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The Deadpod

Jun 19, 2020

This week's selection - a birthday request from a good friend of the Deadpod - takes us back to the last show of the June 1974 east/midwest tour which took place in Springfield Massachusetts on June 30, 1974. The first set, which we will hear this week, features some outstanding leads by both Jerry and Phil and a great song selection. Be patient during the opening number 'Don't Ease Me In' which is plagued by mix problems (as were most opening numbers in the Wall of Sound era), they clear up for a beautiful rendition of 'Black Throated Wind'. 'Peggy O' follows, a relatively new song, this is only its fifth performance. 'Greatest Story Ever Told' is a sizzler, as is 'Cumberland Blues'. The highlight of this set, if not the show, is the 'Playin' In The Band' > 'Uncle John's Band' > Playin' sandwich. As usual during this time they take things to unexplored spaces and it makes for a most wonderful time. 





Grateful Dead
Springfield Civic Center Arena
Springfield, MA 6/30/74 - Sunday

Don't Ease Me In [3:32] ;
Black Throated Wind [6:44] ;
Peggy-O [5:19] ;
Jack Straw [4:41] ;
Loser [6:16] ;
Greatest Story Ever Told [5:40] ;
Cumberland Blues [6:04] ;
Dire Wolf [4:18] ;
Playing In The Band [19:07] >
Uncle John's Band [8:54] >
Playing In The Band [6:07] 


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'The black-throated wind keeps on pouring in
And it speaks of a life that passes like dew'