July 14- July 20, 2008
This week we're going to hear some music from 1970 through to 1989, with a few interesting stops in between.
Our first selection, as mentioned the past couple of weeks, is the outstanding version of Lovelight from 7/16/70 in San Rafael, California, featuring none other than Janis Joplin sharing lead vocal duties with Pigpen. This would be the last of the very few times Janis would perform onstage with the Grateful Dead, and sadly, just two and a half months later, she would be gone. Worth noting here in the Tapers Section is that it was after this show that Bear went away, and is the reason there are no tapes from the second half of 1970 from this night until late December when the sound crew began recording the concerts again.
Because we love these monster versions of Playing In The Band so much, here is a really superior rendition from 7/19/74 in Fresno, California. I could get lost in these 1974 Playings for hours. In fact, I often do.
Our next stop is a very unique items from the vault, the great version of Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain from 2/10/79 at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. What makes this version so special for us to play you here is that 2/10/79 is the only soundboard recording in the vault from Keith and Donna's final tour in January and February, 1979. We get a lot of requests for music from this tour, particularly shows in mid-January, but this show is all that we have. Jerry's voice is still showing some of the scratchiness that would bother him throughout all of 1978, but the music is pretty darn good.
Our next selection is from 7/15/89 at Deer Creek Music Theatre in Indiana, the band's first show at this sweet little venue surrounded by corn fields. What was so nice about that first trip there was that the Grateful Dead had started their tour with seven shows at five massive eastern stadiums (Foxboro, Buffalo, Philly, Giants X2 and DC X2), so to show up and see what Deer Creek was all about was truly a treat. And the band rose to the occasion and played a wonderful concert. From the start of the first set, we have Bertha>Greatest Story Ever Told, Candyman, Walkin' Blues.
Lastly this week, from the same summer tour's penultimate show on 7/18/89 at Alpine Valley in East Troy, Wisconsin, here is the first set opening trio of Touch of Grey, Jack Straw, Jack-A-Roe. This show is often overlooked because of the incredible performances the night before and after, but this middle night had plenty of great music.
Thanks for stopping in. Be sure to come back next week for more great music. As always, feel free to write with questions or comments.
Pigpen tells crowd to get their hands out of their pockets....> "I'm tired of all of these hippie jack-offs." Raise yo hands jam is great.
Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain
SWEET :) miss u jerry
Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain
Great week!! Play the RFK & JFK too please.
keep up the great TUNES DL and thanks for the ongoing narrative of our lives
I hope Kuvap , as there is a very precarious audience tape of that night , which shows what a majestic performance it was . Thanks to the trouble that the taper went through to make that tape we can see how good they played that night . I think a great Attics and O1 are on that tape
Theres a lot of very superior 1970 , that if you look for it , you may be prized with something good . But the absence of Bear obviously marks a big gap in tapes
So, there is hope that a SBD of 6/24/70 exsists somewhere?
The show had completely sold out, so only a couple of us had tickets. We were parked on a side road near the venue and were just hanging out when a couple guys from the facility came up, pulled out a stack of tickets, and offered to sell them to us- but only if we moved our cars to the parking lot.
Jerry s voice is very hoarse on the 79 Scarlet , although the version is incredibly superior . Up there with Cornell 77 . Keith in FINE form , and Donna as well . A very overlooked show ( I love telling the world this is the best band on the planet , but its always useful to have sound proof , and this S > F is ) . . I saw & taped a fine jam band from Athens GA at the memorial hall in KC KS in 1997 . I try and picture the Dead in that intimate and small hall playing this monumental music
DL , you really delivered this week , in fine form
' See , hear how everything ,
lead up to this day .
And its just like any other day ,
That s ever been '
The GD flow nicely through the Playin - Fresno . It s intriguing how some nights werent on , and some were . I think the re issue of Europe 72 has an explanation of that in the liner notes .
Or some moments of a show were slower and less inspired , where as other parts had just gobs of time in ' music ' heaven . If anyone ever reads about Ether ( fourth dimension element ] , we can learn why the band - or any band - rocked / rocks at some moments of a show , and other moments had uninspired , or even mediocre playing . Ether has five 24 minute cycles that begin at sunrise and cycle throughout the day , all day long . And some of the 24 minute cycles are better for certain activities , and not good for other activities .
It s good as a musician to go onstage - if posible - having a grasp of this info
The Deer creek audio is great DL . I think i may have requested that about a year ago . Good material .
And the Seattle 1979 i ll check out later - as it looks good - time permitting
p.s. Ether can be read about in a great book called Introduction to Gnosis
p.s.s. I ve been listening to the Playin from Fresno now for about 17 minutes and its ' the stuff ' . Keep this awesome stuff pouring out of that vault David L , Thanks I think my eye pupils turned into stealies during that Playin . Great job Mr Lemieux