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Grateful Dead May 12, 1981
Veterans' Memorial Coliseum New Haven, CT | Listen on archive
Dedicated to Bob Marley...nice emotional touch
Loose and funky
4It Must Have Been The Roses
Heard this yesterday and blew me away, an absolute gem!
8China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
A cheesy video of this kickass version would have Garcia playing atop a steam locomotive as it barrels down the track.
Hot and spicy funk
2Ship of Fools
The whole band was so on this night. Jerry's pouring emotion in this one. Check it out.
Sweet and funky
Sizzling opener, hot show
2Greatest Story Ever Told
typical opening pairing well executed here
6Pretty Peggy O
Real nice one
4The Other One
Short but an intense ball of energy loaded with sizzling energetic runs by everyone.
Haunting, well rendered on this evening
Numerous "Lively Up Yourself" teases within this short space--follows a "He's Gone" dedicated to Bob Marley
He's Gone->Drums->Space, usually get bored with the longer drums but this one is truly special, real fast and powerful, gets so trippy after 4:15
2Don't Ease Me In
closes out the show the day after Bob Marley died, great organ, before getting into it BW says "he was a powerful poet and a general revolutionary"
Entire show resonates with the ghost of Marley! At once succinct and jammy!
2Little Red Rooster
Bobby and Jerry trade licks scorchingly! Hot!!! They continue ripping into a ridiculous China-Rider! Hot show after the death of Bob Marley.
1Looks Like Rain
Builds and builds.
Rocks Weirdly in all the right ways!!!