February 18 - February 24, 2008
Like last week, we figured we'd focus on one city in this week's Taper's Section. Like our focus-on-Rochester last week, we've selected an equally prolific city from which to draw loads of interesting Grateful Dead music: Hartford, Connecticut.
Our earliest music today is from 1974, specifically from the massive show on 7/31/74 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford. Including the Seastones set, this is one of the longest Grateful Dead shows on record. A couple of days after this show, on August 2, the Grateful Dead were scheduled to play Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, but that concert was rained out and made up on August 6. From Hartford on 7/31/74, we have this excellent Truckin'>Jam>Wharf Rat . Dick's notes on his tapes of this concert state during the jam “includes brain-fry Spanish theme, mind left body.” A brain-fry indeed.
Next up we have music from the final night of the stunning Spring Tour of 1977 on 5/28/77 at the Hartford Civic Center. This tour was relentlessly good and holds up with the best tours in Grateful Dead history, including Fall 1973 and Europe '72. And amazingly, the band had enough energy on the final night of a grueling five week trek across America to pull off one final exceptional show. As a side note, just a few nights later, on June 1, the Grateful Dead Movie would premier in New York City. Then, on June 4, the Grateful Dead would play yet-another great 1977 concert, at the Forum in LA. This is one of the few shows from 1977 for which no soundboard tape is known to exist. But, back to Hartford. From 5/28/77, the middle of the first set, we have Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, Minglewood Blues, Candyman.
Throughout the 1980s, the Grateful Dead played a near-yearly run of concerts in Hartford, right up to 1988, followed by the surprise shows in 1990 (announced just three days in advance). From the first night in 1987, 3/26/87, we have a good selection from the middle of the first set, My Brother Esau, When Push Comes To Shove, Desolation Row, Bird Song. This is one of the few clean soundboards from early 1987, but unfortunately the second set never seemed to surface in the vault or elsewhere.
From a year later, we have a couple of great moments from the 1988 shows. First up we have the show opener from the first night of the three night run, on 4/3/88, Promised Land>Greatest Story Ever Told>Althea>Little Red Rooster. It's always nice to hear Brent chime in on Rooster. As you can hear in Althea, Jerry was losing his voice, which by the second set was virtually gone. The late second set Black Peter really showed this. Trooper that he is, though, Jerry sang the encore, Baby Blue. From the second show on 4/4/88, we have the bizarre set closing jam featuring The Other One>Stella Blue>Good Lovin'>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Hey Jude. It sure was weird to hear Good Lovin' segue into Dear Mr. Fantasy. It is a great Other One, though, and Fantasy features some incredibly inspired playing.
Finally, from the 1990 shows, the band's final shows in Hartford, we have the pre-Drums jam from 3/18/90, Iko Iko>Looks Like Rain>He's Gone>Truckin'>Spoonful. These shows, like all of Spring 1990, were recorded to 24 track analog tape, hence the excellent sound quality on albums such as Dozin' at the Knick, Without A Net and Nightfall of Diamonds.
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That the geniuses who control this have'nt figured out how I can buy one of these.
Money's not the issue here, just convienence.
God how I wish it was 1987 again.
Thanks for the material from this show.
It was my first and only Dead show I attended and I loved every minute of it.
Unfortuately I didn't make it to the next night which was highly regarded -- 3/19/90....but I did manage to catch it on the radio.
If Lemieux or our fellow heads reads this , i think we may have something .
Amidst much raving about releasing whole shows or CDs like Road trips which catch the best of a number of good nights . I think it is very intelligent to discover what material is worth putting out for all of the GD audience and everyone in general . As we can see in the selections this week , there are many moments when the band , kind of does the song about 3/4s of the way it should be - quality wise . For example , the 1977 segue from Hartford this week has awesome music , but many anomalies during Row J , Candyman and the other two songs . That , of course could not be part of a commercial release by this band , because the music market would laugh very hard at it . And we must be very aware of this . We cant demand that we have whole shows all of the time , so that we can see that probably all of the vault isn t wondefull 5 star material
this is crazy jamalamin' man!
"Flight of the seabirds
Scattered like lost words
Wheel to the storm and fly"
John Perry Barlow
to figure out why a few people are having problems and it's working fine for others. Clues welcome.
Glad i am not the only person having issusess listening ,,,, so it`s not my putter ,, sorry folks but at least i feel better ,,,, makes you wonder ,, hhhhmmmm
Please , bring back the ol & grateful mp3 files !
What´s up with The Complete Winterland Recordings 73 Box ?
Thnx , Peace .
Forget manufacturing and real estate. With 12.5 million, you could buy the Vault, and start releasing whole shows.
You can't miss on this one, trust me.
I'm not Beethoven