Casey Jones, Feel Like A Stranger, Althea, Cassidy, Tennessee Jed, Looks Like Rain-> Might As Well China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Women Are Smarter-> He's Gone-> Drums-> Don't Need Love-> Truckin'-> Wang Dang Doodle-> Stella Blue-> Around & Around-> Good Lovin', E: Day Job
Source: SBD>PCM>DAT>CD>SHN. Tennessee Jed and Day Job are patched from an audience recording via Ray Hansen, encoded by Peter Braverman
January 11, 2017 Subject:
Mom took me to this for my 15th birthday
Wow! I don't follow the Dead and this was in fact the only show of theirs I ever saw. My mother took me. I can't believe after over thirty years of hanging onto the tape a friend made for me, a tape I was about to digitize, somebody told me about this being here. Amazing. I can't really comment on the quality of the set, since I'm not in the know, but I do remember the crowd being pretty excited about them starting with Casey Jones. My personal favorite here is Cassidy. Just love everything about the song-- the tune, the lyrics, the rhythm.
July 26, 2014 Subject:
This was the day I fell off sugar mountain and it could not have been a better experience. The first set was in the sun and I could swear it was pouring during bobby's rain. The boys took the usual break and fired it up again at sunset and did a night set. Second set was not as inspired as the first but overall gear outdoor summer show.
March 13, 2010 Subject:
recently came across Hawaii 1/23 and 1/24/70. IMO, best shows I've heard
July 15, 2009 Subject:
Sorry Casey was not played in Harrisburg that year, last CJ goe back to 82 i'm pretty sure. BTW. Harrisburg 84 is one of the most underrated shows ever! Please check it out!
June 28, 2009 Subject:
ok sound quality
This may have extra cassette generations in the mix here. So be forewarned.
Stupefying Althea, Scorching China>Rider, and hot Wang Dang Doodle. I really like the drummers interplay in 84 they were coming into a whole new groove for this year.
Check out 7-15-84, the sound quality is unreal and the show is legendary... for real.
also 3-31-84, 4-19-84, 4-26-84, 6-10-84, 5-7/8-84, 10-9-84, 6-27-84
I love 84
robert (not Tacker)
June 28, 2009 Subject:
Is that you, Robert Tacker???
June 26, 2009 Subject:
Show brims with energy. As previous poster noted, nice Bobby comments pre Men Smart. Sounds like you're in the front row.
August 21, 2008 Subject:
one of the best first sets
This first set was the first tape I ever owned, saw my first show in '86. I was amazed by it as a fifteen year old, and I still am at 39. Jerry's playing kept evolving into the early 80's, he's expressing himself with so much energy and brilliance. Find me a better first set, ever!
Reviewer:looks like Phil.
June 26, 2008 Subject:
....Awsome Brent scream towards the end of a hot and rare Casey Jones.Sweet Althea and China/Rider too. All bought together in a even and well balanced mix.
Nhoj Remital -
November 25, 2007 Subject:
Casey Jones was a real rarity at this time. I always figured they pulled it out because a few night's before they had played at City Island in Harrisburg, just a stone's throw away from Merriweather. But then they trucked on up to Saratoga, played there and circled back. It must have been hell for those touring along. And that was their reward. The show is a dandy in my book for many of the reasons already listed. First set is rock solid and closes with Might As Well... a very underrated tune in my book.....They gave us a whipsaw, roller-coaster ride in the second set Wang-Dang-Stella -Round n-Round........
Stella was a highlight for me. Listen to soulful Jerry sing:
Ive stayed in every blue-light cheap hotel, cant win for trying.
Dust off those rusty strings just one more time,
Gonna make them shine.
October 19, 2007 Subject:
heaven help tease in space that's cut here
Thanks to the deadshow@blogspot by way of grateful dead taper's section for the reference on this EXQUISITE NUGGET!
Check out the subtle "Heaven Help the Fool tease" in Space between Bobby and Brent, between 35:55 and 38:08 min (Jerry and Phil contribute slightly).
THIS VERSION HAS A MASSIVE CUT AND DOESN'T CONTAIN THE TEASE SO GO NOW TO AUD VERSION POSTED ON THIS SITE OR BETTER YET DEADSOW.BLOGSPOT.COM KCOP Columbia, MO deadshow to get the full space 10/12/07 is the entry. 3 *'s because of cut/
September 30, 2007 Subject:
one of the best days of my life!
This show was incredible! Not only the show but the whole scene outside the show. I brought a fruit salad to this show and we were in a pickup truck. On the way in we picked up some hitch hikers with guitars. Since the line was moving slowly to get into the parking lot, all of us jumped in the back of the pickup and I brought my fruit salad to get refreshed from the heat. After passing the bowl around the hitchers ended up camping with us. We had driven for hours. So we got right on setting up camp. But just as I started I felt the happiest most colorful feeling! I recognized it!! But in the past it had never been so clean and crisp! Wow! And then I heard one of the hitchers telling a friend that he had made sure that the strawberries in the salad were dosed with sunshine!! Well berries are my faves and I had a lot! We were running late and we crossed that wonderful bridge right into the show. Never got to settin up the tents! From the first song to the last, this was one clean, crisp, and bulbulous ride! What a time!! What an amazing show!! The next day I wondered if that show could possibly be as great as I thought?? Or it must have been the berries?? I spent the day meeting all kinds of people and it wasn't long till I knew... It wasn't in my head. That show was smokin!! And to the person that posted about the guy howling in the tree-- I remember him. The tree was next to a food stand and he was just above a picnic table!! That is tooooo funny!
August 15, 2007 Subject:
Yet again, wow
Garcia sets China Cat Sunflower off on a pretty blistering pace. They did become so sluggish at the end of the 80s but this one still has spark and his voice still has some of that resonance, even if he was starting to forget the words here and there.
Trying to remember more about this show but past the casey it is still something of a distant blur
April 30, 2007 Subject:
Ahhh the good ol days
I was fortunate enough to attend this great show,brings back good memories !!!!!
April 25, 2007 Subject:
Thanks Sooo much for having all these shows. This was my first show ever.
Great Night...Great Music and people, but what in the world is that guy doing bouncing back and forth in that small tree, howling like a wolf???
If I only knew....
January 10, 2007 Subject:
Great period for GD!
Indeed 84 rocked! This show rocked, my first show a few nights later at Blossom in OHio rocked, the Greed Theater shows later that summer summer are special. The guys are really enjoying themselves and making some great music during this phase, everyone is on. What a great summer!
April 27, 2006 Subject:
...that Casey Jones shit...
early showtime, 6pm.
i remember some sound/lighting problems at the beginning of the show - seemed like it took them awhile to get going, but once they did...i remember lots of energy coming from the stage that night. Bobby was his over-the-top usual self, esp toward the end on Good Lovin', but that's Bobby...it was one of the rockin-est versions of the tour, without a doubt.
you'll dig this show, if for no other reason than it's the first Casey to open a show in god knows how long. also, the Brent song "Don't Need Love" is a real pretty tune, tastefully done. the sound is especially good on this track.
Enjoy! and thanks to all those concerned for making this available on the net.
Somthing about each era of the Grateful Dead. Like a fine wine each time period has its own specialites. Different eras received more favorably than others by the populace of Dead Heads.
1984 definitely has it rough spots, however, the year does contain some ethereal moments. This first night at Merriweather Post and the following are some of the better sets of the year Both are a worthwhile listen.
April 9, 2005 Subject:
Interesting side note about these shows....during the first set of the first night..the security was so laxed, you could jump the fence as many times as you needed to. We actually jumped the fence to get shit from the car and jumped right back in. I don't remember being blown away by the shows...but Casey Jones was a rare treat.
The second set of the next night had some cool highlights.
early 80's meltdown -
April 1, 2005 Subject:
A comparison to put things in perspective.
Heres the bottom line for me at least, as far as these off nights and breaks and what not. As I stated before in other reviews, Some of the worst nights in 83-84 are far better than most nights from the day Brent died, So say from that Ohio show that I went to in 1990 untill the end. Back then They were kicking ass night after night. On top of the partying they were doing. Of coarse there are some flubs or flat spots or whatever. Can you imagine goinout this weekend and seeing the dead play like they did from this period you would be blown out. you gotta be kiding me energy. what about the ice cream carasouel computerized dead there after. Hard core early to mid eighties even on a bad night still smoked.
January 25, 2005 Subject:
Forget about the mix and the hiss and bad edits this is a hot hot show
I could not make it to this as I was out of the country however I did make it to both nights at Augusta and the second was really hot as was the first night of Providence. Kingswood may be the best of the year though... This is a great show for a number of reasons for starters everyone is on and '84 became a hit or miss proposition and increasingly frustrating the number of off nights they had - lets face it they are all fun but show up to play, the breaks got longer between sets and songs and the energy was not quite as palpable as it once was thats what makes this so special... casey jones opener for that year that was big stuff, FLS hot, might as well, china>rider these are all big Jerry 'I feel good'songs and he was on this night. Forget abt the crappy splice, I have a mint 1st gen Harrisburg and it was a crap show.
October 13, 2004 Subject:
It's a shame about 6/26/84
Be forewarned that the sound quality on this show is poor at best. The sourcing may be accurate, but if so, this is a god awful SBD recording.
Check out Weir's cryptic comment before Women are Smarter then stick around for the 17+ minute He's Gone. 84 is a quirky year, there are moments of blinding brilliance that rival anything they ever did, and (sadly) others you just cringe and wish never happened.
The show is a 4/5, but the sound quality, a 2/5 drops it in this reviewers mind to a neutral recommendation of 3.
September 10, 2004 Subject:
A Rare Casey Jones
This truly is a wonderful show, however I can only give it 4 stars and that is on rarity and collection qualities mostly. This show has a slightly better than mediocre to good sound quality, however, it is so well played and the rarity of casey Jones makes it very special as a collection item.
Not played again until 11.2.84, Casey Jones was not played prior to this night all the way back to 8.3.82 and only once before that and just 5 times in '81.
So opening a show with Casey is hot. This opener is so lengthy in its ending chorus that I really sense the enjoyment of the band. Great opener, great show, great band...heart of gold band...
After putting this show under the microscope it is clear to me that the band had the most fun they would have in the otherwise zoloft-infested year of 84. How many times in the early eighties did they start a show with Casey Jones..Never! And it is one boss version. I also cannot say enought about ALthea and Looks Like Rain which rank as two of the best versions of all time. The "Rain" is craftily weaved with beutiful Garcia lashings accompanied by nice interplay with Lesh. The second set really gets going during the end of He's Gone>Day Job...best Dont Need Love ever and a sweet Stella to melt your face off. This is a crispy board and one that drips with wired energy and authenticity. For anyone who appreciates pre-coma dead.
July 20, 2004 Subject:
This is NOT from a PCM. This is from a cassette master. I believe that the first set has an extra cass gen in it.
I was at this show and I think it was the best show of the year!!!