February 3 - February 9, 2014
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a span of just over 20 years with some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1981 and 1994. And because this is being written a few days before the Super Bowl, congratulations to Denver or Seattle.
Our first selection this week is from the second leg of the Fall Tour of 1973, which had three distinct segments: 9/7 to 9/26, 10/19 to 11/1, and 11/30 to 12/19, with a bit of a disjointed tour in the middle (11/9 to 11/25). From 10/30/73 in St. Louis, we have the big second set jam featuring, Dark Star>Stella Blue>Eyes Of The World>Weather Report Suite, with those last three songs being brand new to most ears, appearing on Wake Of The Flood, released two weeks earlier on 10/15/73.
Next up is music from the first show of the Europe Tour of 1981, from 9/30/81 in Edinbugh, Scotland, the Dead's only appearance in Scotland. From the start of the second set, we have a bit of a different second set sequence of Feel Like A Stranger, Ship Of Fools, Samson and Delilah, Never Trust A Woman.
Our last selection this week is from 10/14/94 from the final run of Grateful Dead shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. From this show we have the start of the second set, featuring Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain, Looks Like Rain, Samba In The Rain>Corrina.
Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes from the vault.
I thought Vince's color's were brilliant and poignantly eloquent. He was a great contributor and gets a bit too much disrespect. I love theses 94 tapes when they were this hot
not because of the Vince comments below...it's that the Dark Star is not wood-inducing.
always liked samba in the rain, new sound for the dead and it was a fun one to dance to. Corrina on the other hand is most definitely in my opinion the worst song Bob Weir ever wrote. As far as Jerry slapping cheeks.... I highly doubt that would have happened. Vince was a good musician and loved Jerry and the entire Grateful Dead thing, too bad the rest of the guys treated him like the "new guy" and abused him at just about every opportunity they had. He was the butt of many a joke and prankster gag and yet he laughed it all off with his giant smile. He loved Jerry and playing with him and stated that the first time he met Jerry, it was like meeting santa clause, in other words a lifelong wish had been fulfilled. He was excluded from every Dead reunion tour, left off the bus when he was truly hurting inside from the death of his mentor, friend and hero. The rest of the story is too sad to go into. Look it up online if you don't know what went down. Vince added a new and unique sound and style to the band that had never been there before, therefore he was not everyone's cup of java, but if you listen to some of his accomplishments with the band closely and with an open mind, yes he's not Brent or Keith, but he had a very good style all of his own.
Vince had talent. Vince had style. Vince was real. Vince became the punching bag for many things. I have to say that some of my most favorite jams had Vince!!!
Hot DAMN! Love these 73 jams.
I think Jerry would have turned it around if he had sobered up, woken up and smacked Bob and Vince across the cheeks.....
tasty dark star liquid smooth flowing jam
Check out 10/1/94 or 10/10/94. I was at the Cap Centre/US Air shows. Nice Comes A Time from 10/9/94
I would be up for listening to more of the mid-nineties if DL could continue to dig out nuggets like this one. To me most of the stuff after 91 doesn't sound this good. But as we used to say, a bad Grateful Dead concert is better than a good day at work. That remained true to the end for me, for the most part.