March 30 - April 5, 2009
As we close out March and begin April, we have some tasty selections from the latter part of the Brent Mydland era of the Grateful Dead, specifically from 1988 and 1990.
Our first selection this week is an entire first set from the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ, on 3/31/88, consisting of Hell In A Bucket>Sugaree, Me And My Uncle>Mexicali Blues, Brown-Eyed Women, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Ramble On Rose, Let It Grow. This was the middle night of a three night run at the Meadowlands, each of which featured some outstanding moments. The tour overall was a very good one, with those stellar nights in Hampton preceding this run in New Jersey.
Next up, from two years later and also from the greater New York area, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on 3/30/90, we have the second set opening jam of Iko Iko, Playing In The Band>China Doll>Uncle John’s Band>Terrapin Station, a very rare Garcia trio of tunes. This run at Nassau is more famous for its second night (the Branford Marsalis show on 3/29/90), but 3/28 and 3/30 also had some great music, and were recorded to multi-track tape as was the whole tour.
From the next run of shows, at the Omni in Atlanta, GA, on 4/1/90, we have the show closing jam of Dear Mr. Fantasy>Hey Jude>Truckin'>Stella Blue>Sugar Magnolia. I think this run is outstanding, and is often overlooked because of the incredible music played at other stops on the tour (Cap Center, Hamilton, Albany and Nassau come to mind), but there was plenty of great music played at these three shows in Atlanta.
Finally this week, also from the Atlanta run on 4/2/90, we have the closing sequence of The Other One>Death Don't Have No Mercy>Around and Around>Good Lovin', Black Muddy River. This is the final live Grateful Dead version of Death Don’t Have No Mercy, ending a short run of four post-1970 performances (three in 1989 and this one). I’m telling you, these Atlanta shows are hot!
Be sure to check back next Monday for music from 1972 and 1982. Great stuff coming up.
Barney - the purple dinasour- was present on Iko Iko in Nassau 1993 . I recall reading Duprees diamond news , and learning of that . Again .. Spring 1993 was quite magical , and full of vault release worthy material ( There was much electricity in the air etc } . Thanks for the great music , and when the time comes , could you post some of May 5 1990 Carson CA ?? Thanks
I wasn't there though, so I defer to those who were. There was also, before my time, a famous April Fool's show where they all came out playing each other's instruments. Tapes exist.
oops, No way, you must have been hallucinating.
I don't know. maybe
round and round
was it April fools day when at least one of the Grateful Dead took the stage, at Nassau i think, as Barney the purple kids show character?
I was in attendance at the '90 Omni run and knew at the moment while the songs were performed that all three shows should be released. I even like this run over Nassau, Cap Center and Albany from the same tour.
The next run I attended was Tinley Park which was also amazing. The day Brent died, I was driving for a courier company and heard the news on the radio. I happened to have tapes of the Omni run with me and remember listening to Easy To Love You from 4/2 and having to pull over. This was once out of only two times I cried in my adult life.
My first show-blew me away!#$@-I drift away on a natural high every time I recall the feeling!
Thanks for reminding me again!
Is that my glass? Can you see it? Understand me?
those were good years for me, good years for me to go to shows...
the sound is great and the song selections are dandy-- i love sugaree and stella blue and dear mr fantasy--
i've very much enjoyed this week's selections. i feel 23 again...
If a man among you got no sin upon his hand, let him cast a stone at me for playing "Playing In The Band!" ha- so ironic! I love PITB now, be nice kids.
DL, THANK YOU for ikoiko and the big nuggets of long playing music. It is so healthy for me,k . <3
OMG two and a half weeks till my dead show comes round! OH HAPPY DAY. How were yestrerday's concerts I wonder...dead.net XOXOXOXOXOOX
round and round
It's his job, no?