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Mastodon outpost for the Save Your Face mixtape blog.
Notes and mp3s: https://saveyourface.posthaven.com/
Streams of most of the Grateful Dead mixes: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8yyM8q9j5gYkJCSTEeciFyUItDQjFxcK

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You can pick ONE solo Beatles song to include on an anthology.

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Grateful Dead: Tones (1969)

What's the earliest instance of “space” territory in #gratefuldead music? Possibly “feedback,” but I like to put my finger on the quieter tones, drones, and knob-twiddling that followed feedback in 1969. I think you can find descendants of these classical-music-inflected tones all the way to the Dead’s final show in 1995.

Here’s an anthology of 14 passages from 1969 - 35 minutes:

Indexed stream:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qy5PfXgYmyE&t=14s

Notes and download:
https://saveyourface.posthaven.com/the-grateful-dead-tones-1969

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@mrcompletely It's so great. Jarnow prompted me to do 1969 feedback, and I ended up embracing only the moody conclusions. Ambient jams of the first order! A mood. A distinct Dead zone that came and went. There's a sequel mix if you need it!

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@mrcompletely Absolutely late night music. Since concocting it, I've pretty much listened to it in that context.

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@bourgwick @mrcompletely I think that this has been my purpose, somewhat accidental. Not being a Dead scholar, but rather constructing listening experiences that disclose something about Dead music in an easy to experience format.

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@bourgwick @mrcompletely I already know one of these collages! I so love constructions like this, and they must be preserved. Do you two ever listen to Lethem's "Radio Free Aftermath" radio show, which always has an extended collage passage - the "Aftermath" segment?

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@bourgwick The Garcia Peoples tape is great, though I'm not sure exactly what I'm listening to.

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Grateful Dead
Garcia sings the Hunter/Garcia Songbook
September 1987

Is there any time between 1980 and 1995 when Jerry Garcia was singing as magnificently as he did in the Fall of 1987?

17 knockout performances.

Stream:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4azHsKwHpfA&t=4s

Notes and download:
https://saveyourface.posthaven.com/grateful-dead-shortlist-garcia-sings-hunter-slash-garcia-september-1987

#gratefuldead

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Hey now, here’s a no-brainer follow for Deadheads: @DeadStudies

The feed compiles numerous Dead-related accounts that offer rich information and paths down many wormholes. If you’re looking for more than inspirational Monday morning “Ripple” quotes and unannotated links to random shows played on this day, you’ll be delighted by the places you end up.

#gratefuldead

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Not previously familiar w/ CAN and really enjoying Live in Stuttgart 1975. Awesome rec, thanks @4CPcomics

https://heads.social/@4CPcomics/111898700477269737

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I gave mid-1970s live CAN my highest rating this week by upgrading to physical copies of these revelatory releases. You like improv? You like grooves? You appreciate the German take on the 1970s? A feast awaits you.

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@mrcompletely Agreed. Truly revelatory to me, comparable to not knowing that King Crimson was a 1973-1974 jam band until the "Great Deceiver" box came out, around 1990. Revisions to the "tradition and the individual talent" account.

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Listening tonight to improvisation from Texas in November 1972 (Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas). The explosion of jazz Dead immediately following Pigpen’s departure is a peak season for me - a disciplined band lighting out for the territories. It is a shame so many Fall 1972 tapes are terrible.

Texas ’72 improv stream:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsPhMZ4fkog&t=5131s

Texas ’72 improv mp3s and notes:
https://saveyourface.posthaven.com/grateful-dead-texas-72-improvisation-november-22-26

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@mrcompletely You might have a better bead on the status of the Texas improv than I do. I don't have a take that differentiates it from September or December 1972. Or that puts something else closer to electric Miles. I'd love to hear your extended take on all these things.

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@mrcompletely This sounds totally plausible!

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@mrcompletely A subplot of my non-expert SYF mix-notes is that I think they mostly came out vacations best equipped for the open spaces - just happy to be back together - but that most such moments were also breaks in the improv continuum.

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@mrcompletely 1972-1975 Dead parsing/annotation/mixtaping is probably the most important place Head geekdom can go, in terms of inserting Grateful Dead music into new ears, where it will likely flourish.

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I think my affinity with or indifference to a lot of music that is theoretically in my wheelhouse depends on the lead guitarist being compellingly melodic. Jerry Garcia is obv the king, but someone like BOC's Donald Roeser also stands very tall among guitar storytellers. My Phish "meh" is mostly about this element.

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KISS Solo Albums Revisited (1978)

I bought the solo albums on release and was definitely into them in 1978, but I hadn’t gone back until this week.

Gonna go out on a limb and say that if they’d been curated into a double album - “The KISS Projects” - the KISS “White Album” - it likely would have been regarded as an ambitious and suitable sequel to “Love Gun” - rather than the thin-broth, four-LP money grab that it was.

90 minute Spotify mix:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3DIpy7vjtoTuYq0ziL3568?si=ce12c39c869547d3&pt=631fa42af5d93d740c6b544be72c841c

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I've drilled down to a hypothetical 1978 KISS album that pleases me very much. 45 minutes. 12 songs. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3SydDhAyzLNepaiO267P9m?si=8dc4e97b634e480c&pt=c038b1b384d23157dc276047b39793dd

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Surmising that there aren't that many Deadheads who also had a forrthright KISS moment in their youth. I'm guessing it's like being into Taylor Swift and Bob Weir's Wolfpack in 2024.

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@mrcompletely I think we all had our musical moments of adolescent true love, before we found our reliable paths and aesthetics. You mostly can't hate the indefensible bands you once loved, because they're woven into the fabric of your life and almost certainly had merit on some basis.

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@mrcompletely Early Alice Cooper, early Blue Oyster Cult, Aerosmith through "Rocks," and AC/DC through "Highway to Hell" all remain as crucial to my endorsement of that era as anything else.

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“PLAYBACK” #7 - Columbia promo - late 1971

“Playback” was an interesting Columbia Records approach to promoting material and gathering feedback. For a few dollars a year, you’d receive monthly 7-inches containing up to six sample tracks from new albums, a fold-out card (later full booklet), and a card to return with your ratings and reviews.

#7 features Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales (for “Hooteroll?”) and the signing of Blue Oyster Cult.

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