A classic rock post, you young turks!

The Dead were never better than when they played their hometown. I’m choosing to share this show, even though the quality is below what I generally like, because the set list is so great and because, other than an atrocious Eyes of the World, they play pretty well here. There’s a first set, first song Shakedown (my favorite place in the line up for this song, as it helps them get their groove on throughout the night), a rare Beatles cover, Brother Esau,

It’s especially well done for 1987, the year after Jerry returned from his coma with a black cruddy liver.  Around this time is when the quality of Jerry’s memory and playing really started to deteriorate (and, ironically, it’s when they started to get “Touch of Grey” popular), so you can hear him stammer over lyrics several times.  But it’s still Jerry.  A fascinating thing about this band is to watch as drugs and hard living slowly destroy a genius guitar player.  This is one stage of the band’s life.

Zip file below.

Grateful Dead
San Francisco Civic Center

Shakedown Street
Get Back
Walkin’ Blues
It Must Have Been The Roses
It’s All Over Now (Rolling Stones cover)
Row Jimmy
My Brother Esau
Bird Song
Jack Straw
When Push Comes To Shove
Samson And Delilah
Black Muddy River
He’s Gone
Drums – Space
Eyes Of The World
Black Peter
Around And Around
Sugar Magnolia


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