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Out Of The Vault - Show # 15 – Jerry & The Dead – 8/11/12

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Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – THE THRILL IS GONE – Taken from “Garcia/Grisman” CD, 1991.  "The Thrill Is Gone" is a slow minor-key blues song written by West coast blues musician Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951.  In 1970, "The Thrill Is Gone" became a major hit for B.B. King. Subsequently, many blues and other artists have recorded their interpretations of the song.

The Dead– TURN ON YOUR LOVE LIGHT – "Turn On Your Love Light" was written by band leader and arranger Joe Scott (with an additional credit given to Duke Records owner/producer Don Robey aka Deadric Malone).  It is an R&B-style blues song recorded by Bobby Bland in 1961. It was a both an important R&B and pop chart hit for Bland and has become one of his most identifiable songs. A variety of artists have recorded it, including the Grateful Dead, who made it part of their concert repertoire.  Taken from The Dead, Live at Bonnaroo, June 12, 2004.

 

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The Blasters – SAMSON AND DELILAH – "Samson and Delilah" is a traditional song based on the Biblical tale of Samson and his betrayal by Delilah. Its best known performer is perhaps the Grateful Dead, who first performed the song live in 1976, with guitarist Bob Weir singing lead vocals. It was frequently played live by the Dead. The 1977 album Terrapin Station featured a studio recording of the song.  Although Weir learned the song from Reverend Gary Davis, several earlier versions were recorded under various titles, including "If I Had My Way, I Would Tear This Building Down" by Blind Willie Johnson in 1927.  Rev. Gary Davis's recording can be heard on the compilation album The Music Never Stopped: Roots of the Grateful Dead. The song has since been performed by a wide variety of artists ranging from Charlie Parr, Ike and Tina Turner to Peter, Paul and Mary, The Washington Squares, Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band (in Verona, Italy 2006), and The Blasters, who released this version on their album “Hard Line” in 1985.

The Staple Singers – THE WEIGHT - "The Weight" is a song written by Robbie Robertson. Probably the best known version was released by The Band as in 1968 and appeared on the group's debut album “Music from Big Pink”.  "The Weight" has become a modern standard, and hence has been covered in concert by many other acts, most prominently Little Feat, The Staple Singers, Waylon Jennings, Joe Cocker, Travis, Grateful Dead, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, O.A.R., Edwin McCain, The Black Crowes, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aretha Franklin, Joan Osborne, Miranda Lambert, Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield, and Deana Carter. Ratdog and Bob Weir are also known to cover this song from time to time.  Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, who were honoring a fan's sign request, performed "The Weight" at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on May 2, 2012, as a tribute to Levon Helm, who had died two weeks before. It was the first time the band had ever performed the song.

 

 

Warren Zevon & David Lindley – CASEY JONES - "Casey Jones" is a song by the American rock band the Grateful Dead. The music was written by Jerry Garcia, and the lyrics are by Robert Hunter. The song first appeared on the Dead's 1970 album Workingman's Dead. Subsequently it was included on a number of their live albums.  The Grateful Dead played "Casey Jones" in concert on a regular basis from June 1969 through October 1974. After that, they continued playing it live, but less often. In total they performed the song in concert more than 300 times.  "Casey Jones" is about a railroad engineer who is on the verge of a train wreck due to his train going too fast. Jones is described as being "high on cocaine" (the song even makes a double entendre of advising Jones to "watch his speed"). It was inspired by the story of an actual engineer named Casey Jones. The engineer's exploits were also sung of in an earlier folk song called "The Ballad of Casey Jones", which the Grateful Dead played live several times.  This version is from the Grateful Dead tribute Album “Deadicated”, released in 1991.

 

Counting Crows – FRIEND OF THE DEVIL –  "Friend of the Devil" is a song recorded by the Grateful Dead. The music was written by Jerry Garcia and John Dawson and the lyrics are by Robert Hunter. It is the second track of the Dead's 1970 album American Beauty.  "Friend of the Devil" is about an outlaw, on the run from the police. His crime is never explicitly stated. The Devil helps him escape, but winds up chasing him just as the law does; several lines of the song are ambiguous, and could refer to either law enforcement or servants of Satan, such as "I was trailed by twenty hounds", which could refer to either police dogs sniffing his trail, or mythical hellhounds.  The song is acoustic, like most of American Beauty. It is known for the riff lead guitarist Jerry Garcia plays in the bass register, which is a descending G major scale (G F# E D C B A G). The song is among the most covered songs written by the Grateful Dead; Hunter later stated, "that was the closest we've come to what may be a classic song.  This comes from their Great Hits collection, released in 2004.

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Grateful Dead – SUGAR MAGNOLIA – Sugar Magnolia" is a song by the Grateful Dead. Written by Robert Hunter and Bob Weir, it is one of the most well-known songs by the band, alongside such hits as "Truckin'," "Casey Jones," "Uncle John's Band," and "Touch of Grey.  First released on the 1970 album American Beauty, "Sugar Magnolia" made its live debut on June 7, 1970 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. When performed live, the song was often divided into two different entities: "Sugar Magnolia" proper and the "Sunshine Daydream" coda. The break between the two could be a few beats, a set, or even a few concerts. On one memorable occasion, the week of long-time friend of the band Bill Graham's death, the coda was held off for an entire week.  This is the “American Beauty” version

 

The Dead – ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT - "One More Saturday Night" is a song written by Bob Weir and performed by the Grateful Dead. Weir is credited with writing "One More Saturday Night", although there is evidence that the song was originally written with Robert Hunter, with different lyrics. Weir wanted to call his version "US Blues", but Hunter did not agree and disavowed himself of the song.  The song was first performed on 19 October 1971 by the Grateful Dead, and first appeared on Bob Weir's Ace album, and The Grateful Dead's Europe '72 live album. After that it became a regular part of the Dead's repertoire, and as might be expected, was frequently heard on Saturday shows; with its short, compact form and energetic crescendoes, it was a popular break from some of the Dead's more challenging pieces. It has more recently been performed by the reunited Dead, and by Bob Weir's own band, RatDog.  Taken from The Dead, Live at Bonnaroo, June 12, 2004.

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