Today In Grateful Dead History: October 19, 1973 – Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena, Oklahoma City, OK

stealie This show was released as Dick’s Picks Vol. 19, and I’m going to assume that the great Dark Star>Morning Dew and the Eyes of the World>Stella Blue encore was the reason why it was selected , because the rest of the show, while awesome like most 1973 performances, isn’t really any more or less awesome than a bunch of other shows from this time period.

But the highlights are highlights indeed.  Dark Star, especially the closing Mind Left Body Jam, is very nice.  The opening portion is quite spacey, even for 1973, and the ending jam is really melodic.  The contrast works well.  This moves into a thoroughly intense Morning Dew that sucks you right in and spits you out 12 minutes later after some vintage Jerry shredding and interesting organ work (Keith sounds very Tom Constanten like) that you’ll have to strain to hear on this recording.

After a second set closing Sugar Magnolia, the band comes back for a three song encore made up of Eyes of the World>Stella Blue and Johnny B. Goode.  In my limited research, it appears that Eyes of the World was only played as an encore four times (today and three times in 1974) and Stella Blue was an encore only twice, so this pairing is incredibly unique.  The band makes the most of it, with a perfectly timed Eyes of the World that is neither too long nor too short and a pretty Stella.

As I said before, this show has been released in its entirety as Dick’s Picks Vol. 19 and based on the couple of tracks that I listened to from that source, the sound is much better on Dick’s Picks than it is on the Archive, even when condensed.  So maybe you should locate a copy of Dick’s Picks and buy it, because the sound quality on the only version of this show available on the Archive is nicht so gut.  And Johnny B. Goode is stuck in the middle.  And Big River is missing.

Sounds issues notwithstanding, check out the second set and encores immediately:  https://archive.org/details/gd73-10-19.sbd.nayfield.187.sbeok.shnf

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