Grateful Dead Live at Radio City Music Hall on 1980-10-31 : Free Borrow & Streaming : Internet Archive (2023)

Heaven Help The Fool, Sage And Spirit, Little Sadie, Monkey & The Engineer, It Must Have Been The Roses, Cassidy, Bird Song-> Ripple Jack Straw, Cold Rain & Snow, Me & My Uncle-> Mexicali Blues, Ramble On Rose-> Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women-> Looks Like Rain-> Deal Don't Ease Me In-> Lost Sailor-> Saint Of Circumstance-> Franklin's Tower-> Drums-> Fire On The Mountain-> Not Fade Away-> Stella Blue-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Good Lovin', E: Uncle John's Band



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Reviewer: J Coz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2017
Subject: Flawless Performance

The boys were on top of there game this nite.... best show performance I've seen...from my first show in 1978 thru 1995....

Reviewer: deadbass36 - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2011
Subject: Try the wise miller aud

This pre-fm sbd does have some fidelity issues that distract from the listening experience. try the AUD tape by Jim Wise (remastered by C Miller), for a warmer more ambient sounding experience. Id like to hear a multi-track that probably sits in The Vault.

Reviewer: kumachandai - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2011
Subject: 10/31/80

Awesome show! As I recall, Betty Cantor-Jackson had once said in an interview that there problems recording the Radio City Shows. She was quoted as telling Jerry to be right up on the mike at these shows or she'd break his legs, of something to that effect.

Reviewer: feather0926 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2010
Subject: SWEET!!!

Thank you I love the acoustic set from this night. It's my second favorite my first is 09-26. The Dead were revitalized & reenergized with these shows. Every night had something magical in them. I just stared listening to these tapes again it is very sad that SB's don't exist for every night. It sems every acoustic set was made available as a SB. What about the electric sets. Wouldn't these shows make for a good boxed set? Again Thank you!!!!

Reviewer: John Bouffard - - July 10, 2010
Subject: posting

to come back later

Reviewer: JurassicBlueberries - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 31, 2008
Subject: And remember.....

Don't give up the ghost

Reviewer: batcaver - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 25, 2007
Subject: The meaning of Bass

Sometimes importance is not so obvious. Did Nobel know that the ultimate value of his earnings from developing TNT would be the creation of a household word associated with peace and good works? This recornding is important because Garcia says "Bass is an essential part of music. We can't play without the bass." There, it's been recorded for eternity.
On topic, IMHBTR is sweet and the Cassidy is better than the one on Reckoning.

Reviewer: audiohead22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2007
Subject: Audio Problems....???

Ok people, the complaints are out of control. Although there are some audio problems with the equipment and the recording suffers slightly, this is an "excellent" copy. Keep in mind the time frame of this show. It's almost 30 years old and digital was just entering the public realm at the time. Almost every analog recording is going to have some signal displacement (hiss). As stated by another listener, this can be easily corrected. I am going to 'remaster' this show myself. If anyone wants a copy, feel free to e-mail me. I do this for many shows and dispense them openly.

Just enjoy the tunes people. We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to relive these incredible events. This run of shows are epic and not to be missed. Jerry's guitar work during these shows is something to cherish, just simply amazing!

Once again, thank you guys for allowing us drown in the sounds. Spread the love and enjoy...


Reviewer: jfk62 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2006
Subject: Get the SBD and Video!

I downloaded the video of this show - broadcast closed circuit to other theaters - the sound is from the SBD. Al Franken and Tom Davis do some comedy bits during the intermission. Check for lots of other free goodies while they are still available.

Reviewer: zuman! - favoritefavorite - December 20, 2005
Subject: zuman!

hearing this brings back the dissapointment of this closing night . .

Reviewer: stealthhippy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 16, 2005
Subject: the CROWD WAS LOUD

come on..Halloween..the earlier shows rocked, the acoustics at RCMH superb..and tickets for this night broke my bank...recording here is decent, show is good +..and remembered all over again why i liked saint-soldier...even after hearing it evry other show..this one gave me the chills again..a keeper...

Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2005
Subject: First of all...

I like the '80 Warfield/Radio City shows and I see no reason to avoid them, even if the sound quality leaves something to be desired. However, this source isn't exactly the ideal SBD source, with the first two songs being either mixed poorly or performed sloppily. Probably both. But thankfully the band and the engineer clear things up by Little Sadie. I don't know what the guy below me is talking about; an AUD tape for the acoustic set? It's obviously a SBD.

As for the electric set, it's quite great. It's no May '77, but the Franklins>Drums>Space>Fire is one of the best of 1980; I believe that Fire shows up on Dead Set and the rest of the 2nd set is equally delicious. Get it.

Reviewer: sregornad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 28, 2005
Subject: Sound Quality

While personal taste might a color a review or two of a show with arguable quality, let's not forget what sound quality really boils down to: a balance among all the instruments and voices.

Reviewer: muchabrats - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 25, 2005
Subject: Performance 5 stars. Recording quality 3 at best.

Its almost worth doing a song by song review of this show. The recording changes so much from song to song. The acoustic set, which is from an audience tape starts off distorted and doesnt get much better until Cassidy. The second set, which is electric has similar EQ problems starting with Jack Straw and Cold Rain & Snow. However, it sounds like its from the soundboard or pre-FM mix; I dont know the difference so please excuse my ignorance. The crowd must have been really loud in Radio City because at times the recording sounds like it could be audience because there is so much bleed into the vocal mics. By Deal the sound has come around pretty nicely, some distortion here and there but better than the start of the electric set. Lost Sailor and Saint sound as good as they do on Dead Ahead if youve ever seen it. Franklins Tower sound awesome as well. The reason you should download this show is for the Space into Fire on the Mountain. There is nothing like it and I mean nothing. Absolute brilliant performance. The EQ gets weird again around GDTRFB. Good Lovin and Uncle Johns Band is also okay. I anxiously await a better recording because this show was great. At the very least download the Space>Fire!!!!! Performance 5 stars. Recording quality 3 at best. I eagerly await quality Radio City shows to complement the Warfield shows.

Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2005
Subject: There are better Radio City shows

Sound quality is muddled and slow to get going.

Reviewer: jimkrum - favoritefavorite - March 2, 2005
Subject: not good

this is not a good recording at all. terrible sound and had to fiddle with an equalizer for a while just to get it half decent. I may be picky but this upload is downright lame.

Reviewer: Benzosity - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 20, 2005
Subject: Respect

for 10-31-80. This run of shows gets a lot of attention for the acoustic sets. However, the final electric set is brilliant. The unconventional placement of Franklins' and Fire make for gooood listenin'. It is very clear that Dead Set was a chopped version.

Reviewer: Dennisw - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 16, 2004
Subject: No complaints on the the sound

I don't hear any significant hiss on the electric sets. The acoustic set has audience noise, but nothing out of the ordinary. Let's remember that this was an acoustic set, and as such can be a little noisier due to the instrument mics, etc.

I think this show is certainly worth having as is, and I'm pretty anal about sound quality.

Reviewer: other3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 5, 2004
Subject: Agree, this is not a 5 star recording of the show

I listened to one tune, Jack Straw, just now and have already the aud. version and I feel that this one is better. Anyone with a decent equalizer can make this a 4- recording. The rest of the show, SBD, is downloading as I write this.

Reviewer: laptaper - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 9, 2004
Subject: What hiss?

Terry, I don't know what hiss you're talking about. The audience is more prominent during the acoustic set (natch!), but both sets sound clear as a bell streaming over my stereo. Thanks for the hi-Q streams,! Smart way to ease the strain on your servers, and save us from downloads we won't like. 5 stars for the acoustic, 4 for the electric for an average 4.5

Reviewer: gganter - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 2, 2004
Subject: Gem

This is a great show, if a tad understated. Hypnotic versions of Cassidy and Birdsong in the acoustic set. Excellent Jack Straw, Cold Rain, Ramble On. The Fire on the Mountain (which appears cut to pieces on Dead Set) through the end of the show is pretty close to perfect. FOM>NFA has an interesting aquatic feeling. The drumming is particularly tasteful throughout the show, not flashy but working intricately with the guitarists (I know that sounds like an odd thing to appreciate but it impresses me the more I hear it). I prefer the SBD to the AUD here, despite complaints of hiss, only because the crowd was so loud at Radio City (the East coast crowd roar is deafening during the spring and fall that whole year anyway).

Reviewer: velociraptor - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2004
Subject: Great times at Radio City

Performance-wise this is a solid 5. Sound quality-wise (if that's all you care about) I'd give it a three. Share the music!

Reviewer: Terry Werner - favoritefavorite - July 31, 2004
Subject: hiss hiss

sorry reviewers but you have decieved me... this is no where close to a 5 star recording although it is nice to see a RCMH with acoustic set. i hope in the future reviewers review the recording and not the setlist. lots of hiss - i guarantee that there were multiple cass gen here. look elsewhere for good '80s shows!

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