The Grateful Dead – The 1985 Tapes On The Internet Archive   29 comments

The Grateful Dead Concert 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.

The Grateful Dead Version 2.0 ( 1979 – 1990 )

With the departure of the Godchaux’s in 1979, Brent Mydland joined the Grateful Dead on keyboards starting on April 16, 1979. Brent continued with the band throughout the eight’s and played his last show with the Grateful Dead was on 23 July 1990. The Grateful Dead, although dominated by the (non-leader) Jerry Garcia, are always defined by the keyboard player and how he interacts musically (on keyboards and on backing vocals) with Jerry. With the addition of Brent the band moved from the bluesy, slow, highly controlled style of the 1970 to a more open, faster and ultimately funk / R&B approach. Just listen to the transformation of Scarlet Begonia / Fire On The Mountain from its classic form in the late 1970s with a version played later in the 1980s. The crowds and arenas were bigger with 10s of thousands packing in to show. The sound system and the sound board recordings improve dynamically, especially with the introduction of digital recording technology (DAT). Jerry was hospitalized in 1986 in a diabetic coma induced by bad life style choices (to say the least) and with the help of Merl Saunders had to learn to re learn how to play the guitar.

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.

The 1985 Concert Tapes

1985-02-00 – Twilight Zone Sessions Listen

1985-02-18 – Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Listen

1985-02-19 – Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Listen

1985-02-20 – Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Listen

1985-03-09 – Berkeley Community Theater Listen

1985-03-10 – Berkeley Community Theatre Listen

1985-03-12 – Berkeley Community Theatre Listen

1985-03-13 – Berkeley Community Theatre Listen

1985-03-21 – Hampton Coliseum Listen

1985-03-22 – Hampton Coliseum Listen

1985-03-24 – Springfield Civic Center Listen

1985-03-25 – Springfield Civic Center Arena Listen

1985-03-27 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Listen

1985-03-28 – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Listen

1985-03-29 – Nassau Coliseum Listen

1985-03-31 – Cumberland County Civic Center Listen

1985-03-39 – Nassau Coliseum Listen

1985-04-01 – The Cumberland County Civic Center Listen

1985-04-03 – Providence Civic Center Listen

1985-04-04 – Providence Civic Center Listen

1985-04-06 – The Spectrum Listen

1985-04-07 – The Spectrum Listen

1985-04-08 – The Spectrum Listen

1985-04-13 – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Listen

1985-04-14 – Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Listen

1985-04-27 – Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford University Listen

1985-04-28 – Frost Amphitheatre – Stanford University Listen

1985-06-14 – Greek Theatre, U. Of California Listen

1985-06-15 – Greek Theatre – University of California Listen

1985-06-16 – Greek Theater, U. of California Listen

1985-06-21 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre Listen

1985-06-22 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre Listen

1985-06-24 – River Bend Music Center Listen

1985-06-25 – Blossom Music Center Listen

1985-06-27 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center Listen

1985-06-28 – Hershey Park Stadium Listen

1985-06-30 – Merriweather Post Pavilion Listen

1985-07-01 – Merriweather Post Pavilion Listen

1985-07-02 – Civic Arena Listen

1985-07-13 – Ventura County Fairgrounds Listen

1985-07-14 – Ventura County Fairgrounds Listen

1985-08-24 – Boreal Ridge Ski Resort Listen

1985-08-30 – Southern Star Amphitheater Listen

1985-08-31 – Manor Downs Listen

1985-09-02 – Zoo Ampitheatre Listen

1985-09-03 – Starlight Theatre Listen

1985-09-05 – Red Rocks Ampitheatre Listen

1985-09-06 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre Listen

1985-09-07 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre Listen

1985-09-10 – Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Listen

1985-09-11 – Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Listen

1985-09-12 – Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Listen

1985-09-15 – Devore Field Listen

1985-10-25 – Sportatorium Listen

1985-10-26 – Sun Dome Listen

1985-10-28 – Fox Theater Listen

1985-10-29 – Fox Theater Listen

1985-10-31 – Carolina Coliseum – University of South Carolina Listen

1985-11-01 – Richmond Coliseum Listen

1985-11-02 – Richmond Coliseum Listen

1985-11-04 – The Centrum Listen

1985-11-05 – The Centrum Listen

1985-11-07 – Community War Memorial Auditorium Listen

1985-11-08 – Community War Memorial Auditorium Listen

1985-11-10 – Meadowlands Arena Listen

1985-11-11 – Brendan Byrne Arena Listen

1985-11-16 – Long Beach Arena Listen

1985-11-17 – Long Beach Arena Listen

1985-11-20 – Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Listen

1985-11-21 – Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Listen

1985-11-22 – Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center Listen

1985-12-30 – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Listen

1985-12-31 – Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Listen

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