March 28 - April 3, 2011
Greetings and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be covering a relatively short period in the Grateful Dead's history, 1977-1982.
Our first selection this week is from 4/22/77 at the Philadelphia Spectrum on opening night of one of the best tours in the Grateful Dead's long history. We've got the bulk of the first set, featuring Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Looks Like Rain, Deal, El Paso,Tennessee Jed, Estimated Prophet,Peggy-O, with that Estimated being in its early, pre-second-set-jam placement.
Next up is music from the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ on 4/1/80, where we have the end of the first set, All Over Now, Don't Ease, LL Rain, Deal. This was a time when Don't Ease could occasionally be found outside of its set-closing position.
Lastly this week is music from the third show of 1982 on 2/19/82 at Golden Hall in San Diego, where we have the first set's opening chunk of music, Bertha>Greatest, Dire Wolf, Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women. This is Side A of the cassette master, with 1982 being recorded virtually only on cassette, with the exception of the New Year's run, 12/27-31/82, which was recorded onto Beta PCM digital.
Be sure to join us next week for more great music from deep within the Grateful Dead's vault. Thanks for listening, and feel free to write to the email address below with questions or comments.
Thanks David, Love 1977
Thanks, as always, David. This opening of the east coast '77 tour has always sounded a bit flat to me, it took a little time to get that head of steam going that we all know was soon to come! For me it is worth comparing this show with the previous show two nights earlier at the Winterland's, which is, in my opinion, a deeply odd and affecting show. That night Jerry's phrasing is, quite frankly, unique, very different from the rest of the year. It makes me wonder what might have been coursing through his veins that night, and whether in Philly he was still recovering from a very weird evening two nights prior.... As for the other two selections, well for my taste, I cannot imagine ever waking up and thinking, "what I really want to hear now is a '80 All Over Now....Deal." The '82 selections are rather well played for that year, but that ain't saying much!
Still dark out, getting ready for work (yes, I still have my day job), and we get 1977. Love it. Across the Rio Grandio, or in my case, Lazy Creek, then on to town. I can never get enough of 1977 Grateful Dead. As always, to the site and its people, thanks.