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County Fairgrounds, Des Moines, IA: June 16, 1974


Another iconic show that’s been commercially released as part of the “Road Trips” series. This marathon 3-hour show from the summer of ’74 absolutely deserves the full “remix and release” treatment. However, like many of the commercially-released shows on dead.net, this one’s sold out, too. To boot, only a handful of tracks from this show were even available on that release to begin with.

This week on The Dead Zone, we feature all of Set 2 from this show, from “U.S. Blues” to an inspired 29-minute “Playing in the Band.”

Stream the whole shebang below. Guaranteed to make you hit the Wall of Sound head-on. Or let it hit you. Whichever.

The Dead Zone is a weekly one hour (or so) internet show highlighting live Grateful Dead shows through the ages. We feature shows from the earliest days straight through the last dates in the mid-90’s. We definitely have our favorites, and we know you have yours, too. We haven’t heard ’em all, but we’d sure like to try, so if you have a favorite show you’d like us to feature on a future show, e-mail brett@thedead.zone today.

Photo by Jim Duell used under the following license.

Winterland, San Francisco, CA: February 24, 1974

Another San Francisco show, this time a marathon show from the Winterland Ballroom in February of 1974, the last of a 3-show run at the fabled 5400-seat theater. This was shortly before the Dead unveiled their Wall of Sound concert rig at the Cow Palace the following month. On this week’s installment of The Dead… Continue Reading