Grateful Dead: Pittsburgh ’81 Jams (March 5 & 6)

Try out the best seat in Pittsburgh’s Stanley Theatre with Frank Streeter’s glorious tapes of two nights in 1981.

This mix curates and edits material from the second set of each show, preserving the real segues and creating a couple of imaginary ones. (“>”in the track list, below, indicates a real one.)

My 40th anniversary, on-this-day, listening guide to 1981 is Jesse Jarnow, via his @bourgwick show-by-show histories and listening notes – for 3/5 here and for 3/6 here.

108-minute mp3 mix zipped up here

March 5th (64 minutes):

  • Jam (w/o Garcia) >
  • Passenger
  • Scarlet Begonias Jam >
  • Fire on the Mountain
  • Playin’ in the Band
  • Not Fade Away >
  • Intro Jam > Wharf Rat

March 6th (44 minutes):

  • Estimated Prophet (edit) >
  • Franklin’s Tower
  • Spacey Improv >
  • The Other One >
  • Intro Jam > Stella Blue (edit)
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Oh yes. Love it when you hit a pocket. Currently have the chicago mix in my ears. This will be in the cue! Todd Carey Www.Twitter.Com/ToddCarey Www.Instagram.Com/ToddCarey Mgmt@ToddCareyMusic.Com > On Mar 8, 2021, at 9:42 AM, Posthaven Posts wrote: > > 
The first track--what a strange jam!!! Bob Weir playing a distorted lead solo,'s not only totally unique to my ears, but really pretty damn good--strange to say, but in parts he sounds a whole lot like Andy Summers, of all people! I just read that story of how Garcia was having guitar trouble and the crowd influenced Bobby to just start jamming without him, ha! Thanks for this post
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