July 5 - July 11, 2010
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from the 1980s, three sequences that ended concerts. We hope your 4th of July celebrations were fun!
Our first stop this week is on April Fool's day, 4/1/84, at Marin Civic, the last-ever Grateful Dead show at the tiny, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Marin Civic, a terrific venue. From that show, we have the second-set closing sequence of Morning Dew>GDTRFB>I Neeed A Miracle>Good Lovin', Touch of Grey, the last song being the encore. These shows must have been particularly fun for the band, being so close to home, and for the office staff and crew, as Marin Civic was only a mile or so from GDHQ.
Next up is more music from Laguna Seca '88, specifically the middle show of three nights, on 7/30/88, where we have the post-Space sequence of Smokestack Lightnin' > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > Wharf Rat > Throwing Stones > One More Saturday Night. Cool to see a Smokestack out of Space.
Lastly this week, from 7/31/88 at Laguna Seca, we have the show-ending jam of The Other One > I Need A Miracle > Morning Dew, In The Midnight Hour, with the last song being the encore. There were a few repeats in this week's Tapers' Section, but we don't mind, as they all fall within unique sequences.
Be sure to stop by next week for more great GD music. We have some fun stuff coming up. As always, we encourage you to write to us at the Tapers' Section, at the email address below. Please be sure to include “Grateful Dead” in your subject to make sure your missive busts through our state-of-the-art spam filters.
Thanks for the music David! 80s Dead is a love/hate thing for me- there are some really good shows that display a real rockin', funky, jazzy, and soulful band- and then there's the Gratefuld Dead bar band (my best way to describe it).... You know the band that has a high bar tab, plays the medley version of songs and mostly uncomplicated numbers, a guitar lick here and there to stoke the memories of what was, and then bam you have the one two punch of Dear Mr Fantasy and Hey Jude Reprise (as cringe worthy as Donna's primal sceam IMHO).
I have been trying to really isolate what is it that I try to avoid about the eighties and here is my list (in no particular order)
1. Midi Effects
2. Bobby's guitar sound- the metal modulus sound, inconsistant levels, and of course the screechy slide (particularly when he uses it on the acoustic).
3. The vocals- hoarse and sometime croaky vocals were too common
4. Lyrics- thank you drugs for helping them forget lyrics to songs they sung for decades, or even recently recorded for that matter. Some people find it endearing, but I find it fustrating- kills the mood for sure! The developement of the mumble for the forgotten line... I know it happened in the 70s too, but it was more frequent in the 80s.
5. Another shout out to the big H and others drugs (see above number 4) for helping incredible musicians forget songs they have been playing for many years.
With all that said- when the band was on in the 80s they had a special feel that makes this decade unique. You can even seperate different parts of the decade and find different sounds- 79 (really 80, but to include the new Brent sound)-83, 84-86, 87-88(heavy on the bar band), and 89. Plus, I love the new songs that the decade brought- too bad they couldn't remember them most of the time Ha!
I went to see the captain, strangest I could find...