Grateful Dead Live at Radio City Music Hall on 1980-10-23
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Mark Cohen AUD from orchestra seats with Nak 700s > Sony D5; Lineage: AUDMC > Cass > DAT > CDR via Jay Jurina, conversion Matt Vernon
- 2004-08-27 08:38:02
- AUD from orchestra seats with Nak 700s > Sony D5; AUDMC > Cass > DAT > CDR via Jay Jurina, conversion Matt Vernon
- New York, NY
- Taped by
- Mark Cohen
- Transferred by
- Radio City Music Hall
Subject: not bad for 1980
The first electric set is pretty good. Nothing amazing but solid nonetheless. I’d say the same for the last set as well. I’d say give it a listen. I may not be returning to this show but I don’t regret listening to it.
Subject: Two point nineteen
The full SBD is not in circulation. But there is one AUD that sounds incredible, considering it was captured from the 29th row - clearly Mark had a sweet spot. This is the second of the shows at Radio City and the 19th of the series. It also ranks in the top 3, and when GDP gets back to this series, the rest of this show will be the first released (and hopefully the 14th!).
First Set. The acoustic set is essentially perfect. There are a few that you can argue are better on other days, but the section from Must Have Been the Roses through Monkey & the Engineer is crystal. This was used for the second disc of Reckoning.
Second Set. A SBD would be nice and would better reveal the wonderful playing. The AUD takes a while to settle, improving even through the third set. At Tennessee they're really having fun tonight and you can hear it. Listen to the extra bits Jer sticks in Mexicali. The solo careens all over the walls. Althea is up to par by the end, but not up to those from May and June. The rest is aces with Jer getting in one-of-a-kind licks on RxR Blues, and check the drummers on Music Never Stopped. A tight and energetic set.
Third Set. More like the sets from other nights of the series, but still above average. After a potent Samson and a perfunctory Ship, Estimated is dynamic. Bobby bleeds it on the stage, but Jer misses the cue on the return. Terrapin starts shaky but becomes dramatic. There's a fade in Drums, but it's complete. Space is short and the next couple are rendered pretty much stock, but the end is great, with a hot Sugar Mag & Casey Jones.
1st Set: A
2nd Set: A-
3rd Set: B-
Overall = 4¾ stars
Entire 1st set - may be the best of the series
Feel Like a Stranger - the playing is dialed-in, regardless of iffy sources
Mexicali Blues - all over the walls and lots of extras
Big Railroad Blues - some one-of-a-kind licks
Music Never Stopped - pinned by Billy and Mickey
Samson & Delilah - potent
Sugar Magnolia - the sound of the band smiling
Casey Jones - leaving it all on stage
SOURCES: The best AUD is the cohen_vernon_13140. It has the finest clarity and bass frequencies, though it is pitched slightly fast, needing -1%. Other AUDs are pitched slow or sound like they were from the back of the balcony. All of the first set, except the first song, is on the bonus disc of Reckoning. Althea is a bonus on Go to Heaven.
"This is a tea and toast Grateful Dead show...deliberate and very very nice" - olympiaroad's review
Subject: Madness in Manhattan
Subject: re: fantastic show
Subject: Ripple/ The Wheel
Al Franken (SNL & now senator) was at this show too. He was all f@cked up and in between the acoustic / electric set walked up this narrow piece of concrete from (stage right) that led up to the first balcony, jumped in the balcony and walked right past us high fivin!! :) Thanks for posting this gr8 music man!!!
Subject: Some comments
I taped four or five nights of RCMH. The others have not been transferred. I do not think the others are anywhere near this good except perhaps 10/30. Have not listened to that one in years.
I remember it like it was yesterday.
Subject: This one's a keeper!!!
Second though, I have to say my peace in this area. It's not the "Boyz" that are trying to stop the SBD's. It's the Greedy "family". Now that their 'cash cow' has passed on, they feel compelled to try and stick it to their loyal and 'extended' family/fans. Bear, Betty and Healy all let at least one taper straight feed to the board. That was a given with the Band. They knew it for 30 years and never complained. Unfortunately this subject is a sore spot with me. You can't live by your laurels for half a lifetime and then suddenly give them up for lent. If they decided to give half the net procedes from the Dick's Picks and other merchandise to some organization or foundation (e.g. Rex Foundation) then I think we'd all be happy. But damned if I'm paying $18.99 for a cd of a show that is/was available for free. It is about the music isn't it? Oh wow I must be in a time warp, lol.
Ok, enough of my bitching...But seriously, let's get REAL people.
Excellent show and run of shows. Great sound, good show, take it while you can!!!
If anyone wants, I remaster many shows and distribute them freely. I will be getting to this show at some point. E-mail me if you're interested.
Subject: thank you Mark Cohen
This recording is close to perrrrfect audience delightfulocity...thank you, Mark Cohen... Crystal...centered...hissless yumness...but i do gotta say you must've been sweatin near the end of the Ripple - SO CLOSE...and then the tape needed to be flipped...
That's life in the big city
the life of a taper
and I for one very much appreciate your efforts
4+ for an aud tape...
a 5 plus for puttin me in what, the 10th row at RadioCity?
Subject: Sugar23ee, These shows were great!!!
Subject: Gone are the days
........ Close your eyes and see all the hippies just movin about..... smilin , dancin, singin........,just havin a grate time ..... Oh yea the smell's too..... "down in front " all of the stuff that made for a great experience....... great recording really .... enjoy many many
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