Unofficial 31 Days of Dead – 2012 Edition: Day Fourteen

Welcome back to the third installment of “The Unofficial 31 Days of Dead.” The past two years were so much fun that I decided to do it again. The idea for these compilations came about after ran its “30 Days of Dead” in November 2010. While the Deadhead community at large was no doubt thrilled to receive previously unreleased tracks from the band’s vast archives, many of us were hoping for just a bit…more.  Hey, we are Deadheads – we are always hoping for more! Therefore, I thought it might be fun to keep the music flowing by selecting my own daily picks. The month of December seemed more than appropriate since New Year’s Eve celebrations were such a big part of the Grateful Dead. Let’s think of these daily picks as an advent calendar leading up to New Year’s Eve. Unlike the “Official 30 Days of Dead,” there is no contest here. Instead, the prize is the music and the winner is the listener.

[Artwork by Brian Levine]

December 14

Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance > Touch of Grey
10/10/82 Frost Amphitheatre, Palo Alto, CA

Here is a segment from what many consider the “show of the year” in 1982. The Lost > Saint pairing had been in the rotation for three years by now and this version is among the best ever played. The blissful distortion and dizzying speed in which Jerry plays his solo at the end of Saint of Circumstance is very satisfying. Bobby “goes for it” with one his best rap’s ever, expletives and all. This is followed up with an embryonic, peppy version of Touch of Grey. Both this show and 7/13/84 from the Greek Theater are my “go-to” tapes for warm, sunny days.

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