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The Deadpod

Dec 27, 2013

Happy New Year! Well close enough ;) that said I decided to bring out one of the band's famous NYE performances for this week's (and next week's) Deadpod. This is from 12/31/79 at the Oakland Auditorium Arena in Oakland CA. While many would argue that this was not the best show of this NYE run (after all 12/28/79 was released as Road Trips Vol 3 #1, and 12/26/79 was Dick's Picks #5) there is still something magical about these NYE performances. This week we will listen to set 1, then sets 2 and 3 next week. Set one starts off strong with a great Jack Straw (listen to what sounds like the reference to Clive Davis of Arista Records in the "We used to sing for silver.. line :) Jack Straw flows into a big Franklin's Tower, albeit Jerry blows more than one lyric here.. Other highlights in this first set include a very nice 'Looks like Rain' and a rockin' Promised Land which closes out set 1...

Grateful Dead

Oakland Auditorium

Oakland, CA

12/31/79 - Monday

Set One

Jack Straw [6:05] >

Franklin's Tower [16:53] ;

Mama Tried [2:36] >

Mexicali Blues [4:42] ;

Tennessee Jed [8:40] ;

Looks Like Rain [8:09] >

Alabama Getaway [7:04] >

The Promised Land [4:46]

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Thank you for listening to the Deadpod in 2013, and I look forward to the shows to come in 2014!

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Happy New Year to all my friends! Be safe and happy!!