In March 1994, The Grateful Dead were playing and singing “small” songs beautifully and jamming big songs enthusiastically. The month included the final two performances of “Dark Star.”
For reasons explained in this post, the Save Your Face blog originally presented the music below as three separate mixes, over a year’s time. After I posted the final one, I retagged my own files to create the unified, 4-LP album set that should have been.
This post presents the retagged version, which operates as a single album with one title, four discs, and 26 consecutively numbered tracks.
Seventeen tracks come from three Chicago shows (March 16, 17, 18) and seven come from one Richfield, OH show (March 21). The Richfield show on the 20th doesn’t circulate on soundboard, so it is not included.
Additionally, I have included, near the end, the “Playin’ > Dark Star” sequence from 3/30 in Atlanta, so that you can listen to the last two performances of “Dark Star” as portions of the same mega-jam.
Put into their proper relationship, the first two discs provide a beautifully-executed, fantasy first set. The second two discs provide a giant, all-jam second set.
LP 1 (47 minutes - originally posted as “Shortlist: March 16-21, 1994” disc one)
- Don’t Ease Me In (3/16/94)
- Beat It on Down the Line (3/16/94)
- Bertha (3/21/94)
- Ramble on Rose (3/19/94)
- Stella Blue (3/21/94)
- Queen Jane Approximately (3/21/94)
- Looks Like Rain (3/16/94)
- High Time (3/16/94)
LP 2 (53 minutes - originally posted as “Shortlist: March 16-21, 1994” disc two)
- Peggy-O (3/21/94)
- Wharf Rat (3/18/94)
- Around and Around (3/18/94)
- Deal (3/18/94)
- Standing on the Moon (3/16/94)
- The Wheel > (3/17/94)
- All Along the Watchtower (3/17/94)
LP 3 (50 minutes - originally posted as “Dark Star Flashes” bonus disc):
- Feel Like a Stranger (3/18/94)
- Scarlet Begonias Jam > Fire on the Mountain (3/16/94)
- Eternity Jam (3/17/94)
- Playin’ in the Band > UJB Jam Conclusion (edit, 3/17/94)
- Eternity Jam (3/21/94)
LP 4 (52 minutes - originally posted as “Dark Star Flashes”:
- Dark Star (3/16/94, verse removed)
- Victim or the Crime Jam (3/21/94)
- The Other One (3/18/94)
- Playin’ Jam > (3/30/94)
- Dark Star (3/30/94)
- Jamming Down the Road (3/21/94)