Ghost Stories

6.24.10 - Camden (Graham Lucas)


Jams of the Day:

Here are two scorching and under the radar, first-set “Ghosts” from Fall ’98.

11.15.98 Murfreesboro, TN



11.19.98 Winston-Salem, NC




11.24.1998 New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, CT < Torrent

11.24.1998 New Haven Coliseum, New Haven, CT < Megaupload

Keeping in line with the musical theme of the day, this show from New Haven Coliseum during Fall ’98 features a rather large “Ghost,” as part of a powerful, set-opening “Ghost > Halley’s > Tweezer” triumvirate.

I: Down with Disease, The Moma Dance, Ginseng Sullivan, Stash, Brian and Robert, Limb By Limb, Sample in a Jar, Tela, Chalk Dust Torture

II: Ghost > Halley’s Comet > Tweezer > Possum, Wading in the Velvet Sea, Character Zero

E: Suzy Greenberg*, Tweezer Reprise

*w/ Dude of Life on vocals

Source: Schoeps CMC6/MK41 > Apogee AD1000 > Sony TCD-D8

802 Responses to “Ghost Stories”

  1. Mr. Completely Says:

    @willowed, it may interest you to know, if you don’t already, that apparently Wharf Rat was written almost verbatim from a conversation RH had with an old…well, a wharf rat, I guess. It’s basically a true story and he just made it rhyme.

    I love how the lyric turns back on you at the end, when the narrator starts thinking about his own girl…I love it when Hunter does that…”can’t talk to you without talkin’ to me”

    “Then again…I am not a dead aficionado. I just know I love that song with all my heart”

    That’s all it’s about, my man.

    “Its a shame they didn’t play it more often.”

    That’s part of what made it so amazing though, the rarity. I don’t really put Dew in the same category as these others ’cause it’s a guitar hero tune…

    My picks for lesser known ballads are To Lay Me Down and especially the incredibly underrated High Time (see Nassau ’80 version, or Richmond ’85, or any of several great ’76 versions)

    My personal favorites are Brokedown Palace and Stella Blue

    for epic Stellas I can recommend any Fall ’73, particularly Madison 10-25. They are spare and very heartfelt. 4/12/78 Lexington is legendary for the solo Jerry takes….

  2. William H. Bonney Says:

    People who bag on 95′ dead, either didn’t go or our jealous they missed it. Spare me all the old dead ref’s, just think have they done anything as good as 95 since Jerry passed? An old Jerry is million times better than fake Jerry.

  3. joemeg Says:

    “One of my fondest show memories was having Jerry drop the Dew for me on my 21st birthday @ Nassau 3/27/94. He freaking nailed it too! It was my only request going into the show as well.”

    I’ll never forget that morning dew. It was amazing. I just got goosebumps just thinking about it.

  4. halcyon Says:

    I second Palmers assertion of that Mtn Dew. Absolutely Amazing! I remember that performance so clearly. Almost felt like you could hear a pin drop in the coliseum. People were hanging on every note, and verse sung. Chills just writing this up.

  5. Mr. Completely Says:

    for Brokedown I usually go to ’71, particularly Fall

  6. willowed Says:

    Nice C
    I was waiting for you to give me a little run down on that one. Again, I can’t tell you about the where’s and when’s with the Dead but I can tell you about the emotions I get. For me anyway
    That’s what it’s all about

  7. Mr. Completely Says:

    a great morning dew combines the emotional power of a ballad with the impact of a heavy Jerry-shred/Phil-bomb duet


    I haven’t met many heads who wouldn’t have a great Dew in their “favorite things ever” shortlist

    in fact I knew some people who basically stayed on tour hunting great versions of that song when nothing else really did it for them

    for oldschool peak versions I love 2/24/74 or the GD Movie version

  8. guitarpicker420! Says:

    Continuing to listen to 12-29-88, Oakland Coliseum. Do not sleep on this show, Brent takes an incredible break on the Hammond during Samson and then they wander into a spacy jam reminiscent of the Playin’ they opened the set with, but it never becomes a full reprise, it just morphs into Eyes. Wow. Download it and listen for yourself.

  9. Leo Weaver Says:

    @phoamm…email sent. Is El duder getting tix from you?

  10. Mr. Completely Says:

    “People who bag on 95′ dead, either didn’t go or our jealous they missed it.”

    Neither is true for me, so….no.

    But when I speak about latter day Dead I am always careful to distance my musical critiques, which I think are 100% valid, with recognition that they still could conjure the magic at any point.

    The experiences people had are what matter most.

    Comparisons to post-Jerry projects are irrelevant.

  11. Mr.Palmer Says:


    Check the Dew.. Jerry pouring it out for one of the last least with Dew.

  12. willowed Says:

    I tell ya guys…I’m not trying to preach but enjoy the moment.

    You never know how long it will last for.

  13. Mr.Palmer Says:

    ^^^ crystal clear SBD too, btw

  14. phoammhead Says:


    Mailed El Dude 2 Sat Nite tix today!

  15. guitarpicker420! Says:

    I was largely disappointed with the shows I saw in ’95. Garcia just LOOKED bad. While I cried the day he died, it didn’t really come as a surprise.

  16. willowed Says:

    OK know I am strating to get emotional.
    i just listened to
    So Many roads
    Warf rat
    JB Hood
    I recall the day of the Hartford 2 show. the BB meet up. Leo and others who I would have never met if it wasn’t for this place. Total strangers coming together.
    What a time

  17. Mr. Completely Says:

    it was really weird how he could just turn it on for a song, or a set, at a time, right up til the end

  18. willowed Says:

    Now the JB Tweezer…uh oh

  19. kayatosh Says:

    stella is a powerful tune. love 12.6.73, 10-30-73 (DS ->stella->eyes), 7.25.74, 4.21.78 (playin sandwhich w/ stella and truckin), and recently heard a great later day stella from 10-21-88

  20. angryjoggerz Says:

    Woo hoo! SC tix in hand, Joggerz a happy man!

  21. angryjoggerz Says:

    I love me some Comes a Time, personally. And SOTM, gives me goosebumps.

  22. jtran Says:


    Dancing wharf rat dancing

  23. willowed Says:

    gordon doing work on this twizzy

  24. phoammhead Says:


    ^tix is hand is a beautiful thing – got mine, too!

    And, yes Comes A Time!

  25. phoammhead Says:

    ^listened to several versions of Comes A Time the other day . . .

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