GD Listening: Iowa, Summer of 82′

1982 is an often overlooked year for the Dead, but it was an incredibly solid year for the band. Brent Mydland, who joined the band in 1979, was really settling in and finding his place in the tunes. Jerry’s playing was as strong as ever and his voice was aging beautifully. In his own right, Bobby was gaining steam and really starting to take his rhythm work to another level after some shaky times in the early-mid 70s.

Show Flyer - 8/10/82

To get a sense of how the band was sounding in 82′, give a listen to this wonderful recording of a summer 82′ show at the Iowa City Fieldhouse. The show is rock-solid from front to back, but some highlights include an extended and trippy Feel Like a Stranger opener, a haunting  Friend of the Devil, and a unique pre-drums sequence of Lost Sailor->Saint of Circumstance->Eyes of the World. Unusual for 82′, this stand-alone Eyes (without the common Estimated Prophet precursor) is just top-notch and smoking with exciting and exploratory jamming. Other high points include a seamless Miracle->Bertha 1st set closer, and an always fun China->Rider set 2 opener. Check out the download below, it’s an absolutely sparkling Charlie Miller Matrix mix of the show – a gem for any head’s collection.

The Dead - Summer of 82'

The Grateful Dead
8/10/82
University Of Iowa Fieldhouse
Iowa City, IA

SET 1
Feel Like A Stranger
Friend of the Devil
New Minglewood Blues
Tennessee Jed
Cassidy
It Must Have Been The Roses
On The Road Again ->
BIODTL
Stagger Lee
I Need a Miracle ->
Bertha

SET 2
China Cat Sunflower ->
I Know You Rider
Lost Sailor ->
Saint Of Circumstance ->
Eyes Of The World ->
Drums ->
Space
Iko Iko ->
Truckin’ ->
Stella Blue ->
Sugar Magnolia

ENCORE
It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue ->
Johnny B. Goode

Download Link

Stream a few choice tracks from the show here:

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