Grateful Dead

May 19 - May 25, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section. This week we're going to jump right into a nice, big jam from 1969, followed my some great music from throughout the band's recorded history.

Our first stop is that the Big Rock Pow Wow at the Seminole Indian Village in Florida, where the Grateful Dead played two shows, May 23 and 24, 1969. From the second night, 5/24/69, we have the big jam that followed the show-opening Lovelight (which we played for you here last year), consisting of Doin' That Rag>He Was A Friend of Mine>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Death Don't Have No Mercy. Yes, there's a bad cut in He Was A Friend of Mine, but overall this jam was too good not to play. The minor inconvenience of that cut is certainly outweighed by the quality of the rest of the music. These two shows in Florida have long been a favourite of mine, particularly as back-to-back concerts that equal one perfect three-plus hour chunk of music.

Like last week's focus on show-openers, today we'd like to stop in on the Grateful Dead's 5/25/77 show in Richmond, VA, to the trio of songs that opened that show: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Jack Straw, They Love Each Other. Also from this show, the second set opening Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain. This was the third-to-last concert on this absolutely insanely great tour, one of the finest in the band's 30 year performing history. As a brief side note, 5/25/77 is the day Star Wars was released, and a feature film has been made called “5/25/77.” Check it out at www.5-25-77.com. And for those many fans of “Freaks and Geeks” out there, the film stars John Francis Daley. May the force be with you…

All of this Star Wars talk has got me hungry for some deep space, so, without further ado, here is the magnificent Dark Star from… oh my goodness! 5/25/72! This is too weird! Five years to the day before Star Wars was released!!! This particular Dark Star includes the Weir rocker that would follow, so here it is: Dark Star>Sugar Magnolia.

Thanks for stopping in this week, and be sure to drop in again next Monday, when we'll roll toward June and summertime Dead. As always, we really encourage you to write the email address below with questions, comments, suggestions, requests or just general bon mots.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

Comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
Offline
Joined: Oct 8 2011
i think we should pray for

i think we should pray for them.

health insurance Weatherford

Chef Free's picture
Offline

Location

Oakland
United States
Joined: May 25 2008
Awesome Dark Star!!! Chef

Awesome Dark Star!!!

Chef Free
Host of the Free Lunch
Monday at lunch time on berkeleyliberationradio.org
Unreleased live recordings, always complete sets and never interupted
Grateful Dead and other (vaguely) related music

Chef Free's picture
Offline

Location

Oakland
United States
Joined: May 25 2008
Awesome Dark Star!!! Chef

Awesome Dark Star!!!

Chef Free
Host of the Free Lunch
Monday at lunch time on berkeleyliberationradio.org
Unreleased live recordings, always complete sets and never interupted
Grateful Dead and other (vaguely) related music

Chef Free's picture
Offline

Location

Oakland
United States
Joined: May 25 2008
Awesome Dark Star!!! Chef

Awesome Dark Star!!!

Chef Free
Host of the Free Lunch
Monday at lunch time on berkeleyliberationradio.org
Unreleased live recordings, always complete sets and never interupted
Grateful Dead and other (vaguely) related music

Chef Free's picture
Offline

Location

Oakland
United States
Joined: May 25 2008
Awesome Dark Star!!! Chef

Awesome Dark Star!!!

Chef Free
Host of the Free Lunch
Monday at lunch time on berkeleyliberationradio.org
Unreleased live recordings, always complete sets and never interupted
Grateful Dead and other (vaguely) related music

Offline

Location

Joined: May 11 2008
The Mosque

The Mosque was an incredible show, I remeber after the encore all the freaks running around outside the show dancing with delight because we just expierienced a truly magical dead show. Thanks for all you have done and continue to do.

Offline

Locations

floyd avenue
richmond, VA 23221
United States
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Richmond Va opening songs

Thank you!!!! I was at this show at a small theater in Richmond Va called the Mosque. 10 rows back center! It as a fantastic show in an intimate setting that I will never forget. It is so great to hear and remember.

johnnyg's picture
Offline

Locations

Hopewell, VA
United States
Joined: Jun 4 2007
That Scarlet>Fire is nice and drippy....

Deadontarget with those Richmond nuggets!
Noice!

“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”

pooksmasterjam's picture
Offline

Locations

Cumming, GA 30041
United States
Joined: Aug 28 2007
cool selection of 70's Jams!

90 shows and counting!

cactuswax's picture
Offline

Locations

MI
United States
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Dark Star Wars

Yeah, Star Wars is great - but I'll tell you what IS an abomination: Lucas "re-thinking" certain scenes and digitally altering them, deleting them or changing them all together for the DVD releases a few years ago. Man. What a lousy judgment call. There are some pretty fun Dead/Lucas connection things through the annals of time though.

But, if we're gonna talk "rip-off"s, Lucas certainly acknowledged Star Wars' debt to Kurosawa's Seven Samauri. Really, though, there are only so many basic stories out there, and when recreating a work to form something truly unique, often the verve is in the telling. I think a pair of our favorite songwriter/performers could relate.

In other news, the feelin'-groovy tucked in the deepest recesses of that Dark Star got me all goose pimply.

Comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.