August 20 - August 26, 2007
As we move toward the symbolic end of summer (Labour Day, of course), we have some great music to play spanning about 21 years of Grateful Dead music, from 1968 to 1989, two fine years with which to bookend this week’s offerings.
Our first entry this week is the encore from 8/21/68 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, a nice, juicy Midnight Hour. Although not quite as prevalent at shows in 1968 as it had been in 1966, the Grateful Dead continued to play monster versions of this Pigpen vehicle.
Next we’ll stop into 1972, to the opening night of the rightfully famous Europe 72 tour, to 4/7/72 in London. From the middle of that night’s first set is a typically hot 1972 rendition of China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.
In 1976, at the end of their very successful summer of comeback shows, the Grateful Dead entered the studio and recorded a couple of the songs they’d been playing that summer. From one of those sessions on 8/29/76 is this bare-bones Dancing In The Street with only Donna on vocals. While we’re in mid-1970s mode, we also have this terrific Samson and Delilah from 5/12/77 in Chicago. Despite the frequency that song was played in 1976-1977, they never seem to get tired of it, always offering up an inspired rendition.
Finally from the 1970s, on 4/22/78 in Nashville to be precise, we are pleased to bring you a couple of tracks from the second set, starting with the second set opening Lazy Lightning>Supplication and the pre-Drums Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World, both very nicely performed songs on this night.
Our last stop this week is in New Jersey on 7/10/89, a show that took place in and out of a massive thunderstorm. By request, we have the first set closer, The Music Never Stopped, and from the start of the second set, a great 1989 combination of Foolish Heart, Just a Little Light, Playing In The Band>Uncle John’s Band. What a great tour.
Be sure to check in next week, as we’ll be exploring some intriguing material from 1969 and 1980, and other material between those years, and likely after. We try to surprise even ourselves. Feel free to write with questions or comments.
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DL: I know this is not your fault so thanks for what you do.
Rhino: Up yours Rhino, you can take the vault and hide it under a rock since that's what you pretty much are doing. Well besides throwing us turds like the 2-19-71. Thanks for taking the coolest part of the site away by removing the weekly downloads. Does anybody at RHINO know what the F they are doing???
I'll add that I was trading being able to download the mp3s for buying the dead.net releases - my most recent two purchases were the 12/31/76 and 2/19/71 sets. I really loved the taper section, I loved David's choices and comments about the music. I can't stream at work. I valued being able to download the mp3s and use them as I saw fit. This is a bad move and I hope that it is reconsidered.
Hey come on!!! I look forward to be able to listen to these carefully selected gems on my stereo, not on some dinky computer!! I love sitting back and reaching that moment of delight in the song the let's me why you Mr. Lemieux picked this specific selection, don't take that away!!!!
I know you love the music as much as we do so I can't understand this decision. It's more than music, why tease us with downloads and then yank them away!! very wrong man.
What's the deal!
hey, this was great. i have enjoyed mondays, and especially have enjoyed not being chained to my computer to listen to the tapers section(mp3's and ipod, and what not). it probably was too good to be true. it's hard not to feel ungrateful, but... it's different now that it's streaming only. oh well, you guys did what you could. thanks for the effort.
lethedoom: I have been enjoying saving the selections to disc and listening to them on my iPod at the gym. Is this possible in this new arrangement?
Please bring back the downloadable 192k mp3s . . .
Nice selections... always a treat to start the week!
Thanks D.L.. Keep up the good work!
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