Tuesday, April 17, 2012

40 Years Ago Today : The Dead Play Denmark

Here's a serious treat for all of you Deadheads:
77 minutes of The Grateful Dead playing live at the Tivoli in Copenhagen Denmark on April 17, 1972.

The video begins a song into the first set, missing out on "Cold Rain and Snow" ( Of course somebody's got it somewhere for download online)
   So what we see and hear ( if I'm not mistaken) is:

   Me and Bobby McGee
   Chinatown Shuffle ( with vocals by Pigpen, just two months before cirrhosis forced him to retire from the Dead. He would die in March of 1973. Keyboardist Keith Godchaux is already playing with the Dead .)
  China Cat Sunflower*
  I Know You Rider*( a trad. blues tune)
Jack Straw*
  He's Gone*
  Next Time You See Me (a Little Junior Parker blues standard)
  One More Saturday Night* ( so viewers did not get Playing In The Band and Casey Jones?)
  Hurts Me Too* ( a Tampa Red blues standard composed by Elmore James)
  Ramble On Rose*
  El Paso ( a Marty Robbins tune from his classic LP Gunfighter Ballads)

  About an hour in, "for the TV cameras",  Bobby and Jerry dress up as though it's Halloween-- much to the delight of the crowd.

 Big Railroad Blues
Truckin/ Epilogue*

Here's where the clip ends. After the Dead's "short break" they came back on stage and played Dark Star, Sugar Magnolia,Caution and Johnny B. Goode. But we don't get to see that.

*song appears on six-sided Europe'72 live album

The next night they performed on the Danish show Beat Club. Check out "One More Saturday Night".

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