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Download professionally recorded audio of Grateful Dead’s first Chicago reunion concert

19-song, three-plus hour performance is now available in high-quality audio

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    Photo by Jay Blakesberg

    Every Deadhead knows the Grateful Dead offers taper section seating at their shows, special spots where folks with high-quality recording devices can capture the entire set on tape. Of course that wouldn’t change for their final run of Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field, and now NYCTaper has made the entire July 3rd concert available for download.

    Sure, NYCTaper usually focuses on their hometown area, but how could any live recording fan miss a chance at the Dead’s last ride? As NYCTaper explains on his site, his friend Bill Walker was on hand to record the show with “a 6-microphone mix that included a pair of Busman BSC2 mics, two AKG 480/CK61 mics and my Sennheiser cardioids that I sent to him especially for the occasion.” The result is downloadable in MP3 and FLAC formats, with the bundles split into the show’s two sets.

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    Download it all for yourself at NYCTaper and take a listen to the midway point of set one, “Passenger”, below. Also, if you haven’t yet, check out Steven Arroyo’s review of this very show.

    Grateful Dead at Soldiers Field, July 3rd, 2015 setlist:
    Set 1:
    [Total Time 1:11:01]
    01. Box of Rain
    02. Jack Straw
    03. Bertha
    04. Passenger
    05. The Wheel
    06. Crazy Fingers
    07. The Music Never Stopped

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    Set 2:
    [Total Time 1:53:58]
    01. Mason’s Children
    02. Scarlet Begonias
    03. Fire On The Mountain
    04. Drums-Space
    05. New Potato Caboose
    06. Playing In The Band
    07. Let It Grow
    08. Help On The Way
    09. Slipknot
    10. Franklin’s Tower
    11. [encore break / donor request]
    12. Ripple

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