77 etc. so we have a real standard of reference.
Subject: A little ligtning from 79
Subject: SLEEPER????NO WAY! Always one of my FAVORITES!
I, too, waited in line all day, with plenty of friends and cosmic energy. Remember a rainbow around the sun in the clouds and the long run to the gate from the parking lot.
Preshow...agree totally with Operator....i was parked on the wall as well...and the energy was CRAZY!
The show itself Rocked out from beginning to end. My favorite Lazy Lightnin of ALL TIME...just wonderful.....and the Shakedown out of the Wheel....great song selection throughout.....
It was just one of those long long crazy crazy nights....which included getting lost on the way home to UCSB...somehow the driver took an exit in the middle of nowhere and i awoke at 4a.m and said...where the #$%& are we? we all had a great laugh!......
Subject: well needed upgrade
Subject: my favorite ever
When the thing finally ended, we were frying, way out where we would normally be out near the drum solo. We were HOWLING for the music to start. Jane Fonda and Tom Hayden took the stage and tried to talk some sense into us about something serious, but no one was having any of it. Fonda was appealing to our more reasonable selves, which were nowhere near the building at that time. Super-crusty-toothless-biker-ass-drug-suckers at the foot of the stage (mere feet from us) were screaming at her "GRATEFUL!!! FUCKING!!!!DEAD!!!!!!" and she was very clearly rattled. Then Hayden took the mic and tried his luck; he actually tried to tell us to quiet down and listen for a minute... ha ha you can guess how well that went over.
The place was boiling over. I was already seeing shit that I had never seen before and have never seen since, and the band had not played a single note.
FINALLY they got going, and as for me, I thought it absolutely smoked. I've had this on cassette for years and I feel that the recording brings credibility to the recollection. Hot stuff right out of the box with the GSET opener. There were the normal boo boos, clam, and flubs, but it's the Dead, that's just the deal. To digress into a short rant, there was the typical case of Weir throwing cold water on a KILLER Garcia solo at the end of GSET as usual, by not hearing the obvious musical cue to jump back into the vocal. Being a musician, this stuff always bugged me. Poor Jerry... Christ almighty, how hard does the man have to telegraph a crescendo? He's holding this high chord, strumming the shit out of it, and here come the one-beat, and... no vocal, just a big voltage drop while Jerry has to pretend that he meant to continue another 12 or 16 bars. No matter, they played very hard, and Garcia was really fearless.
Some all-time stuff: FOTD, even with its funky beginning... GREAT guitar solo, especially that last high note. And Lazy Lightning... whew... more cooking Jerry stuff.
"From the Heart of Me" was... well sort of bizarre. No one knew quite what it meant at the time. In retrospect, very sad; almost pathetic. Donna looked like she was going to cry when she clammed some (OK, many) of those notes and forgot lyrics.
Second set charged out of the gate. Nice Might as well. Bertha, despite some insecure and inconsistent tempo, still yielded some unbearably beautiful moments. This is still my favorite Bertha guitar solo of all time, even though it doesn't rock all the way through... Jerry backs off, hunts around like a pig sniffing out truffles, and then he really hits paydirt. Never mind that he spaces out and sings the chorus twice in a row. We all love that shit, right?
All the rest... great. Terrapin... ah yes, very powerful. I'[ll spare us all the blow by blow recap of every interesting moment. One of my very favorite shows.
I have read reviews of this show from people who felt it was forgettable, or at least nothing special... I dunno. To each his or her own. There's a lot of different kinds of Dead out there. As far as era, year, tour, band arrangement, and equipment /guitar tone... this was always my favorite.
Subject: I can still see the look on Donna's face!
This is an early example of Garcia starting to really stretch out and improvise on the end of "Terrapin Station", as well as a great "Lazy Lightin'"->"Supplication" amongst other things, as the other folks have said! This was a Cancer Research benefit called the "Rock for Life" with Jane Fonda and Tom Haydn introducing the band and one of her lesser known pictures playing beforehand "Fun with Dick & Jane".
Subject: BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE What Is This ???
Were all-access guests of the band that night. The circumstances led us to adopt the approach of not commenting on this performance because we were incapable of rendering an incorporate opinion.
This is the first time I have been personally able to muster the courage to listen to this show. I must have certainly been out of it because I did not especially enjoy this show while I was there. I must have been too into the disco, y'know, at that tat-a-tat time!
An' Time certainly changes things, if not surely our memories. Yet this is another great sleeper show in the annals of great Grateful Dead Lore.
Guaranteed. This is a great sleeper show.
Too bad I was Rip
At that time,
Now I am not
Rip Van Winkle.
RIP Rip Van Winkle.
Long Live Grateful Dead
Where was I?
MAW>Miracle>Bertha>Good Loving, Heart of Me, RR Blues>Terrapin>Playin>Drumz>Space>Wheel>Shakedown>
Playin>Sug Mag. !!!
Astounding, life-changing performance. This show played loud enough will re-arrange your corpuscles and straighten your spine.
A Great, Great, Grateful Day and Night.