January 31 - February 6, 2011
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning three decades of Grateful Dead history, the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
Our first selections this week is from 3/18/71 in St. Louis, where the band always seemed to play great shows. From that show, we have the end of the set, featuring Greatest Story Ever Told>Johnny B. Goode, Not Fade Away>GDTRFB>Jam>Caution>Feedback, Uncle John's Band. There's a cut toward the end of GDTRFB, a master reel flip, but the standout here is the Caution, the first in a very long time. They'd again shelve it after this show, to revive it again in March-May, 1972 before putting it away for good.
Next up is music from 3/14/81 in Hartford, a bit of an underrated show, owing largely to being surrounded by so many exceptional shows on this tour, many of which circulate in great quality. From the first set, we have Feel Like A Stranger, Sugaree, Me and My Uncle>Big River.
Lastly this week is the entire first set from 3/10/93 at Rosemont, IL, on a very good tour. The 1990s are often maligned, but the spring tour, through the May shows, featured some great music, and very inspired shows. In the hopes that you don't mind two versions of Stranger this week, here is Feel Like A Stranger ; Stagger Lee ; The Same Thing ; Peggy-O ; Queen Jane Approximately ; Ramble On Rose ; Let It Grow.
Be sure to stop in next week for more great Grateful Dead music. And please feel free to write to us at the address below.
If a clip is not working is it really un-Grateful to mention it here?
Experience shows that a kind mention or two usually results in the clips being restored. I don't think dam or lethedoom crossed any kind of line there. Coming here to complain about the music, though, is another thing entirely.
There have been 218 Mondays since the Tapers Section started in November 2006. That's a whole lot of music by the finest band in the land. And I certainly don't mind a couple of skipped weeks, or a few repeated tracks here and there, or excerpts from official releases which I own. My real grudge against this feature is -- THERE'S SO MUCH TO CHOOSE FROM!!!!! I try not to let it get me down. If I need a little something different to pick up the peaces : ) I make a random choice and just TRY to enjoy the surprise. So far, it's always worked for me. I am loving this 1971 selection at the moment, right now at Caution, which followed an excellent Not Fade Away>GDTRFB and feature's Pigpen blowing his heart out on the harmonica. Thanks a lot, Grateful Dead, and David, Mary and the whole crew who makes this happen. Oh, what the heck - thanks Rhino, you deserve some appreciation for your efforts too.
Fare thee well, my honey....
I can't play it yet, but thanks for 93. Link is still buggy...I think the spring run in 93 was hot, and remember many good times and good vibes. The real beauty of listening to the Dead in 2011 is just how much of it we have to hear! Some years are more choice to me then others, but I choose to celebrate the whole run. And not a day goes by that I do not miss Jerry and the boys playing together. And if the guy who helped me change a flat tire (tan 83 Volvo wagon with Oregon plates) on the night after the 12/28/90 show in Oakland is reading this, Thanks! I remember you driving off, but I don't remember if I thanked you or not. Take care all.
I prefer not to use a message board to call out individual posters, but truly I am surprised to find among the Grateful Dead community people with so little perspective. There can be no denying that there were years (particularly early on) that found the band at a higher level of spirit and creativity than others. This is the case with every person and/or movement in the history of art. It is impossible by definition to maintain the spark and intensity that gave the entity artistic birth. That doesn't mean later stuff is not worth experiencing though. I stopped going to shows about 1985 more because I was weary of the hassles of big stadiums, but I would rather hear the Dead on an off-night in 1988 than most of the commercial music that has been cranked out since. I would give a lot to hear Jerry and Pigpen, Keith and/or Brent kickin' it out one more time. I saw Furthur at Red Rocks last September - check 'em out! Dance, laugh and have fun - life is short.
~ I'll meet you some morning in the sweet by and by
I love my tapes and my CDs, commercially produced or bootlegs, and I love music on the internet, and I'll take Grateful Dead music any way I can get it. Thanks again to those providing it through this website.
Long live tapes....Wooo...Hoooo!
C'mon folks. First of all, I'm a Bob too, and we are not all like UNgrateful Bob. Last week's '71 offering is all there now also. And finally, to all those gratefulbob's, lethedoom's and dam's out there, quit looking a gift horse in the mouth -- if you don't like what this site has to offer, which is a lot, go listen to your tapes and CDs.
i also find the 81 clip abbreviated--essentially just feel Like a Stranger and some tuning plus a few bars of the beginning of Sugaree.
you will always have "bobs" out there. he gets off on being discussed. thanks for the tunes. jam on
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