“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, May 4th, 7-9pm Eastern
Written by Mark Binder on Sunday, May 3, 2020
“It is said that, if you lined up all those who have ever been to a Grateful Dead concert head-to-toe, the line would stretch around the moon, and about halfway back. And nobody would complain!”
Due to the virus, WSLR is temporarily closed to live programmers, so until things start to return to normal, I
will be featuring a show(in order), from last year’s broadcasts:
Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
May 6, 1989
This is a very detailed soundboard!
Disc 1 – Set 1:
- Jack Straw
- Walkin’ Blues
- They Love Each Other
- The Race Is On
- West L.A. Fadeaway
- Just A Little Light
- Queen Jane Approximately
- China Cat Sunflower >
- I Know You Rider
Disc 2 – Set 2:
- Let The Good Times Roll
- Hey Pocky Way
- Samson & Delilah >
- Ship Of Fools
- Playin’ In The Band >
- Playin’ In The Band Jam >
- Eyes Of The World >
Disc 3 – Set 2 cont’d.:
- Drums >
- Space >
- I Will Take You Home >
- The Wheel >
- I Need A Miracle >
- Wharf Rat >
- Around & Around >
- Not Fade Away
- Black Muddy River
REVIEW: Sound Quality King!!!
It could be argued that the sound boards from this run set the reference standard for sonic quality and dynamics.
What a joy to listen to loud on a high end stereo. Oh ya, the show is well played. 🙂
REVIEW: Dank Sound
I was not at this show but I remember getting the tape that week. It was Derby weekend. China>Rider to close
1st set?? WTF??? I cannot imagine anyone walking away disappointed at this. And this copy is just sick. Just
the Grateful Dead doing what they do best. I know I am in the minority but I love Black Muddy River.
REVIEW: Great ’89
Fantastic sounding recording of a well-played show! It was lovely day at the Frost, very relaxed “family” kind of
audience – lots of old friends right in the heart of where it all began. Felt like a big backyard party. That vibe
reached all the way around the stage and the Dead gave us the goods. Nice long sets of great material – Excellent
TLEO and The Race is On! China->Rider to round out the first set! Yum! Highly recommended.
REVIEW: what a wonderful show
sound quality is stupendous. one of the only shows that i do not have to fiddle w/ the EQ on my ipod to make it
sound just right. i am listening to it as i write this review. i was 16 at the time and unfortunately unable to get in,
but the parking lot raged . vans, cars, and buses were blasting the radio broadcast across the entire lot. from start
to finish this show rocked. china> rider 1st set closer sparkled. i’m a Brent fan due to my love of the organ.
brent’s Jusalittlelight was on fire except for one lyric flub. hey pockey still makes me get up and move around
when i here it. bottom line 5 stars is right on target. 26 songs 2.7 hours in the late 80s……..need i say more.
REVIEW: rosted freaks
i’ve had the first set board since 1989 and always was eager to hear the second set. first set is lovely in places….
in disagreement with the consensus the china rider is quite average. the second set disappoints–the samson lacks
real punch, the playin fails to explore the formlessness for which it can be an amazing vehicle, the eyes of the
world could use a bit more bounce, the need a miracle–despite weirs effort to give it a vocal charge muddles
through the usual awkward changes and occasional flat out CLAM. wharf rat, although heroic in the usual spots
seems perfunctory. nice sounding source though and black muddy river—although lyrically finding hunter
revisiting VERY familiar themes is probably–along with standing on the moon—the last great hunter/garcia
REVIEW: Good Sound but Mellow Show
The sound is a 10, The show is a 7 at the Very best. I almost fell asleep during West LA. The boys are trying
Very hard. For me, even though the sounds is great, its just way tooooo mellooooooow for me.
REVIEW: Bomb setlist
Say what you will about the energy, i think that these summer 89′ shows are incredibly high considering most of
the band is in their mid to late 40s and bringing it together tight. I feel that Jerry was giving way more in 89 than
in the two previous years. Either way, the setlist is killer, Race is On, Queen Jane, Good Times Roll, Pocky
Way, Muddy River. For an 89′ setlist, bomb as hell.
REVIEW: Definitely good sound at 89
Jamin Jerome my brother – you must put the glass piece down give this one another listen. Brent songs are
historical and the sound here is solid. 89-90 was a great time to tour and get yer Eyes of the world on!
REVIEW: Sound Quality
This is some seriously epic sound quality, folks. As for the people who think this show has bad sound quality:
I’m not sure what show you’re listening to, but it sure isn’t this one.
REVIEW: Samson: Godzilla vs Gumby!
What a fabulous afternoon this was, beautiful day, Jerry and the boy’s were in fine form and really enjoying
themselves at this wonderful little park nestled on a slight hillside amongst the Eucalyptus Grove which is The
Frost Amphitheatre in Palo Alto, California. I’ll never forget the Second set peaking during Samson when the
Godzilla vs. Gumby battle erupted between Jerry and Brent down front, stage left. Ah yes, the old good days