Grateful Dead

January 14 - January 20, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

We’ve been having such a good time sticking with one year during the past few installments of the Taper’s Section, we’ve decided to continue with this format for yet another week. This week, we’re finally breaking out of the 1960s and 1970s by jumping forward to 1990. There was plenty of great music played throughout the year by the Grateful Dead, so on to the music.

Our first selection is the show opening combination from 6/23/90 at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Feel Like A Stranger, West LA Fadeaway. This was the first of a two day run of concerts that began at noon with an opening set by Little Feat, followed by three hours of music by the Grateful Dead with the shows wrapping up by 5 PM, leaving the evenings free to explore beautiful Eugene.

Next we’ll take a little trip to Europe to stop in and check out the second set opener from Berlin on 10/20/90, Eyes of the World>Samson and Delilah. Although I only attended the Paris and London shows on this tour, I heard stories of a small theatre in Berlin, at which each and every seat had a little fold-out desk top, complete with a little lamp. A perfect place for tapers to rest their D-5s. This show was broadcast on the radio, and it certainly must have been a treat to hear Eyes of the World in a foreign country.

Next we’ll pay a visit to Albany, NY, where the Grateful Dead played their first shows at the then-new Knickerbocker Arena in March, 1990. A good chunk of that run of concerts has been justifiably immortalized on the excellent Dozin’ At The Knick, but there was plenty of great music played aside from what made the album. From 3/26/90, we have this unique second set jam of Victim or the Crime>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Women Are Smarter. Brent does some great stuff with Women Are Smarter, and the jam out of Victim is suitably chaotic.

Finally this week, we have the big jam from the final show in Europe in 1990, 11/1/90 at Wembley Arena. The first two nights at Wembley were sold out, but this final night was only about half full, and it was very odd to see the Grateful Dead performing at the height of their popularity in an 11,000 seat arena that was only half full. From this final show of the tour, we have a very interesting palindromatic sequence of Playing In The Band>Dark Star>Drums>Space>Dark Star>Playing In The Band. Bruce does some extremely spacey things during the latter parts of the jam. A perfect way to end the tour, and, of course, the encore that night would be non-other than U.S. Blues.

Check back next Monday for more great music here at the Taper’s Section. As always, we encourage you to write with questions or comments. Please send to the email address below.

David Lemieux
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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

Them's fightin' words!

But also a classic illustration of the variety of Deadhead opinion... As for me, I'm a Brent fan.

Joined: Jul 25 2007

You mean Brent Scowcroft, not Brent Midland, right? Just checking.

Joined: Aug 23 2007
Good Stuff !

Yeah, some low levels but otherwise awesome. I wish I could filter Brent out of the mix.
Sorry folks, after much study he did no service. Annoying SOBin keyboard noise so jerry and bobby could pick their nose more often thats all.

Joined: Jan 17 2008
Autzen shows

The 1990 Autzen show was my first Dead concert. My life changed that afternoon.

Joined: Jun 30 2007

Thanks for continuing to post some amazing music. Is it not our dream to have this site and the SIRIUS GD Channel (which your "This Day in GD History" segment is always real nice) to listen to all this sweet music.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
New Road Trips

David - is there a new Road Trips in the workds (impatient or what!) Thanks.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Autzen Stadium

Please release these 2 Eugene shows. These are at the top of my wish list. It does'nt get any better than these.

Brian's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Tapers Section

Away to connect with the cosmic expression of two drummers two guitarists a bass player and a krew of keys.

gdradio's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
as always...

excellent selections. thank you David!
Streaming Grateful Dead and more

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Hgih energy jerry nights

Really nice selections . How about a best of the Summer of 94 . I know many people dont elevate with those sublime shows , but there were some excellent Jerry nights . July 23 at Chicago which i attended had great picks by JG ( Sugaree , Lucy in the sky , heavens door ] . It seems the discussion on stage or berfore the show or 2nd set was generous toward him . Just look and hear if you have it the 2nd set

The 7.20 was probably his most potent attempt - noblesvll . That only came close to being eclipsed by the 29.07 hebron OH show , whom i have a medium quality copy of the 2nd set . Id love to hear that 1st set though = )

p.s. Nice to ehar a SBD of the Eugene 90 show , after owning a nice aud tape for much tiem ---- ///


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