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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am i missing something? there's no taper's this week? 8 20 > 26 ???? or is my calender wrong?
Setlists programme www.setlists.net shows the following
Dark Star>Dancing on 05/08/70 Farrell Hall, S.U.C.N.Y. - Delhi, NY
Setlists notes talk of a terrible audience tape so perhaps this is the one you have
Dark Star>Main Ten>Dancing on 11/08/70 Capitol Theater - Port Chester, NY
Follow the links from Setlists and you can hear them on Archive.org
...just killing tme here waiting for Tapers Section!
No.... it's definitely Dark Star >>> Dancing in the Streets. (The show that you list is the other way around). I've checked the setlists that are on this website and a few others but can't seem to find it.
I have the tape... it's terrible sound quality but... it's great music. I was hoping to find the date so that I can get a better quality copy. :-)
Sounds like it could be
06/22/69 (Sun) Central Park - New York City, NY
Silver Threads And Golden Needles, Me & My Uncle, Sitting On Top Of The World, Casey Jones, Hard To Handle, Lovelight, Dancing In The Streets, Dark Star > The Other One > St. Stephen > It's A Sin
Not sure if this is the right place to ask this but... I have an very old cassette tape of Dark Start > Dancin in the Streets and I was trying to figure out the Date of the show. By the sound of it, it's in the 69-71 time frame. Is there any way to find it? Very upbeat/fast riffs on Dancin'.
Thanks for any help you can provide
Damny, theres something about Brent's voice that even when the lyrics... are pretty bad.... he's just comforting.... Wow. Thank you thank you!
Far from me! Loser! This is perfect for my b-day. Thanks.
please marry me
this is getting silly now... would you please consider making this into a record?
for a 40 year-old that has never been to a show... I am not on a mountain top (though usually) God bless you.