August 13 - August 19, 2007
In addition to some excellent moments from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, we also have some great material from outside of our date range, including a good chunk of music from 1981, one of the consistently good latter-era years.
Our earliest date-appropriate jam this week is from 8/13/79 at McNichols Arena in Denver. As we mentioned last week, this date was meant to be the second night of a three night run at Red Rocks, but Mother Nature had other ideas and they were forced to play the second and third shows indoors at McNichols. From this night, we have the second set opening trio of I Need A Miracle>Bertha>Good Lovin’, drawn from the master reels running at 15 ips.
Exactly eight years later, 8/13/87, the band found themselves back at Red Rocks for the third night of their three night run, opening the show with this rare opener, Big Boss Man. From later in that first set, we have a rocking Far From Me. These two tracks were recorded from the Beta PCM digital masters.
Our final mid-August piece of music this week is from Portland, Oregon on 8/15/81, and demonstrates the not-exactly-great mix on many cassettes from the era. The performance, though, shines through, making this show opener worth hearing: Shakedown Street, Me and My Uncle>Big River.
Speaking of cassette masters from 1981, our next trio of tracks is made up of the second set openers of three consecutive nights on the outstanding May, 1981 tour. First, from Rutgers University on 5/15/81, is this dense Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain. The middle night of our journey stops at the magical Barton Hall at Cornell University in Ithaca on 5/16/81, and features Shakedown Street>Bertha>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance (we hope you don’t mind two versions of Shakedown Street and Bertha this week…). We end our mini-tour of the east coast in Syracuse on 5/17/81 with this classic set opener of Cold Rain and Snow>Samson and Delilah, which always had such a smooth segue.
Because we had such a great time putting together these 1981 moments for you, we’ll continue with the mid-first set Friend of the Devil>C.C. Rider from 7/2/81 at the Summit in Houston. As rare as Grateful Dead concerts were in Texas, they sure did play well there. Also from Texas, on 7/4/81 at Manor Downs in Austin, we have several moments from that great show: From the first set is this rowdy Minglewood Blues and the set closing China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. And, from the second set is the opening Feel Like A Stranger and the double-dose jam of Bird Song>Playing In The Band, featuring a very rare second set Bird Song.
Lastly this week, a little taste of 1972, specifically the opening night of the European tour, 4/7/72 in London. From the middle of the first set is this nice Loser, always good to hear in its early form.
Stop back in next week for some exceptional 1972 material, as well as a 1976 studio jam, plus loads of other great music. As always, we encourage you to write with questions or comments, suggestions or requests.
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This is my attempt at a note to Rhino in my ration of 1000 characters.
May suggest how you might put things right
1. Please communicate with us. Some of this anger is over the way you do things. The website’s Official Communications forum has just ONE message from you in 3 months. It is unfair to expect the (excellent) moderators to be powerless conduits of what you tell them and what they hear from us.
2. Please make a plan for the archive and share it. Right now you give the impression that you don’t have a clue what to do. Dick’s/Dave’s Picks, DL, MP3s, DVDs or the real dream, the online store for the archive sold by the hour. Just tell us or even better ask us. Use the site to find out what we want!
3. Please make some sense. The website (with the attraction of the MP3s) and store have been weaning people off ‘illegal sources’. Isn’t that what you want? Your current actions will drive everyone to alternative sources and destroy the website.
Deadheads are different …we are not just fly by night consumers…we feel we are true stakeholders in this. Please have some respect and listen!
that'll do the trick then!!
Please bring back the downloadable content!
I too enjoy the mobile (Read: Ipod, not laptop) feature of the previous version of Taper's section. I have enjoyed this site and David's comments SO much, it was good while it lasted but the net value has gone to near zero (other than the comments!)
Cheers and please reconsider!
is it true that they're pulling the DL's from this site?
I am again, wondering my person. Thank you Jerry,. for questioning my questions. I must say..... YOU ROCK @!!! UNBELIEVABLE.@!
I LOVE IT ! !!! and always will
Rock my soul one more time please.
Is David nodding off at the wheel?
I can only imagine how late these will come out once hockey season starts.
is Dave allright? anyone know?
I want my dose, m-a-a-a-n! I'm jonesin' real bad, m-a-a-a-n!
No set list on this site, but setlists.net lists the sequence you seek and mentions that the only aud is a lousy recording
just killing time waiting for tapers section............;-)
we're all waiting patiently .....................