Today In Grateful Dead History: November 3, 1984 – Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA

terrapin We’re back at the Berkeley Community Theater in 1984 for the last night of the Grateful Dead’s six night run.  Today’s show features the same lyrical adventures as yesterday’s romp, but the music is a little tighter.  This is probably due to tonight’s song selection, which favors the rockers over the jammier songs.  As such, this setlist plays to the band’s 1984 strengths and we’re rewarded with a fun, upbeat show that doesn’t take a lot of risks.

The first set is chock full of well played songs, along with the world premiere of Down in the Bottom, a Willie Dixon tune that sounds almost exactly like New Minglewood Blues.  The first set is also home to tonight’s runaway winner for best sequence, the set-closing The Music Never Stopped>Deal.  The Dead are on fire here, with Phil bombing away at an increasingly frenetic pace and Jerry Garcia absolutely wailing, especially on Deal.  Put these two songs on your 1984 highlight real, because it doesn’t get much better than this.

As I said, the second set is light on the jams and chock full of rockin’ tunes like Gloria (this is only the second time that it’s been played, after 10/16/81 in Amsterdam) and Throwing Stones.  The band really smokes Cumberland Blues coming out of Feel Like a Stranger, and Turn on Your Lovelight is a great set closer, despite Bob Weir’s comical attempt at replicating Pigpen’s audience participation schtick .  Unfortunately, we also have to deal with Why Don’t We Do It In The Road, a tune that I don’t think the band ever took seriously.

Turn this one up loud and let it fly – it’s a fun one:  https://archive.org/details/gd1984-11-03.sbd.miller.110773.flac16

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