What I've been listening to today.

Grateful Dead - July 26, 1972.
Live from the Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR.

A truly fantastic recording of an outstanding concert. It is indeed a long one, so you will have to brace yourself. This is the Dead in their utter prime. You get both the country/western and the psychedelic in one big package. The concert is available from archive.org in streaming format and you can also listen to it with the player at the bottom of this post.

The version of "Dark Star" played on this gig is one of the best I have ever heard. Clocking in at almost exact thirty minutes it is truly out there. The midsection after the first verse when they go into this really jazzy rhythm section is something everyone with a love for Grateful Dead should hear.

You also get great versions of "He's Gone", "Ramble on Rose" and "Stella Blue". Three of my all time favourite Grateful Dead songs.

Set I:
1. Tuning
2. Cold Rain And Snow
3. Black Throated Wind
4. Mississippi Half-Step
5. Mexicali Blues
6. Sugaree
7. El Paso
8. China Cat Sunflower ->
9. I Know You Rider
10. Jack Straw
11. Tennessee Jed
12. Playing In The Band
13. Casey Jones

Set II:
14. The Promised Land
15. He's Gone
16. Me and My Uncle
17. You Win Again
18. Greatest Story Ever Told
19. Ramble On Rose
20. Dark Star ->
21. Comes A Time
22. Sugar Magnolia
23. Brown Eyed Woman
24. Beat It On Down The Line
25. Stella Blue
26. Not Fade Away ->
27. Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad ->
28. Not Fade Away

29. One More Saturday Night

Listen to the concert here: