Grateful Dead: Summer Tour ’94 for Beginners

This mix condenses the Grateful Dead’s ’94 summer tour into a shortlist of performances of beloved, pre-1979 originals, totaling three hours – the length of a show.

This is a sub-curation of much more extensive Save Your Face mixes from the tour – part of our gentle, ongoing campaign to turn people on to the Dead’s final years. None of this music has been released.

If you’re dubious of, or barely exposed to 1994 Dead, then this is an easy gateway mix. If you dig it, there’s an October ’94 mix built on the same principles, which has been making Heads happy for several years.

These are all unedited SBD performances. The only slight cheat is the “Jam Out of Terrapin” from Chicago, which is possibly the most perfect version of this latter-day, delightful innovation. It augments an exceptional full “Terrapin” from a different show, which took a unique and long course of its own.

There are no vocal lapses, except for a brief “Stella Blue” event.

3-hour mp3 mix zipped up here (all dates and places included in the song title tags)

  • Cassidy
  • Bird Song
  • Black Peter
  • The Music Never Stopped
  • Eyes of the World
  • The Wheel >
  • Attics of My Life >
  • Sugar Magnolia
  • Wharf Rat
  • Estimated Prophet
  • MIDI Jam
  • Terrapin Station > Jam
  • Playin’ in the Band
  • Jam Out of Terrapin
  • Stella Blue
  • One More Saturday Night
10 responses
Hi John, love the Summer '94 mixes so pretty pumped about this! A question: I'm trying to make a playlist from the old mixes, is the track MIDI Jam a unique track or made from stuff from the PNW mix?
Hi, Jordan. "MIDI jam" is on that PNW mix. It's what leads into The Other One. I shortened it for this mix. Everything on this mix appeared on the mixes that cover the whole tour in depth. Just thought I'd make a smaller set that's better suited for people whose late period interest is narrower.
Word, thank you!
John, is it possible to re-up this mix? The link cuts out towards the end of the download. First time this has happened with your material. Everything else from you works. Much appreciated.
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