“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, May 10th, 7-9pm Eastern
Written by Mark Binder on Sunday, May 9, 2021
“There is NOTHING like a Grateful Dead concert!
Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
May 10, 1986
SBD > MC > C > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
Thanks to Caleb Miller and David Feldstein for the source discs:
EAC/SHN by Darryl Hinko
AUD > MC* > DAT > CDR
Thanks to Torbjörn for the Patch source
Disc 1 – Set 1:
2. Bertha >
3. Greatest Story Ever Told
4. West L.A. Fadeaway
5. Desolation Row
6 .Tennessee Jed
7 .Minglewood Blues
8. Big Railroad Blues
9. Let It Grow
Disc 2 – Set 2:
2. Hell in a Bucket >
4. Estimated Prophet >
5. Eyes of the World >
6. Drums >
Disc 3 – Set 2 cont’d.:
1. Space >
2. The Wheel >
3. China Doll >
4. Throwing Stones >
5. Turn On Your Lovelight
6. Mighty Quinn
Again. “beauty is also in the ear of the beholder…”.
All in All just an average 86 show. Except that estimated, WOW if this one does’nt ring thru your
An average mid-’80s show marred by the tendency of Jerry and the drummers to drop the beat (e.g.,
beginning of “Let It Grow”). The much-ballyhooed “Estimated” suffers from a flubbed return to the
verse out of Jerry’s solo. Healy does good work with Bobby’s catharsis in the coda, however.
Ensuing jam is decent but unspectacular.
REVIEW: This is the one…
I had heard several live Dead shows back in the early 80’s but nothing like this one…I remember
getting this from a place in New Hope PA, called the Now and Then Shop…a hippy shop that had
een around since the 60’s…my friends and I had spent the day in New Hope (BOUGHT) this cassete
for 8.95 through it in my bag til we got home…..we ended up tripping while we were hanging out at
the river….Long story short, I put this in the walkman ( still tripping nuts) and played it over and
over til the batteries died…been collecting ever since that day in 1987 As far as the
performance….the first set is average, but the 2nd set is in my top 10…just a feeling of electricity
permeates the whole set….Hell In a Bucket, killer….excellent Sugaree…BEST EVER (IMHO)
Estimated…Nice Eyes with a Great transition into a very theme heavy drumz…You can hear Jerry
urge Mickey to start the beat up again, and then Jerry jumps in and plays along with the
REVIEW: are you guys all DEAF?????????WHAT A SHOW!!!!!!!
SLOW LAZY AVERAGE 1ST SET????????where?????great west la..best desolAtion row
ever……….great let it grow finish..then the drugs kick in…….estimated into a superfast supercharged
eyes,,my new favorite…jerrys voice only off once in a great china doll..and bobby wailing on
throwing stones..RECORD THIS SHOW NOW……………great quality
REVIEW: Strong ’86
Sound quality is excellent!
REVIEW: Great sound quality.
As with any show between 1983 and 1986 there are strengths and weaknesses in the performances
of the Dead. There are ample vocal mistakes and yes occasionally arrangements are butchered but
on the other hand there were phenomenal jams during these years. In my opinion 83-86 were great
years for Garcia’s guitar tone. I think Jerry’s sound changed post-coma, not in a bad way, just
different. The Estimated is great. If you dislike Weir going off avoid it but for those who enjoy
heavy effects during Estimated this is for you. The sound quality alone is worth 5 stars.
REVIEW: all guns a blazin’
Yes the 80’s has good shows too. Once again the boys come out on fire for a barn burning second
set. The Hell in a bucket starts out well and becomes great (even when Bob is getting goofy with the
delay)….then after a well played Sugaree…..we have a perfect Estimated (once again ..even with
Bob on delay) at about 5:45 Estimated has a gradual build into a PERFECT “Eyes of the World”
….I’m not a fast eyes kinda guy usually….but here Jerry’s voice sounds strong and the ivories are
REVIEW: Killer Wheel
For those who love The Wheel from Long Beach 1981 and are looking for other versions with
grace. I’ve finally found what could be the 2nd best Wheel.The New-Age jam after drums is serene.
Estimated Prophet opened new doors today. I along with the Red Rocks 85 version this one has
bobby raving all the way. Bob has an accent and style that sounds influenced by pop music of
1986..In a good way. Just thought i’d mention this Wheel. 5 for this version also must mention that
Throwin Stones/Lovelight sandwhich is one of the best i’ve ever heard and most tantalizing. The
sound quality is excellent.
REVIEW: Great Finish
Curious how some people are looking for one thing or another and don’t seem to care for what I
believe some ALL TIME BESTS. Good action in early 2nd set, but….. FANTASTIC POST
DRUMS. Everything’s great till the finish line. The space is nice into an UNBELIEVABLE
WHEEL, CHINA DOLL. You know you’ve heard a million Throwin’ Stones, but Jerry’s lead at the
end is FENOMENAL. The rest is laughing at Bob outdoing himself on Lovelight and another ho
hum Quinn. GREAT QUALITY SOUNDBOARD TO BOOT
REVIEW: My birthday show!
Not to make anyone feel old, but this is the show the dead played on the day I was born, and I have
to say it is one of my favorites. It’s almost like they knew it was a momentous occasion (there is a
some sarcasm in there in case you didn’t notice). The quality of the recording is first rate. Every bit
of the performance comes through clear as a bell, and the vocals sound like I’ve got the whole gang
in my living room. A top notch show.
I was at this show and had a nice aud for the longest time (don’t know where it is now…), but never
heard this soundboard before. Really brings it back — wish I’d gotten to it before Bob slammed the
dor shut on the DLs. Both these shows were great — some nice stuff in 86 before Jer’s collapse. I
think you have to go to 89-90 for the next (last?) great Dead period.
REVIEW: A beauty
Awesome SBD recording! For me, Desolation Row & West LA are the winners here.
REVIEW: My First Show
What a way to begin my life with the Dead. My mom bought me tix through mail order for my 16th
B-Day. Best present I ever received. Upon entering the beautiful grounds of Frost I remember
getting some great visions of colorful people and smiles were everywhere. For those lucky few who
scored Frost tix it was a joyous occasion indeed. The show is truly spectacular. The moment I “got
it” was during ‘Let it Grow’. I remember this very well. An old hippie noticed me “getting it” and he
passed me a number. Everything just sailed from then on out.
REVIEW: Springtime Sunshine
1986 was my senior year in high school. I was at this show with my mother (it was Mother’s Day).
Although I had already come to love the storm of color and celebration that was the Grateful Dead
during this era, it was during Eyes of the World at this show that I found the serene, alive place in
the center of the storm. Just breathe deeply as you listen, and you’ll feel the flood of joy and
exuberance that characterized the feeling in the crowd, and inspired the band on this beautiful sunny
day in Palo Alto.
“Today’s Dead Tomorrow”, Upcoming Gig Events
As always, verify with the venue…
Remember, folks, to call the venue to see if they are indeed open in the first place, and the event is going on as scheduled, and what protocols are in place.
Kettle Of Fish:
Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Wed., May 12th, 7:00 p.m.
5238 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, 346-5443
The Blue Rooster, , Sat., May 15th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539
Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse, Sun., May 16h, 4:00 p.m.
19 East Rd., Sarasota, 312-5969
Ship Of Fools:
Motorworks Brewing, Fri., May 14th, 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
1014 9th St. W., Bradenton, 896-9892
The Blue Rooster:
Tues., May 11th, Suitcase Full Of Blues, 7:30 p.m.
Wed., May 12th, Al Fuller Blues Jam, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., May 13th, The Monsoons, 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Fri., May 14th, Ariella Music(Ari and the Alibis), 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Sat., May 15th, Kettle Of Fish, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
1525 Fourth St., Sarasota, 388-7539
J.R.’s Old Packinghouse Cafe:
Mon., May 10rd, Alvis Brothers Band, 600 – 9:00 p.m.
Tues., May 11th, John Howard, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Wed., May 12th, Rick Miller, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Thurs., May 13th, Koko Ray, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Fri., May 14th, Gracy Maple and the White Crowe Band, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Sat., May 15th, Mumbo Jumbo, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
987 South Packinghouse Road, Sarasota, 371-9358
Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center:
Sunday, May 16, 8:00 p.m.
$15 members • $20 general public
This concert may be performed on either the indoor stage or the outdoor stage.
525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota, 894-6469