As the blog's subhead partly indicates, my primary aim here is to share my personal consolidations of unreleased, live Grateful Dead shows, post-Europe '72- through-1974, as documented on fan-circulating soundboards. I post mp3 mixes downloadable from my harassment-free paid Dropbox account. I make no claims to being a decisive Dead authority, and I make and share these mixes in the spirit of the Dead cassette trading that got me hooked in the first place.
I love the 1972-1974 period more than any other in the band's history, despite its notable flaws – insufficient rehearsing, car-crash harmony vocals, poor mixing/recording of many of the documentary soundboards, etc. What I post on the blog is the ongoing jukebox of repeat-listening-worthy, 1972-1974, live Dead that I am steadily building for myself, as I get intimate with one show after another, in no particular order.
Links take you to the posts, which have full descriptions and links to the mp3s.
Grateful Dead “Shortlists” (1972-1974)
Individual, unreleased Dead shows boiled down to 50-120 minutes. (These links, based on tags, will pull up a few non-shortlist posts, but mostly they'll do you right. Just keep scrolling.)
Best of Shortlists (1972-1974)
Improvisation & Instrumental Edits (1972-1974)
Steal Your Voice: The Instrumental Album (jam songs, and some non-jam songs, without the vocal sections)
Watkins Glen ’73 (same principle as The Instrumental Album)
More instrumental edits appear in quite a few “shortlists.”
Blues for Allah Rehearsals (1975)
Garcia Songs Live (1972-1974)
Save Your Face: A three-disc curation drawn from officially released archival shows. (The post that started this blog.)
Shortlist: Tampa 12-18-73 – all Jerry songs
Phil & Ned 1974
The Final Face: A 1989/1991 mix of unreleased, jam-centric material from three shows I attended. Weirdly, one of the most visited posts on the blog.
Not The Grateful Dead
Curations and edits of other artists, on all sorts of different principles: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, Beck, David Bowie, Prince, The Clash, Talking Heads, Television. Source content ranges from unreleased to semi-released to widely released.