Grateful Dead – Franklin’s Tower (Live in 1979)

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s eighth album, Blues For Allah. It’s my personal favorite among their studio albums. The title track was played live a few times in the year it was released (1975), but not after that. Other songs – like “Franklin’s Tower”, “The Music Never Stopped”, and “Crazy Fingers” – were played right up until the end of the Dead’s career (including the Fare Thee Well shows).

This video is from 1979, and it’s a nice recording. It was Brent Mydland’s first year with the band. The audio is great, and the video, while grainy, gives us a number of different views of the band. Jerry is rocking the long hair.