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  1. And plastic straws. Don't forget our new ban on plastic straws.
  2. And in turn, I don't judge Rude because there is a Walmart near where he lives. Ok, maybe just a little bit because he's now admitted that he shops there. 😛 (Full disclosure - I have never been in nor seen a Walmart. Maybe it's a great place to shop. I have seen photos dubbed "The People of Walmart" and there are no shortage of images like what Rude has alluded to, many of which are quite humorous. Not the most likely place to find Dead & Co swag.)
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    My first dead$co show

    Rude, to your point about the 80s audience tapes doing more justice than the boards, and Greg, to your point about how a good tape can make all the difference...there's a Red Rocks recording that is going to be circulating shortly from 7-27-82 that's been transferred from my PCM. After listening to this it will be as if you have not heard the show unless you were there. 😊 The power of Phil in the Other One climax is unworldly. The SBD cassette overloads during this section, rendering it useless, and all other audience recordings stop well short of capturing the insane power.
  4. That Other One that proceeded that Bobby McGee is as spacey as it can get. Half hour plus I believe. Needed the Bobby M to bring folks back into their bodies. Then the quick 3 min 2nd verse Other One segment finishes things off. Take a moment to contemplate the genius of the Grateful Dead.
  5. This will be a fun one. Beyond the sonic advantages of the plangent process and Jeffrey Norman's mastering, of these 6 shows only 3 circulate from master reels, the others from 1st gen copies. •6/22/73 P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. • 6/24/73 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR • 6/26/73 Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA • 5/17/74 P.N.E. Coliseum, Vancouver, B.C. • 5/19/74 Portland Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR • 5/21/74 Hec Edmundson Pavilion, University of Washington, Seattle, WA http://www.dead.net/store/music/new-releases/pacific-northwest-73-74-complete-recordings-boxed-set
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    My first dead$co show

    I don't think one could express experiencing Dead & Co better than this. Well said, and exactly my take on the Shoreline Show I saw a couple summers back.
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    Red Rocks 2018

    The 15th row is quite probably better than the 4th. Maybe even much better. This discussion is very much a venue to venue thing, but you are MUCH more prone to suffering some sort of bad acoustic issue being very close to the stage than if you were just a bit in front of the sound board. I'm talking about things like extreme bass overload, vocals being very low, and the like. If your goal is good sound, then on a night by night basis that 15th row center seat sounds pretty damned appealing.
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    My first dead$co show

    Legendary. The power to the PA went out completely for a few moments during Wharf Rat. When it came back on, Phil unleashed a bomb for the ages.
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    My first dead$co show

    Thoughts on the Dead discusses the rain shortened evening. The humor there can be admittedly merciless, and isn't for everyone, but.... https://www.thoughtsonthedead.com/man-without-hat/
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    Grateful Dead alternate lyrics

    You'll find plenty of alternate lyrics in early versions of Throwing Stones also.
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    Penn's peak

    For 10-21-83, my advice is to skip the 30 Trips and go directly to Jeff Silberman's 2nd row recording. It's a stunning capture.
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    Those eargasm plugs should give you a much flatter frequency response than the Walmart things. Weird you didn't experience that. That said, the real way to do it is to go to an audiologist and have a mold of your ears made so you can be fitted with custom plugs. Maybe that and stay away from JRAD and speaker stacks?
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    I understand that. My comment was actually half tongue in cheek, and half honest curiosity as to whether it had ever been necessary. Sounds like at this show, per Matt's comments, it may have been!
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    Has Eaton ever performed the old Grateful Dead standard, "one, two, take a step back....three, four, take another step back"?
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    A quick count yields 4 Dylan covers. Research necessary: what are the most Dylan covers the Dead did in a single show? Tea, you on this?