Fare Thee Well Reimagined



50th logoThe remaining four members of The Grateful Dead recently performed their final five shows together, in acknowledgment of the band’s 50th anniversary. There are plenty of resources to explore the Dead’s origin story, early history, bios of the band, concert recordings, videos, more ephemera than one person could ever digest and lots, lots more (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10).

Adapting an old idea to this context, if you put five Grateful Dead fans, especially long-time ones, in a room to discuss concerts, you’re like to get 7 (or maybe 12) opinions. While the purpose of these shows was to celebrate the band’s legacy, critique of these last concerts abound and largely center on how they played, what they played (or didn’t) and who played them. I don’t address any of this.

Instead I thought it would be interesting to take all the Fare Thee Well sets as performed and make compilations using Grateful Dead shows so that those who wish Jerry was there to participate can have that experience, sort of.

I’ve listed the shows in chronological (but not play) order for each set and every song title links to the full concert I selected it from; most shows have multiple recordings so if you don’t like the one I linked to, explore the other options.

I hope you enjoy and share this little project. I’ll be casually loading new sets as time permits, so check back periodically and explore the Grateful Dead Covering Black Artists and Jerry Covers Project projects in the meantime.

June 27, 2015 – Santa Clara, CA
Set 1 (featuring 12/1/66, 1/22/68, 1/23/68, 3/3/68, 2/18/71, 7/29/74 & 9/18/74)
Truckin’, Uncle John’s Band, Alligator, Cumberland Blues, Born Cross-Eyed, Cream Puff War, Viola Lee Blues

download 6/27/15 Set 1

Set 2 (featuring 1/26/69, 2/27/69, 4/26/69, 4/29/71 & 2/9/73)
Cryptical Envelopment, Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Turn on Your Lovelight, space > What’s Become of the Baby, The Other One, Morning Dew, Casey Jones

download 6/27/15 Set 2

June 28, 2015 – Santa Clara, CA
Set 1
(featuring 12-13-69, 6/9/73, 2/24/74, 5/7/77, 1/22/78, 11/6/79, 10/12/84, 6/27/85 & 3/24/90)
Feel Like A Stranger, New Minglewood Blues, Brown-Eyed Women, Loose Lucy, Loser, Row Jimmy, Alabama Getaway, Black Peter, Hell in A Bucket

download 6/28/15 Set 2

Set 2 (featuring 11/7/71, 7/27/73, 6/9/76, 10/28/77, 6/20/83 & 9/29/89)
Mississippi Half Step > jam > Wharf Rat > Eyes of the World > He’s Gone, space > I Need A Miracle > Death Don’t Have No Mercy > Sugar Magnolia, Brokedown Palace

download 6/28/15 Set 2

July 3 – Chicago, IL
Set 1 (featuring 4/18/71, 2/9/73, 6/9/76, 6/14/76, 6/7/77, 10/25/79 & 10/28/80)
Box of Rain, Jack Straw, Bertha, Passenger, The Wheel, Crazy Fingers, The Music Never Stopped

download 7/3/15 Set 1

Set 2 (featuring 6/8/69, 12/28/69, 4/29/71, 11/18/72, 6/14/76, 10/29/77 & 4/13/83)
Mason’s Children, Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain, New Potato Caboose, Playing in the Band, Let It Grow, Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, Ripple

download 7/3/15 Set 2

July 4 – Chicago, IL
Set 1
(featuring 5/31/69, 9/20/70, 4/8/72, 5/21/77, 10/25/79, 11/28/80, 7/19/89, 6/20/91 & 5/29/95)
Shakedown Street, Liberty, Standing on the Moon, Me & My Uncle, Tennessee Jed, Cumberland Blues, Little Red Rooster, Friend of the Devil, Deal

download 7/4/15 Set 1

Set 2 (featuring 5/5/67, 4/8/72, 7/18/72, 4/12/78, 10/21/78, 8/10/82, 7/19/89 & 3/19/90)
Bird Song, The Golden Road (to Unlimited Devotion), Lost Sailor > Saint of Circumstance, West L.A. Fadeaway, Foolish Heart, Stella Blue, One More Saturday Night, U.S. Blues

download 7/4/15 Set 2

July 5 – Chicago, IL
Set 1
(featuring 2/27/69, 5/17/74, 5/5/77, 2/5/78, 10/9/89 & 9/20/90)
China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet, Built to Last, Samson & Delilah, Mountains of the Moon, Throwing Stones

download 7/5/15 Set 1

Set 2 (featuring 10/28/72, 3-4/xx/74, 9/3/77, 11/6/77, 4/24/78, 3/14/81, 3/27/87, 5/6/90 & 12/11/94)
Truckin’, Cassidy, Althea, Terrapin Station, Unbroken Chain, The Days Between, Not Fade Away, Touch of Grey, Attics of My Life

download 7/5/15 Set 2

7 thoughts on “Fare Thee Well Reimagined

  1. This posting is an example of the “hidden obvious.” Brilliant idea that you say to yourself – why didn’t I think of that? Beautiful selections. Gems from the mines. Thank you – THANK YOU – and can’t wait for the remaining 9!

  2. Cool idea. The UJB and Cream Puff War here are awesome. I’m looking forward to seeing your versions of the other shows!

    1. Thanks Roger. I may have to bypass this show’s second set for right now as I’m struggling with the whole Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven > Lovelight selection. I’m inclined to just use what’s on Live Dead but that seems like cheating, and yet…

  3. I saw video from Tivoli with a Truckin’ that ran a mere 11+ minutes. I told my not-on-the-bus friend, who had attended the screening to humour me, “That’s the shortest performance of that number I’ve ever heard.” No longer.

    1. Thanks for the comment. There are plenty of versions of Truckin’ shorter than that, even less than 8 minutes.

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