Grateful Dead Performs ‘China Cat Sunflower’ & ‘I Know You Rider’ In 1974


The Grateful Dead’s renditions of “China Cat Sunflower” and “I Know You Rider” from October 17, 1974 is this week’s installment of the band’s All The Years Live video series. Footage of the pairing was originally released in 2004 as a bonus with The Grateful Dead Movie on DVD.

“Although a standout combination going back to later 1969, ‘China/Rider’ developed a longer, more intricate, more ascendant jam during 1973, and it peaked in 1974,” stated Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux in a note accompanying the video. “This rendition for the final run of the shows before the Dead’s hiatus in 1974 shows the remarkable interplay between the five musicians, with some stunning camera work, all shot on 16mm negative film.”

Watch the Dead’s “China/Rider” from October 17, 1974 below:

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