December 28, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Welcome back to our year-ending Tapers' Section. We'd like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank you for stopping in here every week throughout 2009 and checking out what we're doing. You're the reason we do the Tapers' Section, and your enthusiasm for our work is such great motivation to keep us inspired and excited about making some of the Grateful Dead's musical history accessible to you on a weekly basis. Again, a huge thanks.
As you might recall, last year we played the post-Drums sequence from 12/28/89, so this year we're going to play you the pre-Drums sequence, featuring Foolish Heart>Looks Like Rain>Eyes of the World. This was a terrific New Year's run in Oakland, and was all captured to 24-track analog tape by John Cutler in the Le Mobile recording truck. Hopefully some day we'll see a nice CD release drawn from these concerts.
From the very next show, on 12/30/89 in Oakland, we have the pre-Drums sequence again, this time consisting of Jack Straw>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet>Terrapin Station. tThis was a very rare second set Jack Straw, and the way it barrels right into China>Rider is pretty darn cool.
We'll slip into some 1977 Grateful Dead now before we get into our main big piece of New Year's music. From 12/29/77 at Winterland, we have several of the first set's songs, specifically Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, New Minglewood Blues, Sugaree.
Lastly this week, to ring in the New Year, we have the entire first set from 12/31/89 in Oakland, which featured Sugar Magnolia>Touch of Grey>Women Are Smarter, Big Boss Man, Memphis Blues, Shakedown Street. Just about everything in this set was a little out of place, in a good way, aside from the Dylan track, making it one of the oddest, and coolest, first sets of the late 1980s. That's Bonnie Raitt sitting in on Big Boss Man, lending her slide guitar skills.
Have a great end to 2009 and an even better start to 2010. It's been great seeing you here weekly and getting to know some of you. As always, we welcome and encourage your comments and questions, sent to the email address below my name.
Great selections this week and what a treat the Taper's Section has been all year.
Please keep up the good work and look forward to more nuggets in 2010.
Grate stuff once again. Keep it coming.
Hope you (and everyone out there) had a Merry Chirstmas and a happy new year!