Grateful Dead

January 28 - February 3, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Due to our desire to keep doing what we’ve been doing the last few weeks, we’re going to select a year and focus on that year this week in the Taper’s Section. This week’s pick? The fine transitional year of 1991.

With Bruce Hornsby at most shows throughout 1991, the band was settling into a nice, consistent groove. On most nights, you could count on an inspired, solid, occasionally transcendent night of music throughout the year. During the year, there were a few of what are now considered classic Grateful Dead shows: 6/14/91, 6/17/91, 10/31/91, 9/10/91 and a few others.

Our first selection this week is from the fourth and final night of the tour opening run at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland. During this week, I somehow managed to be inside the Cap Center seven straight nights: 3/15 a Celtics-Bullets NBA game; 3/16 a Flyers-Capitals hockey game (Don Beaupre shone in the Caps’ 6-0 victory), 3/17,18,20&21, the Grateful Dead, and astoundingly, on the band’s night off, 3/16, a Blues-Capitals hockey game (Brett Hull’s 80th goal of the season!). I’ll never forget walking around the arena between periods of the 3/16 hockey game with my obvious Dead Head friends, and getting loads of “hey guys, the Grateful Dead aren’t here tonight!” comments. So, from 3/21/91, we have this excellent jam of Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain>Stir It Up Jam. As you may recall, the band attempted a vocal Stir It Up in March, 1988, with rather poor, even comical, results. This jam, however, is one of the finer spontaneous jams of the entire year. There’s terrific energy here.

Next up is some music from the first show of the Landover run, specifically the first set closing duet of Ruben and Cherise, Let It Grow. This, of course, is the first ever version of Ruben and Cherise, one of only four versions the Grateful Dead would ever play of this Jerry Garcia Band standard. Vince, Jerry and Bruce lock into a great groove during the closing jam. The Let It Grow is out of control, with Weir taking center stage during the big jam. A very inspired version.

The next run of shows after the Cap Center run was in Albany, for the second annual run of shows at the Knickerbocker Arena. Bruce was absent from these shows as well as the next run at Nassau Coliseum, but would return for the ending of the tour. From the third and final night of the Albany run, 3/25/91, we have the second set, divided into two sequences. The pre-Drums jam consists of Greatest Story Ever Told, Crazy Fingers>Truckin’>Spoonful, with the Greatest Story being a very rare second set opener. The post drums sequence features The Other One>Black Peter>Throwing Stones>Playing In The Band. Like the set opener, Throwing Stones>Playing is a very unique set closer.

Be sure to check in next week when we’ll focus on one very exciting run of Grateful Dead shows from 1972. Feel free to write with questions or comments to the email address below.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

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what date is landover segment ..... ?

beenwaytoolongatsea

unless i am missing something it just says "Next up is some music from the first show of the Landover run" and gives the tunes ...... but no date.

i record and archive every taper's section entry to hardrive, labeled and dated, for posterity, when they took away the downloads i decided i must, and this section appears to have no date i know i could just go to deadbase and find the date but for others ..... what date, mon ....... ?

been

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thanks, dave!

yippee skippee! always love bruce- sounds great-- thanks--
caroline

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thanks, dave!

yippee skippee! always love bruce- sounds great-- thanks--
caroline

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greensboro

the 91 at greensboro has long been a sweet tape in my collection. Thanks for the reminder, i havent heard that Dark Star in a while.

NFA,
brm

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Oh Yesssss

Rueben and Cherise always has been a favorite for me. This is an excellent choice--those DC Area shows with Hornsby were classic and should be released.

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Stir It Up

Always appreciative of the music, but I must say that I can't find that "terrific energy" in the Stir It Up" jam. Seems ultimately lethargic to me, but at least no one sang!
-Raff

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Shone-nuff: Don Beaupre

The Flyers weren't his only victim that season. I believe he led the whole NHL in shutouts that year.

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As if this week wasn't going to be long enough...

...now I have to spend it knowing that a run of '72 is on tap for next week! Hurry!

Still, there's plenty here to keep me happy until then. The 90's aren't generally my cup of tea, but I do like the work that Bruce did with them. I can never get enough of his solo on "Walking Blues" on DP17.

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Old, like rum drinking demon at tea

David, is there any possible way for you to bring out the "Trio or Duet" during the Bruce era........that being a portion in which the band would break off and there would be(I.E.) just Jerry, Phil,and Bruce on stage. I have heard a few of these instance most notably the one from Phil's bonus disc with "Searching for the Sound". Thanks so much for all you hard work!
We miss you Jerry!

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Great, great year.

I remember two fantastic shows in Greensboro in 91. Crazy long Eyes and a wonderful Darkstar.

Fantastic summer tour- Everyone really ought to check out Bonner Springs. Incredible Scarlet-Fire and post space Comes A Time/GDTRFB/GoodLovin. One of those magical nights. Pine Knob was fun too.

Fall 91 also had its great moments especially the tour opener at Richfield. Great sounding boards can be streamed on archive.org.

This was really the last great year of the Dead as in Spring 92 they would usher in the new tunes and Jerry was clearly burnt out...only to fall to exhaustion after the Summer Tour with an enlarged heart.

91 with Bruce...oh to be there again.

Peace.

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