Grateful Dead

Madison Square Garden

New York, NY

Mar 9, 1981

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“We’re just now starting to loosen up to the point where we were, say, back in 1970, ’72, where we can start drifting from key to key, from rhythm to rhythm, and in the jams, some interesting stuff has come up. Once again, we’re tending to go new places every night.” - Bob Weir, Rolling Stone, 1980

3/9/81 at Madison Square Garden delivers all that. It's got color and texture and freshness, keyboardist Brent Mydland's Hammond organ painting a new layer for the Dead to dabble on. And dabble they did, from the "shot out of a cannon" opener of "Feel Like A Stranger" to the "fleeting romance of 'Althea,'" to the high-gloss 80s blues of the first set to the second set, both intense ("China>Rider", "Samson And Delilah," "Estimated Prophet") and dramatic ("Ship Of Fools," "Stella Blue) in its ability wrap you up its spirals and accents. It's all undergone Plangent Processes tape restoration and speed correction, with mastering by Jeffrey Norman. Hot, hot, hot!

Reviews

Ghost of Marty Robbins 9/30/2022 3:21:31 PM

"Man that Bob Weir can sing the hell out of El Paso"

Jerry Junior 9/29/2022 3:09:42 PM

"Far and away the highest energy show I’ve listened to yet! Fantastic. "

PhilBombs 9/27/2022 8:12:51 AM

"Mix sounds great on this "

Deep Elem Cooz 9/25/2022 8:22:08 PM

"Show is superb "

Bri S 9/25/2022 7:51:59 PM

"What a great show! Fun and entertaining!"

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Setlist at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY on Mar 9, 1981

Set One

Feel Like a Stranger 547

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Althea 472

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C.C. Rider 480

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Ramble On Rose 461

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El Paso 331

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Deep Elem Blues 423

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Beat It On Down The Line 238

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Bird Song 675

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New Minglewood Blues 422

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Set Two

China Cat Sunflower 573

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I Know You Rider 371

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Samson And Delilah 452

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Ship Of Fools 537

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Estimated Prophet 830

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Uncle Johns Band 706

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Drums 632

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Space 450

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The Other One 467

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Stella Blue 590

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Good Lovin' 411

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Encore

U.S. Blues 332

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