March 24 - March 30, 2008
Welcome back to the Tapers Section. With so much great music played throughout the Grateful Dead's history during the latter part of March, we'll jump right in with some tasty stuff from Spring of 1990.
The Nassau Coliseum run in March, 1990, signaled the band's return to Long Island's major hockey arena after a five year absence. What first comes to mind when most people think of Nassau 1990 is the middle night of the run, 3/29/90, specifically the portions of the show featuring Branford Marsalis. However, the third night also featured some great music, and from the second set, we have this excellent Playing In The Band>China Doll>Uncle John's Band>Terrapin Station, a very rare Jerry trio of songs bunched together. And what a trio of songs! As we've mentioned previously with the spring of 1990, thankfully the entire tour was recorded to 24 track analog tape so that proper live albums can be produced from the tour. Let's hope there are more of these releases to come.
While we're at Nassau in March, 1990, we might as well drop into the first night of the run, 3/28/90. Again, like the other two shows, this was an exceptional night of music. From the pre-Drums portion of the second set, we have Cumberland Blues>The Weight, Hey Pocky Way. This was, of course, the first-ever Grateful Dead version of The Weight, and it was such a fine addition to the repertoire, and a great showcase for Brent's singing and playing. The Weight would end up being the final song the Grateful Dead wuld ever perform with Brent Mydland on 7/23/90.
Next we'll jump back in time 18 years to 1972, to 3/26/72 specifically at the Academy of Music in New York City. This seven night run was a terrific warm-up for the Europe '72 tour, for which the band departed on 4/1/72 for the first gigs on 4/7&8/72 at Wembley Empire Pool (now Wembley Arena) in London. From 3/26/72, we have two excellent versions of songs played often, and wonderfully, in 1972: Playing In The Band and Good Lovin'.
Finally this week, we're going to take a stop in California's Central Valley to the city of Modesto on 3/28/69. The show featured a terrific rendition of the Live/Dead suite, but with a big old cut in The Eleven, we thought we'd split the music here as well. So, this week we'll play you the excellent Dark Star>St. Stephen>Eleven and next week we'll play you the equally impressive conclusion of this jam. Be sure to check back.
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This recording is really great! However it brings back bad memories. I stopped going to Nassau in '85 or thereabouts after suffering a terrible beating at the hands of the local security for being in the wrong place.... Now Saratoga Springs, that was an Eastern venue to experience the Dead! Anyone remember the great marshmallow wars?
one of the most inspired versions of cumberland of the 90s era for sure!
Can't wait till next week.
Read previous comment DTravers. BTW, I would love to hear BOTH 3-29 and 3-30 :-)
The first link is not from 3-29-90. Vince and Bruce are recognizable instantly. It may be from a later year at Nassau but I would love to hear the Playin->China Doll->UJB->Terrapin from 3-29-90. Please fix it!!!!! Thank you.
Three of my favorite years in one go. What an incredible span of styles and music. One can only stare open-mouthed in dumbstruck wonder. Pure bliss!
love that game, good to see some good ears out there. by the way if yall are ever the st louis area for a dark star orchestra show i dare you to beat me! (4 for 4 in the last four years!) Also love to see some text book 69 stuff this week. go david go go go!
I have a sneaking feeling that the Playin' > Uncle John's (no China Doll) isn't from the Coliseum. I believe that hear (pretty distinctly) a grand piano (Hornsby) and a Casio-thing (Vince). I very well could be wrong, but check it out. Oh, I like it all the same though :)
Good call hamal...when I streamed this my first thought was "Brent sounds like Bruce in the Playin intro"....This jam was posted in the TS a few weeks ago, someone at the home office just plugged in the wrong file. Nice post-Terrapin midi jam, this song (and Eyes as well) really benefited from the new technology that surfaced in the late 80s/early 90s.
compare opening notes on archive. playin-ujb-terrapin without china doll is from 3/18/91, not 3/30/90