August 23 - August 29, 2010
Welcome back to our weekly installment of Grateful Dead music drawn from the vault's master tapes. You might not always like what we play here, but you certainly can't complain about the cost...
Our first selection this week is music from 5/1/81 at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia, site of many fine Grateful Dead shows, most famous of which were the magnificent Warlocks show in October, 1989. From the 1981 stop at the Coliseum, we have the first set closing trio of Tennessee Jed>Let It Grow>Deal, drawn from the cassette master.
From about a year later, on 5/23/82 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, we have two parts of the show, made up of Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Moutain, Satisfaction>Brokedown Palace. The first combination is the second set opener, and the second combination is the encore, a somewhat rare-in-1982 double encore.
Lastly this week, from a decade after the Greek selection above, we have the end of the show from 5/24/92 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, featuring The Last Time>Morning Dew, Johnny B. Goode, the last track being the encore. We don't play too much 1992 Dead here, so when we find some good stuff from that year, it's always fun to play it for you. This show was suggested to me for a listen by a good friend of Dick Latvala's. The Dead in 1992 were more hit-and-miss than they'd been in a long time, but there certainly were some decent shows.
Join us here next week for more Grateful Dead music. We don't know what we'll play, but it'll be something good from the vault we expect. As always, feel free to write the address below with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section, or anything else Dead-related.
Well, due to popular demand, here is the story, with the names changes to protect......the guilty!
We were driving towards the show, and my friend's car lost 1st and 2ed gear, so we could not go slow. We get to a highway that is suddenly bumper to bumper, so my friend hops his car onto the meridian of the highway, between the two directions, and starts going fast. The car is full of smoke, and assorted products to help a Head at a show...... We look down the road, and there is a state trooper with his hand on his gun, and making the stop sign with his other hand. We stop, he comes over to the car, blue smoke is billowing out the window, and the dash board is covered with "lots of stuff." He asks for my friend drivers licence, immediately prior, no doubt, to arresting all of us. He reads the licence and says: "BXXXn XXXXXX", any relation to "XXXXXX". Well the second XXXXXXX is my friends father, and it turns out my friend's dad saved the cop's life on D-Day in WWII! We end up getting, not arrested, but a police escort down the WRONG lane of the highway, all the way to the exit for Hamptons. The cop then pulls next to us and says: "This one is for XXXXX, next time you are all busted, get out of my county!" That was a close call!
consider Richard Thompson's version of "Oops, I Did It Again..."
Commercial disposable pop pap has been around for ever and can be fun sometimes. Gaga is pretty good at it. The Grateful Dead were happy to pay homage to commercial hits of their day (Buddy Holly, Motown..and what about El Paso?). And of course they even sank so low as to make a disco version of a Motown hit (Dancing, dancing, dancing in the streets). Maybe in the future some 'serious' band will rediscover and revive a Lady Gaga 'classic'....errr... or maybe not ;-)
there, I said it
I would agree with you that any Dead tune is better than any Lady Gaga but the point I think GProf is trying to make is that some DHs are too UNcritical of the Grateful Dead (correct me if I'm wrong, GProf).
Whatever you may think, study and critical analysis is a good thing. I see very few being overly critical on this site. You want to see people being overly critical? Go to the comments section below each show on Archive. It goes the other way also, people just gushing warm fuzzies of nostalgia.
sounds like a scene from a cheech and chong movie please post the whole story grateful prof.
Never post, but something about a warm Summer evening with the moon and some varied Grateful Dead Jams that moved me to say, Howdy and thanks David!!!!
thank you for some lovely listening, david! i got into the dead in 82-- i was 15 and thought i'd gone to heaven (if you will!) thanks for the refresher course--
Luvin the scarlet- fire!