Grateful Dead

July 21 - July 27, 2014

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week have music from 1972, 1980 and 1989, with the first and last selections from Bay Area iconic Grateful Dead venues, and the middle selection from Des Moines.

First up is music from 12/11/72 at Winterland, where the Dead were playing their return to the Bay Area after almost four months of excellence elsewhere in the country. Since their last Bay Area show before this three night Winterland run, the Dead had played Veneta through the end of November, and had played some of their best shows ever in that span. From Winterland, we have Truckin'>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Box Of Rain, He's Gone.

Next is the post-Drums sequence from a very good show on 5/29/80 in Des Moines, with a cool batch of tunes featuring Truckin'>Space>Lost Sailor>Saint Of Circumstance>Comes A Time>Around and Around>Johnny B. Goode. Sailor>Saint would have been new to a lot of these folks, having appeared on their new record Go To Heaven just a month earlier.

Lastly this week is music from the Grateful Dead's penultimate concert at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, formerly known as the Oakland Auditorium Arena, on 2/6/89. From this show, we have the entire second set featuring Truckin'>Hell In A Bucket > Scarlet Begonias > Looks Like Rain > Terrapin Station ; Drums > Space > The Other One > Stella Blue > Turn On Your Lovelight. These were the only Kaiser shows I saw, and I still vividly recall the joy of seeing the Dead in such a small venue. I'd see them in smaller venues in Europe a year later, but for this Dead Head who started seeing the Dead in 1987, the Kaiser was a treat.

Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes, and please feel free to write to me with questions or comments, sent to the email address below.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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no truckins anywhere

oh well...

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crucial performance

It’s been 25 years, and most of the pre-drums of this ’89 Kaiser performance still sounds strugglishly semi-terrible to my ear. This was the last live Grateful Dead performance I attended. This one decided me I had lost my taste for shows…from feeling diminishing enjoyment, from a scattering of reasons, but — after the New Year’s concert and this one, mostly for distaste by what the band seemed to be experiencing at the time.

There seemed a problem needing attention in Brent’s self-negation aided by drug use (reportedly), strongly including alcohol though I didn’t know that at the time. February 6 at Kaiser, I saw an expression in Brent’s face of a man weakened and, in the moment of that particular show because of his presence in the band, morally (? — spiritually? behaviorally?) challenged — by them, or himself, or the situation in itself, I couldn’t say.

There’s some performance redemption in the post-“Terrapin” improv in that Kaiser night, by the organ and bass as the music moved toward the drums break — Phil warmly accompanied Brent’s stepping forth musically in a way more than Brent had done all night preceding — Phil supporting and maybe in a way faced him too across the length of the stage.

Beyond this show, the “problem” evidently resolved, aesthetically and relationally, temporarily, for the band’s needs at least; Brent’s contribution to the music and the band became strong (again) and fuller, as we know of course, I guess from around nearer the middle of 1989 through the spring of 1990 at least — until he checked out. But the feeling in early 1989 was plain to me, that ended my going to Dead shows (after more than sixteen years).

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Kaiser '89

thank you! Dancing in my office chair :)

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Wow!

I didn't hear the Truckin' from the '80 show, but holy shit, Comes A Time!!! This one deserves a spot on some future best-of disc if the show as a whole is never released. Just wow.

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cool

wishing the new machine a speedy recovery!

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what system are you using?

working fine for me in the latest Mavericks. In Chrome, fwiw.

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sound clips

Currently not working, anything. I think it's my system however. Is it flash that I must have updated?
-edit- Clips are working fine for me in my other computers (I have several all with Win 7, IE 11) I'm only having problems in my *new* (read: used) laptop. I still need to apply updates since I just got the darn thing. Word to the wise, do NOT go heavy duty mountain biking with a laptop in your backpack. CPU will not be happy. Nor will Hard Drive.

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currently

they're working for us. Speak up if you're still having issues with them. Thanks!

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broken clips?

My experience at this moment is that the first one is working and the other two aren't. I'll report this accordingly, but lemme know if the first one is also failing for you.

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No Truckin'

What a bummer

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