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Hartford Civic Center - Hartford, CT

Set 1:
Midnight Hour
Cold Rain And Snow
C.C. Rider
Row Jimmy
My Brother Esau
When Push Comes To Shove
Desolation Row
Bird Song
Promised Land

Set 2:
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Looks Like Rain
He's Gone
I Need A Miracle
Black Peter
Around And Around
Good Lovin'

The Mighty Quinn

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"Pretty good shoe"
Midnight Hour-relatively rare appearance
Row Jimmy-simply soulful Jerry vocals
Esau-2nd of 87 and final year-sad
Desolation Row-Splendid Bobby

LLRain-Bobby gives it his all till the very end.

-Perrinswolf (05/01/2007)

Yes, pretty good show. My first of 13 for 1987. Spring is here! Promised Land close first set.....become a popular choice for 87/88. Mighty Quinn always a treat.
-rob cal (01/29/2010)

Bird song mini jam before drums....anyone?
-Steve (09/01/2010)

David Lemieux's first show...maybe it will be a release someday?
-Anonymous (03/27/2013)

A recent upload to the Archive, the tape (Charlie Miller UltraMatrix 16) is very bass heavy and even across all channels. It has a warm “you-are-right-there” feel, which may have a lot to do with the Hartford Civic’s acoustics. (Portland, Maine’s Cumberland County also provides exceptional indoor AUD/matrix fidelity.) A rare Midnight Hour opens the show. First of two for ’87, the second being the wild and weird 08/22 show. Cold Rain second song! Strength to strength to start the show. Bobby’s horrible slide playing in C.C. Rider really makes the whole song a turn-off for me. Jerry can cook the blues as good as anyone, so thankfully he comes to the rescue in an otherwise forgettable tune. Row Jimmy is soulful, slow, and melodically expressive. Brent’s background vocals deepen the delicate sadness of the song. You can tell Jerry is feeling frisky because he takes turn after turn. Special shoutout to the solo before “Broken heart don’t feel so bad.” A great latter-day Jimmy! Esau is the second played of ’87, its last year fwiw. Bird Song soars. The ensemble playing is superior here, Mickey and Bill especially, responding to Jerry’s flourishes. The Ultramatrix does wonders here, the crowd palpably hanging on every phrases and expressing their excitement at the music. A surefire five star Bird Song.

China -> Rider begins the second set strongly. The jam at the end of China Cat propels the band forward into Rider. The “headlight” verse section has a great build-up from the Rhythm Devils, and the final solo section is inspired. Really nice all around. Following this with LLR smells like first set material, though research shows (12-28-84, 7-16-88, 3-30-89, and my two favorite examples, 7-18-90 and 12-12-90, among about 20 others) it was an infrequent second set opening sequence. The best comparison though may be 9-11-90, with a similar, but more varied, second set. The major difference is it has a big Spoonful following He’s Gone, The Wheel after Drums, and no Good Lovin’, thereby removing the sameyness of this show’s post-Drums and adding a big jam.

He’s Gone is standard, played smartly with patience. Jerry’s vocals are great here, and the ending jam takes its time to unravel in a steady flow. It’s really nicely done and too bad that it goes right into Drums. The energy picks up in Space, but to me the second set is missing a centerpiece (the ending jam of He’s Gone felt like a potential move into Estimated or Terrapin) that would elevate it to truly great. The main reason here is the Bobby Screaming Trilogy comprised of I Need A Miracle (heavy Phil here), Around and Around, and Good Lovin’, with a nice Black Peter (note the crowd’s cheer at “find myself alive,” about a year after Jerry’s coma) in the middle. It’s all too similar to distinguish them from each other, especially since they’re all grouped after Drums.

On the Archive notes, Charlie Miller says this show is why he has an “87” in his email address. I understand why: the very focused playing, tight jam sections, good singing, strong ensemble work. In this case, the second set song choices don’t fully match what makes the first set click. If this would have had the next day’s second set though, it would be candidate for best of the year. Enjoy this show, dig the next night, and pass them along to a friend.
-Ed (10/19/2017)

Steve, Agreed. MASSIVE Brent inspired with Jerry flexing bird song jam predrums, repeat MASSIVE...[ed is a barney}
- (12/17/2017)

Charlie Miller's favorite show.
-Alison Rose (10/01/2020)

Announced Oct 1 as Dave's Pick 36.
- (10/06/2020)

I think this latest pick from Lemieux is totally amazing! I love this and the next night as well. Loved that Midnight Hour opening the first night!
- (10/31/2020)

Dave's Picks 36

Disc 1

In the Midnight Hour 4:36
Cold Rain and Snow 6:57
C.C. Rider 8:29
Row Jimmy 11:29
My Brother Esau 4:49
When Push Comes to Shove 4:43
Desolation Row 8:55
Bird Song 10:34
Promised Land 4:30

Disc 2

China Cat Sunflower 6:04
I Know You Rider 5:28
Looks Like Rain 8:26
He's Gone 13:25
Drums 8:42
Space 7:41
I Need A Miracle 4:15
Black Peter 9:26
Around and Around 3:48
Good Lovin' 8:07
The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) 4:28

-Bookkeeper (11/02/2020)

It's a bummer the Dave's Pick release sounds like total poop. :(
-Sad Sack (07/01/2021)

Charlie's fav show is 1/8/79 I think
-Anonymous (07/11/2021)

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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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