March 25 - March 31, 2013
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll sample some music from 1977, 1989 and 1993.
In March 1977, the Grateful Dead played the first of three multi night runs of shows at Winterland in San Francisco in 1977, with the others being in June and December, and all of which were excellent. From the final show of the March run, 3/20/77, we have St. Stephen>The Other One>Stella Blue>Around and Around, US Blues, Terrapin Station. There is a reel change cut in The Other One, but otherwise this is an exceptionally hot sequence.
From a dozen years later in Oakland on 12/31/89, we have the end of the New Year's show. This was a very cool New Year's Eve show, opening with Sugar Mag>Touch>Man Smart, and the first set ending with Shakedown Street, plus the first Bay Area Dark Star in more than five years. From the end of the second set and the first encore, we have Dear Mr. Fantasy>Hey Jude, Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away; Brokedown Palace>Sunshine Daydream.
The Spring tour of 1993 had plenty of very strong playing, and from the first of a three night at the Rosemont Horizon near Chicago we have that start of the second set China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Victim Or The Crime > Ship Of Fools ; Playing In The Band from 3/9/93.
Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault, and as always we encourage you to write to us at the email address below with questions or comments.