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with Bob Dylan
Akron 1986 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Rubber Bowl, Akron, Ohio; July 2, 1986. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to Charlie Miller for sharing the show at Dime.

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Joe Taysom,

When The Grateful Dead opened up for Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, 1986: Do line-ups get much better than The Grateful Dead opening up for Tom Petty and Bob Dylan? Almost definitely not. In 1986, the three iconic artists decided to play a limited run of five shows which would immediately assert themselves into the history books.

The Grateful Dead, a band so well known for operating within their own lane, had forged themselves a unique path and often backed away from the overly commercialised scene. The area that they had handcrafted centred around them and their Deadhead fans. Nothing else, according to the group mentality, was relevant so it came somewhat of a surprise decision for the band to agree to an opening slot Dylan and Petty but nonetheless a pleasant surprise.

The stadium shows that The Grateful Dead agreed to take part in saw the triad of iconic acts kick things off in Minneapolis on June 26 before moving on to Akron on July 2 then to Buffalo on July 4 and then finishing the tour in Washington for two shows on July 6 and 7 which would create memories that would last a lifetime for those lucky enough to be in attendance.

Bob Dylan and Tom Petty appeared the perfect choice to opt for if you could pick anyone to open up for, and their decision to take the slot was met with acceptance from their adoring fans. Another reason which also made The Grateful Dead’s army of dedicated fans accepting about the plan to join forces with Dylan and Petty for the dates is that they only agreed to do four shows rather than the whole 22 tour dates—a decision which proves that money wasn’t their primary motive.

The tour came at an incredibly peculiar time for Bob Dylan. As well as not being revered as the inspirational musical genius that he is today, the singer had yet to really crack the charts and his glow was beginning to fade. His career was nosediving. It was a situation that would eventually land him on a farewell tour alongside The Grateful Dead.

In Dylan’s autobiography, he recalls: “Everything was smashed. My own songs had become strangers to me, I didn’t have the skill to touch the right nerves, couldn’t penetrate the surfaces. It wasn’t my moment of history anymore.” Dylan felt pushed aside and was more than happy to take his place in the history books one of the greats.

Following the tour, Dylan came to a realisation: “Tom was at the top of his game and I was at the bottom of mine”. Dylan was ready to retire—sick of the downward spiral he was struggling against but he instead decided to go out for one final jaunt a year later alongside The Grateful Dead in 1987 who had blown the mercurial songwriter away on the tour with Tom Petty the previous year with Dylan and The Dead being a match made in heaven, which re-lit a fire in his belly that is still on fire today.

Perhaps the reason why these two seminal artists were such a perfect match for each other was largely down to their love of experimentation with both Dylan and The Grateful Dead never playing the exact same show twice. The shows they played together the following year were largely sneered at by the masses, but Dylan and Dead loved every minute of there chaotic time they shared together, which is ultimately the only thing a true artist should care about.

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SBD > Cassette Master (Tascam Deck/TDK SA-X90)
Transfer: Cassette Master (Nakamichi CR-7A) > Tascam DA-3000 (DSF 1-bit/5.8 MHz) > KORG AudioGate 4 > Adobe Audition CC 2015 > Samplitude Pro X3 Suite > FLAC/24
Patch: Sennheiser ME80 > Cassette Master supplies: Truckin’ (2:03 - 2:25)

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Disc 1
Track 101. Tuning 2:18
Track 102. Alabama Getaway 4:47
Track 103. Greatest Story Ever Told 6:23
Track 104. They Love Each Other 7:57
Track 105. Little Red Rooster 8:14
Track 106. Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright 3:36
Track 107. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 6:56
Track 108. Candyman 8:20
Track 109. Me And My Uncle 2:56
Track 110. Mexicali Blues 4:16
Track 111. Don’t Ease Me In 3:03
Track 112. China Cat Sunflower 5:25
65 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. I Know You Rider 5:24
Track 202. Playing In The Band 7:38
Track 203. Desolation Row 9:49
Track 204. Drums 9:03
Track 205. Space 7:07
Track 206. Truckin’ 6:19
Track 207. Black Peter 8:16
Track 208. Sugar Magnolia 7:01
Track 209. Encore Break 2:26
Track 210. Box Of Rain 5:00
68 mins

- Little Red Rooster, Don’t Think Twice and Baby Blue with Bob Dylan
- Playing In The Band jam and Desolation Row without Jerry
- Patch source recorded by Michael Hessberg
- Thanks to Joe B Jones for his input on the pitch correction

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  1. 19 Responses to “THE GRATEFUL DEAD WITH BOB DYLAN - AKRON 1986”

  2. Rumor has that this was a band that wouldn’t piss on me even if I paid them to

    By U L E on Dec 10, 2022

  3. They’ll do it if I pay them.

    By Derrick as Policewoman on Dec 10, 2022

  4. twas me as i am so pathetic. i let the homeless defecate all over me and urinate in my face

    By Ugly Little Elf on Dec 10, 2022

  5. Their roadies pissed on me and bukakked me too, after I paid them. The jokes on me, they would have done it for free

    A few dirty hippie chicks pooped on me too. I never get to see hairy pussy that close unless I’m licking my computer screen

    By Useless Lil Erection on Dec 11, 2022

  6. I am the real U L E and have undergone conversion therapy, I am no longer gay.

    By U L E on Dec 11, 2022

  7. Last two twernt me more fakes

    By U L E on Dec 11, 2022

  8. Rumor has it Bob gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Dec 11, 2022

  9. Bob is a Jew

    By U L E on Dec 11, 2022

  10. Jews gots Big Pricks Noses and Ears

    By U L E on Dec 11, 2022

  11. Also Long Pockets Short Arms

    By U L E on Dec 11, 2022

  12. Rumor has it The Dead was a band of Big Uns and one Lil Un

    By U L E on Dec 11, 2022

  13. With Jerry being the Lil Un

    By U L E on Dec 11, 2022

  14. Thanks for this Big O

    By Blind Boy Grunt on Dec 11, 2022

  15. Only time I see pussy is when I’m lying drunk in the alley behind a gay bar and a bull dyke drops her drawers and pisses on me

    By Useless Lil Erection on Dec 11, 2022

  16. Twernt me above more fakes . I never post here anymore

    By U L E on Dec 12, 2022

  17. Twas all me, except the twernt me comments.

    The one about getting pissed on and bukakked twas definitely me, I have the video to prove it

    By U L E on Dec 12, 2022

  18. That video of me is on Porn Hub, the title is “Lil Un Loser Loves Getting Pissed On And Bukakked by Dirty Hippie Roadies”

    By Un Loved Eunuch on Dec 12, 2022

  19. Last two twernt me more fake s

    By U L E on Dec 12, 2022

  20. Last two twernt me more fakes I was eating ass

    By U L E on Dec 12, 2022

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