Grateful Dead

March 9 - March 15, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and an extra big Happy Birthday to Phil this coming Sunday. This week we'll be playing four pre-Drums sequences, not by design but by coincidence, all four of which come from 1981 and 1993.

It's been a while, so we figured we'd focus this week on some shows that took place at the Oakland Coliseum Arena in February, 1990. These shows were in the middle of a string of concerts recorded to 24 track analog tape by John Cutler and Le Mobile, a recording truck the band used for many recordings, including the bulk of shows that happened May, 1989 through April, 1990. Several commercial releases have been produced from these recordings, including Without A Net, Dozin' At Knick, Nightfall Of Diamonds, Terrapin Limited, as well as some parts of the So Many Roads boxed set. Not only are the recordings phenomenal, but the band was playing particularly well in 1989-1990, so there are hopefully more releases to come from these shows.

Our first two jams this week are the pre-Drums parts of the shows from March 9 and 10, 1981 at Madison Square Garden. From the first night, on 3/9/81, we have China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Samson and Delilah, Ship of Fools, Estimated>Uncle John's Band. This latter combination is quite rare, but it works beautifully here. From the second night, 3/10/81, we have the classic early 1980s pre-Drums sequence of Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance, and this is one of the more powerful examples of this sequence.

Next we'll jump forward exactly 12 years to the Rosemont Horizon near Chicago in 1993. From the first night of a three night run on 3/9/93, we have China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Victim or the Crime>Ship of Fools, Playing In The Band. It's been a while since we played Victim here, and it could get so dark and raunchy that it's certainly a change of pace from Scarlet>Fires. From the third show at Rosemont, on 3/11/93, we have the pre-Drums sequence of Iko Iko, Wave To The Wind, Truckin'>Spoonful>He's Gone. Wave To The Wind is much maligned, but I always found they did some very interesting things in the jam in the middle, reminiscent of the jam in Unbroken Chain or Eyes of the World.

Be sure to stop back next week for some superb jams from 1971, 1990 and 1991. Some really tasty treats coming up.

David Lemieux
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i'm not going to

listen to wave to the wind, i have never heard it and never even heard OF it until just now reading all these comments here.

i hope i never ever hear it. i believe that it is terrible. i trust these commentators.

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wave to the wind

I don't speak for all, but one thing I always dug about the Dead was the absence of an atmosphere of religious, oppressive, judgement. Especially concerning benign situations.
Hunter wrote the lyrics to that song, btw.

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Wave To The Wind

Easily the worst Grateful Dead song ever written.

It just sucks.

Dan Marsh

Expanding exponentailly like some recursive virus.

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much maligned???????

What?! This song is great! I never heard of it before now. Is it on any Dick's Picks? Phil didn't write as much as Jerry and Bob, but he sure came up with some gems (Box of Rain, Unbroken Chain) and Wave to the wind gets my vote. Sounds like it could have been written by Steely Dan or Todd Rundgren as well.

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the hating on 'Wave'

Though not nearly my fave (not even close), all the hating on "Wave to the Wind" is a tad overblown. At least there are some interesting chords (Major 7ths?) used in the song. I also am digging the abstract comparisons to Unbroken (too bad they didn't break that one out earlier). I have fond memories for this tune. I remember listening to 5-27-93 mowing the lawn one day. "Gonna wa-ave..." You go Vince. To each their own.

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WTTW = WTF?

I've been listening to the Dead for decades now, and while I think I've seen this title before, I've never heard it. I don't suppose this suggestion will go very far, but you really should erase all available copies of it and never speak of it again. Whew! What a stinker! Garcia tries to salvage it with some nice lines, but this. is. a. bad. song. Sorry, but it is. Thank Mithra this wasn't the first Dead I ever heard; it would be the last. How's that for "maligning"?

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Great Jam!!

Thanks for the long, long, tunes...great to relax and feel better with! Some days it's okay to have a bad cold when the feel good medicine is a long "Dead jam". Thanks man, perfect for a "sunny" winter sick day!

Keep on Truckin'

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wave to the wind

something about that chord progression.... makes me think of bad fusion, like Chick Corea in the 80s or something. A song for Flora Purim to sing. I'm okay with forgetting about it.*

*nothing against either of those people, by the way.... in their hands maybe it could even be an okay song!

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Yeah, Wave deserves to be maligned

Wonder why Phil never played it with later bands...oh yeah, because it's not good.

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Subject!

Estimated = SMOKES!!

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