Grateful Dead Shortlist: Garcia Sings Hunter/Garcia (September 1987)

If you don’t already think of 1987 as one of those years in which the Grateful Dead often played their original compositions perfectly, then you’re in for a happy surprise. Following his 1986 illness, Garcia repossessed his catalogue of songs with massive joy and a voice that was mightier than it had been in years. 

This is a very narrow mix of Garcia singing his heart out on classic Hunter/Garcia compositions (plus “Dew”) in September 1987.  I selected from soundboards with mixes that make his voice the center of the performances. The cities are Providence, Washington D.C., New York, and Philadelphia.

    Two-hour+ mp3 mix zipped up here (3 LPs or two discs, as you wish. Dates and cities included in mp3 title tags.)

    Side One:

    • West LA Fadeaway
    • Ship of Fools
    • High Time

    Side Two:

    • They Love Each Other
    • Fire on the Mountain
    • China Doll

    Side Three:

    • Dire Wolf
    • Wharf Rat
    • Eyes of the World

    Side Four:

    • He’s Gone
    • Row Jimmy

    Side Five:

    • Black Peter
    • Morning Dew
    • Brokedown Palace

    Side Six (Encore w/different sound board balance):

    • Loser
    • Might as Well
    • U.S. Blues


    • The last three selections don’t have Garcia’s vocals as forward and clear in the mix as the rest of the tracks, but the singing and band performances insisted that they be included.
    • There are two edits on this mix. “Wharf Rat” and “He’s Gone" switch from 9/16 to 9/20 to combine the better sung version with the more amazing conclusion.  
    7 responses
    Thank you for sharing. Really enjoying the Deer Creek set! Todd Carey Www.Twitter.Com/ToddCarey Www.Instagram.Com/ToddCarey Mgmt@ToddCareyMusic.Com > On Aug 15, 2020, at 11:19 PM, Posthaven Posts wrote: > > 
    As a graphic artist, I’d just like to compliment your cover artwork choices for your releases. I always love the music, but it is also so refreshing for the covers to *not* have the typical GD iconography that already fills my music library. This one is so spot on with font and subject, I finally needed to post my thanks for the obvious amount of thought and research you do to create the full package.
    Agree with you Douglas. Impeccable art choices. Todd Carey Www.Twitter.Com/ToddCarey Www.Instagram.Com/ToddCarey Mgmt@ToddCareyMusic.Com > On Aug 16, 2020, at 9:12 AM, Posthaven Comments wrote: > > 
    Douglas, what a wonderful compliment - very much appreciated! It's a joy and a privilege to be able to art direct "album covers" and to give Grateful Dead music a lot of different looks.
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