December 8 - December 14, 2008
Greetings, and welcome back to our second week of December here at the Tapers' Section, where we’ll check in on some excellent music from 1969, 1973 and 1979.
Our first stop this week will be at the tail end of 1969, 12/12/69 at the Thelma Theatre in Los Angeles. There are plenty of justifiably famous 1969 concerts, including the four nights at the Fillmore West in February-March, and of course 11/8/69 at the Fillmore Auditorium. This jam from 12/12/69, however, deserves a place right up there with the best of 1969, featuring Alligator>Caution>Feedback>We Bid You Goodnight, a classic 1969 jam.
Next up, from 12/8/73 at Duke University in Durham, NC, we have a great sequence of tunes, Candyman, Weather Report Suite, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. Candyman was quite rare in 1973, with this being one of only four versions for the year.
About six years later, the Grateful Dead would find themselves in St. Louis, at the Kiel Auditorium on 12/9/79, where they would play this great post-Drums sequence featuring Black Peter>I Need A Miracle>Bertha>Good Lovin’. This tour featured so much excellent music, from about the end of October through the end of 1979, that it's always a pleasure to play it here for you.
Speaking of the Fall Tour of 1979, we also have music from two nights later, on 12/11/79 in Kansas City, KS, featuring Easy To Love You>Minglewood Blues, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.
Be sure to stop back next week for music from 1969 and 1973 exclusively. We'll be getting into some late 80s Grateful Dead in a couple of weeks, but until then, loads of earlier material coming up.
So much good stuff here. The Dead played St. Louis several times. One performance I can't find anything about in any list was there at the Annex, aka 'the Arena Annex' or the 'Checkerboard Arena Annex'. Warm up by Black Sabbath. Great concert after the main item got under way. Seems that it was around Spring or Fall '71. Can any of you 'Heads who were there recall the specific date? After that concert, I think they mainly played at the Fox Theater, which they loved and, rumor had it, considered buying.
Love the classic "PIG" Dig the early stuff! Nice drums too
Keep the faith! Brother
Happy "Blue" Full Moon
Puja to one and all.
Love Above Love
how about a box set?
This Alligator not the usual case of wild abandon, but much more laid back, a more blues style approach, with Pig digging into the vocal dirt like the old blues shouter he must have been some reincarnation of. Drums are also more thoughtful, exploring greater and greater spaces (space/times, that is). Jerry comes in out of know-where sublime and muscular as serpent. And what a jam that springs out of that initial stroke: everyone strong, deliberate, and yet as loose as a group of musicians can be. I love the 68 Alligators the most, for the sheer electric joy of them, but this one really cooks.
Anyway, I probably don't say it enough, but thanks again for all the great free music.
1969. The summer of love.
All I can say is WOW!
Next week is gonna rock.
Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!
Awesome flow for the time tapers kind...Happy Largest Luna 08 WS and catch the Largest Luna of 09 around 1/11/09 ish( yup bookends!!)..when in doubt check out a podcast from good ole Jack Horkheimer from hometown not a frowntown ; )
Peace Love & LIGHT,
12/9/79 Black Peter>Miracle>Bertha>Good Lovin' ... the classic progression from death to life to redemption to love! Or is it the other way around? I don't know, but it sure is some great listening... "See here how everything leads up to this day, and it's just like any other day that's ever been..."
chillmaniac1 what a rare treat thank you so much
WOW, WHAT A GREAT TIME FOR A SWEET 69 ALLIGATOR, HEARING PIGPEN BELTIN OUT THAT SLEEPY ALLIGATOR SHINE!!!
PERFECT DAY FOR THESE HOT TUNES, GETTIN HIT BY A MAJOR WINTER STORM AND BIGBOSS WOMAN SAID GO HOME, HELL YA!! GOT UP THE CHRISTMAS TREE, HAVIN MY FIRST CUP OF ALLIGATOR COFFEE AND ROLLIN A BIG FATTY FOR THE WINTER WALK THROUGH THE WOODS WITH MY DOG WOODY!!! THANKS AGAIN DAVID AND TO THE ENTIRE GRATEFUL DEAD FAMILY!!! FOR ALL YOU DO THIS BUDS FOR YOU!!!
THE BUS CAME BY AND I GOT ON, THAT'S WHEN IT ALL BEGAN.....