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Grateful Dead May 19, 1974
Portland Memorial Coliseum Portland, OR | Listen on archive
This version absolutely smokes
47Black Throated Wind
Bobby throws some excellent chaw on the vocals. My go-to for an underrated song
16Ship of Fools
So perfect...Keith and Jerry really hit the sweet spot, and Phil, Bobby, and Bill are clicking nicely
66China Cat Sunflower -> I Know You Rider
'74 gem...Phil and Billy are feel in' it big-time...superb transition
44Greatest Story Ever Told
Keiths keyboards make this one
smmoooooth as butter
28Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Funky with a huge climax, Jerry really rocking out!
12Beat it on Down The Line
Love Keith's lead in this one
14Pretty Peggy O
45Mind Left Body Jam
I argue this chunk of music containing the MLB jam after Truckin' is some of the best music the Grateful Dead have ever played. Bar none
19Weather Report Suite
Bob muffs the words but all's well that ends well...the unique space-jazz jam out of this one is not to be missed. Such a chill Oregon vibe!
19Not Fade Away
Truckin->MLB Jam->The Hotness
Short succint and distilled to its '74 essence. Plus Donna's sexiest "Ohhhhhhhhh" ever.
Slightly faster with a steady ostinato bass that works beautifully. No dirge, but a thoughtful tale. I hear waves against a wharf at the end.
11I Know You Rider
High-energy playin' from the boys. Great Garcia solos and Phil bombs.
Loose Lucy is my delight.... this version sure is a delight
9Me and Bobby McGee
Stand-alone Me and Bobby McGee, very mellow.
3Feelin' Groovy Jam
Already listed as the CC>IKYR, but this jam stands on its own. One of the tightest from start to finish.
Kicks off a promised land>Bertha>GSET and the rest is history
11U.S. Blues (Wave That Flag)
Rocking and rolling patriotic beauty.
Surprised it's not here yet...Jerry's solos are succinct but lively and emphatic. Solid 74 version
5Big Railroad Blues
Can't believe this one isn't on here yet from this legendary show! Hot and super tight -- the band is really on this whole set
4One More Saturday Night
Jittery rocker blazing with creative energy. So much damn fun!
Keith front and center
This one takes a sharp left turn into some weird tones and aggressive soloing from Keith and Jerry.
Basically an instrumental, as many have noticed, the vocals are shot for a good portion of the first set