Grateful Dead: Playin’ in the Band (March 2, 1981 Cleveland)

Here’s a 24-minute 1981 “Playin’ in the Band” jam to fight your favorite 1974 version.

I’ve edited the epic, unreleased, 3-part, 3/2/81, Cleveland performance into a continuous, instrumental event that includes the relevant passage from space. (“China Doll” and drums broke up the performance.) This was the first “Playin’” of the year.

 A longish, spicy, instrumental edit of  “Supplication” is the encore. I’d hoped to weave it into the “Playin’” sequence, but it didn’t work. Still, a logical pairing with “Playin’."

Half-hour, mp3 mix zipped up here

  • Playin’ in the Band (3-parts + space instrumental edit) (23:35)
  • Supplication (instrumental edit) (4:50)

Cover image: Detail of Nora Hilgart-Griff photograph

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Been loving Chicago. Will dive into this. Appreciate these era-focused forays! Todd Carey Www.Twitter.Com/ToddCarey Www.Instagram.Com/ToddCarey Mgmt@ToddCareyMusic.Com > On Mar 4, 2021, at 10:12 PM, Posthaven Posts wrote: > > 
Todd! Yeah, my goal is to share something great about every era, year, tour...
Hey....Love this website and all you do.. Don't know if its your end or my end..Lesh and Weir are buried in the mix, but everybody else is loud and clear..Is it here or there ?
Zen, you're right. That's the soundboard mix. I find Phil present enough; Bobby is almost missing. However, I really enjoy the way you can listen to Jerry and Brent playing together on top of the pillow of bass and drums.
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