Grateful Dead: Live from Saratoga June 1988

CD438 - 2 CD
(FM Broadcast WPYX)
Gossip, 2014

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Grateful Dead:Live from Saratoga,
28 June 1988

From Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, N.Y. Broadcast live on FM Radio across the greater New York area, this show was the fourth trip for the Grateful Dead to this upstate oasis, and the first since the band set the record for the largest crowd ever at the venue. 1988 was a weird year for the Dead, lots of shows were performed but the euphoria of having Jerry Garcia back and healthy was wearing off, and we now know that Brent Mydland was only 18 months away from departing.

But on this particular night the band were not just on a communal wavelength, but positively on fire as well. This show turned out to be the last the Dead would ever play at SPAC. Rowdy crowd behavior including the scaling and pulling down of fences saw to this, but they went out on a high as this performance is fondly remembered by those who attended and can now, thanks to this release a quarter century on, be re-lived by those lucky ones, and enjoyed in retrospect by the rest of us.

Fine late 80s Dead.
By Sdermott on 14 Nov 2014
This is a far better quality sound than the Worcester radio broadcast. A good example of the Dead live in 88. At the price, a bargain for any Deadhead. ( reviewer)

Track Listings

Disc 1:
1. Hell in a Bucket >
2. Bertha
3. Walkin' Blues
4. Candyman
5. When I Paint My Masterpiece
6. Row Jimmy
7. Victim or the Crime
8. Foolish Heart
9. Scarlet Begonias >
10. Fire on the Mountain

Disc 2:
1. Estimated Prophet >
2. Crazy Fingers >
3. Drums >
4. Space >
5. I Will Take You Home >
6. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad >
7. I Need a Miracle >
8. Stella Blue >
9. Not Fade Away
10. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Encore)

Audio CD
Number of Discs: 2
Label: Gossip