Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the 1970s, covering an eight year span of 1970 to 1978, and three very distinct eras for the Grateful Dead.
We'll first make a stop in Honolulu, HI, on 1/23/70, where the seven-piece Grateful Dead were playing their first-ever show in Hawaii. Tom Constanten was a few days away from leaving the band, and the band played two very good shows. From the first night, we have China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Black Peter, Yellow Dog Story, Hard To Handle, Mama Tried, Casey Jones, Dire Wolf, Good Lovin'. Please note that the head of Casey Jones is missing from the master reels.
Our next selection is from 12/1/73, the middle night of a very good three night run Boston. The first and third nights were highlighted as part of Dick's Picks Vol. 14, but the middle night also contained some good music, including this nice batch of tunes: They Love Each Other, Me and My Uncle, Don't Ease Me In, Me and Bobby McGee, Mississippi Half-Step.
In early 1978, the Dead started their touring year with the California tour in January, which ended in Eugene, Oregon. A week after the Eugene show, the band hit the road for a short, six show Midwest tour, with shows in Chicago (three shows), Madison, Milwaukee and Cedar Falls. From the third night in Chicago, on 2/1/78, we have the bulk of the first set, featuring Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, Mama Tried>Me and My Uncle, Ramble On Rose, Cassidy, Sugaree. For some reason, Sunrise is missing from our board tape, but what is here is excellent.
Be sure to stop by next week for more music from the vault.