The Grateful Dead – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80

Grateful Dead – The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80
Vinyl rip in 24-bit/192 kHz |  Art scans at 300 dpi
Grateful Dead Productions / Rhino Records – R1-585396

This is a gorgeous collection of acoustic music from The Grateful Dead.  The Dead were  doing “unplugged” sets before anybody called them that, but in grand total of their hundreds of recorded shows, live acoustic music from the whole band was relatively rare apart from side projects.  The shows captured here, along with others at Radio City in New York, would be drawn on to produce the all-wooden live album Reckoning.  This is them at their most intimate, minimal, and parsimonious; well, as much as any group which brings a harpsichord on stage for just one song can ever be called minimal. Dead shows were famous for a wild crowd and scene that would eventually come to overshadow the actual music, but you could hear a pin drop during many of the tunes here.  Elizabeth Cotton’s “Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie” is a poignant highlight of the first night, while the Garcia/Hunter original “To Lay Me Down” from the second night cuts wide and deep.  What has always set The Grateful Dead apart for me from their ‘jam-band’ imitators was their ability to play soulfully, and to un-self-consciously tap so many distinctly American musical traditions.  Those two qualities are in abundance in this special Record Store Day release.

October 9th, 1980

A1 Dire Wolf 3:25
A2 Dark Hollow 3:43
A3 I’ve Been All Around This World 3:52
A4 Cassidy 6:38
A5 China Doll 5:31
B1 On The Road Again 3:19
B2 Bird Song 8:43
B3 The Race Is On 3:07
B4 Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie > 6:34
B5 Ripple 4:37

October 10th, 1980

C1 On The Road Again 3:10
C2 It Must Have Been The Roses 5:55
C3 Monkey And The Engineer 2:50
C4 Jack-A-Roe 4:14
C5 Dark Hollow 3:37
D1 To Lay Me Down 8:46
D2 Heaven Help The Fool 6:14
D3 Bird Song > 7:56
D4 Ripple 4:28

Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia
Electric Bass – Phil Lesh
Percussion – Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart
Piano, Harpsichord, Vocals – Brent Mydland

Copyright (c) – Grateful Dead Productions
Manufactured for Rhino Entertainment Company
Record Company – Warner Music Group
Mastered At – Mockingbird Mastering
Lacquer Cut At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Designed At – Phyx Design

Executive-Producer – Mark Pinkus
Art Direction, Design – Masaki Koike
Lacquer Cut By – Chris Bellman
Mastered By – Jeffrey Norman
Photography by Jay Blakesberg
Producer – Grateful Dead*
Producer [Associate] – Doran Tyson, Lisa Allen
Producer [For Release] – David Lemieux
Recorded By – Betty Cantor-Jackson
Research [Tape] – Michael Wesley Johnson

Notes
Record Store Day 2019 release, limited to 10,000 copies on limited edition, 180-gram vinyl.
Recorded live at the Warfield Theater, San Francisco, CA over two nights on October 9th & 10th, 1980. Features the acoustic opening sets from both nights.

LINEAGE: Grateful Dead Productions /Rhino R1-585396 RSD vinyl; Pro-Ject RM-5SE with Audio Tecnica AT440-MLa cartridge; Speedbox power supply; Creek Audio OBH-15; Audioquest King Cobra cables; M-Audio Audiophile 192 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 192khz; clicks and pops removed with Click Repair on very light settings, manually auditioning the output; further clicks removed with Adobe Audition 3.0; dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced. Converted to FLAC in either Trader’s Little Helper or dBPoweramp. Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.


 

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2 Comments

  1. I remember this big run of shows at the Warfield and being bummed out at the time because I could not make the trip to SF to see any of them. I had friends who did though and of course they just made me feel worse by telling me how great they were. I do have this but great choice and post Dr V!

  2. Looking forward to this one – thanks for the post as always.

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