Last Wednesday, August 1 marked what would have been Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia’s 75th birthday, and next Wednesday, August 9 will mark 22 years since the legendary musician tragically died at age 53. Regardless of the time of year, but certainly in these “days between,” Jerry maintains a strong presence in the hearts and on the stereos of countless admirers and Deadheads.
The annual Meet-up At The Movies was held on Garcia’s 75th birthday featuring footage of the Dead’s July 12, 1989 performance. Audio of the “Touch Of Grey” opener from that show also open the Spotify Playlist presented in this edition of Saturday Stream. Posted by the official Grateful Dead Spotify account, the nine-track Celebrating Jerry Garcia & The Days Between (Live) playlist mixes new-to-Spotify recordings with a few classics from the iconic group’s catalog.
In addition to the “Touch” opener, newly stream-able selections include “Terrapin Station” and “Eyes Of The World” from May 8, 1977, as well as “Brown-Eyed Women” from the following night’s concert on the famed Spring 1977 Tour. Also new to the platform is a May 25, 1977 rendition of “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” and a 35-minute “Dark Star” from November 11, 1973. The playlist closes with a version of “Scarlet Begonias” from August 4, 1974 that appeared on Dick’s Picks 31, “Morning Dew” from the recently issued May 8, 1977 Cornell show and an acoustic “Ripple” from September 26, 1980 and the band’s Reckoning live album.