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If there were a college course taught on Grateful Dead bootlegs (and if there isn t one, there should be!), the concert preserved on Dick s Picks Vol. 8 would occupy a prominent place on the syllabus. That s because this evening at tiny Harpur College in upstate New York was for years probably the most highly touted and sought-after single show on the tapers circuit (Jerry Garcia himself later singled it out as a memorable performance); and it appears here, complete save for one song, on this 3-CD set. The first disc offers one of the most beguiling acoustic sets the Dead ever performed, full of gems ( Dire Wolf, Black Peter, Uncle John s Band ) from the already-recorded-but-not-yet-released Workingman s Dead, plus a passel of old folk and blues tunes highlighted by a beautiful, slow-burning version of I Know You Rider; it s doubtful the band ever harmonized as beautifully as they do here, and the off-the-cuff atmosphere is simply charming. Discs two and three present the (very) electric Dead at their most probing, with a healthy dollop of greasy soul n blues served up by Pigpen; highlighted by Garcia s guitar and Phil Lesh s bass spiraling ever upward in a lengthy solo section, the version of The Other One in the 40-minute medley that opens the second set is unsurpassed, and the third set s Viola Lee Blues sports not one, not two, but three mind-warping crescendos, while their version of the rarely-performed James Brown tune It s a Man s World is as gritty and gutbucket as the band got. The closing We Bid You Goodnight is twice as long as usual because the delirious crowd wouldn t let them go out of print for years and a must for any self-respecting Dead library.
If there were a college course taught on Grateful Dead bootlegs (and if there isn t one, there should be!), the concert preserved on Dick s Picks Vol. 8 would occupy a prominent place on the syllabus. That s because this evening at tiny Harpur College in upstate New York was for years probably the most highly touted and sought-after single show on the tapers circuit (Jerry Garcia himself later singled it out as a memorable performance); and it appears here, complete save for one song, on this 3-CD set. The first disc offers one of the most beguiling acoustic sets the Dead ever performed, full of gems ( Dire Wolf, Black Peter, Uncle John s Band ) from the already-recorded-but-not-yet-released Workingman s Dead, plus a passel of old folk and blues tunes highlighted by a beautiful, slow-burning version of I Know You Rider; it s doubtful the band ever harmonized as beautifully as they do here, and the off-the-cuff atmosphere is simply charming. Discs two and three present the (very) electric Dead at their most probing, with a healthy dollop of greasy soul n blues served up by Pigpen; highlighted by Garcia s guitar and Phil Lesh s bass spiraling ever upward in a lengthy solo section, the version of The Other One in the 40-minute medley that opens the second set is unsurpassed, and the third set s Viola Lee Blues sports not one, not two, but three mind-warping crescendos, while their version of the rarely-performed James Brown tune It s a Man s World is as gritty and gutbucket as the band got. The closing We Bid You Goodnight is twice as long as usual because the delirious crowd wouldn t let them go out of print for years and a must for any self-respecting Dead library.
848064003557

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Format: CD
Label: RLGM
Rel. Date: 04/28/2015
UPC: 848064003557

Dick's Picks 8: Harpur College Binghamton Ny May 2
Artist: Grateful Dead
Format: CD
New: Available $45.99
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DISC: 1

1. Don't Ease Me in
2. I Know You Rider
3. Friend of the Devil
4. Dire Wolf
5. Beat It on Down the Line
6. Black Peter
7. Candyman
8. Cumberland Blues
9. Deep Elem Blues
10. Cold Jordan
11. Uncle John's Band
12. St. Stephen
13. Cryptical Envelopment
14. Drums
15. The Other One
16. Cryptical Envelopment
17. Cosmic Charlie
18. Casey Jones
19. Good Lovin'
20. It's a Man's World
21. Dancing in the Streets
22. Morning Dew
23. Viola Lee Blues
24. We Bid You Goodnight

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If there were a college course taught on Grateful Dead bootlegs (and if there isn t one, there should be!), the concert preserved on Dick s Picks Vol. 8 would occupy a prominent place on the syllabus. That s because this evening at tiny Harpur College in upstate New York was for years probably the most highly touted and sought-after single show on the tapers circuit (Jerry Garcia himself later singled it out as a memorable performance); and it appears here, complete save for one song, on this 3-CD set. The first disc offers one of the most beguiling acoustic sets the Dead ever performed, full of gems ( Dire Wolf, Black Peter, Uncle John s Band ) from the already-recorded-but-not-yet-released Workingman s Dead, plus a passel of old folk and blues tunes highlighted by a beautiful, slow-burning version of I Know You Rider; it s doubtful the band ever harmonized as beautifully as they do here, and the off-the-cuff atmosphere is simply charming. Discs two and three present the (very) electric Dead at their most probing, with a healthy dollop of greasy soul n blues served up by Pigpen; highlighted by Garcia s guitar and Phil Lesh s bass spiraling ever upward in a lengthy solo section, the version of The Other One in the 40-minute medley that opens the second set is unsurpassed, and the third set s Viola Lee Blues sports not one, not two, but three mind-warping crescendos, while their version of the rarely-performed James Brown tune It s a Man s World is as gritty and gutbucket as the band got. The closing We Bid You Goodnight is twice as long as usual because the delirious crowd wouldn t let them go out of print for years and a must for any self-respecting Dead library.
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