Hold on to your hat, we’re coming in strong with one from the Windy City that’ll have you movin’ and shakin’ from start to finish. DAVE’S PICKS VOLUME 31: UPTOWN THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL 12/3/79 signals a true rebirth of the Grateful Dead, reimagining classics and foreshadowing their 80s sound. This is as much in part due to freshly-minted member Brent Mydland bringing the organ back in as it is to Jerry finding new vivacity with his custom Wolf guitar. New guy, new guitar – it all makes for a heck of a good time!
Set One rolls like never-ending thunder with one standout after another – truly epic versions of “Brown-Eyed Women,” “Ramble On Rose,” “It’s All Over Now,” “Althea,” and “The Music Never Stopped.” Set Two hits with a crack of not-so-lazy lightning, barreling through an outrageous 28-minute “Scarlet>Fire” to a unique “Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance” and wrapping with a “blow the roof off the place” version of “Truckin’” and a rippin’ “Johnny B. Goode.” Ready for some quiet after the storm? You’ll have to wait just a little bit longer – we’ve filled in the gap on Disc 3 with a sprinkle of 12/4/79 – “Estimated>Franklin’s Tower>” and an incredibly improvised “Jam.”
Limited to 20,000 numbered copies, DAVE’S PICKS VOLUME 31: UPTOWN THEATRE, CHICAGO, IL 12/3/79 has been mastered from Dan Healy’s cassette recordings to HDCD specs by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering.