This week’s edition of The Grateful Dead’s recurring YouTube series “All The Years Live” features the Garcia/Hunter gem “Sugaree.” Yet another track from the group’s legendary October 18, 1974 show at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco to be culled for the weekly series (this marks the third selection from the 10/18 show and the seventh from the entire five-night Winterland “retirement” run), this version is a typically laid-back mid-70’s reading featuring a plethora of slinky leads from Garcia along with some inspired vocals.
“When we were producing the DVD of The Grateful Dead Movie in 2004, the first unreleased song we transferred to see if we’d be able to include bonus songs was this version of Sugaree. It was selected for a number of reasons: it was excellent; there were several camera angles filmed, and it was short enough to do a test on. Once the 16mm film was transferred and edited, and then synced with the audio, we realized we’d be able to include plenty of bonus material. This wonderful Sugaree began that process.