Dick’s Picks Vol. 5 — 12/26/79, Oakland, CA


Welcome back to 36 from the Vault! In Episode 5 we explore Dick’s Picks Vol. 5, from the Oakland Auditorium Arena in Oakland, CA on December 26, 1979. We find the Dead at yet another transitional period in their career, as they continue rolling out the Brent era. This show features a number of significant bustouts in “Uncle John’s Band” & “Brokedown Palace” while being highlighted by a phenomenal second set. Featuring an uninterrupted run of jams in “Uncle John’s Band -> Estimated Prophet -> Jam -> He’s Gone – > The Other One -> Drums -> Space -> Not Fade Away> Brokedown Palace,” it showcased the new tones and sonic approach that came with Brent Myland joining earlier that year.

Steven and Rob focus on the fascinating run of shows The Dead played in the last week of the 1970’s, their transition to perhaps the fascinating & much-maligned 1980’s period, their Talking Heads jams of the era, The Dead’s appeal to pop music, and much more. 

36 from the Vault is production of Osiris Media. It is edited and produced by Brian Brinkman, and mastered by Matt Dwyer. All music composed by Amar Sastry, unless otherwise noted. Logo design by Liz Bee Art & Design. The executive producer of 36 from the Vault is RJ Bee. 

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