October 25 - October 31, 2010
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section as we roll toward the end of October. This week we'll check out some more of the March, 1972 shows in New York, and some 1991 Dead.
Or first selection this week is from 3/23/72 Academy of Music in New York, with the bulk of the first set, featuring China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Black Throated Wind ; Chinatown Shuffle ; Brown Eyed Women ; Beat It On Down The Line ; Cumberland Blues ; Looks Like Rain ; Mr. Charlie ; Tennessee Jed ; El Paso ; You Win Again. That's a very rare show-opening China>Rider, and little surprises like that are always fun to find on a tape. Also, like the selection we played here last week from the same run of shows, Jerry plays some nice pedal steel on Looks Like Rain.
Our next couple of selections are from the Albany, NY shows on the Spring Tour of 1991. For anyone who'd been at the Cap Center shows just before this, walking into the Knickerbocker we found a big surprise in that Bruce's piano was absent. Due to prior commitments, Bruce was absent from these three shows and the next three at Nassau. From the second night in Albany on 3/24/91 we have the second set opening Samson And Delilah ; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Looks Like Rain ; He's Gone. A good, if somewhat standard, sequence for the time, with the exception of the set-opening Samson.
Lastly this week, from the final night in Albany on 3/25/91, we have the end of the second set featuring Space > The Other One > Black Peter > Throwing Stones > Playing In The Band Reprise; Turn On Your Lovelight. A couple of very rare things took place at the end of the show, the first being the Throwing Stones>Playing reprise set-ender, and the second being the encore of Lovelight. It was always nice when things got mixed up a bit, keeping things fresh. After playing most of the past six months with Bruce as a keyboard co-pilot, Vince Welnick held his own at these shows without Bruce.
Be sure to join us again next week for more vault nuggets. Thanks for stopping in, and please feel free to write to us at the email address below with questions or comments, and please include “Grateful Dead” in your subject heading.
I love coming to this section each week to check out these great nuggets of dead history, though I wonder what happened to the concept of representing the current week of, but in a different year. So I also question why we don't have some great fall/halloween stuff going on here. Anyways, love the tapers section so keep on keepin' on!
I don't mean to complain but all this has been played before except the 3-24-91 segment. In fact, the '72 stuff was played just this past April. Yes, it is good but do you know what season it is? Why all the Spring stuff lately? Oh well. I will still listen and be grateful.