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Fillmore East, New York, NY: November 16, 1970


IMG_0877[1]This week’s show was inspired by a gift I received recently. A generous and thoughtful friend of mine sent me a “Still-Sealed” condition copy of The Grateful Dead’s seminal 1970 studio album, American Beauty.

Holy crap.

He’s had it in his collection — where it has remained unopened — since he bought it 37 years ago. From “Box of Rain” to “Truckin’,” and “Sugar Magnolia” to “Ripple,” AB contains some of the Dead’s most iconic staples, not to mention one of their very few radio hits (“Truckin'” made it to #62). So, in honor of this inspired gift, I went for a show that took place the same month that Beauty was released, November, 1970. Specifically, November 16th, from the Fillmore East in New York. Traffic was in town for shows at the Fillmore on the 18th and 19th, and Steve Winwood joins the Dead on Pigpen’s Hammond organ for “Hard to Handle” through “Not Fade Away.”

Before this album showed up on my doorstep, I hadn’t heard this show before. Love that the Dead can still surprise me. Enjoy!

Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY: May 8, 1977

May 8, 1977… Not a lot to say about this show that hasn’t already been said. Some say it was THE Grateful Dead concert… the best they ever played. Some say, “Nah. Overrated.” Maybe there were shows you liked better, and maybe this is “The Show” for you. Either way, it was a damn fine… Continue Reading

War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, NY: May 9, 1977

May, 1977. For Grateful Dead fans, there’s probably one particular show that comes to mind. Of course, the Barton Hall show from Cornell University on May 8th, considered by many to be “the show.” It certainly was “a show,” and a great one, to boot. But the entire Spring ’77 run was riddled with great… Continue Reading

Fillmore East, New York, NY: February 11, 1970

If you’re not familiar with this show, I almost don’t want to tell you what you’ll hear, lest it would ruin the surprise. If you’re anything like me and my other audiophile friends, you’ve probably had those late-night-weirdness conversations that have begun, “You know who I’d have loved to see jam together?” Followed by hours… Continue Reading