August 9 - August 15, 2010
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the more recent Grateful Dead past, 1985 through 1992.
Our first stop this week is on 6/21/85 at Alpine Valley in Wisconsin, the first of two nights in the valley. From that show, we have the end of the second set, featuring Truckin' > Black Peter > Around And Around > Sugar Magnolia Encore It's All Over Now, Baby Blue. Coming on the heels of the three great nights at the Greek, this was a good show to open the summer tour of 1985. Trouble ahead, Jerry's in red!
Next up is another Midwest summer tour opener, this time the 1988 summer tour's first show on 6/17/88 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From that show, which preceded the four very hot show at Alpine 6/19-23, we have the entire recorded portion of the first set, featuring New Minglewood Blues ; Row Jimmy ; Far From Me ; When I Paint My Masterpiece ; Althea ; Victim Or The Crime. I mention "recorded portion," because the show-opening Bucket>Sugaree was not recorded to the board master. Worth noting here is that is the first ever live Grateful Dead performance of Victim Or The Crime.
Finally this week, from the second of two nights at Albany's Kinckerbocker Arena on 6/12/92, we have the second-set opening Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain ; Way To Go Home ; Truckin' > Smokestack Lightnin'. This tour was hit and miss, with some very good music, and some that sounded like the band was tired, and going through another transitional period, as Bruce Hornsby had left the band after the Spring Tour of 1992.
Be sure to stop in next week for more music direct from the vault to your ears. Thanks for listening, and we'l look forward to seeing you next week. As always, we encourage you to write to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments about the Tapers' Section, or anything else Grateful Dead-related.
my better living thru chemistry days have long since past but i still think all these sets sound pretty damm good
that's a fine scarlet begonias>fire on the mountain, cuts off in the middle of truckin".
88, that althea before victim is real fine, the victim, wow, the best victim I ever heard was Ratdog 9-21-2001, real meaning there,
Brent too heavy handed again on far from me
Black Peter from 85, sweet, IMO Fall 85 was a better tour.
Keep up the good work David
I believe 88 was a fantastic year as evidenced by new material,and solid, inspired playing. I also love the far more entertaining 1st sets; keep them comming.
Maybe leftovers from a forthcoming '88 Road Trips? Why else would he be listening to all that '88 stuff. You heard it here first!
first time i heard it was on tape, 7/2/88. I don't know why so many people had issues with it. Sure, it ain't Ripple, but sheesh.
You slay me. Really, you do.
3/16/88 second set
C'MON, dude. Stop toying with me.
WE LAUGHED WE CRIED, BUT MOST OF ALL, WE LIVED AND DIED WITH THE JERRY GARCIA AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD!!! KEEP ON TRUCKIN ON!!! DODA MAN 8/ /2010 DANCED AND SANG AND LOVED FAMILY!!!!
AND A FRIEND OR TWO I LOVED AND HAD!!
until my friends they come around, arounnnnnddddddddddddd!!!!
DoDa Man ;^ )
Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia
My first Alpine run of three. I enjoyed this run. Listening to it recently I thought, even if it doesn't have the jams or the spectacular setlist of other Summer 85 shows, it still has the energy. A good listen.
Holy cow. Pretty hot debut there.
Some of the better playing from Garcia from that tour. He sucked during most of it.This one has lots of great MIDI work. A fine show all the way around.
1988 . . . I am trying to get into it. Just can't seem to find much inspiration there. Lots of competence and the new songs . . . but to me one of those years where they were putting in their time, climbing toward another peak.