August 2 - August 9, 2010
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we once again dip into Grateful Dead music from the 1980s (don't worry, plenty of 60s, 70s and 90s will be heard in the future!).
We don't play too much 1984 Dead here, so this week we'll start out with the beginning of the first set of 6/29/84 at Akron, OH, made up of Bertha > Greatest Story Ever Told ; They Love Each Other ; C.C. Rider ; Bird Song. Please note that the Bird Songs cuts where the master cassette cuts, unfortunately.
After playing you the end of the show last week, we figured we should play the start of the second set (we did mention it last week, after all) from 6/30/85 at Merriweather, made up of Shakedown Street>Samson and Delilah, Gimme Some Lovin'>He's Gone>Cryptical Envelopment. It seems appropriate that those last two tracks would land here at the Tapers' Section this week.
Finally this week, like our first selections this week, is music from a year we don't tap too much here, 1988. From 6/25/88 at Buckeye Lake in Hebrom (near Columbus) OH, we have the entire first set, featuring Feel Like A Stranger >Franklin's Tower; Box Of Rain; Sugaree; Stuck In Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again; West L.A. Fadeaway ;Cassidy; Deal. The 3rd and 4th tracks here feature none other than Bruce Hornsby on accordion, the first instance of this future member of the Grateful Dead sitting in with the band. We've been digging out some of the rarer 1988 GD shows, and next week we'll have a little more the summer tour of 1988 that you've likely never heard.
Thanks for joining us, and we'll look forward to seeing you next week. As always, we encourage you to write to us at the email address below with any Grateful Dead questions.
As far as the second set goes, I thought it was tight and concise. The three new songs were interesting in that during Blow Away and Foolish Heart, the crowd seemed to generally enjoy them while I observed a few tripping Heads run to the hills during Victim as it was a dark and brooding song. Funny stuff.
I also remember a giant inflateable rubber Godzilla being tossed around like a beachball near me. The Terrapin was great as was the drums and space. The second half of the second set, though typical and formulaic was well performed. Nothing like 80,000 people still clapping to the beat of NFA on their way out to the parking area.
Way to go Bruce......Awesome picks this week David!
If you get confused, listen to the music play!
I totally relate to your comments about Buckeye antonjo. Born and raised in Columbus and psyched (pun intended) to see what was my 11th show within a short drive from my own bed. I was also at all 4 Alpine shows (over 5 nites) and the oppressive heat combined with serious abuse of my mind and body led to a dehydrated, exhausted, road weary day at Buckeye Lake. I would guess the boys were in a similar state. Second set didn't do much for me either with the 3rd Foolish in 5 shows. I was still intrigued by Victim which I remember describing as "angular and Egyptian sounding" whatever that means. Blow Away hit me hard as it seemed to perfectly describe a relationship I was in that had reached the end. The first version at Alpine had me in tears but by Buckeye it was one of those weird serendipitous moments where it was like the band (especailly Brent who I loved) was patting me on the back, like a good friend delivering a musical hug. Post drums with the all too common Other one>Wharf Rat>Stones>NFA didn't do much for me. Even a so-so Dead show still beat any other concert experience out there. I agree that the Pittsburgh show was a nice comeback. Plus it was indoors, A.C. never felt so good!!
6-30-85 was my first show : )
Sure wish I'd known Cryptical (!!!) but Shakedown was truly a baptismal moment. I was looking at everyone to my left and right in the lawn and wondering just what the @#$% was going on...had never seen or heard anything like it.
And Deadhead Garcia, just to confirm ~ Buckeye would've been a seriously fun first show. I was just being my spoiled rotten self in the moment of 2nd set (being a "seasoned" three year deadhead now ; ) And I really did love the first set, it made a great audience tape, too.
.....guess which tape I'd first learned West LA off of?
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga 6/29/84 : )
Grateful Jeff, without claiming any more authority than this, my tape was always labeled Cuyahoga Falls. And this was one of my favorite first set tapes. A shame the full Bird Song isn't in the vault, as it's a monster ~ one of the best of the era (Hampton 86 & Cap Center 87 are no slouches, either).
As for Buckeye, David included the cream, in my opinion. The first set was solid and fun ("gonna be a long, long, crazy summer afternoon...."), even if Bruce's guest spot on Sugaree narrowed the song's jam scope as Jerry graciously tried to accomodate. Really nice Box of Rain, and I finally caught a West LA Fadeaway (having been deprived of 1st night Hampton 86 when the computers went down...ugh).
2nd set Buckeye was no great shakes, to my memory. The three new tunes in a row was a little tedious at the time (especially for my brother Nick, who'd just heard them twice each at Alpine), though in hindsight I'd enjoy it alot more, since they all went on to distinguished performance careers ~ especially Blow Away. Funny, I didn't love Foolish Heart on first hearing (silly me). But it was more than that. The sound was mixed funny, it just didn't sound right. I may be exaggerating, but The Other One seemed about four minutes long.... Just not my favorite second set by any stretch. Had a great time in the grassy scene afterwards, though (no pun intended), and the next night's show in Pittsburgh was an underrated gem.
Thanks, David! Lovin' the mid-80s stuff, I know many prefer the 70's, but since that's all that gets released anymore, the Brent heads have to get it somewhere....!
If you get confused, listen to the music play!
Just to nitpick a bit (Deadheads? picky?), 6/29/84 was not in Akron but at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls between Akron and Cleveland where I saw my first show 6/25/85. The boys did play the Rubber Bowl in Akron on 7/2/86 with Dylan and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. This was just before Jerry's coma and he was in poor shape, leaving the stage during Desolation Row before drums.
Thanks David, I've been waiting a long time to hear buckeye '88 (my first show)... awesome 1st set, long crazy summer afternoon indeed!
I would be very Grateful if you could play the rest of the show sometime, or maybe foward this to Charlie Miller...
Keep up the great work.
...Well it crackled like a thundercloud
Something like : Truckin' > Jam > Mind Left Body Jam > Not Fade Away > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > One More Saturday Night ....from 1974 would be great, with GB's approval