December 23 - December 29, 2013
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and Happy Holidays! This week we've got some decidedly non-Holiday music, but good stuff nonetheless.
Our first stop this week is in the first leg of the Fall Tour of 1973, which ran from September 7 through December 19. From 9/17/73 in Syracuse, we have a six songs, five of which would appear on Wake Of Flood, to be released on October 15: Mississippi Half-Step, Let Me Sing Your Blues Away, Truckin'>Eyes Of The World>Weather Report Suite>Stella Blue.
Next is music from 8/29/83 in Eugene, Oregon, where we have the end of the first set and the start of the second set, featuring some high-octane Dead: Bird Song, It's All Over Now, Might As Well, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.
Lastly this week is the end of the show from 9/15/87 at Madison Square Garden, the Grateful Dead's return to MSG after four years away: Space>The Wheel>Gimme Some Lovin'>Black Peter>Sugar Magnolia, It's All Over Now Baby Blue.
Be sure to join us next week for more music from the vault.
I attended that 9/17/73 show in Syracuse. I thought it was just OK as Dead shows went at that time, but I was highly indignant about that horn player, who I thought utterly destroyed everything he played on. Now that I hear this again, looking back, I was right. It sucks. At the time I thought the Dead needed a horn like a moose needs a hat rack. I have since heard other horns playing with them (Marsalis, Clemmons) who did it well, but this guy is just noise. I guess musicians like Jerry and Phil hear something in it I don't.