“Yesterday’s Dead Today”, Monday, September 28th, 7-9pm Eastern
Written by Mark Binder on Sunday, September 27, 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!”
WSLR is slowly coming back with a very sparse number of live studio programmers, albeit with very specific instructions as to how to protect both ourselves and our fellow WSLR volunteers.
WSLR is slowly coming back with a very sparse number of live studio programmers, albeit with very specific
instructions as to how to protect both ourselves and our fellow WSLR volunteers.
Lindley Meadows, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
September 28, 1975
Taped by Bob Menke and Louis Falanga
Transfer by Bob Menke, mastering by Derek McCabe
In the interest of full and fair disclosure:
One of my hard-and-fast rules is that I never broadcast Grateful Dead material that has been commercially
released. Usually meaning soundboards. That being said, I am not above to broadcasting a recording from
another source, such as FM or, in this case an audience recording.
Here is a webpage with many details about the day, and the event:
That being said, tonight’s show has been released as part of the 80-cd collection, “30 Trips Around The Sun”:
and here is a fine, fine “Mouth Of The Beast” remaster of a superb aud. Scroll down to read about “Mouth Of
- Help On The Way >
- The Music Never Stopped
- They Love Each Other
- Beat It On Down The Line
- Franklin’s Tower
- Big River
- It Must Have Been The Roses
- Truckin’ >
- Jam >
- Drums >
- King Solomon’s Marbles
(“Stronger Than Dirt” / “Milkin’ the Turkey”) >
- Not Fade Away >
- Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad >
- One More Saturday Night
According to Bob Menke:
“It was an overcast day and we got there early. About 8:30 in the morning. That is how we ended up about
10-15 feet from the stage. The mics were mounted on broom sticks (handheld) and they were split about 20 feet
apart. The upfront vocals I believe are the product of a small (relative to PA speakers) speaker on the floor of
the stage next to the right PA column. The vocals seem to be blasting from that speaker. Another very intersting
point is the fact that the Jefferson Starship opened and their sound from the same PA absolutely sucked.
Nothing approaching the clarity and sound quality the Dead got from the same system.”
REVIEW: Incredible audience recording!
WOW, Five big stars for this one! I noticed an unpatched glitch in Big River, but it’s not enough to cost this a
star! Excellent performance, excellent sound, funny stage banter, a baby being born, and one of only 4
performances of the band from 1975! *!!!!!
REVIEW: THE BEST!!!
This recording is AMAZING.
THANK YOU!!!!! YOU ROCK!!!!
REVIEW: One year..
..and many listens later this has become one of my top two favorite shows (8/27/72 is the other). Definitely one
to play for friends who don’t think they like the Grateful Dead. The sound quality is absolutely fantastic,
especially considering it’s an AUD. The band is super tight, playing with a telepathy and exuberance that the
crowd obviously shares. Jerry’s sweet vocals are right up front for a change and Phil is dancing on that bass like
nobody’s business. This recording, more than any other I’ve heard, captures the effervescent vibe of a happy
crowd digging a beautiful day of awesome music in Good ‘Ol Golden Gate Park in Good’ Ol San Francisco. Bob
Menke & Louis Falanga have captured magic and put it into this nugget of a recording. When it exits your
speakers it reemerges as sparkling at the day it entered those microphones. Imagine the bragging rights that kid
who was born during the show has! I hope he/she has had a chance to listen to this recording and hear their birth
announced to the world from the stage by Phil Lesh during one of the best Grateful Dead shows ever. As
someone who didn’t appreciate the Grateful Dead until decades later, to think I was an adolescent kid running
around the streets of San Francisco somewhere while this show was going on just blows my mind. I can’t help
but wonder how my life would have been different if I had stumbled upon this concert.. Thanks to the tapers.
This was a pleasure to listen to!
The band later said everyone on stage was tripping, fun to know how well they do this show.
Far out, baby! …Far Out!
REVIEW: excellent show
One of my favorites only for that Slipknot jam, the only downside is the cut Franklins, and the band split up the
Help>slip>franks in the set, instead of playing it in it’s entirety. Still an amazing show and I’m listening to this
on linear KRK studio monitors and the quality is top notch for an audience recording. The band sounds tight,
everything is spot on!
REVIEW: Big Fun
Wow. I was at the show but I had not listened to it since. So much better and longer than I remembered. We
were all so happy to see them play again. Fantastic quality for an AUD.
A classic aud recording – everything from ’75 is so instantly identifiable, so precious….Big River still has need
of a patch; the rest of this sounds just gorgeous. A well-known electric Kool-Aid-laced afternoon in the park.
What is the “Mouth of the Beast”?
If you have ever listened to live recordings you will probably have noticed that not all recordings have the same
quality. It all depends on the gear used, the location of the mics and of course the band’s groove. Back behind
the soundboard, the taper section was not the ideal location for recording. And those crisp soundboard tapes,
they leave out the full experience of the show. The missing sound is the dynamics of being up close to the stage
while the band performed. Up front, dead center in the first fifteen rows is where “the sound” was ideal. The
tapers knew this was the spot. They braved security and the bands’ roadies to make these tapes. This project has
been started to preserve, archive and distribute these rare recordings. This project is for the fans — who want
to experience recordings made in the “Mouth of the Beast”. We refer to this project as MOTB.