The latest installment in the Grateful Dead‘s All The Years Live archive video series is available now on the band’s YouTube page. This entry highlights the Dead’s performance of “Row Jimmy” from Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on September 30th, 1989.
Taken from the Dead’s second of three nights at Shoreline, “Row Jimmy” blows into the first set on a cool California fall breeze. With Jerry Garcia donning his famous Wolf guitar—his workhorse for the majority of the 1970s—this clip has a bit of a throwback element, despite the presence of “the new guy” Brent Mydland on keyboards. The band clicks together in this rollicking rendition of the Wake of the Flood track, setting the stage for an enlightened instrumental conversation between Garcia and Mydland.
Grateful Dead archivist and legacy manager David Lemieux notes in the video’s description,
Famously referred to by Jerry Garcia as one of his favourite songs to play live with the Grateful Dead, Row Jimmy was a steady part of the repertoire from 1973 to 1995, played 276 times by the Dead. Almost exclusively a first set song, this beautiful version comes from the day after the Dead brought back Death Don’t Have No Mercy.
Watch the Grateful Dead perform “Row Jimmy” at Shoreline Amphitheatre on 9/30/89.
Grateful Dead – “Row Jimmy” – Mountain View, CA – 9/30/89
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Previous installments of the Dead’s ongoing All The Years Live series have included: