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The Deadpod

Jul 15, 2022

"Being summer, I took off my shirt...." well I'm not taking my shirt off but I am bringing you a summertime treat I think, with an excellent audience recording of the band's performance in Denver on July 14, 1981. As I listened to this tape it just struck me that the feeling of being there that a good audience recording gives you was perfect for this time of the year, when many of us have been lucky enough to experience some live music in person.. I do hope you have!

This show has some excellent energy throughout, the Minglewood has a couple very nice Jerry solos, the 'Cassidy' is nicely paced, and leads into a sweet 'To Lay Me Down'.  Weir has some fun with 'Me & My Uncle' which is blistering.. as is the outstanding 'Big Railroad Blues' 

The highlight of the set is the Birdsong>Sailor>Saint, however. It is only the the 14th electric birdsong since 9/15/73, and the only time that Sailor comes out of Birdsong. It is excellent. 


Grateful Dead
McNichols Arena
Denver, CO 7/14/1981 - Tuesday


Cold Rain And Snow [5:40] >
New Minglewood Blues [6:41] ;
Friend Of The Devil [9:00] ;
Cassidy [5:05] ;
To Lay Me Down [8:53] >
Me And My Uncle [2:55]> Mexicali Blues [4:30] ;
Big Railroad Blues [3:48] ;
Little Red Rooster [8:23] ;
Bird Song [11:48] >
Lost Sailor [6:42] >
Saint Of Circumstance [7:25] >
Don't Ease Me In [3:06] 

You can listen to this week's Deadpod here:

Thanks for your kind support. I hope you are able to enjoy these summer daze!