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Grateful Dead May 12, 1981

Veterans' Memorial Coliseum New Haven, CT | Listen on archive

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11
He's Gone
Dedicated to Bob Marley...nice emotional touch
5
Estimated Prophet
Loose and funky
4
It Must Have Been The Roses
Heard this yesterday and blew me away, an absolute gem!
8
China 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.
11
Shakedown Street
Hot and spicy funk
2
Ship of Fools
The whole band was so on this night. Jerry's pouring emotion in this one. Check it out.
8
Althea
Sweet and funky
2
Alabama Getaway
Sizzling opener, hot show
2
Greatest Story Ever Told
typical opening pairing well executed here
6
Pretty Peggy O
Real nice one
4
The Other One
Short but an intense ball of energy loaded with sizzling energetic runs by everyone.
9
Wharf Rat
Haunting, well rendered on this evening
2
Space
Numerous "Lively Up Yourself" teases within this short space--follows a "He's Gone" dedicated to Bob Marley
1
Drums
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
2
Don'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"
1
Cassidy
Entire show resonates with the ghost of Marley! At once succinct and jammy!
2
Little 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.
1
Looks Like Rain
Builds and builds.
1
Sugar Magnolia
Rocks Weirdly in all the right ways!!!