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David Fricke’s Essential Stones and Dead Boots

June 11th, 2010

Rolling Stone’s senior editor David Fricke recently posted a couple articles at the magazine’s website listing three essential bootlegs of The Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead.

Here’s his picks for the Stones:

The Palais Theatre, St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia
February 24, 1966

Western Australia Cricket Ground, Perth, Australia
February 24, 1973

Capitol Theater, Passaic, New Jersey
June 14, 1978

And here are Dead choices:

Winterland, San Francisco
March 18, 1967

Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco
February 14, 1968

Winterland, San Francisco
June 7-9, 1977

I want to admit up front that I’m not familiar enough with the live corpus of either band to judge these picks. But I do think that limiting yourself to three boots by bands that were touring for 30 years in the case of the Dead and – what? – 40 for The Stones necessarily omits more great material than it includes. I mean, no shows from the Beggar’s Banquet-Let It Bleed-Sticky Fingers era when The Stones were arguably at their peak seems unthinkable but I guess you’ve got to start somewhere. As for the Dead concerts Fricke chose, they seem to be three of the shows among those that the collective wisdom of Deadheads have deemed the band’s best. They’re found on other lists of essential Dead live recordings that I’ve read.

Like I said above, I am not familiar with Stones and Dead boots, generally speaking, but I will throw in a recommendation here. One of my favorite Dead shows is the one from 28 March 1981 at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany. The concert was broadcast on the radio and television so good quality copies of the performance exist. Pete Townshend played on a “Not Fade Away”, “Wharf Rat”, and “Around and Around”. Below you’ll find the video for “Not Fade Away”. The presence of Townshend and the cocaine he no doubt brought along with him really throws the song into overdrive. Hart and Kreutzmann give the Bo Diddley beat heft yet it also remains aloof while Townshend seems to be threatening Garcia to keep up or else.

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