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12/27/80
Oakland Auditorium Arena - Oakland, CA

Set 1:
Feel Like A Stranger
Sugaree
New Minglewood Blues
Loser
Looks Like Rain
Tennessee Jed
Passenger
It Must Have Been The Roses
The Music Never Stopped

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Estimated Prophet
Eyes Of The World
Drums
The Wheel
Truckin'
Wharf Rat
Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad
One More Saturday Night

Encore:
Johnny B. Goode

Download/Listen to this Show at Archive.org

Comments:

this is a smoking show the sounboard sounds great deffiently a 5 star show if not for sound only but the musci is oh so sweet enjoy this one a great night for everyone I loved this year i saw so many shows just getting out high school I wanted to tour with the dead so we did selling the first bumber stickers of wich was the only good head is a dead head sold thousands of those from Cal. to RI. what a year I think i put 8000 miles all on the dead tour give me back my youth .
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I
Passenger-Excellent version. Brent takes over Donna's reins quite well.

II
China>Rider>Estimated Eyes
3rd times this sequence played. Boys don't let you have a breath from the start of the 2nd set till drums. NiCe!
-Perrinswolf


The fade out jam into Drums is insane, brent and jerry are just locked in and takin it as far as they can before billy and mickey just completely take over. Brent may not have been perfect in his song structure by this point, but he is the quintisential piece to the second set space jams. He just has such a huge arsenal of sounds and knows just how to use em.
-Murphy (07/17/2013)


Somehow stumbled on this money show. The Walker-Scotton AUD (Charlie Miller transfer) on the archive is roomy and bass heavy and, to my ears, the best AUD of this gig currently online. The vocals are clear and well-mixed as well. As we all know, the shows before 12/31 are usually the best musically of New Years runs. This one is no exception.

Set 1
Bobby comes in a little late in Stranger, but the band picks him up with a little pre-verse jam. When they go through the structure into the outro jam, the intensity of their playing increases and they drop into an excellent four and a half minutes of group improvisation. Jerry plays the signature lick to guide the jam, with Brent harmonizing on the synth. They drop this theme and Jerry takes off. He’s feeling it and already you know this is going to be a silky silky crazy night. Sugaree somehow starts at a peak with Jerry consistently in the upper register. Brent stays on organ and the band develops a very nice galloping groove. Loser is plus version, with a great Jerry solos. A lot to be said about this Looks Like Rain. Great vocals, delivery, and “rain” section at the end. In a year of excellent Roses, this one deserves special mention. Cool set ending sequence with Passenger (last one ever will be a year from the date) and a ridiculously hot TMNS sandwiching the very sweet Roses. Fire in Oakland!

Set 2
The boys are cooking from the get-go. China Cat goes places and the band charges forward into Rider on a wave. Slight vocal miscues, but the playing is superb throughout. Shoutout to the Devils for bringing the heat and spurring Jerry forward. Also, Phil is very prominent from the middle of Rider to the end, boding well for the rest of the set. Estimated intro shows the crowd freaking out. Jerry’s solo is nice and is begging to be let loose. Bobby doesn’t come in for a couple of turns. Shows the band is frisky and taking names. Their drop into the verse is very well done. Love this version, bump it up! This whole pre-Drums sequence is fire. Eyes is very well done, and surprisingly goes way out there. The intro has an odd moment when Jerry is soloing and then stops, while the band vamps for a bit before the first verse. They pick up after this minor flub and sail on top the changes. Bobby is really good here and the whole band is dialed in. There’s a unique jam near the end led by Jerry stating a circular theme. Slowly, the dynamics change, Bobby playing a seagull refrain, the drummers rolling beneath, and the Brent tapping into intense synth blasts, while Jerry weaves above it all. It’s a great version and an A+ pre-Drums segment. Post-drums alternates between mid-tempo tunes (The Wheel, Wharf Rat) and rockers (Truckin’, GDTRFB, OMSN.) Special mention to a nice Space (lots of drums here, so it’s more of a jam than a floating guitar improvisation), and a lovely drop into The Wheel. Truckin’ (Bobby forgets lyrics) into Wharf Rat works very well, esp the bridge and outro solo in Wharf Rat. Rest of the show is GOGD.

Set 1: 4.2/5
Set 2: 4.5/5
Overall: 4.5/5

Dig this gem of a show and pass it along to a friend.
-Ed (10/23/2018)


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Band Configuration
(04/16/79 - 07/23/90)

Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia
Rhythm Guitar: Bob Weir
Bass: Phil Lesh
Keyboards: Brent Mydland
Drums: Bill Kreutzmann
Drums: Mickey Hart

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