June 6 - June 12, 2011
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll stay within a short span of the 1980s, 1984-1988.
Our first selection this week is from Ventuar County Faigrounds just a bit north of LA, wher we have the opening of the second set featuring Samson and Delilah, Ship of Fools, I Just Want To Make Love To You>Women Are Smarter, Terrapin Station. for anyone who never made it to ventura for grateful dead shows, there is a terrific account of seeing the band there (in 1982) in blair jackson's tough-to-find (but worth seeking out!) book the music never stopped.
Next is music from 7/6/86, the penultimate show before Jerry's coma put the brakes on Grateful Dead shows for almost six months. From this show at RFK Stadium in Washington, where the Dead shared the bill that day with Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, we have Stella Blue>Throwing Stones>NFA, Brokedown Palace.
Lastly this week, from the finale of a three night run at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA on 7/31/88, we have the start of the second set: Hell In A Bucket > Foolish Heart > Man Smart, Woman Smarter > Terrapin Station > I Will Take You Home. There are a couple of repeated songs, but we hope you don't mind.
Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault. As always, we encourage you to write to us at the email address below. Be sure to include the words “Grateful Dead” in your subject line so that your missive breaks through our spam filters.
poor guy looked and sounded HORRIBLE. It's surprising he didn't die in 86 (I'm very glad he didn't).
Jerry sounds very tired and a bit careless during his contributions to Throwing Stones at RFK, particularly his main lead section. always tough to hear that either in this little rough period, or summer tour '95.
I am currently listening to the second of the three posts here, and I must say that 80's Dead, while not always the sharpest (pre-teleprompter days especially,) is certainly some of my favorite to listen to while working. There was something about the sonic landscape of the 80's and 90's that I really enjoy... I don't know... it seems to "shimmer" more than the earlier stuff. Plus, unlike a lot of folks, I really enjoy the "newer" songs like Hell in a Bucket, Throwing Stones, Standing on the Moon, Aiko/Women are Smarter, etc. Plus, I have always been a BIG fan of what Brent brought to the band. All in all, great selections guys and gals! Thanks for making my busy day of grading a TON of papers a little bit brighter!
Glad I missed the heat and humidity.
Mr. Knowitall sez TOG was filmed at LSeca, not Ventura.
DL2 has used it multiple times.
Ventura was a great place to see a Dead show. I remember the 87 shows when they filmed the Touch of Grey video the first night. It was a great start to the summer that ended even better with the Calaveras shows.
It was VERY hot and muggy both shows at RFK. The stadium was only half full during the Dylan/Petty part. I'll never forget during Satisfaction when Bob said "and over here we got old Jer" and Jerry let out a barrage of sound from his guitar that made your hair stand up!
I would LOVE to attend a Furthur show in Ventura.
misty water-color memories...
lucky enough to have attended
happy memories of listening to a tape of the Terrapin in my dorm room in a special frame of mind...MAGIC.
Hey Iamagonzo, are you familiar with the meaning of the word penultimate? It means second to last, which is what the 7/6/86 show was before Jerry's coma. 7/7/86 was the last. I'm sure I'm coming off sounding like a dick but I just don't like when people throw around words without knowing the meaning. Carry on.......