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April 18 - April 24, 2016
Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section. This week we have Grateful Dead music from earlier years, 1969, 1972, and 1973.
Our first stop this week is on 10/25/69 at Winterland, where we have the classic Live/Dead sequence of Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven> Turn On Your Love Light. This last number features Stephen Stills, who had performed a short, unannounced 45-minute set with Grahame Nash to open the show. Thankfully Bear was present to record that.
Next up, from 10/24/72 in Milwaukee, we have this terrific, and typically hot, second set jam sequence featuring Truckin' > Drums > The Other One> He's Gone > The Other One ; Casey Jones.
Lastly this week is some music from 10/23/73 in Bloomington, MN, where we have Black Throated Wind, Loose Lucy, Mexicali, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. These first two songs feature something very rare, Keith on organ. I’m not sure what the circumstances were for the Dead to have an organ on stage in 1973, perhaps Pigpen’s old Farfisa. Regardless, it’s cool and unique.
Be sure to join us here next week for more music from the vault.
Now, I'm not expert at organ identifying, but that organ Keith played at Metropolitan Sports Center in '73 ain't no Wurlitzer, I think, gosh - or particularly no Wurlitzer "house organ." ( - Would a hockey arena built in the '60s have a Wurlitzer theater/pipe organ installed? [The Wurlitzer company ceased building its pipe organs in 1943, says Wikipedia.] And you don't exactly "bring out the house organ" onstage, no?) And it's not a Hammond B-3 (or doesn't sound like one to me). It sounds like a dinky, maybe picked-up-on-the-road Farfisa-like portable organ. More a Farfisa to my inexpert ear than the also-small Vox Continental that Pigpen played after the Warlocks days and maybe after the beginning Gr Dead days, and that T.C. even played into 1969 when they couldn't keep a Hammond B-3 handy. (The Vox Continental is what you hear on Live Dead and the Fillmore West 1969 box.)
I haven't heard the whole Bloomington show, but there's more organ played in the second set in the middle of Truckin' and in the Nobody's Fault jam and the Other One prelude.
I was as the show the next night. First time I've heard this...wow...great show
I think the band brought out the house organ, a Wurlitzer, during Black Throated Wind. I'll have to listen to more songs from this show to see if there is more organ, as the other songs feature Keith on piano.
He played a variety of different keyboards: Yamaha & Steinway grand pianos, a Hammond organ in 1971, a Fender Rhodes electric piano from 1973-1977, and a Yamaha CP-70 electric grand from 1977-1978 (from Wiki). Pigpen learned to play a Hammond organ: it may have been the one Keith played during the fall '71 tour.
I recognize this BTW as the one from last November's 30 days of Dead. Love this version! Nice to hear some other music from that show too.
Would be neat if it was the organ Pigpen had been using