The Unofficial 31 Days Of Dead
“When They Go High, We Go Higher”
Annnnnnnnd, we’re back. Hello, friends! As the Official 30 Days of Dead draws to a conclusion I am getting excited to begin posting my daily selections for the Unofficial 31 Days of Dead in December as I have done in past years.
This year dead.net opened with a colossal Dark Star > Brokedown Palace from Boston Music Hall on 9/16/72. Be still my heart! I love a good challenge and a selection like that only serves to motivate me to up my game. In that spirit I am rolling out a new tagline for the Unofficial 31 Days of Dead that I think we all can get behind, “When they go high, we go higher.”
In case you are unfamiliar with the Unofficial 31 Days of Dead here is a description of what it's all about:
The idea for the Unofficial 31 Days of Dead compilations was hatched after dead.net ran its 30 Days of Dead in November 2010. While the Deadhead community at large was no doubt thrilled to receive previously unreleased tracks from the band's vast archives, many of us were hoping for just a bit, uh, more. So, I thought it would be fun to keep the music flowing for another month by selecting my own daily picks throughout the month of December and ceremoniously ending on New Year's Eve which was always a magical evening in the Grateful Dead's legacy.
Daily selections will be posted on the Phantasy Tour Phish discussion board (www.phantasytour.com) and Grateful Dead Projects website (www.gratefuldeadprojects.com)
Here are my self-imposed parameters for the selections for this project:
1. No official releases - Each year this criteria becomes increasingly challenging as new shows are officially released from the vault. Currently, there are over 75 shows that have been officially released via Dick’s Picks, Road Trips and Dave’s Picks alone. That number more than doubles when you add in box sets like 30 trips Around The Sun, Europe 72, May 77, Winterland 73 and 77, Fillmore West 69, July 78, and the 1989 releases (Hampton, Brendan Byrne, Buffalo and JFK). Finally, everything that was selected for the Official 30 Days of Dead is obviously off the table for me as well. So yes, my job is becoming a lot more difficult. Good luck to me.
2. Variety is the spice of life - I try to represent a variety of years and styles. Although it is very tempting, I make a concerted effort not to draw entirely from the "sweet spots" of 1972-74 and 1977.
3. Nothing too obvious - I'm looking at you, Cornell.
4. Expect the unexpected - There will be plenty of classic jams that we all know and love but I also try to toss in a few surprises / lesser-known / under-appreciated jams. And, unlike dead.net's Official version, I include some audience and matrix sources where appropriate. So, all of you SBD snobs out there will need to get over yourselves.
Finally, unlike the Official 30 Days of Dead, there is no contest here. Instead, the prize is the music and the winner is the listener.
Special thanks to Brian Levine (host of phish.net's Mystery Jam Monday) for doing the awesome artwork!
Enjoy the ride
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR MORE GREAT GRATEFUL DEAD RECOMMENDATIONS TO BRIGHTEN UP YOUR DAY, CHECK OUT THE FIRST IN OUR NEW SERIES THAT IS FOCUSED ON POSTING ALL THE INCREDIBLE SONG VERSIONS, JAMS, AND SHOWS THAT HAD SOME, BUT NOT ENOUGH, SUPPORT TO MAKE THE TOP 10 LIST IN THEIR RESPECTIVE PROJECT. OUR PROJECTS OFFER RECOMMENDATIONS TO SOME OF THE BEST THERE IS BUT WITH SOMETHING AS SUBJECTIVE AS THIS, NO DOUBT SOME WE LEFT OFF ARE LOVED MORE THAN THOSE WE ENDED UP CHOOSING. THE FIRST INSTALLMENT IS NOW UP, PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO CHECK OUT, THE TOP 31 JAM SEGMENTS: THE OTHER 28, AND ENJOY!!!
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