Grateful Dead: 1982 Summer Tour Mixtape #2 (Sing Me Sweet & Sleepy)

This 2-LP-length mix gathers together wonderful Summer ’82 takes on the Grateful Dead’s subtler, slower, prettier songs. The band was tight, the singers were in strong voice, and the soundboard mixes put it all together very nicely. 

It’s a great moment to check in on these songs and on the band’s capacity for beauty and nuance in the early 1980s.

In performance, these songs were flanked by utterly different material and vibes - bombast on all sides. On this mix, birds of a similar feather get to vibe together. 

When you pull aside an artist’s gentler material, the dynamic range of that material expands to fill the listening universe. But even without that effect, I wouldn’t call the material on this mix “mellow,” by any measure. It is tremendously muscular music, thanks to the combination of snug grooves, well-narrated tales, synchronized turns, fine detailing, and good soundboard mixes.

I’ve arranged things to provide an accelerated first-set > second-set arc (without consideration for where the songs appeared in the actual shows).

This is the second of five mixtapes drawn from the tour, which I’m numbering and posting in no particular order. Each tries to provide a different angle on the music. With exceptions for “Playin’” and “The Other One,” no songs are repeated. They’ll collect under the blog tag GD Summer ’82. Please don’t complain until all five mixes have posted.

102-minute mp3 mix zipped up here (dates and venues included in mp3 tags)

  • Improv: Jerry’s Whimsy (Austin)
  • To Lay Me Down
  • Althea
  • It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  • Black Peter
  • Peggy-O
  • Row Jimmy
  • Looks Like Rain
  • Friend of the Devil
  • Bird Song
  • Improv: Jerry’s Whimsy (Red Rocks)
  • Improv > The Wheel
  • Lost Sailor >
  • Saint of Circumstance
20 responses
Thank you.
I've never really delved into 80-84 Dead. But I've been wanting to investigate. Thanks for posting.
Let me know how the mix works out for you.
Been waiting for this ever since you posted Vol. 1. Thanks!
Hi John. Apologies for an unrelated comment but wasn't sure how to contact you directly. Inspired by & drawing on your posts (& Grayfolded) I put together a fake 6LP boxset of weirder Dead moments, collaged together. Would love to send it to you (mp3s) if you're interested? Regards from Ireland, David.
David, I'd love to hear your mix. Do you have any sort of cloud/file-sharing platform you could upload it onto?
Hey John, here you go. Enjoy! (hopefully :) )
David, thank you for sharing that mix! I'm really looking forward to listening to it. I appreciate your breaking it into LP side-size chunks... but now I really want to know what it includes. :) I'm really looking forward to these 82 mixes, too!
Hey Tom, you're welcome. The mix spans every era with occasional overlapping going on. John's Midi mixes were a heavy influence on it. Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks for sharing those mixes David. I'm looking forward to checking these out!
Hey John, hope you enjoyed the Outer Marker mix. Feel free to share it with anyone you think might be into it & thanks again for all you do here. Regards from Ireland, David
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