June 11 - June 17, 2007
This week, we have a nice selection of music from 1970 to 1991, with hopefully a little something that’ll suit everyone’s taste.
Our earliest selection this week is from 6/12/70 in Hawaii, one of the few shows the Grateful Dead played in that state. This rendition of That’s It For The Other One features a particularly potent “Drums” segment. The sound is a little raw, but is much better than it was earlier in the show, when Weir had to stop a tune mid-song to berate the sound man with an expletive-filled rant.
Moving ahead to 1976, we have some nice material from the comeback tour. This Row Jimmy from 6/17/76 in Passaic shows how well the new seven-piece band was listening to one another; very dynamic playing. From a week earlier, we have two selections from the 6/12/76 show in Boston: a beautiful Comes A Time, as well as the unique show closing jam of Sugar Magnolia>U.S. Blues>Sunshine Daydream. My old cassette always lacked this final Sunshine Daydream part of the medley, so in case yours did, too, here it is. Enjoy.
We’ll now fast-forward eight years to 6/14/84 at Red Rocks, with the second set opening trio of Shakedown Street>Playing In The Band>Dear Mr. Fantasy. This, of course, is the first-ever performance of Dear Mr. Fantasy, and it packs a lot of emotion, thanks to Brent and Jerry working through the song together. It’s just a terrific moment when the band drops into Fantasy from the depths of a chaotic Playing jam.
From 1991 at Giants Stadium, we have two segments. First is the rare first set opener of Eyes of the World from 6/17/91, and second is the second set opening jam of Jack Straw>Crazy Fingers>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from 6/16/91. We’re always interested in bringing you unique sequences, and this one certainly qualifies.
One thing we didn’t have a chance to play last week was the show opener from 6/10/73 at RFK Stadium in Washington, a great Morning Dew. With a start like this, it’s no surprise that show turned out to be a classic.
Finally this week is another track from 5/5/78 by popular demand, Candyman. This show has always fallen a bit under the radar, but it’s a dandy.
Be sure to check in next week from some great June material from 1969, 1973, 1985, 1993, and probably a few other choice bits. As always, feel free to write with questions, comments or suggestions.
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The Tapers Section is the greatest thing to come out since the Ipod. I look forward to every Monday so I can download some classic Dead. Absolute favorite track so far would be Muddy Water. Thanks David. Coconut Phil. Simpsonville, SC. 2007
More great selections from DL. Especially nice is the Shakedown Street>Playing In The Band>Dear Mr. Fantasy from 1984-06-14!
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Thank God it's Monday! (never thought I'd be saying that) The Dear Mr Fantasy is beautiful, I saw them pull this together in Maine (taped it) and have been listening to it ever since, thanks David :) "if you get confused..."
I was hanging out with TC and Terrapin Flyer on Friday...Love 70!!!!!!!!! Great picks this week!!!! Row is one of my favs!!!
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