May 11 - May 17, 2009
Hello, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some excellent music from 1970, 1973 and 1978, all of which took place during this week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history.
Our first stop is on 5/14/70 in Kirkwood, MO, where the band would be playing less than two weeks after the famous show at Harpur College show in Binghamton, NY. Although hard to match, they do a fine job of continuing that energy, with the spectacular sequence of New Speedway Boogie>Nobody's Jam> New Speedway Boogie>St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>Lovelight The next night the band would appear in New York for another magical Fillmore East concert.
From Des Moines, IA, on 5/13/73, we have the second set jam featuring He's Gone>Truckin'>Drums>The Other One>Eyes of the World>China Doll. This would begin the run of three shows over the next two weekends, with 5/20/73 in Santa Barbara, and 5/26/73 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.
Next up, from about five years later on 5/10/78 in New Haven, CT, and part of the terrific Dick's Picks 25, we have a run of songs that straddles the first and second sets, featuring Me and My Uncle>Big River, Peggy-O, Let It Grow>Deal, Bertha>Good Lovin'. This is truly one of the most fun Picks out there. To really demonstrate how much fun this Pick is, we have this wonderfully comical Dancing In The Street from 5/11/78 in Springfield. You can feel the party dripping through the speakers.
Stop in next week, when we'll hear music from the aforementioned 5/20/73 show in Santa Barbara, as well as tunes from 1977 and 1981. As always, we welcome you to write us here at the Tapers' Section at the email address below. Please be sure to include the words Grateful Dead in your subject so that it gets through our near impenetrable spam barriers.
Im replying to beggarspay. David does this cause he loves it not to be a political coraspondant!JUDGES AND JURIES SUCK! SO DONT BE ONE!let it rock Nobodys fault but mine The mirror reflects! Peace brother
DP 25 is my favorite of all the Dick's Picks. Thanks for playing those selections. I never tire of that version of Dancin. Those had to be some fun shows, boy.
chillin'.... i really love this entire tapers... my fave yet... awesome mix and intuitive. thanks so much dave for puttin it all together!: )
While David was entrenched in his PITB delirium he made no mention as to the Des Moines second set opener, He's Gone. The only thing David says is there were two shows the following weekends in Santa Barbara and San Francisco, So what is important about that.
How about making mention that the He's Gone is stellar and clearly a tribute to the recent passing of the Pig. I doubt David knows that the band sings "nothings going to bring him back" at the end of the song 27 times. Pigpen died at age 27. Coincidence, I think not.
Sometimes I wonder how David got this job. I guess it's not what you know but who you know.
If a Road Trips is made for 1970 at some point, the New Speedway Boogie>Nobody's Jam> New Speedway Boogie>St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>Lovelight should definitely be included. Very unique jam. How did the band get from Kirkwood MO to NYC in one day? That's a pretty long drive, and it does't seem plausible they would have flown with all their equipment.
This Kirkwood show is a favorite 1970 show, really interesting place for them to play the night before a New York appearance. Had this one a long time, find the whole thing if you can.
Des Moines is the home to 2 wonderful shows, this one, and 6-16-74 (2 days before the great Louisville show). Find them in their entirety, and Thanks David for these wonderful gems.
probably my first dead hour tape kirkwood. anyway this selection and countless others........., and the music being crafted now!!!!!!!!!!!!! shows why this is the most important music (played the band) in the universe thank you davids G & L , and everyone who SHOWED up!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Since the Host failed to inform or mention the significance of the 5/14/70, Kirkwood, Mo. show let me point this out.
At the end of Lovelight Pigpen screams out "fuck the pigs". This utterance was his response to the massacre at Kent State University just 10 days earlier. Also note the New Speedway Boogie to open the set with the nobody's fault but mine jam melded therein.
I guess David was busy listening to PITB when he could has done some meaningful narrative.
Nice lead-in to TOO!
This their first show in a month and a half; the playing sounds like the boys were hungry to be back in performance, workin' it out and layin' it down.
HERE'S AN IDEA!! WE LOVE ALL OF THE SNIPITS OF GRATEFUL DEAD SELECTIONS, HOW ABOUT PACKAGING THIS UP AND CALL IT THE TAPER'S SECTION TASTY TREATS AND MAKE THEM AVAILABLE ON A YEARLY CD!! GREAT SELECTIONS THIS WEEK, MAN THE BOYZ WERE ON FIRE LAST NIGHT AT SHORELINE!!
DoDa Man ;^ )
Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia