Grateful Dead

March 23 - March 29, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out some Grateful Dead music from 1990, 1991 and 1993, all of which was played in Albany, NY, at the Knickerbocker Arena. When the Dead arrived to the venue in March of 1990, it had been open for just about a month. Its inaugural concert took place in February, with the Chairman of the Board himself, Frank Sinatra, opening the venue in style, but it was the three night run by the Grateful Dead that would truly symbolize the grand opening of the Knick. Over the course of the next five years, the band would play 13 concerts at the venue, many of which were exceptional.

Our first selection this week is something we expect most of you will be familiar with, but it's certainly worth another listen. And for those who might not be familiar with Dozin' At The Knick, you're in for a wild ride, one of the finest spontaneous jams of the Grateful Dead's final decade. From 3/24/90, the first ever Grateful Dead show at the Knick (and in the middle of a stunning tour), we have Playing In The Band>Uncle John's Band>Terrapin Station>Mind Left Body Jam, the most well-developed MLB Jam since 1973.

Next, from the very next show on 3/25/90, we have the second set opening sequence of Eyes of the World>Samson and Delilah. A dynamite little sequence, with the return of the slower-paced, stretched-out Eyes of the World, closer in tempo to those of 1974 than those of the mid 1980s.

Now we move ahead a year to 1991, to the first night of another three night run of shows at the Knick, on 3/23/91. The previous four shows of the tour, at the Capital Centre, included Bruce Hornsby on piano, but he was absent at the Knickerbocker concerts (and the Nassau shows that followed). However, the band played some great material all three nights in 1991 in Albany, including this second set closing jam of All Along the Watchtower>Morning Dew>One More Saturday Night. There was plenty more great music at the 1991 shows, which hopefully we'll find time to play later this year.

Our final Albany selection this week is from 1993, on 3/27/93, the first night of the band's final three night run at the Knick (there were two shows in 1995). From the start of the second set, we have this excellent sequence of Eyes of the World>Estimated Prophet>Comes A Time>Corrina. The 1993 shows would have plenty more great music, including the exceptional show on 3/28/93.

Be sure to stop by next week for excellent music from 1988 and 1990. We have some great stuff planned.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Apr 19 2009

got to love the dead

Joined: Nov 14 2008
once again david

your choices rock. thanks for pointing out the MLB Jam, really sweet. loved hearing the Eyes>Sampson and Eyes>Estimated too

Joined: Sep 4 2007
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The Albany 90 stuff is really grand

The 1993 Eyes > est > comes a time .. sequence - i havent listened to it yet - but looks fantastic

The China > rider from June 19 , 93 is one of my all time faves . heres to 1993 ..

Great choice BTW w road trips - caroussel ballroom 1968 , ( !! ]

Joined: Jun 28 2007
Shake it up now!

Thanks for the 3.27 great sequence. Keep on givin us the more arcane good stuff. I got my pencil and paper out...

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Joined: Sep 16 2008

I just fell out of my chair dancing like a fool and am having such a GR8 time listening to these awesome tunes!! Thanks again Grateful DEAD!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Late Date Dead

& I'm in agrement with gerhard, gdradio & others. I love it all but can't we get somemore stuff from the '90s? I've got several GREAT bootleg CDs & you guys can do much better than what's on them. PLEASE!!!!!

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
No doubt Mind Left Body/More Releases

90's with only a few "official" releases! That Mind Left Body Jam really did give me the goose bumps...

I think these special gems have been saved up for some release of consciousness for the latter on part of years of what is known as the Grateful Dead. Subconsciously or not. Would love to see them grow.

Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

Joined: Nov 2 2007
3/24/90 Mind Left Body Jam

Dave Lemieux says 3/24/90 has the "the most well-developed MLB Jam since 1973". That the understatement of all time! That jam is quite possibly the best in the Grateful Dead's entire career. It is so good that every time I listen to it, I can't believe it is only a jam because the result is something that is so well-executed that they must have practiced it ahead of time. Quite possibly one of the best examples of the MIDI technology they were using, with the result of very something spontaneous, but completely orchestrated.

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Same Technical Problem for Me

I'm chompin at the bit for the Crazy>Truckin>Spoonful


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