March 18 - March 24, 2013
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out some Bay Area Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1977 and 1988.
Our first selection this week is from 3/1/70 at the Family Dog in San Francisco, where the Dead always seemed to play a little looser than they did at the Fillmore West. From this show, we have three songs from the end of the show, Uncle John's Band, Dancing In The Street>Baby Blue. There's a reel change/tape cut during Baby Blue, but what is here is really good.
In March of 1977, the Dead played three shows, all part of a three night run at Winterland in San Francisco 3/18, 3/19 and 3/20/77. From the middle night on 3/19/77, we have this terrific and unique second set sequence of Eyes Of The World>Dancing In The Street>Wharf Rat>Franklin's Tower>Sugar Magnolia. This run, like the June run at Winterland, has plenty of great music.
We'll end things this week with the end of the show from 12/29/88 in Oakland, the middle night of a three night New Year's run. This is a very typical sequence from 1988 (sometimes Wharf Rat was in the Stella Blue slot), but it was generally extremely well-played: The Other One>Stella Blue>Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away; The Mighty Quinn.
Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault.
Regarding a stage guest during "Dancin' in the Streets," see the June 1 2012 post at http://www.dead.net/show/march-19-1977. --Anyone know who she was?
Aren't the Laguna Seca shows also considered 'keepers' from '88? (in addition to Oxford, ME) I listen to 7-31 more than the first 2 shows, David Hidalgo makes a nice appearance in set I (on Rooster and West LA). The Other One makes an strong showing out of a beamafied Space. As an aside, haven't good '88 (or '87 for that matter) Alpine soundboards surfaced yet?
In an era where The Other One tended to be more of an interlude between Space and the end of the second set Jerry ballad slot, this one from 12/29/88 is of respectable length and energy. Brent and Jerry both sound inspired. About 5 months or so after this performance is when the "stand alone" TOO really evolved into the viscious and scary beast where they pulled off all of the stops anybody could ever want in this song...unless of course, you're among the people hate everything the band played after 1979.
The '77 March Winterland clip is typical of the awesomeness of this band from the Blues For Allah/Terrapin Station era.
The Family Dog '70 clip is making me bounce of the walls in anticipation for DaP vol. 6.
GD: the only band that matters. Truly.
how i luv ya
re the GD88 offering:
"This is a very typical sequence from 1988 (sometimes Wharf Rat was in the Stella Blue slot)"
TYPICAL to be sure. usually TOO was about 2 minutes of nothing, and TS>NFA UGH. GD88 and me just don't get along well (except for Oxford Maine...those two shows should have been a Road Trips).
Right now i wish a had a time machine to go the the Egypt shows. The recordings i have of them have an extra glow about them these days.
Ollin Arageed > Fire on the Mountain > Iko Iko is NOT typical.
Ever heard the Shakedown Street from Egypt? Eyes of the World?
May be the most recorded and re-recorded show in my own personal history. Originally recorded onto tape off the radio (GD Hour), and later transferred to disc. These discs were given away, and when I tried to re-transfer my tapes, they had lost their luster. This show was played on Sirius. Charlie Miller recently (hugely) upgraded this show on the Archive. And now here it is, direct from the Vault on the beloved Taper's Section. I've accepted that not until this show is (hopefully) released can I rest knowing the pinnacle of sound quality is achieved. Thanks for the treats this week DL!
p.s. On a very happy post-script, this is the first time in years I've heard this show sound so clean. After many searches, no recording matched the clarity of the original GD hour broadcast- until now. 3/19/77, oh how I missed you.
Talk about yer plenty in the 3/19/77!
This was a spectacular oval >
Ahhhh, so refreshing...
oh yeah-> right...
life is good, xo!
Thanks for making Monday amazing, xo!
Saving the '88 for an evening with friends, xo!
in the dew...
Looks unique and worth a listen with the Franklin's in that unusual position.