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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Great, meaty selections this week!!! Thank you.
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there is definitely no Brent on this one. Perhaps this is the second set opening jam from Landover on 3-18-91?
this is my best guess as to which show the playin' is from. deadbase lists it as playin-ujb-playin-terrapin, but there is a jam with a playin' feel in between ujb and terrapin on the recording....any other guesses?
It has Vinny and Bruce with no Brent. What's up with that?
I taped the 3/30 show from a radio broadcast the China Doll is missing and thats definitley not Brent on key's. When you get it right the transition from C Doll into Unle John's is truly a thing of beauty!! It sounds like there playing both songs at the same time.
Thanx for the tunes! I was at the 3/28 show and a freind of mine said he had a feeling they were gonna play The Weight!! The rest of the second set was very strong with Phil shaking the entire arena with some sort of Bass Blast during space!!
the playin'-china doll, etc, sure sounds like hornsby and vince.....don't mean to question you, dave, but gotta go with my gut...
So good i played it twice! nice
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