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Nov 15, 2019

This week I chose to bring you an unusual show from November 2, 1984 at the Berkeley Community Theater. This was the 4th show of a 5 show run at this small venue, close to home for the band and their fans and it has an intimate feel to it. The band is quite loose, too loose sometimes (listen to Bobby completely lose the lyrics to El Paso) but also interested in mixing things up as you can see from the setlist. A strong 'Jack Straw' starts things up.  While Jerry's voice is not at its best this night a wonderful 'Peggy O ' follows then the aforesaid 'El Paso', saved as it were by a great Garcia solo. Jerry perhaps sticks it to Bobby a bit with the 'Loser' that follows, but that goes into what is probably the highlight of the set a nice 'Smokestack Lightning>Spoonful' combination. The set ends, quite early, with 'Iko, Iko' with a very unusual opening.. 

We'll hear a solid set 2 from this show next week.. 


Grateful Dead
Berkeley Community Theatre
Berkeley, CA
11/2/84 - Friday 


Jack Straw [6:29] >
Peggy-O [7:06] ;
El Paso [6:09] ;
Loser [6:55] >
Smokestack Lightnin' [6:16] >
Spoonful [4:23] ;
Iko Iko [8:23] 


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