Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some music from a 15 year span in the Grateful Dead's career, 1978-1993.
Our first stop is on 4/18/78 in Pittsburgh, PA, where we have the first bit of the first set, featuring New Minglewood Blues, Sugaree, Looks Like Rain, Dire Wolf. As we've mentioned before, we're missing the first part of this April 1978 tour (4/6 through 4/16), but what we do have, 4/18 through the end of the second of the tour on 5/17/78, contains some really hot music.
On the Spring Tour of 1988, Jerry lost his voice on the first night in Hartford, on 4/3/88. The next night he was still not too strong in the vocal department, and by the third night, on 4/5/88, he was a getting close to normal. From that show, we have the first set, featuring Hell In A Bucket > Sugaree > Walkin' Blues, Dire Wolf > It's All Over Now, Bird Song > When I Paint My Masterpiece > Might As Well. In the hundred Dead shows I saw, this was one of only two versions of Might As Well I saw them play.
From five years later, we have music from the final night of a three night run in Rosemont, IL, on 3/11/93 Help On The Way>Slipknot>Franklin's Tower, Little Red Rooster, Althea. I've heard a lot of really good music through the first five months of 1993, and this Rosemont run featured some really great stuff.
Be sure to join us next week for more tunes from the vault.