July 30 - August 5
We have more than 20 years of Grateful Dead music for you this week, spanning many great eras. Hopefully we’ll have something for everyone.
Like last week, we have some of the excellent music from the band’s first-ever concerts outside of California, in a foreign country no less (or, as Homer Simpson calls Canada, America Junior). From 7/30/66 at the PNE in Vancouver is this nifty twosome of the quintessential 1966 jamming vehicles, Cream Puff War-Viola Lee Blues. As it turns out, the band stayed in British Columbia for a week, where they then played the Afterthought in Vancouver on August 5 and 6, 1966. Sharing the bill at those shows was the Vancouver band the United Empire Loyalists. Jeff Ridley, a member of the United Empire Loyalists, shares this interesting anecdote about the Grateful Dead’s first Canadian visit: “The UEL shared the bill with the Grateful Dead for the first time at the Afterthought in the Pender Auditorium the week after the PNE gig. Our manager, Jerry Kruz, had gone to the PNE 'trips festival' and saw Big Brother & the Holding Co. with Janis, and the Grateful Dead. Jerry thought the Dead had potential and asked them if they'd like to play at his club the following week which they agreed to do. Jerry put them up in a motel for the week. The Dead wanted to do something to publicize the upcoming Afterthought gig. While driving around Vancouver they saw the bandstand at English Bay so they got all their equipment, set up in the bandstand and played a concert. Traffic stopped; it hit the papers; it was quite an event. The Afterthought gig went really well; the place was packed. It was supposed to stop at midnight but at midnight the Dead were playing, coincidentally, In the Midnight Hour. The police came and said to Jerry: 'you have to shut this down.' But Jerry said: 'you want to stop it, you go in there.' But they declined and the Dead played into the wee hours.”
Our next stop this week is in 1974, at Dillon Stadium in Hartford on July 31, one of the longest Grateful Dead performances on record. From the third set, we have the big jam featuring Truckin’>Jam>Mind Left Body Jam>Spanish Jam>Wharf Rat. There is plenty of interesting music in this 40 minute piece. And from the first set, an interesting and quite common combination performed in the summer of 1974: Mississippi Half-Step>It Must’ve Been The Roses.
And, getting back into the groove of the week, we have the first set closing trio from 7/31/82 at Manor Downs in Austin, TX, Brown-Eyed Woman>The Music Never Stopped>Deal. This is drawn from the cassette master, as 1982 fell in the interregnum between the reel-to-reel recordings (end of 1979) and the Beta PCM digital recordings (end of 1982).
Next we’ll go forward seven years, to the excellent Cal Expo run in August, 1989. These shows are often overlooked due to the three-night runs of shows that sandwich them (Alpine in July, and the Greek shortly after), but there was plenty of great music played at Cal Expo. First up we have the very unique pre-Drums sequence featuring Truckin’>Wang Dang Doodle>Crazy Fingers>Cumberland Blues>Eyes of the World>Drums. Very cool indeed. And from the next night, an equally intriguing pre-Drums sequence of Hey Pocky Way, Playing In The Band>I Know You Rider>Terrapin Station. Nobody saw that Playing>Rider segue coming, I’m sure. These Cal Expo 1989 recordings were drawn from the VHS PCM digital masters, as the crew switched from recording to Beta PCM to VHS PCM in 1989. So far, these VHS PCMs have proven to be more robust and reliable than their Beta counterparts.
Finally this week, by special request, we have a Pigpen song from 4/7/72 at Wembley Empire Pool (later Wembley Arena) in London: Mr. Charlie from the first set. As we’ve mentioned, some of the multi-track master of this show has severe technical problems, but as evidenced here and on the wonderful Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead album, there is plenty of great material.
Check back next week when we’ll have more August Grateful Dead material. Feel free to write with questions, comments or suggestions for the Tapers Section.
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i would love to hear the post-space portion of the 94 richfield show. I think it was space>watchtower>stella blue. I remember this being the most heart wrenching stella blue of all time.
round and round
Deadsongs, strange you should say that, i was thinking Althea AND my sig is "round and round" because of a soundbite I got from Bobby on the third floor of some hotel. My friend Marion and I were shlepping/spying on the boys and we were in the hall way with Bobby. He was right next to us and he said it, "ROUND AND ROUND" It was wild and I willnever forget it lol
It's Jerry Garcia's 65th B-day today. Just a sweet feel in the air today. This weeks songs are a treat to listen to. Hopefully we get to hear some "Althea" songs next week. Jerry really has some unique solo's on "Althea". Cool Werewolves of London on this weeks songs. I always wondered which songs are the most favorite to play for the band members. I think Bobby really gets a kick out of Around, Around songs. I've never heard him sound like he wasn't into it on that song. Jerry's U.S. Blues, Deal of course but I wonder what other songs are favs. Thanks again David for great songs and hopefully you can find me the best "Althea". Peace.
Brown Eyed Women smokes! Can't wait for the Viola Lee from 66 - I'll often take a good Viola Lee over a Dark Star.
"Folk rock for groovin families!"
round and round
Let it Grow from 82 mid west tour. It was great, but I don't which show it was in for sure. That would be a treat.
yeah, Jerry's birthday 82 at the zoo. There was a valiant effort to sing happy birthday to him.
it was so hot
Dave, thank you for your valiant effort to bring the good stuff to us. <3
Awesome week! Thanks for the music that helps me get through my tough days.
THANK YOU!!!! FOR A REAL GOOD TIME!!!!
...shall we go, you and I while we can...
It would really be so cool to know what's really in there. Why not post the database here so we can all know? Thanks for giving it so thought!
First, just a word of heart felt thanks. Your weekly selections are a real treat!
I'm wondering if you could share some insight as to why the band switched from reel to reel to cassette. I'm assuming the cassettes ran at 1 7/8 ips while most reel to reels were recorded at 7 1/2 ips. Seems like the drop off in quality would be prohibitive.
Another great list of songs to listen to. My favorite Dead was from 72-82. Thanks for spending the time and finding some quality songs. This also encourages me to buy from the store. I like hearing from the different years caus i mainly listen to 70's Grateful Dead. But if you have any January to early February 1980 Dead I'd love to hear some of that. For this weeks picks i really enjoyed the Truckin>Jam>Mind Left Body Jam at Dillon Stadium.