March 4 - March 10, 2013
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out music from 1970, 1971 and 1989
New Year's Eve 1969-1970 saw the Grateful Dead performing their only New Year's show outside of California, in Boston. Two days later, the Dead played a couple of terrific shows at the Fillmore East in New York City, and from the first of those shows, on 1/2/70, we have the big jam, the Live/Dead sequence of Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Lovelight. Please note that there the master reel changes at the end of Dark Star/beginning of St. Stephen, so you'll hear that.
A year later, the Grateful Dead were opening a six night run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on 2/18/71, a show that would turn out to be Mickey's last show with the Dead for more than three years. From this show, we have Casey Jones, Playing In The Band, Me and Bobby McGee, Candyman, Big Boss Man, Sugar Magnolia. That's the first-ever live Grateful Dead version of Playing In The Band.
The four-night New Year's run in 1989 included loads of great music, and from the opening of the second set on the second night, 12/28/89, we have Foolish Heart>Looks Like Rain>Eyes Of The World. Every night of this run was filled with some monumental playing, a precursor to the excellence of Spring 1990 a couple of months later.
Be sure to stop by next week for more great tunes from the vault.
Dave, et. al.,
Finally a selection w/ pigpen, we can clearly hear his organ chops! I never understood why jerry was always mixed up while others where mixed down. By hearing the Pigpen/ garcia interplay in dark star, the listener can listen to the collaborative chaos of it all. In any future dave's pick or other pre73 release, it would be wonderful to remix pigpens organ @ a higher audio level. We all know jerry is the engine & drivetrain, its nice to hear the wheels once in a while. The parts make up the whole. the wave contains the sound note, & the sound note is in the wave.
Me, it was 3-31-91.
I just got off BIG TIME to 5/7/72.
Ah let me think in the other part...
that's empty. ahhhh
Gently finding a wilder-side groove,
in the air..."come and play everything
is a okay."
What a find!
I think the words harmonica and soul mean the same thing,
or they should...and I have never heard a harmonica I didn't
like. It's a sacred mind set. Let what is great be great.
Rising from the Sweetwater bliss
my eyes are slow to focus and
my brain still cozy in my otherwise
empty skull. I saved the '71 NYer for
this very minute. Point click, point
click, point click mmmmm... sigh.
I will have to hit the '70 again later
as it was sacred karma to my soul.
I've always loved the wildness of
Pigpen and how Bobby has mirrored
that since he checked out.
To this day I still talk his jive and will
Did you forget to get your hands OUT
your pockets? If you did --------->
Get Your Hands Out Your Pockets!!!!!
It's Tuesday and everyone should have
sex on Tuesday because it's Tuesday!
Why, you can't be angry after an orgasm.
Man, I have heard clips of 89 here that have made my jaw drop! No mere mortals were they, thundering from on high! It must have been a great time to be in the band. I know that the shows I saw that year are very memorable for their power. The show at Pitt. Civic Arena with the double encore comes to mind, the whole show being consistently awesome!
You can definately hear the formation of Sugar Magnoliza in the jam between verses of Dark Star. Love how this band created some of their best tunes!! ON THE STAGE!! Doing what they do best.
You just can't go wrong with the combination of words and numbers...Grateful Dead Fillmore East 1970.
For some reason, the '71 Port Chester shows, to me, have always seemed kind of mediocre. I don't dislike them, but they are never the first shows I pull of of the shelf either.
New Years '89-'90 = EPIC
Maybe I'm just pickier than the average Deadhead, but in '89, the Dead became more than mere mortals. They were rock gods. Gimme more!!!
Stayed all day, excellent!
I rocked out some needed needs
and have just finished Wednesday's
All tonight and tomorrow
GET YOUR HANDS OUT YOUR POCKETS!
(Ass-shaking dancing happening...
man, it's been so long....
I have not danced>>>)
all I to know
Let it shine, on me.
All I got to have
My spirit awakens in 1/2/1970,
like a dog shaking a fire burst out of its fur.
(No fucking way- uh yeah- fucking way!