Grateful Dead Hour no. 501
By David Gans
Week of April 27, 1998
Grateful Dead (composite of 3/28/94 and 4/4/94)
Grateful Dead 7/16/66 Fillmore Auditorium, SF
CREAM PUFF WAR
by David Gans and Peter Barsotti
NEW YEAR'S EVE 1987
Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia
Grateful Dead 5/26/93 Cal Expo, Sacramento CA
PLAYING IN THE BAND
Mutilaudio by David Gans
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman 5/92 (unreleased)
16 x 16
This is the sequel to last week's show...
As I said in the intro to GDH500, "I thought I'd put together some stuff that you heard first on the Grateful Dead Hour, and some things you probably wouldn't have heard otherwise." GDH501 has more of these firsts and exclusives.
"Days Between" is one of the last songs Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter wrote together, and it is one of my all-time favorites. A sober but unsentimental look back - I think of it as a companion piece to Hunter's poem "An American Adventure" - both pieces dealing with the history of the Grateful Dead form the perspective of age and wisdom.
The 7/16/66 "Cream Puff War" came from a reel that my friend Dave Angress brought over in January 1994. A friend of his had had it in the closet since his family occupied an old scout camp in Marin County following the Dead's occupancy there. There were four reels in the stash, one of which was a copy of Charles Ives' Fourth Symphony (transcribed from an LP). The others were Grateful Dead music. These reels wound up in the Grateful Dead vault where they belonged, and I believe some of the music was included on the two-CD set Birth of the Dead in the boxed set The Golden Road (1965-1973).
In the late fall of 1986, I got a call from Peter Barsotti, one of Bill Graham's principal creative aides, inviting me to create a sound montage for Bill's midnight ride on New Year's Eve. It was an honor and a thrill! Peter came over with some records and a bunch of great ideas, and we went to work. The result was pleasing enough that I was invited to do it again the next two New Year's Eves. The 1987 edition, included here, related to the theme of the midnight pageant, with Tony Bennett's classic "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" as the central thread (although we ducked "San Francisco" at the end, since the event took place in Oakland. Peter's instruction to me was simple: take a room full of really high people right over the top!
The interview with Mountain Girl is a short excerpt from a longer talk that aired on KPFA on March 19, 1997. I plan to play this conversation on Sirius Satellite Radio in the near future.
The Cal Expo '93 "Playing in the Band" speaks for itself: that three-day run of shows was pretty damn satisfying throughout, and this jam in particular recalled the mind-melts of old.
"Brickshake #7" is another of my Mutilaudio digital audio art pieces - this one shuffles "Shakedown Street" ad Pink Floyd's "Anther Brick in the Wall" together like a pack of cards.
And finally, "16 x 16" is from a collection of unreleased live Garcia-Grisman performances recorded at the Warfield Theater in May 1992, given to my by Grisman to share with you nice folks. Ther's an excellent studio version of "16 x 16" on the Garcia-Grisman CD So What.
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Thanks for listening! David Gans
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is it after midnight?
Sorry about the double post but I didnt realize we had turned and started a new page!!
Thanx so much for the "Days" I recorded it off of WFUV on cassette way back in the day and still consider it the best version to date! So much so that i bought a Cassette deck with a USB output to bring the same version to my MP3 Player! It's safe to say your's has a lot less hiss!! Thanx again for all your music and mutilaudio!!
It is so ironic that you would post this version of "Days" Wich i had taped off of The GD Hour and considered it the version i enjoyed most !! So Much so that i recently bought a tape to pc deck and dug out the tape so i could bring it to my pc and enjoy it once more!! I did so the other night and have to admit that your version has much less hiss than the one i dubbed! I still think of it as The Definitive Version of "Days". Thanx so much for the tunes and the Mutilaudio
I didn't know Cream Puff War had been covered by another band. That's neat.
I can imagine Jerry scoffing at any compliments getting pushed towards the CPW lyrics, but I've always liked them OK. A 'get lost' song, kind of a Jerry stab perhaps at the sentiments expressed by Dylan in "Positively Fourth Street." And also "Ballad of a Thin Man." I remember an interview David did once where Jerry spoke of his fondness for those lyrics, which I remember him saying he interpreted as a "you're losing big" message to another.
BTW, lyrics found to CPW:
"No, no! She can't take your mind and leave
I know it's just another trick she's got up her sleeve
I can't believe that she really wants you to die
After all it's more than enough to pay for your lie
Wait a minute, watch what you're doin' with your time
All the endless ruins of the past must stay behind, yeah
Well, can't you see that you're killing each other's soul
Well, you're both out in the streets and you got no place to go
Your constant battes are getting to be a bore
So go somewhere else and continue your cream puff war"
I'd say that song really summed up the whole experience for me, now that I look back in time. Beautiful song and sentiments. Thanks DGans.
Sure wish I could catch a Grisman concert, someday. His work with Garcia was really great music. Amazing to me how these guys can be so versatile.
"I tell you Max, I don't know why I ever leave this place. I've got all the company I need right here." - The Grinch
This was thoroughly enjoyable. "Days", as said above, is an amazing peace of poetry. I've always felt like it was some kind of a confession, an account, a prayer that details a life lived. "When all we ever wanted, was to learn and love and grow." It has a sober tone, but I always thought it was brimming with a barely contained joy in recognition of the beauty of what a life is, and the grace that envelops us.
The "Cream Puff War" was awesome! One of those Dead tunes that is born and lives a short, awesome life and seems destined to be put on the shelf, and left up there for other bands, notably Widespread Panic, to take and dust off and polish to make it their own. John Bell's snarl of a voice is a perfect match for this particular GD jewel.
And of course, it was lovely to hear Vince's voice in there. RIP our friend.
Once again, many thanks, David!
"Looking for a shove in some direction"
My brother used to live in NYC and listen to the GDH on the good 'ol Fordham University station. He taped this one and sent it to me, among several others. I have pulled it out so many times over the last ten years to listen to that Tony Bennet thing. I love it.
Love the sentiments expressed above regarding Days Between (truly a stunning late-era Garcia-Hunter compostion; 'We grew into our shoes, And told them where to go,' ..... 'Gave the best we had to give, How much we'll never know' -some mighty sweet stuff there) and the American Adventure poem.
Also loved Mountain Girl's comments, and, ...... dude, ...............Cream Puff War!
My understanding is Cream Puff War is one of two tunes (Cryptical the other one, pun intended) in the Dead cannon where the lyrics were actually penned by Jerome himself.
Do I have this right?