Scarlet Begonias Radio: Road Trips, Vol. 3, No. 4

by Dennis on October 18, 2010

This week on Scarlet Begonias Radio, we begin a journey through the two latest official releases from the Grateful Dead’s recordings vault – Road Trips, Vol. 3, No. 4 and The “Formally the Warlocks Box” .  We’ll start by going back to school with  the Grateful Dead on a college tour back in 1980, and hear some things from Penn State and Cornell University.

For me, 1980 was great time to be a Deadhead. I was living in Boston and mainstream music was mostly either punk, fading disco or “New Wave”. Now, there was some great music that happened then, but for me The Grateful Dead were the real thing, the core, the root of it. My favorite memory from 1980 is walking out of the Orpheum Theater after attending the early and late Garcia Band shows (the early show included Russian Lullaby > Eleanor Rigby > After Midnight) through that little alley there and past the Wilfred Beauty School. When I hit the sidewalk with my mind freshly blown, back into the hustle of a Friday night in the Theater district, I couldn’t believe that all these people could just be carrying on normally after what I’d just experienced in the Theater. Good times :).

This is from Blair Jackson: “…Like the two that make up the latest edition of Road Trips (that’s Vol. 3, No. 4, for those scoring at home), from Recreation Hall at Penn State on 5/6/80 and Barton Hall at Cornell in upstate New York the following night, 5/7/80. The Dead had played Penn State the previous year and dug the place (and played well), and you may recall a little shindig they threw at Barton Hall almost exactly three years earlier… 5/8/77 ring a bell with anyone? Decent show, I guess. Anyway, the band’s Spring ’80 tour had started a week earlier down in Alabama, and been rolling northward, with stops in Atlanta, Greensboro, Hampton (Va.) and Baltimore before this detour to a couple of institutions devoted to, ahem, higher learning…”

Here’s the two-part list:

Road Trips, Vol. 3, No. 4
Show #1
Penn State (5/6/80)
Cornell (5/7/80)

Jack Straw
Me and My Uncle
Big River
Row Jimmy
Lazy Lightning
Lost Sailor
Saint of Circumstance
China Cat Sunflower
I Know You Rider
Feel Like A Stranger>
Shakedoown Street

Road Trips, Vol. 3, No. 4
Show #2
Penn State (5/6/80)
Cornell (5/7/80)

He’s Gone
The Other One
Rhythm Devils
Wharf Rat
Around and Around
Johnny B. Goode
Playing In The Band
Terrapin Station
Rhythm Devils
Saint of Circumstance
Black Peter
Playing In The Band
Good Lovin’