Grateful Dead Download
Nov 24, 1978Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ)
Grateful Dead Download
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Total Length:
1:18:08
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Introduction00:44
  2. 2Passenger05:22
  3. 3Sugaree13:06
  4. 4I Need A Miracle04:30
  5. 5Good Lovin'06:54
  6. 6Loser08:03
  7. 7Estimated Prophet12:31
  8. 8Rhythm Devils14:42
  9. 9Candyman07:39
  10. 10Promised Land04:37
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Item Number:
  • 44257-7413-AD
Date:
  • Nov 24, 1978
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Introduction00:44
  2. 2Passenger05:22
  3. 3Sugaree13:06
  4. 4I Need A Miracle04:30
  5. 5Good Lovin'06:54
  6. 6Loser08:03
  7. 7Estimated Prophet12:31
  8. 8Rhythm Devils14:42
  9. 9Candyman07:39
  10. 10Promised Land04:37
Total Length:
1:18:08
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Jerry Garcia - vocals, guitars; Bob Weir - vocals, guitars; Phil Lesh - vocals, bass; Bill Kreutzmann - drums; Mickey Hart - drums; Keith Godchaux - keyboards; Donna Jean Godchaux - backing vocals

If there is such a thing as a "classic" Dead show, this might be it. Beautifully recorded and featuring a wide variety of styles and musicianship, this performance is proof of why the Dead achieved such a long and successful musical legacy. Recorded at Passaic, NJ's legendary Capitol Theater on November 24th, 1978, between 1976's Terrapin Station and 1980's radio friendly Go to Heaven, the Dead are in top form and good spirits, delivering this beautiful set of memorable originals and choice covers. This recording contains only a partial set from the evening.

Opening with "Passenger," the Phil Lesh composition from Terrapin Station, the band balances conventional song structures with longer, experimental jams. They perform great extended versions of "Sugaree" and "Loser" from Jerry's 1972 Garcia solo album, stacked on either side of the Bob Weir gem "I Need A Miracle."

The band dips into a number of covers, including their remake of The Rascals' hit "Good Lovin'" and Chuck Berry's timeless rocker "Promised Land." Drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart are joined by Nubian musician Hamza El-Din, who had recently played with the Dead at their legendary show in front of the pyramids in Egypt. The drummers do their thing with "Rhythm Devils," a 13-minute percussion showcase - clearly an exciting, albeit a tad redundant, part of this live set.

"Estimated Prophet," also from Terrapin Station, and the Dead classic "Candyman" round out the show, which, at less than 75 minutes, is just a sample of what a normal four hour Dead concert usually would include. Sadly, only two years later, this version of the Dead would be gone with the tragic death of Keith Godchaux in a car crash, and the subsequent departure of his wife, Donna, from the band.

However, lengthy drum solos aside, this is a must for all Deadheads, including those who are only marginal fans. This show provides a great American band in its prime. Thank goodness it was captured in a timeless recording.

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