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Box Of Rain
Composer: Phil Lesh / Robert Hunter

Box Of Rain was first performed by the Grateful Dead in October 1972. The song was played regularly in 1972 and 1973 but was then dropped from the repertoire. It returned on March 1986 and was subsequently performed a dozen or so times each year through to 1995. Box Of Rain was last song to be played live by the Grateful Dead, the second encore song on July 9, 1995.

Robert Hunter explained the origin of this song in his notes in Box Of Rain: Lyrics 1965-1993;

Phil Lesh wanted a song to sing to his dying father and had composed a piece complete with every vocal nuance but the words. If ever a lyric 'wrote itself' this did - as fast as the pen would pull.


Grateful Dead

info American Beauty, 1970
info American Beauty / Workingman's Dead, 198?
info Fallout From The Phil Zone, 1997
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info View From The Vault II (DVD), 2001
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 28, 2003
info The Very Best Of The Grateful Dead, 2003
info American Beauty (Dualdisc), 2004
info Searching for the Sound : My Life in the Grateful Dead Audio CD, Phil Lesh, 2005
info Searching For The Sound Bonus CD, 2005
info Trilogy, 2005
info Eternally Grateful, Grateful Dead, 2007
info Four Decades of Folk Rock, Various Artists, 2007
info Revolutions In Sound: Warner Bros. Records: The First Fifty Years (USB), Various Artists, 2008
info Road Trips: Vol 2, Number 4: Cal Expo 1993, 2009
info Crimson, White and Indigo, 2010
info Spring 1990 (box set), 2012
info Sunset Strip To Haight-Ashbury, Various Artists, 2012

Other recordings

info Nicky Holland, Nicky Holland, 1991
info Hurricane's Eye, Robin Hurt, 1992
info Blue Morning, Toni Brown, 1996
info Sloan Wainwright, Sloan Wainwright, 1996
info Mileage, Mick Overman, 1998
info Dead Delites, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1998
info Sing Out For Seva, Various Artists, 1999
info Pickin' On The Grateful Dead, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 2000
info Long Strange Trip: Swingin' and Pickin' on the Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2001
info Gratefully Yours, Jim Hudak, 2001
info homesleephome2, Various Artists (Lenola), 2001
info Electronic Tribute To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2002
info The 1000th Show, Dark Star Orchestra, 2005
info At Fine Arts Center, UMass, Amherst, MA 11/16/07, The American Beauty Project, 2009
info Yoga Pop Ups: Yoga Tribute To Grateful Dead, 2010
info Lullaby Versions of Grateful Dead, 2010
info At Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC 10/15/10, The American Beauty Project, 2010
info March 10, 2012, San Francisco, CA, Railroad Earth, 2012
info Harpin' On The Dead, Anela Lauren, 2013

 
Robert Hunter

info Jack O'Roses, 1980
info Box Of Rain, 1990
info Sacramento, CA, June 27, 2004
info Portland, OR, July 2, 2004
info Holmdel, NJ, August 10, 2004

The Dead

info Vernon, NY, June 29, 2003
info Morrison, CO, July 7, 2003
info Columbus, OH, August 6, 2003
info Salt Lake City, UT, June 29, 2004
info Indianapolis, IN, July 25, 2004
info Hartford, CT, August 3, 2004
info Wantagh, NY, August 14, 2004
info Dead '09: Wilkes-Barre, PA, April 22, 2009
info Dead '09: Philadelphia, PA, May 1, 2009
info Dead '09: Chicago, IL, May 4, 2009
info Dead '09: Quincy, WA, May 16, 2009

Furthur

info Dec 13, 2009, Asbury Park, NJ
info Feb 10, 2010, Charlotte, NC
info Mar 3, 2010, Chicago, IL
info May 29, 2010, Angels Camp, CA
info June 27, 2010, Brooklyn, NY
info July 5, 2010, Stroudsburg, PA
info September 21, 2010, Los Angeles, CA
info November 12, 2010, Chicago, IL
info March 11, 2011, New York, NY
info March 22, 2011, Upper Darby, PA
info April 1, 2011, Hampton, VA
info July 19, 2011, Saratoga Springs, NY
info July 29, 2011, Simpsonville, SC
info Sept 30, 2011, Morrison, CO
info Nov 10, 2011, New York, NY
info Nov 20, 2011, St. Louis, MO
info Dec 29, 2011, San Francisco, CA
info April 6, 2012, Boston, MA
info April 13, 2012, New York, NY
info July 11, 2012, Cary, NC
info July 18, 2012, Rochester Hills, MI
info September 27, 2012, Troutdale, OR
info October 6, 2012, Los Angeles, CA
info December 30, 2012, San Francisco, CA
info January 18, 2013, Mill Valley, CA
info February 21, 2013, Denver, CO
info April 19, 2013, Port Chester, NY
info April 24, 2013, Port Chester, NY
info July 13, 2013, Philadelphia, PA
info July 19, 2013, Canandaigua, NY
info Sept 8, 2013, Arrington, VA
info Sept 21, 2013, Morrison, CO
info Sept 28, 2013, Berkeley, CA
info Oct 4, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Phil Lesh & Friends

info Phil Lesh and Friends Live at the Warfield, 2006
info June 18, 2006: Bonnaroo Music Festival, 2006
info Instant Live: June 24, 2006, Orlando, FL, 2006
info Instant Live: June 30, 2006, Camden, NJ, 2006
info Instant Live: July 6, 2006, Mansfield, MA, 2006
info Instant Live: July 9, 2006, Bethel, NY, 2006
info Instant Live: July 16, 2006, Chicago, IL, 2006
info April 5, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014
info April 12, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014
info May 29, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014

Ratdog

info Boca Raton, FL, November 22, 2008

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