August 31 - September 6, 2009
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section as we end out August and start September with music from 1969, 1977 and 1980.
Our first selection this week is a bit of a straggler from last week based on its date, and features a bit of an odd ending to an otherwise typical jam from 1969, specifically Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Drums>High Time. This is from 8/30/69 at the Family Dog at the Great Highway in San Francisco, where they always seemed to play something a bit unique when they played at Chet's venue. See last week's selection for further proof.
Next up is music from the famous Englishtown, NJ, show on 9/3/77, enshrined as the wonderful Dick's Picks Vol. 15. From the end of the concert, we have He's Gone>NFA>Truckin', Terrapin Station, each and every one of which are played superbly. This was the first Grateful Dead concert since 6/9/77, and to return after three months off, with a fresh new album in the can (Terrapin Station) and playing in front of 100,000 New York City area fans obviously pumped the band up. A truly remarkable show.
We'll now head down to the Capital Center in Landover, MD on 8/31/80, where the Grateful Dead were in the midst of a terrific late-summer tour, which included many outstanding concerts. From the Cap Center, we have the end of the first set, featuring Tennessee Jed, Far From Me, Lazy Lightning>Supplication, Deal. They came out playing hard at this show, and never really let up. One of the band members once asked the vault for a copy of Lazy Lightning>Supplication, and when he was played this version, asked “didn't we used to play it a bit slower than this?” He was then played a 1977 version and said “ah, that's the one.”
Also from this tour, on 9/2/80 in Rochester, NY, we have the end of the concert, featuring Space>Iko Iko>Morning Dew>Sugar Magnolia, which is included as part of Dick's Picks 21, the only 1985 Dick's Pick.
Be sure to stop by next week for music from 1974, 1982 and 1990, including music from Vince Welnick's first concerts as a member of the Grateful Dead.
good breakfast music for me & my 2 yr old. loved the drums& high times!!!!!
listening to the space before aiko and dew it's triPPy !! am smoking good gangh goes well wiff da space jam
Some heavy organ work by T.C. in that aforementioned Dark Star.
Thanks for fixing the links, guys/gals. What a ripping Lightning jam! That got my morning off to a hot start...
I'm also really crazy about that Dark Star from the Family Dog which I listened to about 13 times while the links to the other jams were being fixed ;^)
for fixin the tunes.
I was able to listen to the entire 9/3/77 track, but the 8.31.80 track seems to have a quarter of its time left after Deal, but except for a few seconds of someone singing something very quietly ( " I think you've won my heart .....")the rest of the track is dead air. Is this as designed or a different technical problem to be resolved?
As always, thank you David for these offerings.
Grew up in south Jersey & Englishtown was my first Dead show & will always be my fav, the day was hot, humid & long and I was amazed at what this band is doing, and I will nvr forget seeing that audience - band connection that i have nvr seen with any other band.
I remember Donna sitting down the whole show & asked someone next to me why is she sitting, she explained she heard she just had surgerey I think on her leg or knee and couldnt stand. Funny the little stupid things that u just dont forget, boy I miss those days.
Thanks for fixing whatever ailed the links... getting a full playback on each set.
As always, thank you so very much David!
"The 9.3.77 track cuts off in the middle of He's Gone, and the two from 1980 are not playing for me at all in the flyplayer. Any ideas?"
just have to keep listening to the 1969 piece over and over till it's fixed, what a shame :)