Grateful Dead

August 18 - August 24, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we have a nice double dose of Pigpen from 1968, a massive 1972 jam, and a very cool 1991 sequence, all fitting into our date-appropriate this-week-in-Grateful Dead-recorded-history format.

First up, from the Fillmore West in San Francisco, we have the show closer and encore from 8/21/68, consisting of Lovelight and Midnight Hour. Lovelight wasn't yet the 25+ minute tune it would become in 1969, but it was a big show-stopper nonetheless. And Midnight Hour was becoming more and more rare throughout 1968 and into 1969, so a nice, meaty version like this is certainly a treat. There isn't a lot of 1968 material in the vault, but fortunately what IS there is very good, so it's our pleasure to bring this to you here at the Tapers Section.

Next up, from exactly four years later on 8/21/72, just over the Bay Bridge (or the Golden Gate Bridge and Richmond Bridge if you feel like taking the long way through Marin County), at the Berkeley Community Theatre, we have the big second set jam featuring Dark Star>El Paso>Dark Star>Deal. This was the second annual August run of shows at BCT for the Grateful Dead, a tradition that unfortunately did not continue past these shows in 1972. The Grateful Dead did return to BCT until the six night run in 1984, which, of course, featured the first-ever Tapers Section, so the BCT certainly does hold special meaning to all tapers, and to this, the cyber version of the Tapers Section.

Lastly this week, from about 19 years later on 8/18/91, just back across the Bay Bridge and south a bit, we have the pre-Drums sequence from Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, featuring the very unique sequence of Deal>Mississippi Half-Step>Feel Like A Stranger>Samson and Delilah. Like the pre-Drums sequence from 6/20/91 at Pine Knob, this jam really threw the format book out the window. Whether it was Bruce Hornsby's influence (he really excelled at these Pine Knob and Shoreline shows) or the band just decided to make it interesting on themselves, it sure was a welcome change to hear the band have fun with song sequences again.

Be sure to check back in next week when we'll have more cool music for you. As always, feel free to write the email address below with questions or comments.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Y'know - it's a real sweet

Y'know - it's a real sweet Samson too. Bruce is stompin'. Mississippi is sounding like it will be a sweet one too so now I'm like looking forward to Stranger. The Samson on the Boston Garden Dick's Picks with Bruce is great too (you know, the one that it's a bonus track on - along with a killer, long Eyes that Bruce (and Jerry!) is also great on).

I agree with banjoturtle that 1991 was the last great year - especially agree with the sentiment that 1991 was a great year. Actually, 1989-1991 was just a really great 3-year run.

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Speaking of Hornsby

I was surprised as ever to see this:

http://www.tommytv.com/#/vid=711419176

A live Hornsby show with Jerry and Bela Fleck. Oddly, presented by Tommy Hilfiger. Look to be about 1990.

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harry blotter Sheesh why did

harry blotter

Sheesh why did Bob play samson over and over and over and over and over and over again?

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I dig the 91 set

But the order is off - It's Deal>Sampson (sweet intro), Mississippi half-step (nostalgic conclusion), Stranger

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Real sweet Dark Star * * * *

Real sweet Dark Star

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love the chaos that develops

love the chaos that develops in this dark star and the way they get out of it... i think i just love 72 and the dark stars that lie within. the morning dew tease is great, because everyone is fighting to stay out of it and keep the noise/groove going...

i love 91... "the last great year"... even though there are great shows and moments in the next 4 years, 1991 seems to be the last year they all had it together for the most part.

i love all these picks!

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nice Dark Star!

72 was a very good year.

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