April 9 - April 15, 2012
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1979 and 1980.
Our first selection this week is from the Fillmore Auditorium on 12/20/69, where we have classic batch of 1969 Dead: Mason's Children, China>Rider, High Time. please note that the head and the of the first song and tail of the last are cut, just an occupational hazard of working with the older recordings, where the tape was often paused between songs.
Next is the first set from 12/9/79 in St. Louis, featuring Alabama Getaway > The Promised Land ; Brown Eyed Women ; Cassidy ; Row Jimmy ; New Minglewood Blues ; Candyman; Lazy Lightning> Supplication ; Deal. This was drawn from the cassette master, recorded from the PA board mix.
Lastly this week is the third set closing sequence of I Need A Miracle>Bertha>Johnny B. Goode, Casey Jones on 10/27/80 at Radio City Music Hall. I've always been a huge fan of the post-Drums Bertha, such a rocking way to keep people dancing in the slot usually reserved for the night's ballad.
Join us next week for more tunes from the vault.
that 79 alabama is hot as they come and the cassette master clear as a bell. a v nice set to hear on a friday after work ... yowzer
In for the I need a miracle...
Because that'z what it's gonna take
to harness all my good thoughts.
Jerry's beginning strums conjure up JGB 'Lay Down Sally' from Rochester '91 :)
as soon as I get home, I am getting out my Seastones CD...
The fire's song is in tune and dancing
with the Grateful Dead.
It's inspired by the vibrations in the
Well worth the labor and whistling
at each songs end.
It fascinates me the irony of the fire,
the music and me.
I have tried for years to match up two
logs that are alike and to date it is
undone. Each log is unique and I hand
select them each week. I know the wood
and the BTU's of them but still none match.
So, I blissful choose the starters and the
long burners and the yule logs for the days
end. It entertains me and as I listen to them
with and without the music, I am comforted.
I love the Wood's Song and all it's beauty.
From the days when the green rustling leaves
spoke to the world, to the crackling thunder
of it's last breath to the snapping crackle of
it drying in the sun and to it's new song of
as life sustaining embers that once again
nurture me just as in the days of ole.
I keep the quiet ashes in a barrel for til
spring so that I can give life to the new
trees when I mix them with the soil and water.
And the Tree Song will be found in a
different tree to sing a unique song once
I always wonder if a choir of trees the sang
a youthful and song of ole song at the same time
were a making fertile land that was but a newborn
virgin waiting for it's first seeds of a completely
unknown arrival to be sacrificially nurturing to
all perimeters. A complete unknown but a
tragedy turned to a meal.
to give all
to replenish all.
I can never forget the
heaviest tree ever carried;
men make those kind.
The good one's make picnic tables
and playgrounds and bed frames, xo!
Okay, stoltzfus that was off the top of my head,
inspired by your "post". Thanks, I gotta
hit -restart and get my fire stoked.
Next burner is for you, thanks for the light.
Hope you close your eyes and imagine
the beautiful flames and whistles our
home will be gifted by in the minutes to
follow. A log in your honor, on next, xo!
I'll follow up with your Seastone's later.
I got a mojo here I'm working with, xo!
you need to publish a book of poetry someday.
I am not a poet
though I'd like to be
words as images to see
I recommend that we all listen to Seastones right.....NOW!
Doing a split today,
no not like that, lol.
Drivin' through some chores
and am so glad to have an
excellent thread to make them
a cinch, kinda.
To the Taper's Section, Cheers!
With a glass of water. XO!
Carry the wood.
Make a fire.
Separate the laundry.
Saving the Wednesday gem for my
next time of rest from responsibilty.
For now...we rock ON!
This just in off the top of my head.
Living in the moment, at the moment,
glad this is a part of the moment I'm
oh the liplessness.
"Down in the Valley"
@ the end of the 12/9/79 selection.
my lightnin', too!
interesting comment about Brent. It's incredible how much detail Deadheads get into over the band's sound etc. An incredible audience...you have to wonder if the band truly understood how good they had it from that perspective?
With regard to the specific keyboard sound, I am one who really liked the very loud "lead piano" sound Brent had going there right at the end. Loved that particular MIDI piano sound...seemed like they were going in a direction where that was the lead instrumental voice in the group. Check out the jam between "Scarlet" and "Fire" 6-15-90 for some of the incredible color Brent was adding with that sound.
In terms of his piano sound, the '85 era sound was my other favorite. '82 being my least favorite (the stock Yamaha electronic piano that was becoming prevalent ....think of U2 "New Year's Day" the Who "Eminence Front" for example etc.).
Blair Jackson (I think?) wrote a decent book about the Band's gear over the years. (Though I felt the drummers were woefully neglected . . . for us drummer/gear heads.).