Friday, May 31, 2013

Daily Double

 Grateful Dead

First up, a kind show from 1970. It starts off with an acoustic set, featuring a number of rarities, particularly outside the acoustic setting, including Ripple, Rosalie McFall, Dark Hollow, and Wake Up Little Susie. A nice take on the Pigpen tune Operator, which to my mind is musically a rip-off of Fishin' Blues, made famous by Taj Mahal. Also, an acoustic version of Uncle John's Band, one of the Dead's many additions to the great American songbook.  

They turn up the heat in the second set, and continue to roll out the rarities. The first version of Around and Around, only versions of Mystery Train and My Babe, and other rarities like New Orleans and Searchin' find the Dead in rock n' roll bar band mode. But probably the most exciting part is a Dark Star that goes way out there, leading into a Main Ten Jam, eventually finding its way to Dancin' in the Streets. The Main Ten Jam would become the basis for Playing in the Band, but here it is slowed down and simmering. Another rarity for the time is the Dylan cover of Baby Blue, much different from how they would play it later in their career. Things close out in more typical Dead style with Not Fade Away, Goin' Down the Road, and a Pigpen lead Good Lovin'. Also of note, the Grateful Dead's fondness for leaving the letter g off the end of their song titles. This occurs on 4 different songs in the show. The 60's were a weird time, real casual, g's were optional, man.

Acoustic: Dire Wolf, I Know You Rider, Dark Hollow, Rosalie McFall, El Paso, Operator, Ripple, FOTD, Wake Up Little Susie, Uncle John
Electric: Morning Dew, Me & My Uncle, Mystery Train> My Babe, Around, New Orleans> Searchin, Baby Blue, Casey Jones, Truckin> Dark Star> The Main Ten> Dancin, NFA> GDTRFB> NFA> Good Lovin
"Dark Star" is first verse only - first "Around" - only "My Babe" - only "Mystery Train" - final "Operator" - last "Searchin": 08-29-69 [170] - final "The Main Ten" - final "Wake Up Little Susie"- also: NRPS

Added bonus, here's nice version of Iko Iko, also known as Aiko Aiko, or the traditional title Jack-a-Mo for those in the know.