The GRATEFUL DEAD – ” Cumberland Blues ” Alpine Valley 17th July 1989 ( All The Years Live DVD Set )

Posted: May 30, 2020 in MUSIC
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Grateful Dead HQ dug into the band’s summer ’89 tour for this week’s All The Years Live pro-shot video, revisiting a vivacious, first-set “Cumberland Blues” from Wisconsin’s beloved Alpine Valley.

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From one of the Grateful Dead’s first home videos, “Downhill From Here”, this is the Dead at a later-era peak,” exaplains GD archivist/legacy manager David Lemieux. “‘Cumberland Blues’ was a song that always seemed to be played well, and when they nailed it perfectly, as they do here, it’s a six-man unit running at breakneck speed, acting as one unified force.”

“From one of the Grateful Dead’s first home videos, this is the Dead at a later-era peak. “Cumberland Blues” was a song that always seemed to be played well, and when they nailed it perfectly, as they do here, it’s a six-man unit running at breakneck speed, acting as one unified force.”

On a previous edition of All The Years Live, Lemieux and company also showcased the “Uncle John’s Band” from this same 7/17/89 outing.

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