March 22- March 28, 2010
This week we're going to check in on 11 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1972, 1982 and 1983, a good mix of great music.
Our first stop this week is on 8/25/72 at Berkeley Community Theatre, where we'll check out the two big non-Dark Star, non-Other One jam vehicles of the era, Bird Song, Playing In The Band. Both of these tunes were usually played in the first set at the time, allowing the first set a good dose of jamming before the real second set fireworks began. Both of these versions stretch way out there. The very next show, on 8/27/72, would be the very famous Veneta show.
Next up is music from 8/29/82 in Seattle, a show that took place a day after the second decedenal Veneta show. From Seattle we have the end of the first set, featuring West L.A. Fadeaway ; Little Red Rooster ; Loser ; Cassidy ; It Must Have Been The Roses ; Let It Grow. West LA had been debuted the previous night at Veneta, and is quite a bit peppier and less structured than it would be a year later, as we'll hear in our next selection.
Which brings us to 8/31/83 at the Hult Center in Eugene, OR. From the final night of a three night run of shows at the Hult, we have some first set material divided into two parts, the first featuring West LA Fadeaway, Hell In A Bucket and the second featuring Cassidy, Don't Ease Me In. This is one of my favourite West LA Fadeaways, long and extremely well played. These early versions of Hell In A Bucket are quite a bit different than the later 80s versions, but they rock nonetheless.
Stop by next week for more tunes here at the Tapers' Section. And feel free to email any questions, comments or suggestions to the email address below.
...decennial is the 'real' word meaning every ten years...it's census season, you know...otherwise who knows how many times I would have thought decadenal had the chance to grow into a 'real' word...who knows, maybe it still has a chance...at least it'll stay alive here... :-)
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Yeah, the Veneta shows are the only reference I can find for "Decadenal". I fully salute the coining of new phrases. I watched "I Love You, Man" the other night. It may be the first-ever Bromantic Comedy.
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the Veneta '82 posters said "decadenal." Which may or may not be a word. I think it was on the T-shirts too, but mine fell apart years ago.
...probably a sic for decadenal which I assume means every 10 years. I think they slapped this term on the Veneta gigs. They were also slated to have one in '92 I understand but Jerry was exhausted. The word doesn't show up in merriam webster.com so it's probably made up. But, that's how words usually find their etymology gets anyway. Decedenal sounds like it relates to death, you know 'deceased'...probably a spelling mistake. Weird.
I love the juxtaposition of these two early West L.A. Fadeaways. The version from '83 is certainly much cleaner/crisper, but I kinda like that loose feel that the one from '82 gives...and the alternate lyrics are interesting.
Love those early 80's Cassidys with Brent when they are starting to explore and open up the song.
Bird Song and PITB from 8/25/72 (three years to the day before my birthday) are...what can I say?...transcendental. Thanks you as always, David.
Have a great week everybody.
Oh, don't get me wrong, penultimate's a good word. But at least it's a word.
My question is what's "decedenal"? I don't think it's anything, but it sounds fun...
means "next to last," and for some reason is often misused by deadheads! So the dead-pod calls the 2/13/70 Dark Star "penultimate," which really is the 3/16/94 Dark Star, the next to last one they played. It is not correct usage to call the next to best (as is not quite ultimate) penultimate. But hey, I am a picky DH!
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