Grateful Dead

March 15- March 21, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking in on three full first sets from 1987 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 9/16/87, the second of the five night run at Madison Square Garden, the Grateful Dead's first appearance there since 1983. The first set this night was quite standard for the time, with one rather glaring exception: Scarlet Begonias was the second song of the night, popping out of a joyous Touch of Grey. Now THAT caught everyone off guard. We're pleased to present you with Touch Of Grey > Scarlet Begonias; Little Red Rooster; Dire Wolf; My Brother Esau; High Time; Let It Grow > Don't Ease Me In. the next night, on 9/17/87, jerry and bob made their famous appearance on letterman in which bobby, dave and biff attempted to levitate jerry, an old parlor trick.

From a little less than a year later, on 9/5/88 at the Capital Center in Landover, MD, we have the first set consisting of Iko Iko; Walkin' Blues; Ramble On Rose; Mama Tried > Mexicali Blues; Row Jimmy; Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again; When Push Comes To Shove; The Music Never Stopped. This is the show after the breakout of Ripple on 9/3/88, and the crowd was pumped by Saturday's developments.

Lastly this week, from 9/8/88 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia to start a four night run of shows, we have the first set, made up of Let The Good Times Roll > Shakedown Street ; Walkin' Blues ; To Lay Me Down ; It's All Over Now ; Loser ; Let It Grow. This was a real hit-and-miss tour, and this set is certainly one of the hits.

Be sure to join us next week for more great stuff here at the Tapers' Section. As always, we encourage your emails at the address below.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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March 17, 2010

March 17, 2010
Inspired March 17, 2010
By the "The Rachel Ray Show" and this "Thread"

Great Balls Top Ten List

#10.) "Busting yer Balls"
#9.) "High Balls"
#8.) "Low Balls"
#7.) "Clorox Balls"
#6.) "Cue Balls Made of Styrofoam"
#5.) "Blue Balls"
#4.) "No Balls"
#3.) "Balls of Lightining"
#2.) "Happy Healthy (Private) Balls"
And,
Goodness Gracious....

#1.) "Got Balls"

What kinda "Balls" you got today?

.
What a little green man who wasn't really
who she thought he was...oh that was fun.
The balls, balls, balls. Rolling them...
balls.

Fire on the Mountain, babes.
See you In Eugene, stoltzfus.
/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`/`
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SherBear

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the MSG Touch>Scarlet is good. A spoonful of cookie dough.

But then it goes into Little Red Rooster.

Sigh.

rice cakes and celery, rice cakes and celery.

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going down to Eugene

For Close Encounters of the Eugene Kind! (Wha, Wha, Wha, Wha-wha)

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and

our own Gans has a fine recording of that song too.

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Jim (not Jimmy) Page wrote this:

Goin' Down To Eugene

the car's gassed up and I'm ready to roll
I got one eye open for the highway patrol
I got the other eye open for the freeway sign
300 miles and I'm makin' good time
my stomach's growlin' but my head's been fed
I'm goin' down to Eugene to see the Grateful Dead

tape deck's blowin' out a rattlin' sound
in a sympathetic rhythm to the wheel-go-round
sports cars eat me up half-alive
this thing don't do more than 55
but I can sleep in the back, it's a roadside bed
I'm goin' down to Eugene to see the Grateful Dead

everybody needs a little break sometimes
life gets too precise
put a little twist in the old straight line
and take some strange advise

rollin' into town I'm all eyes and ears
look at all those people I ain't seen in years
tripped out hipsters, rag and bone
young neophitic tie dye, cellular telephone
Sister Salina and her Uncle Fred
they're goin' down to Eugene to see the Grateful Dead

there's 40 thousand people in a great big bowl
they're all rockin' to the rhythm of the roll
some are fallin' in love, some are countin' their money
some are spinnin' in circles till their eyes get funny
ain't it just about the way they said
I'm goin' down to Eugene to see the Grateful Dead

goin' into the parkin' lot I might get lost
best place in the world to get your wires crossed
reality shatters when you leap and shout
some people go in and they never come out
ain't never been the same since my senses fled
goin' down to Eugene to see the Grateful Dead

everybody needs a little break sometimes
life gets too precise
put a little twist in the old straight line
and take some strange advise

now you can take my work week and throw it away
I'll put a penny in a parkin' meter any day
hang out the phone bill and let it fade
landlord's gonna have to wait to get paid
I ain't got no use for your overhead
I'm goin' down to Eugene to see the Grateful Dead
my stomach's growlin' but my head's been fed
I'm goin' down to Eugene to see the Grateful Dead

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Another good 1st set from 1988

Buckeye Lake, with Bruce Hornsby, from 6/25/88 offers some really good tunes, notably Sugaree and Stuck inside of Mobile, with Bruce doing the accordion. The opening sequence of Feel Like a Stranger, Franklin's Tower and Box of Rain got the crowd rockin' on that hot humid day. All systems were ON, with West LA Fadeaway, Cassidy and Deal finishing the 1st set.
I haven't heard a soundboard of this one, yet.

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hey now

Glad for the thoughtful comments, I will check out the Hampton's '88 show, I have fond memories of Hampton's shows (and stories!....) One "argument" I have little sympathy with, but often comes up in these threads, and elsewhere is the "the music is always changing and evolving, you have to evolve with it." It is a truism that the Dead's music, like that of any creative musicians, changes and evolves with time. But not all change is good, or, to put the point differently, some bands clearly change for the worse. To claim you need to find value in all the musical productions of any band is to, in effect, give up your critical capacities and become just another fawning pop fan. Don't get me wrong, one might have reasons and arguments for finding new and interesting aesthetic value in the evolving music of any creative musician, but it does not follow simply from the fact that they changed that the change was good. So, those who attempt to articulate what they find of musical value in, say, this late To Lay Me Down have my respect, we have something substantive to agree or disagree about, and we might each come to a new appreciation of things we did not appreciate before. But simply to say "the music changed, you GOTTA still like it" makes no sense, and reminds me of those Heads who thought that EVERY show was amazing, the best ever, out of this world, etc and so forth (when what in fact happens was some lame Hell in a Bucket, a ear hurting C.C. Rider, a by the numbers Deal, etc and so forth.) I love the Dead and think that there is some much great music they produced that I dont want to insult the great by saying it is just the same as the mediocre, or even the downright awful!

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yer damn right it's all good!

I'm thoroughly enjoying the flood of juicy tunes this week! Thanks, David, for the bountiful selections.

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thanks for the poem...

sherbear.

5/11/72
5/7/72
4/11/72

How about a Road Trips release every month??????

"Tummy's growlin' but my head's been fed
I'm going down to Eugene to see the Grateful Dead"

(courtesy of Jim Page)

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It's all Good!

When I got on the bus in 81 people told me I was catching the end and it was nothing compared to the early day's. I felt the same way in the nineties after Brent passed. I'm sure people in the seventies said the intimacy of the filmore era was gone. When Mickey left the band things were not the same. Things allways change and some people make the change and others don't. The music is constantly evolving and moving.
Thank you David for posting this Music!
: Going to Vermont on 7/5/10 my birthday!!

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