Grateful Dead – 12-31-1982 (encores) with Etta James & Tower of Power

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Published on January 10, 2016

LoloYodel : just the 3rd set and encores from this New Years show with the participation of Ms. Etta James & The Tower of Power !

PS : These are already posted and I didn’t spend 1 hour to see if this was an upgrade, but I think it is ! (And if it ain’t, who cares).

Bobby & Phil seem to have a regal time ! Jerry seems bug-eyed but brings some subdued and tasty blues/jazz licks here and there. Bill Graham’s last “breakfast in the morning” New Years (or was it ?). Arguably, with the exception of these encores, the rest of this show was substandard and “the cracks were beginning to show” …

After a refreshed 1979-1981 phase, 1982 seemed almost like “business as usual” for the GD. Jerry, subjectively, was beginning to have degraded vocal changes (hmmmm …)

Etta James (Tell Your Mama) : 8:10 : ” The Grateful Dead is the badest Americain blues band in the world”… “When you hear the The Grateful Dead you hear the blues” …

Here, we’re already into 1983 and this 3rd New Years set is very coooool !

3rd set (encores) :
Turn On Your Love Light (Etta arrives at 4:35) ~
Tell Mama (5:50)
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Hard To Handle (20:20 Etta tries to find the lovelight with Jerry … haha)
Midnight Hour (23:49)
Brokedown Palace (28:29)

w/ Matt Kelly on harp

Bill Graham rode into New Year’s on a giant mushroom
Last “Baby What You Want”: 09-07-1969
Final “Hard To Handle”
Last “Midnight Hour”: 04-29-1971
Final “Tell Mama”


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