The latest installment in the Grateful Dead‘s All The Years Live archival video series is available now on the band’s YouTube page. This entry highlights the Dead’s performance of “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo” at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, NY on July 16th, 1990.
“Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo” came in the two slot at this show, following the show-opening “Hell In A Bucket”. The Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter tune originally found on 1973’s Wake of the Flood comes as a good pace-setting song for the show as the band settles into a groove that they’ll ride through the set. While “Mississippi Half-Step” has never been particularly noted for its improvisational potential, the Dead still take it out for nearly eight-and-a-half minutes as they all prepare for the long night ahead with some minor exploration from Garcia.
Grateful Dead archivist and legacy manager David Lemieux notes in the videos description,
Mississippi Half-Step debuted at the first Grateful Dead show after Pigpen’s last final show with the band, when the Dead played 7/16/72 in Hartford, CT, 18 years to the day before this performance in Buffalo. It was a common part of the setlist throughout the next 23 years, with the exception of 1983-1984, played a total of 234 times.
Watch the Grateful Dead perform “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo” at Rich Stadium on 7/16/1990.
Grateful Dead – “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo” – Orchard Park, NY – 7/16/1990
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Previous installments of the Dead’s ongoing All The Years Live series have included: