Grateful Dead 30 Days Dead
They’re BACK! And it’s already day 6!
Since 2010, the Grateful Dead have given away a file a day of live music every day in November. From the Grateful Dead site:
The rumors are true! Each day in November we give away a high-quality MP3 download. That’s 30 days of unreleased Grateful Dead tracks from the vault, selected by Dead archivist and producer David Lemieux. Intrigued? We’re also going to put your knowledge to the test and give you the chance to win some sweet swag from the Dead.
If you’ve been here before, jump right in with the link below. If you need a little refresher, here’s how it all goes down:
You know your Ables from your Bakers from your C’s, but can your finely tuned ears differentiate the cosmic “comeback” tour from a spacey 70’s show? Each day we’ll post a free download from one of the Dead’s coveted shows. Will it be from that magical night at Madison Square Garden in ’93 or from way back when they were warming it up at Winterland? Is that Pigpen’s harmonica we hear? Brent on keys? Step right up and try your hand all November long and win prizes while you’re at it.
Guess the venue and date correctly and you’ll be automatically entered to win the prize of the day – a 2024 Grateful Dead Wall Calendar. Each day a winner will be selected at random, so take your time and make your best guess! Answer correctly and you will also be automatically entered to win the Grand Prize – a copy of our SOLD OUT HERE COMES SUNSHINE 1973 boxed set.
Grateful Dead 30 Days Dead
2023’s first download was “Comes A Time” performed in Cleveland, OH, at the Cleveland Public Auditorium on August 26, 1980 ]. It first appeared in 1971, was played in 1972, and then disappeared until 1976. It showed up occasionally for the next decade, but from 1987 to 1994, it was played only seven times.
If you want, you can enter the contest and guess or simply wait for the answer tomorrow.
Keep in mind that these are high quality live recordings and if you are only familiar with the song’s studio recording, live is where it’s at. Of course, there will be the seques like a China/Rider or a Candyman/Cassidy or even a Help/Slipknot/Franklin’s Tower.
And even if you are familiar with a live version, remember how songs evolved, left a tour’s setlist for a few years, and came back renewed.
You can’ go wrong. 2022’s 30 downloads yielded 7 hours, 37 minutes of previously unreleased Dead recordings. That’s right!
And so far (2010 – 2022), the site has given away over 3.4 days of music, or put another way, 393 files.
Open up. The sun is shining on your back door.
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