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The Grateful Dead have a DVD series called View from the Vault and have other releases too. Soundtracks are sometimes available. 

Top four recommendations

The Grateful Dead Movie - 1974

Sunshine Daydream 8/27/1972

Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978
- Live 1978

Dead Ahead Expanded - Acoustic and Electric 1980 (Nov. '05)

April 19, 2012, at Movie Theaters - 1 Day Only 
- the July 19, 1982 Alpine Valley show. - Meet up at the Movies

Other films of interest

Jerry Garcia DVD
The Last Great Traffic Jam Live 1994 features Garcia on "Dear Mr. Fantasy."

Festival films featuring the Grateful Dead w/ Pigpen
Festival Express | A Night at the Family Dog

Festivals - 2009 releases
Last Days of the Fillmore

Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

A era spanning compilation (1968 - 1989) of Grateful Dead performances is included with The Grateful Dead scrapbook: Deluxe Edition

Our Grateful Dead video list is categorized by date of performance.  
Hornsby ...
Keith Godchaux
Pig Pen

Grateful Dead video notes:
A quote from a David Lemieux, Grateful Dead archivist, interview from Crutchfield Advisor discussing The Closing Of Winterland DVD: "... the April 17, 1972, show at the Tivoli Concert hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, which is commonly referred to as "TV From the Tivoli". We have a great video and multi-track audio for that show."

Grateful Dead Flash # 22
"Question: How were the bonus songs on The Grateful Dead Movie DVD selected for inclusion on the DVD?

Answer: There was a several-pronged criteria for the selection of these bonus songs on the DVD. The first, and most obvious consideration, was that they be excellent performances. We knew from the beginning that we were limited to about 90 minutes of bonus songs on Disc Two of the DVD (we ended up including 100 minutes), so we focused on several key factors: were they songs considered for possible inclusion in the original Grateful Dead Movie by Jerry ("Uncle John's Band," which was originally slated to open to The Grateful Dead Movie, "Sugaree," "The Other One" and its attendant jams)? Did we have usable audio and film elements from which we could do a proper audio mix and a proper film edit on the song? Also key was a conscious effort to include songs that the Grateful Dead were performing particularly well in 1974 ("China>Rider," "Scarlet Begonias," "Weather Report Suite," "Dark Star"). With the wealth of excellent material to draw upon, it bodes well for a future release of more Grateful Dead from October, 1974 on DVD."David Lemieux
Audiovisual Archivist
Grateful Dead Productions

Grateful Dead Flash #23
Question: In the View From The Vault series, some of the DVDs have graphics and animation that cover parts of the music that we want to watch. Can anything be done to eliminate these graphics ? ? 

Answer: For good or ill, the graphics and animation on the Views from the Vault DVDs are embedded in the video masters, and there is no alternate footage with which to cover these graphics. As much as we'd like to replace these graphics with shots of the band, we can't simply create footage that never existed in the first place. We are pleased to say, though, that the upcoming Truckin' Up To Buffalo DVD is void of graphics and animation, and you are left seeing some of the most impressive band interaction and joyfulness that we have on video in the entire vault. Summer tour 1989 featured completely clean video feeds being recorded to tape, so the concerts we have from that tour feature the whole band, and nothing but the band. 

David Lemieux
Audiovisual Archivist
Grateful Dead Productions 

Coming sometime?, Sunshine Daydream, The Grateful Dead at Veneta, OR on 8/27/72, known as the "The Field Trip." The web-site nugs.net put up a good page for more info.

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All The Years Combine

The Grateful Dead Movie (2-DVD) (Theatrical film, originally released in 1977)

The Closing Of Winterland (2-DVD) (Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, December 31, 1978)

Dead Ahead (Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY, October 1980)

So Far (Originally released on VHS and laser disc in 1987 first time on DVD!)

Ticket To New Year's*(Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA, December 31, 1987)

Truckin' Up To Buffalo (Rich Stadium, Orchard Park, NY, on July 4, 1989)

Downhill From Here (Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI, July 17, 1989)

View From The Vault (Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, July 8, 1990)

View From The Vault II (RFK Stadium, Washington, DC, June 14, 1991)

View From The Vault III (Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, June 16, 1990)

View From The Vault IV (Oakland Stadium, Oakland, CA, July 24, 1987, and Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, CA, July 26, 

Bonus Disc:
Wrapping up the box set is an exclusive bonus disc containing five previously unreleased and never before seen 
live performances from 1987-1991, sourced from the Grateful Dead archive, as well as Backstage Pass, the 1992 
documentary directed by Justin Kreutzmann, and a brand-new interview with Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux.
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Shout! Factory celebrates Grateful Dead with the release of the 14-DVD box set All The Years Combine: The DVD 
, which contains nearly 38 hours of concert
performances from the '70s to the '90s. Contains all bonus features from previous releases, the DVD debut of So 
Far, and an exclusive disc containing five previously unreleased Dead performances, the 1992 documentary Backstage 
Pass, and a new interview with Dead archivist David Lemieux. Also includes a 40 page book with rare photos and 
detailed essay and notes by Dead expert Blair Jackson.
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View from the Vault ~ Volume 1 - 3
View I ~ 
July 8, 1990 ~Three Rivers Stadium

View II
June 14, 1991 ~RFK Stadium

View III
June 16, 1990 ~ Shoreline

The first three View from the Vault Videos packaged together at a discount.  
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Live Grateful Dead on Video
Three (3) Videos at a discount:

1.) 7/17/1989 ~ Alpine Valley ~ Troy WI
2.) View I ~ July 8, 1990 ~ Three Rivers Stadium
3.) December 31, 1987 ~ Oakland Col.

Three video concerts of the Grateful Dead sold at a discount.  

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The End of the Road
The Final Tour


The End of the Road review


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Videos ~ Hornsby and Welnick eras 
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View from the Vault II
June 14, 1991 ~ RFK Stadium ~ Washington D.C.

DVD bonus footage 7/12/90 ~ RFK Stadium ~ Washington D.C.

View from the Vault II review

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Videos featuring Brent Mydland
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Truckin' Up To Buffalo
Rich's Stadium ~ Orchard Park, NY

Truckin' Up To Buffalo review

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by Mark Karan
Crimson White & Indigo 
JFK Stadium ~ Philadelphia, PA

Combo CD/DVD - 3 discs and 1 DVD.

Crimson White & Indigo review

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View from the Vault III
June 16, 1990 ~ Shoreline Amphitheatre ~ Mountain View, CA 

DVD bonus footage from October 3, 1987 at Shoreline

View from the Vault III review

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Downhill From Here
7/17/1989 ~ Alpine Valley ~ Troy WI
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Ticket to New Years
December 31, 1987 ~  Oakland Col. ~ Oakland, CA 
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Dead Ahead (Expanded)
Oct. 1980 ~Radio City Music Hall ~ NY, NY

The expanded edition has around 3 hours of music.

Dead Ahead Expanded review 

CD reviews Dead Set | Reckoning

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Videos featuring Keith Godchaux
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The Closing of Winterland 
12/31/78 ~ Winterland Arena 

Review of Closing of Winterland 

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Rocking The Cradle: Egypt 1978 
9/16/78 - with parts of 9/15/78 

Product Description:
Grateful Dead, Rocking the Cradle: Egypt 1978 is a 2 CD/1 DVD set that marks the 30th anniversary of The Dead's historic concerts at Giza, featuring more than three hours of rare and previously unreleased music remastered in HDCD, plus over 100 minutes of extremely rare, previously unseen concert and behind-the-scenes footage. 

Review of Rocking the Cradle 

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The Grateful Dead Movie 
October 1974 ~ Winterland Arena 

The Grateful Dead Movie review
A glimpse at the making of the GD Movie. Photo GD archivist David Lemieux 
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Dark Star Orchestra - 5/5/77
While not the Grateful Dead, you may be interested in Dark Star Orchestra's DVD, Live At The Fillmore. They're Live At the Fillmore is Dark Star Orchestra's recreation of the May 5, 1977, show. I am not aware of any Grateful Dead 1977 concert videos so this is next best thing, and it is definitely worthwhile. 

Dark Star Orchestra is excellent and this DVD will silence any doubters. This recreation was recorded on May 8, 2004, at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and features-- flashback, the Grateful Dead's own Donna Jean Godchaux, who performs on select songs. There are more Grateful Dead connections as the art on the packaging was created by Stanley "Mouse" Miller and an original Dead sound crew member Bob Matthews is the executive producer, and more (you'll have to read the liner notes to find out). 

So far I have watched the first set. The highlights include "Sugaree," Supplication," and "The Music Never Stopped."

Live At the Fillmore includes:
the DVD of the complete concert
a four page booklet
a two-disc audio companion.
Mail Order Only | Profile - Dark Star Orchestra

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Sunshine Daydream 
From the Gratefule Dead website
• Previously unreleased Sunshine Daydream concert film featuring gloriously remastered picture and all new stereo and 5.1 audio mixes done by Jeffrey Norman at TRI Studios
• Blu-ray Mastered by Grammy® winning engineer David Glasser at Air Show Mastering
• The complete 8/27/72 concert CD mixed and mastered to HDCD from the original 16 track tapes by Jeffrey Norman
• Audio tapes transferred and restored by Plangent Processes • Bonus documentary “Grateful Days” featuring brand new interviews with Mountain Girl, Sam Cutler, Wavy Gravy, Ken Babbs, and more
• 40-page book featuring original essays by Nicholas G. Meriwether, Ken Babbs, Sam Field, Johnny Dwork, and David Lemieux
• Original tie-dye slipcase by Courtenay Pollock
• Illustrations by Steve Vance

• Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 12,500
"The rock music group Grateful Dead is scheduled to perform at a 'potluck picnic' Sunday, sponsored by the Springfield Creamery." Eugene Register-Guard

A "rock picnic." The Field Trip. Kesey's Creamery. August 27, 1972. The Springfield Creamery Benefit. Call it what you will, the sun was beating down hard and bright on that fateful day in Veneta, Oregon when the Grateful Dead heeded Ken Kesey's call to help save the family Creamery. The 100-degree and rising temperatures did not deter the band who were still riding high from their adventures across the pond. It did not discourage filmmakers John Norris, Phil DeGuere, and Sam Field who gained entry into the Dead's tight-knit world with their promise to capture the culture and integrity of the scene. And it certainly didn't inhibit the estimated 20,000 Dead Heads who could not believe their, well, pot...luck.

In fact, this blistering day turned out to be a near-perfect little piece of the Grateful Dead experience and it is with great pleasure, that 41 years later we can present Sunshine Daydream to you the way it was meant to be seen and heard. As Prankster Ken Babbs puts it in the liner notes, this previously unreleased concert film "is a time capsule, a vessel full of exuberant free spirit as exhibited by the enraptured, edified, and satisfied concertgoers, a spirit that can still resound, that can still fill our hearts with joy, with compassion, with that sense and knowledge of our oneness, our open sharing and caring and the belief that the goodness inherent in all of us will continue to shine just as it did in Veneta, Oregon, in 1972. And will prevail." And prevail it does, with its pristine sound and beautiful visuals, the band transporting the audience to other-worldly planes with definitive versions of their beloved songs like "Bertha," "China>Rider," "Playing In The Band,""Greatest Story Ever Told,""Dark Star," and "Sing Me Back Home" and the Dead Heads in their wild and, quite literally, naked glory.
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Festival Express

A documentary film of the "Trans-Continental Pop Festival" tour from June and July 1970. The movie includes performances, interviews, jam sessions on the tour train and more. 

Original Movie
Casey Jones - Grateful Dead
Don't Ease Me In - Grateful Dead
Friend of the Devil - Grateful Dead
Slippin' and Slidin' - The Band
Goin' Down the Road - Delaney & Bonnie and others
Traditional Country Song - Buddy Cage and others
Baby Here I Come - Buddy Guy & Rick Danko
Better Take Jesus' Hand (1st version)  Jerry Garcia & Sylvia Tyson
Comin' Home Baby - Mashmakan
Money - Buddy Guy
Lazy Day - Flying Burrito Bros
The Weight - The Band
Cry Baby - Janis Joplin
I Can't Do It Baby - Buddy Guy & Jerry Garcia
Ain't No More Cane - Rick Danko & Janis and others
Soul Jam - Buddy Guy & Rick Danko
Sunshine of Your Love - Ensemble
Rock & Roll is Here to Stay - Sha Na Na
CC Rider - Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird
New Speedway Boogie - Grateful Dead
I Shall Be Released - The Band
Tell Mama - Janis Joplin
Me & Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
Better Take Jesus' Hand (2nd version) - New Riders of the Purple Sage

Bonus disc with DVD
Hard to Handle - Grateful Dead
Easy Wind - Grateful Dead
Move Over - Janis Joplin
Kozmic Blues - Janis Joplin
Hoochie Coochie Man - Buddy Guy
As Years Go By - Mashmakhan
Thirsty Boots - Eric Anderson
Tears of Rage - Ian & Sylvia
Child's Song - Tom Rush
Thirteen Questions - Seatrain

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A Night at the Family Dog
Filmed on location at the Family Dog Ballroom in San Francisco in September, 1970, the show captures the heyday and diversity of the San Francisco sound with three of the most well known bands to emerge from the scene: Santana, who would release their second album at the end of 1970; The Grateful Dead, including original band member Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, who were making a name for themselves with their jam-filled performances; and Jefferson Airplane, who were at the time the biggest of the bands from the area.

Track List
Incident At Neshabur - Santana
Soul Sacrifice - Santana
Hard To Handle - Grateful Dead
China Cat Sunflower - Grateful Dead
I Know You Rider - Grateful Dead
The Ballad of You And Me And Pooneil - Jefferson Airplane
Eskimo Blue Day - Jefferson Airplane
Super jam featuring members of Santana, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane

Part two of the series - Go Ride The Music

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Last Days of the Fillmore

Press Release
When the legendary rock impresario Bill Graham closed the Fillmore West in 1971, the San Francisco venue had become an institution, an integral part of the West Coast music scene in the '60s. Always the showman, Graham made sure the Fillmore West was sent off in a blaze of glory, scheduling five nights of concerts featuring bands like the Grateful Dead and Santana that got their start at this storied concert hall. Both the madness leading up to the shows and the concerts were filmed for FILLMORE: The Last Days, a documentary originally released in 1972.

The film stands as a vivid time capsule that captures an era in rock history when music had become a major industry and -- for some -- a huge headache. It delivers a gritty, behind-the-scenes look at the music business at a time when many artists were growing jaded by their success, demanding more and more. Disillusioned by the change, Graham decided to get out, pulling the curtain down with five days of concerts that ended on July 4, 1971.

In the end, the frantic preparations paid off with a host of marvelous performances from a range of artists who made up what was called "The San Francisco Sound." FILLMORE: The Last Days features highlights from all five nights, including songs by the Grateful Dead ("Casey Jones," "Johnny B. Goode"); Santana ("Incident At Neshabur," "In A Silent Way"); Quicksilver Messenger Service ("Mojo," "Fresh Air"); Jefferson Airplane ("Volunteers" / "We Can Be So Good Together"); along with performances by Boz Scaggs, Cold Blood, Hot Tuna, and Lamb. 

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Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

The three-day Woodstock music festival in 1969 was the pivotal event of the 1960s peace movement, and this landmark concert film is the definitive record of that milestone of rock & roll history. It's more than a chronicle of the hippie movement, however; this is a film of genuine historical and social importance, capturing the spirit of America in transition, when the Vietnam War was at its peak and antiwar protest was fully expressed through the liberating music of the time. With a brilliant crew at his disposal (including a young editor named Martin Scorsese), director Michael Wadleigh worked with over 300 hours of footage to create his original 225-minute director's cut, which was cut by 40 minutes for the film's release in 1970. Eight previously edited segments were restored in 1994, and the original director's cut of Woodstock is now the version most commonly available on videotape and DVD. The film deservedly won the Academy Award for Best Documentary, and it's still a stunning achievement. Abundant footage taken among the massive crowd ("half a million strong") expresses the human heart of the event, from skinny-dipping hippies to accidental overdoses, to unpredictable weather, midconcert childbirth, and the thoughtful (or just plain rambling) reflections of the festive participants. Then, of course, there is the music--a nonstop parade of rock & roll from the greatest performers of the period, including Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Canned Heat, The Who, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Ten Years After, Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, and many more. Watching this ambitious film, as the saying goes, is the next best thing to being there--it's a time-travel journey to that once-in-a-lifetime event. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description
1969 was a year unlike any other. Man first set foot on the moon. The New York Mets won the World Series against all odds. And for three days in the rural town of Bethel, New York, half a million people experienced the single most defining moment of their generation; a concert unprecedented in scope and influence, a coming together of people from all walks of life with a single common goal: Peace and music. They called it Woodstock. One year later, a landmark Oscar®-winning documentary captured the essence of the music, the electricity of the performances, and the experience of those who lived it. Newly remastered, the film features legendary performances by 17 best selling artists. Bonus content includes: • 4-Hour Director’s Cut of the film • NEW Over 3 hours of New Bonus Content! • 2+ Hours of Performances Not Included in the Director’s Cut Including Newly Discovered Performances in their Entirety from Santana, The Who, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and MORE! (see slide 5 for complete list) • 1+ Hour Featurette Gallery – Woodstock: From Festival to Feature, showcasing interviews with Martin Scorsese, Michael Lang, Michael Wadleigh, Hugh Hefner, Michael Shrieve, and MORE and exploring topics including 3 Days in a Truck, No Rain! No Rain!, Living Up To Idealism and many more! • NEW retrospective The Museum at Bethel Woods: The Story of the Sixties & Woodstock • COLLECTIBLE premium items including a 60+ Page Life magazine reprint, a Woodstock patch, a lucite lenticular display featuring 3 vintage festival photos and more!
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Anthem to Beauty

From the classic album series:  A 75 minute documentary  about the making of Anthem of the Sun, American Beauty, and more.  
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So Far

Footage from 1231/87 and rehearsals in Marin County
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Making of Touch of Grey

Behind the scenes documentary
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Backstage Pass
A collection of six songs from different time periods. 
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Infrared Sighting

A 20 minute computer animation film by the Grateful Dead.  
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Phil & Friends on DVD

Live at the Warfield Theater

On May 18th and 19th 2006, Phil Lesh and Friends electrified The Warfield Theater in San Francisco, CA with two nights of music that never failed to satisfy. The venerable theater had been visited many times by Phil Lesh and Friends, but never by this exact group. This group of assembled Friends combines a strong jazz background with a touch of blues, a pinch of soul, a good helping of groove, and just the right amount of jamming to keep the faithful dancing well into the early morning. 

Phil Lesh: Electric Bass, Vocals 
Joan Osborne: Vocals
John Scofield: Guitar
Larry Campbell: Guitar, Pedal Steel, Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals 
Greg Osby: Saxophone 
Rob Barraco: Keyboards, Vocals 
John Molo: Drums 

Pre-order bonus DVD
Bonus DVD: 
- "The Art of Improvisation: Jazz and Rock" (Phil Lesh discusses with John Scofield and Greg Osby) 
- Free Improvisation played by Phil Lesh, John Scofield, John Molo and Greg Osby 
- Backstage footage 
- All Along the Watchtower (Bonus Video) 
- Passenger (Exclusive Bonus Video)

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Live at the Warfield Theater

DVD Track Listing: 
Uncle John's Band
Eyes of the World 
St. Stephen 
The Eleven 
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) 
All Along the Watchtower 
New Speedway Boogie 
Unbroken Chain 
Help On the Way >
Slipknot! > 
Franklin's Tower 

CD Disc One
Shakedown Street > 
Mr. Charlie 
Pride of Cucamonga 
Cosmic Charlie 
Scarlet Begonias > 
They Love Each Other > 
Turn On Your Lovelight
Donor Rap

Disc Two
The Wheel > 
Dark Star > 
Morning Dew > 
I Know You Rider 
The Other One > 
Dark Star > 
The Other One > 
Box of Rain 


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Jerry Garcia on DVD

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Live at Shoreline
Product Description
On September 1, 1990, at the Shoreline Amphitheater, the Garcia Band performed a particularly poignant kind of magic. A Grateful Dead show was originally scheduled for that date, but the Dead's brilliant, passionate keyboard player, Brent Mydland, had died of an overdose at age 37 in late July. Rather than cancel the gig, the Garcia Band stepped in to deliver one of their most heartfelt performances. First Set - How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, Stop That Train, Dear Prudence, I Shall Be Released, Run for the Roses, My Sisters and Brothers, Deal. Second Set - I Second That Emotion, Think, And It Stoned Me, Waiting For A Miracle, Don't Let G, That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day), Tangled Up in Blue. 
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Grateful Dawg ~ Garcia Grisman

In concert, in the studio, interviews.   
 1. Intro
 2. Grateful Dawg (Garcia / Grisman)
 3. Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional) *
 4. Sweet Sunny South (Traditional)
 5. Old and in the Way Intro *
 6. Pig in a Pen (Traditional) *
 7. Dawg's Waltz (Grisman)
 8. Sitting Here in Limbo (Bright / Chambers)
 9.  Off to Sea Once More (Traditional)*
10. Off to Sea Once More (Traditional)
11. Jenny Jenkins (Traditional)
12. Arabia (Grisman)
13. The Thrill is Gone (Darnell / Hawkins)
14. Friend of the Devil (Dawson / Garcia / Hunter)
15. Grateful Dawg (Studio) (Garcia / Grisman)

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For fans of Garcia Grisman, of interest is Classic Dawg.

Classic 1983 David Grisman Quartet concert when group consisted of Grisman, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and Rob Wasserman. Shot at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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