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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 5 - 6/9/1976 - Boston Music Hall New release

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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 5 - 6/9/1976 - Boston Music Hall New release

Road Trips Vol. 4. No. 5
June 9, 1976 (Filler 6/12/1976)
Boston Music Hall, Boston, MA

After 19 releases, the Road Trips Series ends with Vol. 4 # 5 from Boston ’76, but a new series will follow in 2012 called Dave's Picks. This selection is the fifth live Grateful Dead release to tap the year 1976, as two of them were four discs sets, that amounts to seven concerts more or less. The bands strolls into a familiar venue, the Boston Music Hall to open their East Coast tour and performs four consecutive evenings, June 9 - 12. Road Trips Vol. 4. No. 5 includes the complete opening night, and as filler, gems from June 12 at the end of disc 3. It's worth noting that some of the best Grateful Dead releases have been from Boston, Dick's Picks Volume 14, and half of Dick's Picks Volume 12.

The Grateful Dead were on a hiatus from touring October 1974 through early 1976, but were busy in the recording studio and touring with their various side bands. During this period the Grateful Dead's studio album Blues For Allah was released. With the inclusion of new songs and dusting off or remaking some oldies, there was lots of material the Boston folks hadn't seen live. 

The first disc includes the whole first set. It does have a solid track list. The set highlight to me is a sensational version of "Crazy Fingers," from the aforementioned Blues For Allah. "Scarlet Begonias" stretches out nicely too. The version of "Big River" is quite good, and that along with "The Promised Land" are the rockers of the set. Bob treats us to "Cassidy" and "The Music Never Stopped," both good; however, these new songs to the rotation would grow hotter over time.

The second set starts out in stunning fashion, The "St. Stephen" is the longest version I recall; which is musically interesting and tightly executed. It segues into "Eyes of the World" that has a very long jam introduction. They mean business! The instrumental prowess continues with "Let it Grow," but the tempo of this version seemed a bit fast. 

They slow things down in terms of song length and engage in six shorter tracks. Jerry chooses the ballad tracks, and sings his heart out in strong versions of "Brown-Eyed Woman," High Time," and "It Must Have Been The Roses." During these tracks Keith hits the perfect melodic piano runs and Phil leads the rhythm section to hit the inflection points to perfection. Bobby keeps the energy up during "Lazy Lightning" > "Supplication" and "Samson and Delilah."

The third disc continues the second set. The trio of songs to end the set are OK. I don't select a show to listen to because it has a smoking version of "Dancing in the Streets." That said, this version is pretty good, Phil has some interesting bass runs. The encore is excellent, "Franklin's Tower," the only version performed as an encore. 

To fill out the disc, we have some excellent material from the June 12 show, key tracks from throughout the show. A rare Grateful Dead take on "Mission in the Rain." This is no match for the Jerry Garcia Band's take of the song from this era, but I enjoyed Phil's contributions. A few more Jerry tunes to cherish, a very early version of "The Wheel"; and "Comes a Time," which hadn't been performed live since 1972, and how sweet it is to have this back into the repertoire. The final cut is a unique sandwiching of "Sugar Magnolia" > "U.S. Blues" > "Sunshine Daydream."

To close the Road Trips series, this edition does offer a very good listen. One of the recurring themes is that Jerry sings really well, his voice is in great shape, and the release includes a plethora of great ballads to demonstrate such. There is a different perspective listening to an archival release with the advantage of knowing what would become of the new material as it developed, compared to what the fans would experience at the show. There is no question that most of audience was tremendously enthusiastic about this show. Welcome to a new era of the Grateful Dead, you ain't seen nothing yet.

The key highlights in summary "Crazy Fingers," "St. Stephen" > "Eyes of the World," and "Comes a Time." The liner nights are quite informative with some nice photos of the band. The sound quality is up to the high standards you'd expect. 

by Barry Small © 
Grade  B +

 
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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 5 - 6/9/1976 - Boston Music Hall New release
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Track list

Boston Music Hall concert from June 9, 1976

TRACKLIST
CD 1:
1. Cold Rain and Snow
2. Cassidy
3. Scarlet Begonias
4. The Music Never Stopped *
5. Crazy Fingers *
6. Big River
7. They Love Each Other
8. Looks Like Rain
9. Ship Of Fools
10. Promised Land

CD 2
1. St. Stephen>
2. Eyes of the World>
3. Let It Grow
4. Brown-Eyed Women
5. Lazy Lightning>
6. Supplication
7. High Time
8. Samson and Delilah
9. It Must Have Been The Roses

CD 3
1. Dancing In The Street>
2. Wharf Rat>
3. Around and Around

Encore
4. Franklin's Tower

Bonus tracks from 6/12/76
5. Mission In The Rain
6. The Wheel
7. Comes A Time
8. Sugar Magnolia>
9. U.S. Blues>
10. Sunshine Daydream

*Previously released on the bonus disc with the Live at the Cow Palace release.

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 5 - 6/9/1976 - Boston Music Hall New release
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Grateful Dead
Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Bill Kreutzmann - drums
Mickey Hart - drums
Donna Jean Godchaux - Vocals
Keith Godchaux - Piano

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 5 - 6/9/1976 - Boston Music Hall New release
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Released - Nov. 2011 
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by David Lemieux and Blair Jackson
Mastering - Jeffrey Norman
Package Design - Steve Vance

Photos Grant Gouldon
Cover Art Scott McDougall
Recorded by Betty Cantor Jackson


Road Trips Listening Party

Cassidy
Scarlet
High Time 

From Deadlists 

Venue Boston Music Hall
Location Boston, MA
Date 6/9/76 - Wednesday 

1 - Cold Rain And Snow [5:38] ; [2:05] ; Cassidy [4:30] ; [1:39] ; Scarlet Begonias [8:48] ; [1:40] ; The Music Never Stopped [5:09] ; [2:09] ; Crazy Fingers [10:58] % Big River [5:31] % They Love Each Other [6:25] ; [1:32] ; Looks Like Rain [7:45] % Ship Of Fools [7:17] ; [1:23] ; The Promised Land [3:14]

2 - Saint Stephen [12:09] > Eyes Of The World [15:22] > Jam [1:17] > Let It Grow [6:51] > Drums [0:51] > Let It Grow [2:23] ; Brown Eyed Women [4:40] ; [2:00] ; Lazy Lightnin' [2:50] > Supplication [4:11] ; [1:29] ; High Time [8:49] ; Samson And Delilah [5:55] ; [1:50] ; It Must Have Been The Roses [6:59] % Dancing In The Street [12:48] > Wharf Rat [11:04] > Around And Around [6:35]

Encore Franklin's Tower [9:24]


6/10/76 - Thursday 

1 - The Promised Land [3:19] ; [1:04] ; Sugaree [9:08] ; [1:53] ; Cassidy [4:24] ; They Love Each Other [7:27] ; [2:30] ; The Music Never Stopped [5:08] ; [1:21] ; Brown Eyed Women [4:40] ; [3:18] ; Lazy Lightnin' [3:33] > Supplication [2:54] % Row Jimmy [8:49] ; [1:31] ; Big River [5:40] ; [1:57] ; Mission In The Rain [6:50] ; [2:14] ; Looks Like Rain [8:51] % Might As Well [5#:16]

2 -Samson And Delilah [6:12] ; [1:09] ; Help On The Way [4:14] > Slipknot! [7:28] > Franklin's Tower [10:24] % Let It Grow [6:26] > Drums [0:58] > Let It Grow [3:08] % Friend Of The Devil [7:54] ; [1:42] ; Playing In The Band [5:19] > Space Jam [8:58] (1) > Dancing In The Street [10:58] > U.S. Blues [5:31]

Comments (1) {space Jam [7:21] > Dancing in the Street tease [0:58] > Jam [0:39] }
6/11/76 - Friday 

1 - Might As Well [5:06] ; Mama Tried [2:42] ; [1:39] ; Tennessee Jed [8:03] ; [2:19] ; Cassidy [4:16] ; [1:51] ; Candyman [7:31] ; [1:50] ; Big River [5:16] % Scarlet Begonias [9#:39] > Looks Like Rain [7:46] % It Must Have Been The Roses [6:24] ; [1:37] ; Lazy Lightnin' [2:58] > Supplication [4:19] % Brown Eyed Women [4:46] ; [1:52] ; The Promised Land [2:#58]

2 - Saint Stephen [9:34] > Dancing In The Street [12:03] > The Music Never Stopped [4:33] ; [1:30] ; Ship Of Fools [6:53] % Samson And Delilah [5:50] % Sugaree [9:47] % Sugar Magnolia [6:05] > Eyes Of The World [13:10] > Stella Blue [8:#36] ; [0:04] ; Sunshine Daydream [2:40]
Encore Johnny B. Goode [#3:40]

6/12/76 - Saturday 

1 - Samson And Delilah [5:30] ; Row Jimmy [9:43] ; The Music Never Stopped [4:48] ; Brown Eyed Women [4:36] ; Big River [5:12] % Mission In The Rain [6#:46] % Looks Like Rain [7:38] % Friend Of The Devil [7:51] ; (1) Lazy Lightnin' [3:13] > Supplication [4:27] ; High Time [8:54] ; The Promised Land

2 - The Wheel ; Cassidy [4:08] ; Tennessee Jed [8:27] ; [0:05] ; Let It Grow [7:04] > Drums [0:48] > Let It Grow [3:08] > Wharf Rat [9:37] > Space Jam [2:35] > Comes A Time [7:28] ; [0:09] ; Dancing In The Street [10:08] > Jam [0:24] > Around And Around [5:38] ; [0:35]

Encore  - Sugar Magnolia [5:29] > U.S. Blues [5:16] > Sunshine Daydream [3:35]

Bold - included on release

Venue Boston Garden
Location Boston, MA
Date 5/7/77 - Saturday 

1 - Bertha [7:11] ; Cassidy [4:29] ; Deal [5:32] ; Jack Straw [4:53] ; Peggy-O [7:47] ; New Minglewood Blues [4:59] ; Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo [12:28] > Big River [6:47] ; Tennessee Jed [7:56] ; The Music Never Stopped [7:30]

2 -  Terrapin Station [10:26] ; Samson And Delilah [6:59] ; Friend Of The Devil [7:24] ; Estimated Prophet (1) [8:09] ; Eyes Of The World [11:12] > Drums [3:19] > The Wheel [10:33] > Wharf Rat [14:21] > Around And Around [7:36]

Encore U.S. Blues [5:32]

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 5 - 6/9/1976 - Boston Music Hall New release
From the Grateful Dead website
Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 5

Road Trips Series Ends with Boston ’76

1976 was a pivotal year for the Grateful Dead. After an 18-month hiatus that saw just four Bay Area appearances by the band, but also a phenomenal studio album, Blues for Allah, and a slew of solo projects, the Dead returned to the road at the beginning of June ’76. Mickey Hart was officially back in the fold after a long absence, and the band came back with a batch of new songs and fresh approaches to playing their old ones. It was the summer of America’s much-ballyhooed bicentennial, the country was still going through Watergate withdrawal, and we needed our Grateful Dead back!

During their time away, the Dead radically simplified their stage setup. They put their remarkable (but cumbersome) Wall of Sound P.A. out to pasture, in favor of a more conventional (but still great) system. And, as a treat to their fans, they booked their entire first post-hiatus tour into acoustically solid small theaters, eschewing the large arenas that their snowballing popularity and their massive sound system had forced them into. They hit the road well-rehearsed and refreshed; clearly thrilled to be out there playing Grateful Dead music onstage again. And we were, needless to say, psyched to be seeing them again!

This latest—and last—edition of our Road Trips series (more on that in a moment), ingeniously labeled No. 4. Vol. 5, was drawn from two shows early on what was dubbed by many Heads at the time as the Dead’s “comeback” tour. It contains the truly awe-inspiring complete June 9, 1976 Boston Music Hall show (just the third of the tour, but you’d never guess that), and also a handful of hot tracks from the June 12 show at the same venue. The 6/9 show has long been a personal favorite, so I’m really delighted that it is finally being released! It’s definitely one of the strongest of ’76.

The first set includes stand-out versions of then-new songs such as “Crazy Fingers” and “The Music Never Stopped,” just the third version of “Cassidy,” a neatly jammed “Scarlet Begonias” and a potent “Ship of Fools,” among other gems. The second set opens with a long, circuitous “St. Stephen” (the first in five years!), then goes into a tremendous “Eyes,” followed by “Let It Grow,” which was now independent of the first two parts of “Weather Report Suite.” “Samson and Delilah” and “Lazy Lightning” > “Supplication” were brand-new to the Dead repertoire, while the bevy of rearranged songs included “High Time” and the famous disco-influenced “Dancing in the Street.” The encore was another recent one: “Franklin’s Tower” (which would never be played in that slot again). For a band that hadn’t played together in eons, the Dead sound remarkably self-assured and on-the-ball throughout. The 6/12/76 songs include one of only five versions of “Mission in the Rain” the Dead played, “The Wheel” (a few years old, but new to the stage), the revived “Comes a Time” (last played in ’72) and a “Sugar Mag” sandwich with a great “U.S. Blues” as the meaty filling.

As with all the previous Road Trips releases, this final entry comes with a colorful booklet containing an essay and period photos. And needless to say it has been mastered to HDCD specs by Jeffrey Norman. You can find the complete song list for all three discs, as well as ordering information, by clicking here.

So, what’s all this talk about the end of Road Trips? Well, we figured that four years and 17 releases was a pretty good run for that series, and now it’s time to try something new. Don’t worry, there is definitely going to be another release program dedicated to putting out the best material in the vault. We’ll be revealing details of the new series very soon, so stay tuned!

— Blair Jackson 

This release does not contain a bonus disc.
Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 5 - 6/9/1976 - Boston Music Hall New release
Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 4 No. 5 - 6/9/1976 - Boston Music Hall New release