Grateful Dead Live at Soldier Field on 1995-07-08

Jack Straw, Sugaree, Wang Dang Doodle, Althea, Queen Jane Approximately, Tennessee Jed, Eternity*, Don't Ease Me In China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, It's All Too Much, Saint Of Circumstance-> Terrapin Station-> Drums-> Space-> The Other One-> Visions Of Johanna, One More Saturday Night, E: U.S. Blues
A classic recording from the last of the mega-stadium days. I think this show speaks more to Grateful Dead history than anything spectacular musically.

This was my fist and only trip to Soldier Field and I was totally blown away by the size. I had never seen a stadium gig. By July of '95 I'd managed to hit 23 dead shows. And by number 24 I was beginning to feel like somewhat of a vertaran. (yeah right) I had no idea what I was in for. I had floor seats that night but actually went back to the taper section to plug-in. I had a great view of the entire stadium sitting front row of the balcony-like section that sat over the entrance to the floor. The Band opener was largely forgettable. The stadium started filling up in usual style during the Band's set and somewhat afterwards. From the opening notes of Jack Straw I had the most amazing feeling and was totally overwhelmed by the size of the whole thing. I couldn't believe this many people, all together all listening to the dead. It was just too much. And it was a picture perfect night. The sun was going down and had a nice reflection off the lake, it was simply beautiful.

The hightlight of this show is ofcourse the Visions of Johanna. Mona Lisa sure musta had the highway blues that night. That moment right there made the entire trip (from Ohio) worth it. A classic night sealed in time by Mr. Nutter's terrific recording.

Enjoy these tapes and remember the happiness the Grateful Dead has provided for all of us.

--Bill Gardner, 06/16/01
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