August 11 - August 17, 2008
Welcome back to the Tapers Section. In this edition we've got a great range of music from this week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history, from 1971, 1972, 1979 and 1987.
Our first selection this week is from the Berkeley Community Theatre on 8/15/71, featuring the show closing sequence of Lovelight, Johnny B. Goode>We Bid You Goodnight. I've seen several newspaper reviews in the archive of these shows, as well as articles announcing the concerts, and a lot was made of them. This was the Grateful Dead's first Bay Area appearance since the closing of the Fillmore West, and Bill Graham was producing a bigger hometown show for the Grateful Dead than he'd been doing the past few years at the Fillmore. By all accounts, both Uncle Bobo and the band pulled the shows off nicely.
Next up, from 8/12/72 in Sacramento, we have the magnificent second set jam featuring He's Gone>The Other One>Black Peter>The Other One>Truckin'. A couple of interesting twists in this jam is the Other One split by a ballad, and the jam ending with Truckin', usually the jumping off point for a big second set jam of the era, not a closer. Regardless, all of these little twists work beautifully.
From 8/13/79 at McNichols Arena in Denver, we have this great show-opening Shakedown Street. This was supposed to be the second night of a three night run at Red Rocks, but the nasty weather forced the second and third shows to be moved indoors to Denver's nearby McNichols Arena. I love the tone Phil gets on this Shakedown.
Speaking of Red Rocks, we also have some great music actually from Red Rocks this week. Our first selection is from 8/11/87, on the Grateful Dead's very well-received summer tour of 1987. From the post-Drums part of the show, we have All Along the Watchtower>GDTRFB>Around and Around>Sugar Magnolia, Black Muddy River. Watchtower was still rather new at the time, and it is simply blistering. Also from this run in 1987, from 8/12/87, we have the post-Drums sequence of The Other One>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Wharf Rat>Lovelight. It's always great to hear a Red Rocks Dear Mr. Fantasy, as the song had quite a history at Red Rocks: it was here in 1984 when the Grateful Dead first performed the song live, and in 1985 when they first joined it with Hey Jude. Cool stuff.
Be sure to stop back in next week for more great music. We always welcome your comments, questions, suggestions and requests, so feel free to write to the email address below.
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I was in High School in '78 when the Dead went to Egypt but that didn't stop me and at least one fiend from day dreaming about getting over there and seeing those historic shows. We tossed around various pipe dream ideas that ranged from stowing away aboard a cargo ship to getting "sponsored" by the United Nations to "report" on the implications of Grateful Dead's music as it related to mind expanding drugs while being physically located in geographic areas of metaphysical importance. This idea involved journalistically "reporting" on what Carlos Castaneda called "nonordinary reality" as it unfolded in Egypt, with the Grateful Dead concerts. Unfortunately, I had no means to convince the school's administrators (those that arranged the UN trips every year and had vast political connections) that the idea had merit and I merely became labeled as a drug addled slacker, bound to pump gas the rest of my life.
What does this story have to do with this week's TS selection, you ask? Well not everyone I knew looked down on my ambitions and having graduated in May of 1979 and I purchased tickets to the shows in Red Rocks (without knowing how I'd get there) in part to make up for missing the Egypt experience but also in search for a cosmic and synergistic experience which included a beautiful and powerful natural surrounding for the music that could further my pursuit for contact with a psychedelic reality that seemed fleeting in the context of urban arena concert reality of the times. I owned a bitchin' '69 Chevy Nova but the damn thing needed the points re-gapped every thousand miles or so and the rust holes in the floor boards would certainly result in carbon monoxide poisoning over those many miles but I remained determined to make the trip in that car if necessary. About a week before the concert, my friend's, girlfriend's mother offered us the use of her brand new Caddy (it literally had about 600 miles on it when we left for the shows) and we rolled out to Red Rocks like hippie gangstas. It was a magical trip but somehow after the first show, the rain started and didn't stop for three days. Our disappointment was equaled in obvious fashion by Bob's interaction with the crowd, which actually endeared me to him in a way I can't explain. The first night @ McNichols Area, the band started late, as the massive logistics of moving all that equipment down the mountain put a huge strain on the band and crew. On top of that issue, there were rumors the city was planning to fine the band for playing past 11 pm, to which Jerry allegedly replied, "Well let's pay the fine and play all night..." In the end, they were allowed to play until midnight, if memory serves, and that show (the second of the three... first @ McNichols) was incredible with energy. I'll remember those shows and the incredible adventure I had forever. Hearing "Shakedown Street" tonight brought back so many feelings and memories. Thanks DL and dead.net!
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who of u out there heard shakedown in lewiston maine????????phil's bass just wound the place up.........a hellof a show......maybe one of mycompadres from that time will sea this and remember!!!!!!!!!!........i know ur still out there......the red rocks shows are just awesome for this week in florida......high from the SHIP OF FOOLS............BRADENTON, craig and rose
The '87 Red Rocks run should be released in their entirety. I'm still holding out for the Alpine '87 shows to be released in some form, even if the audio quality is less-than-perfect. The first night in particular was one for the ages.
Much nicer than when Problems have Problems. It's like in Jazz when the improvisation is a song in itself, they come back to the head and it's like - whoa - where we been guys...? ;)
Listening to the Denver Shakedown from 79 , i wonder if Phil .- whose bass tone is very gnarly on the song . I wonder if he ever listened or was influenced by the two greats John Wetton - King crimson 72 - 74 , and Chris Squire , the great Yes bass player .
I like all three , but in realistic terms Wetton is by far more agressive . Squire is as strong as Phil , but more Prog , and Phil more Improv . And we might as well throw in Greg Lake ( the 1st Crimso bass player 69 - 70 ] , whose work is amongst the strongest in 20th century , and now 21st music ' outpput '
Great Shakedown DL . Very funky, and masteruflly played , just as the Dead used to do ( This probably sounds rushed but my favourite Sh St is RFK 95 , followed by MSG 910 91 }. it did only last though like 7.5 minutes , pretty concise , but intriguing
hey now David and ya'all, I am running a week behind with these tasty nugs .. summer in oregon is in full swing and its a beauty !
last weeks Lost>Saint > Eyes is real nice,,, amazing ,,
and , even better, is the Xpo Cntr : Truckin> Wang > Crazy Fingers > Cumberland > Eyes !!
boy, those heads got a treat that nite... really amazing segues and jam, jerrys voice !!
wow, wish i could listen to that whole show,,, drumz seemed like it was gonna be sick !!
need more Nitrious !!! Josh E Bear !!
Red Rocks were great shows and the pinacle of the summer tours.Wish they would release some of them in their complete format. Maybe we'll get lucky someday. Thanks for the teasers David.
i've always loved the intensity of a '72 jam... this other one from 8/12/72 gets insane! even the moments had moments. that's how great is was!
I always loved when the dead did Fantasy Hey Jude. A Grate cover band from Erie called Blind Dog, later called Platos Cave would do that also. Maybe one of these weaks you'll be able to put that in here, unles you already did and I missed it. Anyhow grate music and history lesson. Thanks!!!