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
vault@dead.net

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technical problems here too!

I'm having the same problem with the Eyes>Samson>Crazy>Truckin>Spoonful link. Seems to cut out soon after Samson starts up.

Thanks for the wonderful music that I CAN here this week though! The '93 Eyes is sublime. Jerry's finger picking is magnificent.

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technical problem here ??

I have played the second nugget a few times, rebooted my pc. but still during Samson and Delilah, the music cuts out so I think only eyes and part of Samson are on this. Is anyone else experiencing this? Anyway, I keep trying to hear fingers (cuz I <3 it, but it's not on there ...yet)

round and round

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jerjams said it better--

... better than i can and better than i have heard i a long while--

thanks for the choices, david- i love th sound of the early 90s...

caroline

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Monday Monday

9:00 am - Don't like Mondays. Stayed up too late last night. Now paying the price.
9:15 am - First coffee of morn, ineffective. Still burnt.
9:20 am - Log onto Dead.net, check out Tapers Section.
9:25 am - Load up 3/25/90 set
9:35 am - Midway through "Eyes" -- the song that the morning brings. Am awake now.
9:58 am - Thank Lemieux for set.

Shall we go?
You and I while we can?

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doubly agreed!

There's some really really great 93 stuff - a year that gets short shrift on official releases (hmm, let's see... zero! aside from a couple selections on the So Many Roads box). I've been listening to a lot from this year, including killer Autzen, Palace (6/9!!), Cal Expo... It'd be great to see some of these come out with the Jeffrey Norman treatment and the HDCD and whatnot.

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93 Estimated

Wow -- the "Estimated" from '93 has my jaw on the floor.

MORE OF THIS 90-94 STUFF!!

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*smile smile smile*

Really, there's nothing left to do.
Who else could follow ole blue Eye's act? GRATEFUL DEAD! and this has me so stoked to see the DEAD at this venue, come April!
Thank you for a special delivery of music, this and every Monday, DL! I really appreciate your thoughtful energy and time. Awesome.

round and round

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I agree!

thanks for the selections ... lets see some of these years out on CD!

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road trips

please David please!

some great music from 1991 or/and 1993 out on Road Trips or otherwise on cd, please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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