Felt like making a compilation today, and here’s the result. From the nice weekend of shows (1987/05/09-10) at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, is a short and tasty highlights disc for easy listening! So much I could have added, but then you might as well have listened to both complete shows! Sometimes, a compilation is preferable to complete show. I also like having an excuse to make a cover, and the collage was fun. Hope you enjoy!
1. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo (5-10)
2. My Brother Esau (5-9)
3. When Push Comes To Shove (5-9)
4. Scarlet Begonias -> (5-10)
5. Fire On The Mountain (5-10)
6. Looks Like Rain (5-9)
7. West L.A. Fadeaway (5-10)
8. Wharf Rat (5-9)
9. Box Of Rain (5-10)
10. Touch Of Grey (5-9)
As cool as the divided “Sugar/Daydream” sets are, I love “Half-Step” as an opener! “Esau” and “When Push” are great songs from the era I really wish the Dead had kept playing. For the centerpiece jam, I felt the “Scarlet->Fire” worked best. Next, “Looks Like Rain” is always beautiful, and “West L.A.” pair nicely. I would have liked to include a Mydland song, but unfortunately the horrid “Tons of Steel” was the only option. For the Jerry closing ballad, it was difficult to choose between “Wharf Rat” and “China Doll, the latter losing out by a hair. Many people dislike later (post ’73) versions of “Box of Rain.” I understand Lesh’s voice is different. He aged. I think there’s new dimensions of emotion that are revealed, and plenty to be enjoyed from these later renditions. Finally, after the first show, the iconic music video for “Touch of Grey” was filmed, so it’s only fitting to end this compilation with the next night’s performance.