Grateful Dead

Wake Up To Find Out - Nassau Coliseum

Uniondale, NY

Mar 29, 1990

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  • HD Files are 24 Bit / 96 KHz (HD MQS 24 bit / 192 KHz available here)

  • Mixed from the master 24-track analog tapes by Jeffrey Norman at Bob Weir's TRI Studios
  • Audio Mastered by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO
  • Special Guest Branford Marsalis on saxophone for Bird Song through Knockin' On Heaven's Door(except Drums)
  • Release notes:

    Wake Up To Find Out is the official debut of one of the most sought-after shows in the Dead canon: the March 29, 1990 show at Nassau Coliseum, where Grammy®-winning saxophonist Marsalis sat in with the group. The entire second set is one continuous highlight, especially the breathtaking version of “Dark Star.” Blair Jackson captures the moment, writing that, “Of all the guest musicians who shared the Dead’s stage through the years—and they were many and varied—none embodied both the Dead’s adventurous, questing spirit and their obsession with beautiful melodies and accessible structures quite like Branford did.” Their performance of “Eyes Of The World” appeared on the 1990 live collection Without A Net, but the entire collaboration has not surfaced officially until now.

    “When I agreed to sit in with the Dead in 1990, I didn't know what to expect, aurally or visually,” says Marsalis. “What I experienced was what I remembered music to be in my younger years, something that I'd felt was lost long ago. Process over product. No set lists, light shows and costumes required, but music first. It's an experience I will always remember with great fondness.”

Uncledrew 5/28/2023 2:23:42 AM

"I was on most of this spring tour and this night was the definite highlight. The boys were all clicking and the injection of Branford just iced the cake. All three nights were good but this was epic. They were so tight from 88-90 but definitely suffered with Brent’s departure, sadly only 4 months after this stellar performance. Those were three years of tour that will forever remain etched in my heart. But will agree with the group that the sound from 76-78 was likely their peek sound. I’d argue 88-90 is a close second. "

Richard Trickle 8/28/2022 4:59:02 PM

"Agreed Hamiltoe! Great fucking name by the way ?"

Brent’s bitch 8/2/2022 4:17:15 PM

"Fucking brilliant show, fuck me up mydland. Bobby, you deserve Meyer honestly. I hope you rot in heaven with the other unworthy talent."

Nate 8/1/2022 5:22:47 PM

"I agree, best Eyes ever!! "

LizaJane 7/30/2022 4:05:55 PM

"My favorite Eyes eva "


Setlist at Wake Up To Find Out - Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY on Mar 29, 1990

Set One

Jack Straw 376


Bertha 419


We Can Run 364


Ramble On Rose 488


When I Paint My Masterpiece 362


Bird Song 786


Promised Land 287


Set Two

Eyes of the World 994


Estimated Prophet 888


Dark Star 1100


Drums 623


Space 473


Dark Star 166


The Wheel 264


Throwing Stones 565


Turn On Your Lovelight 461



Knockin' On Heaven's Door 505


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