June 27 - July 3, 2011
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we wrap up June and head into July with some Grateful Dead music from 1978, 1981 and 1989.
Our first stop this week is on 2/1/78 in Chicago, the third of a three night run that was a part of a six show Midwest tour, all of which was excellent. From this show we have first set material consisting of Jack Straw, FOTD, Mama Tried>Me and My Uncle, Ramble On, Cassidy, Sunrise, Sugaree.
From a little less than four years later, also in Chicago on 12/6/81, we have more first set material: Tennessee Jed, LL Rain, Jack-A-Roe, BIODTL, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. This run of shows in November-December, 1981 was recorded to reel-to-reel tapes rather than the usual cassettes of the area. Although they are still PA mixes, and not mix-to-tape recordings like the Betty Board reels from 1976-1979, these recordings do have a more rich, robust sound than cassettes of the same era.
Lastly this week of the opening of the first set from 2/7/89 in Oakland, the final show at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, with a good sequence of Hey Pocky Way ; Jack Straw ; Loser ; Walkin' Blues. We played you the end of the first set here last week
Be sure to stop by next week for more great tunes from the Grateful Dead's vault. We welcome and encourage you to write to us with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section, or anything else you might want to know about. Except quantum physics.
all things dead:) HJK was a great venue in the 70's / 80s. The Greek, HJK and the Frost among the very best west coast venues. I 2 luved the "Ticket Guy" Seeing him at the gates was a sign of home
Thanks David :for a real good time"
off the 2/1/78. would appreciate a listen to see what is there before posting lists. I suspect you go off your vault list which isn't accurate...
Anyone know where I can find recordings of The Dead with Joan Osborne on vocals?
Thanks for the good stuff David: The first week of Feb '78 was truly memorable .
GD had many cool jams there.
One I'll recall...
The " ...have your tickets out and ready" guy from the movie worked there too.
To many a stoned fan he explained matters that were pertinent, whether we knew or not.
Thinking a show was nearly over, I was too tired for a slow wait through line, so to beat a rush on the exit, after taking a backpack out of coat-check, I was drifting toward the SW doors.
"NO IN AND OUTS!", a sign warned, but I wasn't looking. Outside it was drizzling and cold and he pointed that out. I appreciated that, and he told me the show wasn't over yet. Blinking in stunned comprehension, I was mumbling, "you mean, there's another set?".
I thanked him, turned and took my backpack up the left side ramps. There were tired people leaning on walls, or sitting along them. I kept going up, almost to the rafters, finally settling in to a seat with about twenty empty seats in every direction. I was way up above the stage to it's right side. I sat and smoked and waited and listened. Interminably, it seemed, the PA just kind of croaked at subliminal levels, playing much of Pete Townshend's Empty Glass album. Eventually, The Grateful Dead played a short 4th set of Dark Star>Bertha>Good Lovin' --- Brokedown Palace.
Have you, or is there any chance can you play that set please?
M.A. Akatiff -- Palo Alto, Ca.
Great tunes this week, David. Keep up the good work!