The Grateful Dead – The 1979 Tapes On The Internet Archive   Leave a comment

The Grateful Dead – The 1979 Tapes On The Internet Archive

The Internet Archive’s Grateful Dead is a great collection of concert tapes. There are over 2,000 unique concerts. There are multiple recordings of most concerts. This series attempts to provide a simple interface to this collection by selecting one recording for each concert on a given date. Preference is given to tapes processed by the great Charlie Miller and sound board tapes. Not all shows are well recorded but the there are great moments here. Dig in and enjoy! You didn’t have to be there. Good Luck.

  • Grateful Dead Members During the  1970’s
  • Jerry Garcia
  • Bob Weir
  • Phil Lesh
  • Bill Kreutzmann
  • Ron “Pigpen” McKernan  (Left in June, 1972)
  • Mickey Hart  (Left in Febuary, 1971  and rejoins in October 1974 for the duration)
  • Keith Godchaux  (Joins In October, 1972 and left in Febuary, 1979)
  • Donna Godchaux – (Joins In March 1972 and left in Febuary, 1979)
  • Brent Mydland (Joins in April 1979 and left in July 1990)

The Grateful Dead In The 1970 – From The Hippie Cowboys of 1970 to the Jazz Age

While the core Grateful Dead members (Garcia, Weir, Lesh & Kreutzmann) remain members through out the 1970’s there were several changes in the band line up during this time.  PigPen left the band in ill health in 1972. Keith Godchaux joined that same year on key boards (primarily on a concert Grand piano but also on a Hammond B3 organ).  His wife Donna joined as a vocalist that same year.  Both of the Gordchaux’s left the band in Febuary, 1979.   Brent Mydland joined the band as a key board player and vocalist in April 1979).  Micky Hart (whose father controversially manager the band for a while) left the band under a cloud in 1971 but later rejoined in 1974.  This decade began with  signature songs such as Truckin’, Me & My Uncle and Jack Straw.  The Grateful Dead Movie (1972) solidified the band’s image in the public mind.  Later in the decade the band sound changed considerably.  The massive Scarlet Begonias –> Fire On The Mountain –> Estimated Prophet was perfected on stage and redefined the band.  The colorful marital discord and unhealthy lifestyle choices of the Godchaux (and Jerry and Bob’s search for a different (more electric and funk oriented) keyboard sound lead to the Godchaux leaving the band and Brent Mydland  joining the band in 1979.

In This Series:

____ 1970 1980 1990
____ 1971 1981 1991
____ 1972 1982 1992
____ 1973 1983 1993
____ 1974 1984 1994
____ 1975 1985 1995
1966 1976 1986 ____
1967 1977 1987 ____
1968 1978 1988 ____
1969 1979 1989 ____

Additional details of the Internet Archive Collection and how these lists were generated can be found here.

My blogs on individual Grateful Dead show can be found here.

A list of all soundboard tapes of Dark Star performances on the Internet Archive can be found here.

A list of all soundboard tapes of Scarlet Begonia -> Fire On The Mountain performances on the Internet Archive can be found here.


1979-00-00 – Go to Heaven Sessions – Betty Cantor’s Rough Mixes Listen

1979-01-05 – The Spectrum Listen

1979-01-07 – Madison Square Garden Listen

1979-01-08 – Madison Square Garden Listen

1979-01-10 – Nassau Coliseum Listen

1979-01-11 – Nassau Coliseum Listen

1979-01-12 – The Spectrum Listen

1979-01-14 – Utica Memorial Coliseum Listen

1979-01-15 – Springfield Civic Center Listen

1979-01-17 – Veterans’ Memorial Coliseum Listen

1979-01-18 – Providence Civic Center Listen

1979-01-20 – Shea’s Theatre Listen

1979-01-21 – Masonic Temple Listen

1979-02-03 – Market Square Arena Listen

1979-02-04 – Dane County Coliseum Listen

1979-02-07 – SIU Arena, University Of Souther Illinois Listen

1979-02-09 – Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Memorial Hall Listen

1979-02-10 – Soldier’s And Sailors Memorial Hall Listen

1979-02-11 – Kiel Auditorium Listen

1979-02-17 – Oakland Coliseum Arena Listen

1979-04-16 – Unknown studio Listen

1979-04-22 – Spartan Stadium – San Jose State University Listen

1979-05-03 – Charlotte Coliseum Listen

1979-05-04 – Hampton Coliseum Listen

1979-05-05 – Baltimore Civic Center Listen

1979-05-07 – Allan Kirby Field House Listen

1979-05-08 – Recreation Hall – Penn State University Listen

1979-05-09 – Broome County Arena Listen

1979-05-11 – Billerica Forum Listen

1979-05-12 – Alumni Stadium, University of Massachusetts Listen

1979-05-13 – Cumberland County Civic Center Listen

1979-06-28 – Sacramento Memorial Auditorium Listen

1979-06-30 – Portland International Raceway Listen

1979-07-01 – Seattle Center Coliseum Listen

1979-08-04 – Oakland Auditorium Arena Listen

1979-08-05 – Oakland Auditorium Listen

1979-08-12 – Red Rocks Ampitheater Listen

1979-08-13 – McNichols Arena Listen

1979-08-14 – McNichols Arena Listen

1979-08-31 – Glens Falls Civic Center Listen

1979-09-01 – Holleder Memorial Stadium Listen

1979-09-02 – Augusta Civic Center Listen

1979-09-04 – Madison Square Garden Listen

1979-09-05 – Madison Square Garden Listen

1979-09-06 – Madison Square Garden Listen

1979-10-24 – Springfield Civic Center Arena Listen

1979-10-25 – New Haven Coliseum Listen

1979-10-27 – Cape Cod Coliseum Listen

1979-10-28 – Cape Cod Coliseum Listen

1979-10-31 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Listen

1979-11-01 – The Nassau Coliseum Listen

1979-11-02 – Nassau Coliseum Listen

1979-11-04 – Civic Center Listen

1979-11-05 – Spectrum Listen

1979-11-06 – The Spectrum Listen

1979-11-08 – Capitol Center Listen

1979-11-09 – Buffalo Auditorium Listen

1979-11-10 – Chrisler Arena Listen

1979-11-23 – Golden Hall, Community Concourse Listen

1979-11-24 – Golden Hall, Community Concourse Listen

1979-11-25 – Pauly Pavillion Listen

1979-11-29 – Cleveland Public Auditorium Listen

1979-11-30 – Stanley Theatre Listen

1979-12-01 – Stanley Theatre Listen

1979-12-03 – Uptown Theater Listen

1979-12-04 – Uptown Theater Listen

1979-12-05 – Uptown Theater Listen

1979-12-07 – Indiana Convention Center Listen

1979-12-09 – Kiel Auditorium Listen

1979-12-10 – Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium Listen

1979-12-11 – Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall Listen

1979-12-26 – Oakland Auditorium Listen

1979-12-27 – Oakland Auditorium Arena Listen

1979-12-28 – Oakland Auditorium Arena Listen

1979-12-30 – Oakland Auditorium Arena Listen

1979-12-31 – Oakland Auditorium Listen

(from Jerry’s Setup From GuitarGeek)

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