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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 4 - May 1980 - New release

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Road Trips: Road Trips Vol  3 No. 4 - Penn State and Cornell - Grateful Dead
Vol. 3 No. 4
Penn State 5/6/80
Cornell 5/7/1980
 
 
 
 
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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 4 - May 1980 - New release

Road Trips Vol. 3, No.4
Penn State 5/6/80
Cornell 5/7/80

Road Trips Vol. 3, No.4 is taken from two performances; Penn State 5/6/80, and Cornell 5/7/80. Disc one is set one material from a combination of both evenings. Disc two is set two from May 6, and disc three is set two from May 7. No encores were included. Some other tidbits are mentioned the notes section below. 

The first disc has nearly all of the first set from May 6, and three songs from May 7. Selecting from both evenings, you tend to get no filler. The activities start with "Jack Straw" that is well above average. The instrumental is a whole band effort and the bombs phil drops during the ensuing verses are spot on.  

Jerry sings a good number of slows songs with his selections, and Bobby hits on the powerful ones. Among Jerry's, "Peggy-O" are "Loser" are well sung and they dynamic parts are on cue, while "Row Jimmy" floats along nicely.  

Going back to Weir's first solo album Ace, "Cassidy's" execution was almost to smooth that you're hoping for some sloppiness; Bobby and Jerry are in complete unison. The "Lazy Lightning" > "Supplication" is always a great to hear, we're now up to four version with Brent in the band. The album Go To Heaven is well represented for the three song close, "Althea" "Lost Sailor" > Saint of Circumstance."  

"China Cat Sunflower" is a superb set opener. However, it's  overshadowed by it's partner, "I Know You Rider." Neither of these are very lengthy, but they're more than effective. Following is "Feel Like a Stranger." I don't recall hearing this song in this slot of the set before. I like "Stranger" and it's surprise location adds to its appeal. They fully explore it and have an interesting musical dialogue finding their way to "He's Gone." What a nice way to lead to drums. Nope, they segue to a killer version of "The Other One." Post "Space," leads to "Wharf Rat," lots of Jerry songs in this set. It's coda had a really nice transition into the set closing pair of "Chuck Berry rockers lead by Bobby. I really enjoyed this set.

The third disc is actually where I started my listening, because I was fired up for a  "Shakedown Street" and wanted to hear that funky groove. Phil's bass line is a dominating force during this take. Overall a more than satisfactory version. Jerry wants to sing another, "Bertha." That's right up my alley. Jerry's voice sounds great. The inflection point of the verse "Why don't you arrest me" is sort of a combination of smooth and power, not as explosive as the best versions of "Bertha," but very good. Bobby takes over with "Playing in the Barn." I wasn't sure what this meant, but the liner notes states, "in honor of the barn like Barton Hall). 

The rest of the set has lots of high points. Post "Space" starts with the unpaired "Saint of Circumstance" with works well, and "Black Peter" seems just right. The transition to "Playing in the Band" (reprise) has been tighter. 

The final disc is a nice document. It's biggest drawback is that after the energetic "Good Lovin'" got your juices flowing, you need Jerry to calm you done with a lovely "Brokedown Palace" encore. I sure could have used it. 

The release has a good sonic mix. All of the instruments are nicely separated with good clarity. Bobby's parts are especially well represented without being dominate. The vocals are clear, Phil's bass is well documented. Road Trips Vol. 3, No.4 is a very good release of 1980 Grateful Dead. It's is easily one of the top selections among the early Brent years. If the Formerly the Warlocks box set wasn't waiting, I'd surely spin this release another time or two. 

by Barry Small © 
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Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 4 - May 1980 - New release
Track List

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DISC 1: Penn State (5/6/80) and Cornell (5/7/80)
1. Jack Straw
2. Peggy-O
3. Me and My Uncle>
4. Big River
5. Loser
6. Cassidy
7. Row Jimmy
8. Lazy Lightning>
9. Supplication
10. Althea
11. Lost Sailor>
12. Saint of Circumstance

DISC 2: Penn State 5/6/80
1. China Cat Sunflower>
2. I Know You Rider
3. Feel Like A Stranger>
4. He's Gone>
5. The Other One>
6. Rhythm Devils>
7. Space>
8. Wharf Rat>
9. Around and Around>
10. Johnny B. Goode

DISC 3: Cornell 5/7/80
1. Shakedown Street>
2. Bertha>
3. Playing In The Band>
4. Terrapin Station>
5. Rhythm Devils>
6. Space>
7. Saint of Circumstance>
8. Black Peter>
9. Playing In The Band>
10. Good Lovin'

This release does not contain a bonus disc. 

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 4 - May 1980 - 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
Brent Mydland - keyboards, vocals

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 4 - May 1980 - New release
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Released - September 2010 
Produced by Grateful Dead
Produced for release by David Lemieux and Blair Jackson
Recorded by Dan Healy
CD Mastering Jeffrey Norman
Cover Art - David McDougall
Photos - Willam Ames pp. 14 - 15 / James Anderson pp. 7 / Jay Blakesberg pp. 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 16 / Peter Devrin pp. 2, 10, 12
Package Design Steve Vance

There were some technical problems with part of the master tapes so full shows could not be released.  

A few songs were played each evening. "Feel Like a Stranger," "Althea," "Saint of Circumstance," and "Alabama Getaway." 
No Alabama
Both Saints
One Althea, and Stranger


Listening Party
- For a limited time we invite you to enjoy:
Part 1 - China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider

From Deadlists 

Date 5/6/80 - Tuesday 

One - Alabama Getaway [4:20] > Greatest Story Ever Told [3:47] ; Peggy-O [6:08] ; Me And My Uncle [2:58] > Big River [5:04] ; Loser [6:55] ; Far From Me [3:48] ; Lazy Lightnin' [3:23] > Supplication [3:52] ; Althea [8:17] ; Lost Sailor [5:45] > Saint Of Circumstance [5:49]

Two - China Cat Sunflower [5:03] > I Know You Rider [6:26] ; Feel Like A Stranger [9:40] > He's Gone [13:36] > The Other One [9:55] > Drums [8:55] > Space [3:40] > Wharf Rat [10:14] > Around And Around [4:02] > Johnny B. Goode[4:04]

Encore Brokedown Palace [5:13]

Date 5/7/80 - Wednesday 

One - Jack Straw [5:40] ; Tennessee Jed [8:15] ; Cassidy [4:38] ; Row Jimmy [11:13] > El Paso [4:17] ; Easy To Love You [3:40] ; Althea [8:10] ; Feel Like A Stranger [8:06] ; Don't Ease Me In [3:21]

Two - Shakedown Street [13:07] > Bertha [6:36] > Playing In The Band [9:19] >Terrapin Station [13:00] > Drums [1:29#] > Space [2:09] > Saint Of Circumstance [5:53] > Black Peter [9:19] > Playing In The Band [3:26] > Good Lovin' [7:28]

Encore - Alabama Getaway [4:29]

Bold tracks = Main disc, regular type not included.

Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 4 - May 1980 - New release
Recreation Hall at Penn State on 5/6/80 and Barton Hall at Cornell
Road Trips Vol. 3 No. 4


From the GD website

In May of 1980, the Grateful Dead were on a roll. Brent Mydland had been in the band for a solid year by that point and was showing more grit and confidence with each tour. Whether wailing on the B-3, plinking away at the electric piano or bending notes (and minds) with his arsenal of warm and wonderful analog synths, Brent was helping the Dead turn a new musical corner. And those harmonies—when had the Dead ever sounded so good?

Apart from their usual touring regimen, the Dead also kept their chops up during the fall and winter of ’79-’80 by hammering out a new album, Go to Heaven, which came out at the end of April 1980. It contained a number of excellent new songs which the band perfected night after night onstage across America— “Alabama Getaway,” “Feel Like A Stranger,” “Althea,” “Lost Sailor” and its conjoined mate “Saint of Circumstance,” and Brent’s two contributions, “Easy to Love You” and “Far from Me”; all of them quite different than any other tunes in the Dead’s by then massive repertoire. OK, the white suits the band wore on the cover were a little scary — Were those disco suits? Did Jerry really blow-dry his hair? (No and Yes.) It was a concept, people! The point is, the band was feelin’ jazzed and a lot of the shows the group played that year reflected their enthusiasm.

Like the two that make up the latest edition of Road Trips (that’s Vol. 3, No. 4, for those scoring at home), from Recreation Hall at Penn State on 5/6/80 and Barton Hall at Cornell in upstate New York the following night, 5/7/80. The Dead had played Penn State the previous year and dug the place (and played well), and you may recall a little shindig they threw at Barton Hall almost exactly three years earlier… 5/8/77 ring a bell with anyone? Decent show, I guess. Anyway, the band’s Spring ’80 tour had started a week earlier down in Alabama, and been rolling northward, with stops in Atlanta, Greensboro, Hampton (Va.) and Baltimore before this detour to a couple of institutions devoted to, ahem, higher learning.

The two shows included on this three-disc set, provide a great snapshot of what was exciting Heads coast-to-coast during this 15th anniversary year of the Good Ol’ Grateful Dead. Our original intention was to present the complete Penn State show—which has never circulated as a soundboard recording—on the first two discs of this set, but we were dismayed to find that there were technical difficulties with the first couple of songs. So we decided to make Disc One a compilation of the best of the Penn State and Cornell first sets (leaning more on the Penn State show), and it’s good stuff from top to bottom: it contains inspired versions of both “Lazy Lightning > Supplication” and “Lost Sailor > Saint,” dynamic takes on “Althea” and “Cassidy,” and a lovely rendition of “Peggy-0,” among other treats.

Disc Two offers up the entire second set from Penn State (save for the encore, which was incomplete on the master tape) and it’s filled with exciting versions of a number of favorites, beginning with a rip-roarin’ “China Cat > Rider,” a spacey and unusual “Stranger,” which rolls into “He’s Gone.” The version of that last tune ends with a beautiful, lilting jam before heading off to the more dangerous terrain of “The Other One” and what a ride that is—fasten your seat belts, ’cause it’s an adventure, even after the final verse; certainly it’s among the best from this period. After the intriguing explorations of “drums” (which, like so many shows from this era, features a nice workout on the tar) and “space,” the jam heads into a stirring “Wharf Rat,” which then melds organically into a double-Chuck Berry close that no doubt left the Penn State crowd completely devastated, with some no doubt wondering how the hell they were ever going to manage that organic chemistry final the next morning. (Voice of Devil over shoulder: “Aw, just blow off your test, man! Hop in the van and come to Cornell for the next show!”)

That actually might have happened to a few folks, and the ones who did make it to Cornell (OK, it was mostly students from that university, not Penn State renegades), got another great show, the entire second set of which—save for a few minutes of “drums and space,” and the encore—makes up Disc Three of this Road Trips release. While this one has been in SBD circulation for a while, you’ve never heard it sound so clean, crisp and powerful. You’re definitely going to be knocked out by the mix on both of these shows—every instrument has its place in the wide stereo spread and you can really vibe out on the interaction between Jerry and Bob in particular.

If the Penn State show is characterized by a certain ragged but always spirited intensity, Cornell is one of those smooth, nearly seamless shows where everything flows easily and just feels right, while still taking plenty of risks along the way. The rare double-Garcia opener of a very funky “Shakedown Street” into “Bertha” gets things off to a lively start. Then it’s on to “Playing in the Band” and a near-perfect “Terrapin.” The “space” jam builds inevitably into a charging “Saint of Circumstance” (separated for the first time from “Lost Sailor”!), followed by a moving “Black Peter” and a raucous “Good Lovin’” capper. (“Hmm. How far is it to Glen Falls and tomorrow night’s show?”)

All in all, two sparkling and underrated shows that will surely earn new respect for the sizzling spring of ’80 tour. You can find the run-down on all three discs here, and the wisest among you will want to order Road Trips Vol. 3, No. 4 by clicking here. As always, the music has been mastered to the HDCD spec and the discs are accompanied by a booklet with cool pix and plenty of info about the era.

-Blair Jackson
Grateful Dead Road Trip Vol 3 No. 4 - May 1980 - New release