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Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead - Review

Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead

Steppin’ out with the Grateful Dead is a four-disc compilation from the performances in various venues in England from the Grateful Dead’s Europe ’72 tour. This is the third release from that tour, the first two Europe ’72 and Hundred Year Hall are each two disc releases. There are several songs on this CD that have never been released live, as well as some Pigpen material performed with Keith Godchaux in the band never heard in a commercial product.  

A common theme to Grateful Dead compilation releases is that they are packed to the brim and include few weak songs if any, and that more than holds true for Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead. Conversely, complete shows generally have several average moments. 

The first disc is an expertly selected collection of first set material from the various venues that includes a balance of Garcia, Weir, and Pigpen songs. There are no low points. One standout is the slide laden Pigpen led rendition of Elmore James’ “It Hurts Me Too.” 

The second disc of Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead is a Pig Pen showcase as it begins with a twenty-minute version “Good Lovin’.” A bit later in the set “Turn on Your Lovelight” kicks off the big jam that ends CD two, which is a combination of the Bickershaw show featuring “Lovelight”> Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad” and the Lyceum show featuring “Not Fade Away”> “Hey Bo Diddley” > “Not Fade Away.” Apparently the Bickershaw “Not Fade Away” has an irreparable cut leading to splicing of these two jams.  What shouldn’t be overlooked are the songs sandwiched between the two jams. Keith shines on “Black Throated Wind” and the vocals on “Comes a Time” are gorgeous. Notable is before “Black Throated Wind” begin, Bob Weir throws a hint of what would later be “Weather Report Suite,” a song that would be penned later that debuted on 11/19/72, and played frequently in 1973 and ’74. 

The third disc begins with “Rockin’ Phenomena and the Boogie Woogie Flu,” a solidly played blues number highlighted with touches of Keith Godchaux’s ivory runs. The big jam on disc three of Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead begins with their hit “Truckin’.” It leads into a short drum solo transitioning perfectly into “The Other One.” This version is much less spacey and intense than its counterpart from the Hundred Year Hall release. Instead a portion of this rendition sandwiches “El Paso” between jams. 

The final disc of Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead is highlighted by a fan favorite version of “Dark Star,” that clocks in at over thirty minutes.  The ending jam of the “Dark Star” is incredible. After the meltdown jam they begin an early version of  “Mind Left Body” while at the same time you can hear the beginning “Sugar Magnolia.” For several minutes you can hear both of these melodies blending and conflicting simultaneously to finally give way to a rocking “Sugar Magnolia” that segues into “Caution.” The versions of “Uncle John’s Band” and “The Stranger” preceding “Dark Star” are played very well. 

Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead is superb throughout. There are many defining moments, but none better than the “Dark Star.”  Europe ’72 was a strong tour from the band so when you compile a collection of the best performances you are left with a winner. My only complaint is that it took 30 years to release. by Barry Small  
Grade 
A +

Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead - Track List
Track List

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Disc 1
  Track Venue
1 Cold Rain And Snow 
6:02 (Grateful Dead)
5/24 Lyceum Theatre
2 Greatest Story Ever Told
6:00 (Weir, Hart, Hunter)
5/7 Bickershaw Festival
3 Mister Charlie
3:52 (McKernan, Hunter)
5/7 Bickershaw Festival
4 Sugaree
7:34 (Garcia, Hunter)
4/11 Newcastle City Hall
5 Mexicali Blues
3:31 (Weir, Barlow)
5/23 Lyceum Theatre
6 Big Boss Man
6:28 (Dixon, Smith)
5/7 Bickershaw Festival
7 Deal
5:52 (Garcia, Hunter)
4/11 Newcastle City Hall
8 Jack Straw
5:19 (Weir, Hunter)
5/26 Lyceum Theatre
9 Big Railroad Blues
4:27 (Lewis, Arr. Grateful Dead)
4/8 Wembley Empire Pool
10 It Hurts Me Too
6:07 (James, Sehorn)
4/8 Wembley Empire Pool
11 China Cat Sunflower
5:06 (Garcia, Hunter)
5/23 Lyceum Theatre
12 I Know You Rider
6:02 (Trad. Arr. By Grateful Dead)
5/23 Lyceum Theatre
13 Playing In The Band
10:10 (Weir, Hart, Hunter)
5/7 Bickershaw Festival
Disc 2

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1 Good Lovin'
20:00 (Clark, Resnick)
5/7 Bickershaw Festival
2 Ramble On Rose
6:42 (Garcia, Hunter)
5/7 Bickershaw Festival
3 Black Throated Wind
6:07 (Weir, Barlow)
4/8 Wembley Empire Pool
4 Sittin' On Top Of The World
3:30 (Carter, Jacobs)
5/23 Lyceum Theatre
5 Comes A Time
6:38 (Garcia, Hunter)
5/23 Lyceum Theatre
6 Turn On Your Lovelight
13:02 (Malone, Scott)
5/7 Bickershaw Festival
7 Going Down The Rod Feeling Bad
8:23 (Trad. Arr. By Grateful Dead)
5/7 Bickershaw Festival
8 Not Fade Away
4:54 (Petty, Hardin)
5/23 Lyceum Theatre
9 Hey Bo Diddley
4:30 (McDaniel)
5/23 Lyceum Theatre
10 Not Fade Away
3:06 (Petty, Hardin)
5/23 Lyceum Theatre
Disc 3

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1 Rockin' Pneumonia And Boogie Woogie Flu - 5:15 (Smith) 5/24 Lyceum Theatre
2 Black Peter
8:53 (Garcia, Hunter)
5/24 Lyceum Theatre
3 Chinatown Shuffle
2:49 (McKernan)
5/24 Lyceum Theatre
4 Truckin'
10:14 (Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Hunter)
4/7 Wembley Empire Pool
5 Drums 
2:44 (Kreutzmann)
4/7 Wembley Empire Pool
6 The Other One 
19:31 (Weir, Kreutzmann)
4/7 Wembley Empire Pool
7 El Paso 
4:48 (Robbins)
4/7 Wembley Empire Pool
8 The Other One
8:20 (Weir, Kreutzmann)
4/7 Wembley Empire Pool
9 Wharf Rat 
10:49 (Garcia, Hunter)
4/7 Wembley Empire Pool
10 One More Saturday Night
4:57 (Weir)
4/7 Wembley Empire Pool
Disc 4

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1 Uncle John's Band
7:21 (Garcia, Hunter)
5/23 Lyceum Theatre
2 The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) 7:35 (McKernan) 5/23 Lyceum Theatre
3 Dark Star 31:28  (Garcia, Hart, Weir, Kreutzmann, Lesh, McKernan,  Hunter) 4/8 Wembley Empire Pool
4 Sugar Magnolia
7:16 (Weir, Hunter)
4/8 Wembley Empire Pool
5 Caution (Do Not Stop On The Tracks) 
17:16 (Grateful Dead)
4/8 Wembley Empire Pool
6 Brokedown Palace
7:02 (Garcia, Hunter)
4/11 Newcastle City Hall
Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead - Musicians
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Jerry Garcia - lead guitar, vocals
Bob Weir - guitar, vocals
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Keith Godchaux - piano
Pigpen (Ron McKernan) - keyboard, vocals, harmonica
Bill Kreutzmann - percussion
Donna Godchaux - vocals

Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead - Notes
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Released July 2002
From sixteen track multi source master tape.
Tape Archivist ~ David Lemieux, Dick Latvala
Label - Arista
The booklet was compiled by Blair Jackson, author of Garcia: An American Life

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