March 3 - March 9, 2014
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be playing some music from 1973, and a double dose of early Brent-era Dead from 1981 and 1983.
Our first selection this week is from 11/25/73 in Tempe, AZ, where we have three tracks, the later two of which were brand new to most ears, as Wake Of The Flood had only been released a few weeks earlier on 10/15/73. From Tempe, we have Around and Around, Eyes of the World>Weather Report Suite.
Next up is music from the Capital Center in Landover, MD on 9/27/81, the last show of a very short three night tour that preceded the start of the Dead's Europe '81 tour, which began on 9/30/81 in Scotland. From the last US show for a little while, we have Spanish Jam>Wharf Rat>I Need A Miracle>Good Lovin', It's All Over Now Baby Blue.
Our last selection this week the entire first set from 10/21/83 in Worcester, MA, where we have The Music Never Stopped, Loser, C C Rider, Cumberland Blues, Cassidy, Ramble On Rose, My Brother Esau, Big Railroad Blues > The Promised Land. This has long been a favorite show of mine from 1983. Some mighty inspired playing.
Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault.
Reviewer: Folkhippy - - August 8, 2013
Subject: Almost a Dave's Pick, if it weren't for the kick drum
Dave Lemieux mentioned this show in a recent Q&A video interview. Many Deadheads complain that there has only been one release from '83 out of all the different DP/RT/DP series. David states that it isn't because he or his staff dislikes music from '83, it's the piss poor mixes of the two-track tapes which, despite the miracles of modern audio wizardry, can't be fixed.
In the interview, David talks about an amazing show from '83 that is exceptional in all respects; however, in the mix, there is a major level issue with one of the kick drum mics. THIS IS THE SHOW! Listening to this tape, it is quite apparent that the left channel features about 30% band mix and 70% kick drum! TICK TICK TICK. It's incredibly annoying! Now I know what he was talking about. This is supposed to be one of the best shows from the early '80s, but all I can hear is that damn kick drum.
Apparently, because these are two-track tapes, you can't go in and just 'turn the kick drum down.' It would wipe out the whole track, not just the kick. Too bad.
If only Betty was still on board in '83 . . . What a year it was.
The second paragraph I found insightful. The thing I like about this '83 tape is that Phil seems to be coming through better that in some of the '82 tapes. Anyone know the source of the recordings? I thought I read somewhere that Silberman thought his tape of this or the second set was the 'best sounding recording' he ever made. I know I have a great AUD tape of it. It's one of the ones I still have.
The '83 clip sounds great to me. Any show with a Brother Esau is splendid in my book. How about a Dave's Pick or two from '84? '83 through '88 is a significant gap in the Dead's history that represents arguably their most important era that is either or under-represented or nearly completely ignored.
Speaking for myself, I get the '70s and even the '60s. There aren't many unreleased shows from those eras left that will break any new ground.
Perhaps bringing back the download series will satisfy the more open-minded fans among us who want releases from EVERY era.