Songs new to the rotation were "Althea", "Far From Me", "Alabama Getaway" and "Feel Like a Stranger". In this version of "Stranger" the Dead sounds like The Talking Heads. The release features some great versions of old favorites like "High Time", "Looks Like Rain", "Peggy-O" and a sweet combo of "Playin' in the Band" into "Uncle John's Band".
The CD set starts with an energetic "Jack Straw" into "Franklin's Tower". "Franklin's tower their hangs a bell", of course the bell in this song is the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, which is were the Nassau team was at this time.
Thirty-two years ago, the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers were playing in the Stanley Cup finals. Games one and two were in Philly. The Islanders returned to play game three and their first Stanley Cup game at home on May 17, 1980, the day after this set was recorded.
The Islanders won their first Stanley Cup that year, and would go on to win four in a row. The Grateful Dead would continue to play Nassau, but every year the shows were earlier and earlier in the hockey season so that they would not interfere with the Islanders' playoff runs. The Grateful Dead ended up playing Nassau consitantly in the spring, though they didn't play there from 85-89. They played Nassau Coliseum 42 times which is second in New York State to Madison Square Garden.
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