April 23 - April 29, 2012
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some fine summer Grateful Dead from the 1980s.
Our first selection is the end of Set 1 from Kansas City on 7/7/81, where we have Lazy Lightning>Supplication, Bird Song>Looks Like Rain>Deal. I'm a big fan of 1981 Grateful Dead. It's definitely “80s” Dead, but they have not yet started playing all of the newer 1982-1983 songs (which I love).
Next is the end of the second set from Merriweather on 6/30/85, featuring The Other One>Stella Blue>Around and Around>Sugar Magnolia. The start of this second set is justifiably famous, but we figured we'd highlight the other part of the set this week.
Lastly this week we have the start of the second set from RFK Stadium on 7/13/89, featuring He's Gone>LL Rain>Terrapin Station. That He's Gone is a rare set-opening version. I distinctly remember these two RFK shows as being hot, humid and overcast. Decent shows, too.
Join us here next week for more tunes from the vault.
Yeah, the midi-Wolf was seen at these RFK July '89 shows, as well. Was unfortunately taking finals the day of the above show, but caught the previous night (my only Far From Me, and only second & final FOTD ever) and Jerry arrived post-Space with the Wolf guitar in tow. Sorry to report that it sounded a little thin compared to the Lieber, but the sentimental thrill more than made up for it.
And, hey, 6-30-85 was my first show! Sure wish I'd have fully appreciated this inspired (That's It For the) Other One, instead of wishing it was Truckin' ; )
(Shakedown, of course, was another matter ~ baptismal moment. I didn't know WHAT was going on, this giant lawnful of people from izods to tie-dyes singing the chorus over and over again in synchronized groove....but I knew I wanted in.
Those need to come out..especially in beautiful multi-track. I downloaded that sweet "Sugaree" from this site a few years back (when that was an option). Such a great mix...you can't hear Brent for instance on the audience tapes (PA). But in the multitrack he's punctuating with his usual melodic miracles.... Most of the two track PA soundboard tapes from 1989 I find to be absolutely heinous ...lead hi-hat cymbals followed by vocals dominating the mix. Multi-track really makes that year come across in a manner deserving of the tremendous music that was played! (Of course it does for any year but some years they recorded multi-track the two tracks are just fine....).
I haven't even heard the Hampton box...one day when I find an extra $70 sitting I guess....(i.e. 'never' at this rate!).
I second that (e)motion for an '85 box set. SPAC and/or any show with "She Belongs To Me" would be most welcome. And thanks for the Alpine Valley Movie Night. There was a small but grateful contingent here in Atlanta. I'd estimate 50 folks showed up. I dug the Sugar -> Scarlet transition. The consecutive "Jack" songs in the first set (Jack-a-Roe and Jack Straw) messed with my head as I was trying to remember the set list with one-syllable abbreviations. (For a moment there was some serious brain reconciliation required.) The re-appearance of MIDI Wolf was special, for sure.
a selected GD85 box set would be welcome...I thnk there might be too many detractors, though.
In any event, feel free to TS 7/1/85 at your earliest convenience, DL2. and 7/13/85. and 6/27/85. and 4/7/85. and 6/28/85. and 4/27/85. and 3/28/85...