Take DeadTest™ Vol. 11 – The Heyday of the ’70s

by Peter Wendel
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JerryGarciafrombehindstage2 SongMango.comHere’s DeadTest™ Vol. 11. In terms of high-quality output, the 1970s were very good to The Grateful Dead and their ever-deepening pool of fans. Many argue (convincingly) that the ’70s represent the band’s apex – vocally, instrumentally and lyrically. It was the Golden Era.

The Dead attained a level of technical precision in the ’70s – as witnessed in the flawless performance at Barton Hall and the perfectly played Europe ’72 tour – that they’d rarely reach again (with any real consistency) in the ’80s. Although the ’80s and ’90s brought fantastic new developments of their own – like extended jams, layered complexity and edgier all around play – the super-tight minimalist sound of the ’70s was truly magical.


DeadTest™ Vol. 11 – The Heyday of the ’70s

This 11th installment of the DeadTest™ (with more to come) focuses on the 1970s – arguably the best decade for the band and its fans. The Dead attained a high level of technical precision in the ’70s which generated many of the band’s finest performances. This entertaining exercise will challenge your ear to identify songs from isolated solos, intros and closes. You will also need your visual skills as you will be asked to identify major players inside The Dead’s inner-sanctum. These tests, for lack of any better term, are “dead-icated” to increasing the size and potency of your lightening bolt. Good luck, folks!



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Peter Wendel is a journalist and PR consultant. He's attended hundreds of concerts and festivals, including Mountain Jam, The All Good and Lockn'. He's ridden legendary Grateful Dead runs from Ventura County Fairgrounds to Irvine Meadows (CA) from the Nassau Coliseum (NY) to the Boston Garden (MA). Peter is a former U.S. Marine who – after running into trouble with every last one of his commanding officers – received an honorable discharge and a direct order never to return. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, Peter lived in Boston and Joshua Tree (CA) before settling in the nation's capital. Find him on tour at PWendel@SongMango.com.