For your KPFA pledge: BEST OF THE GD Hour vol. 2

I just got the news I have been waiting for since I don’t remember when: one of our thank-you gifts for the KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon this Saturday will be a download-only Best of the Grateful Dead Hour, volume 2.

Grateful Dead 5/19/74 Coliseum, Portland OR
TRUCKIN’->
JAM->
NOT FADE AWAY->
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD
ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT

Grateful Dead 7/19/74 Selland Arena Fresno CA
WEATHER REPORT SUITE->
SPANISH JAM->
EYES OF THE WORLD->
CHINA DOLL

This is some of my all-time favorite Grateful Dead music. Portland ’74 was one of the first tapes I got out of the vault when I started doing the radio show in 1985, because I had attended that show and had only heard an audience recording. The jams out of Truckin’ are unique and thrilling! I was also there at the Fresno ’74 show, and again, I got the soundboard tape for the radio show because I remembered being really impressed with “Weather Report Suite” and the jams that followed.

We’re still ironing out the details, so I don’t yet know what donation will be required to get this, but everyone concerned wants this to be a successful fund-raiser and I want everyone to have this great music! So I hope you’ll tune in at 9 am Pacific Time on Saturday and stay with us for the full 16 hours, ’cause I have tons of great music you’ve probably never heard before. And other fun stuff, too!

I am profoundly thankful to Mark Pinkus and David Lemieux for making this possible.

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