Grateful Dead

May 26 - June 1, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we'll cover 20 years in the Grateful Dead's recorded history, from 1973 to 1993, with a little taste of something in between.

Our first stop is at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, right on the tip of Haight-Ashbury. There's still a field there, but the stadium no longer exists, unfortunately. Hunter lamented the closing of Kezar and Lindley Meadows for concerts with this verse from Truckin', sung by the lyric writer, but never by the Grateful Dead in concert:

Once in a while when the music gets into the street
Fifty old ladies buck every cop on the beat
They're putting the lock on Lindley Meadow and Kezar
Beginning to look like we can't play in the park

Of course, the Grateful Dead would return for a free concert to memorialize Bill Graham on 11/1/91, but by the late-1970s, Golden Gate Park was generally closed to concerts. However, from 5/26/73 at Kezar, we are very please to play the ending sequence from the second set (of a three set concert), China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Bertha, Around and Around. This was the third consecutive weekend concert that would take up the Grateful Dead's May, 1973, schedule, with the others being 5/13/73 in Des Moines and 5/20/73 in Santa Barbara.

From the same date four years later, 5/26/77 in beautiful Charm City, Baltimore, we have the quartet of songs that closed the first set, consisting of Looks Like Rain, Jack-A-Roe, Minglewood Blues, Bertha. This was the penultimate show of the super fine Spring Tour of 1977, and featured the high level of playing consistent with the rest of the tour. It's always our pleasure to play you more music from this great tour, hon.

As our last visit to the Spring Tour of 1977, we'll stop in on the final show of the tour, five weeks after it started in Philadelphia. The tour ended at the venerable old Hartford Civic Center, then home to the Hartford Whalers hockey team, who were at that time part of the WHA, still two years away from joining the NHL. Many people don't know this, but the team's nickname, the Whalers, was applied due to the team's affiliation with its league, not, as a wise man once guessed, due to the “Connecticut whaling industry.” (!) Rather, the name stems from the fact that they were conceived as part of the WHA, hence the WHAlers. Anyhow, enough hockey talk. From the final show of the tour, here is the middle segment of the first set, Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, Minglewood Blues, Candyman, Passenger, Brown-Eyed Woman.

Finally this week, we'll check in on the Cal Expo show in Sacramento on 5/26/93. Last year here we played some of the more well-known highlights of that show, including that monster Playing In The Band that is widely considered one of the finest versions played beyond 1974. This week, we'd like to play you the show's closing sequence of Corrina>Playing In The Band reprise>China Doll>Around and Around. The Corrina has a very cool intro, with Phil doing all sorts of cool stuff.

Be sure to pop back next week for more great June Grateful Dead music. As we begin looking ahead a few weeks, we see some great music on the horizon. Feel free to write to the email address below with questions or comments, suggestions or requests.

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.
wilfredtjones's picture
Online
Joined: Jun 4 2007
found it!

And this 5-26-73 China>Rider is hot, too! Free the Taper's Section!

smallz's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 4 2007
great tracks

Thanks for the awesome clips this week. I can't get enough of those spring '77 jams. The Jack Straw and the aforementioned Row Jimmy are particularly sweet this week. Spring '73 is under-represented in my personal catalog, so thanks for throwing that nice segment in there as well. And the '93 jam is notable for it's stand-out Corrina. I'm lovin' all of it!

Offline
Joined: Aug 30 2007
shake it up David!

Since no one else has mentioned it I just want to thank you for posting some ripping stuff from 93 alongside some of that old stuff. Thats a pretty good Corinna for that time period and I think it shows some of the more funky stuff they were doing with that tune...Another fav for me is the Corinna second set opener from RFK 92...the nite they busted out Casey Jones.
Does God look down on the boys in the barroom
Mainly forsaken but surely not judged?
Jacks, kings, and aces, their faces in wine
Do Lord deliver our kind

Offline
Joined: Nov 8 2007
Hey David: I assume you're

Hey David:

I assume you're joking about the genesis of the Hartford Whalers name? As a hockey fan, I recall Hartford's entry into the NHL along w/ a handful of other WHA teams (Winnpeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, to name a couple). Also, they were the whalers before the admission to the NHL and always had the whale tale logo.

Always some doozey dead shows at their rink however in Hartford. october 15, 1983 St. Stephen (the previous nite is Dick's Pick's 5 which I could never understand when the St. Stephen show was infinitley better, not to take away from Friday's show which is good but not great like saturday's show).

Now, that's a show that needs to be put on here:10/15/83:

China/Rider> Playin> long cryptic jam> China Doll (Brent magical on harpsicord I think that's the instruemnt) > D/S > Saint Stephen > Throwin Stones > Saturday Night. Brokedown Palace (really sweat & genuine Jerry playing).

Also, the following October -- a sunday night. Killer show> 11 tune first set; 10 tune second set. So much Chaos no encore. 2nd lovelight since bring it back from the (eh hem) Dead (pun intended). Hartford, CT great Dead shows -- other than that the place is for the rats

hey_bob's picture
Offline
Joined: Oct 26 2007
enough hockey talk?

i'm not sure there's such a thing as enough hockey talk, David :)...we're celebrating in Spokane as our hometown team - the Chiefs - one the junior hockey's coveted Memorial Cup. They bested host team Kitchener, Ontario 4-1 on Sunday. And now we get to follow the Penguins and Red Wings battle for the Stanley Cup...only thing better is the World Series and listening to the Grateful Dead!

hey_bob's picture
Offline
Joined: Oct 26 2007
enough hockey talk?

i'm not sure there's such a thing as enough hockey talk, David :)...we're celebrating in Spokane as our hometown team - the Chiefs - one the junior hockey's coveted Memorial Cup. They bested host team Kitchener, Ontario 4-1 on Sunday. And now we get to follow the Penguins and Red Wings battle for the Stanley Cup...only thing better is the World Series and listening to the Grateful Dead!

Offline
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Mmmmmmm the Kezar China Rider in its entirety..........

Never knew it existed! What about a Kezar release?? The tone of Jerry's guitar is especially sweet on this day. I am forever grateful.

cactuswax's picture
Offline
Joined: Jun 7 2007
oooh, yeah, good

Everything sounds great this week, but that long, languid, lazy and lovely Row Jimmy is especially perfect for hangin out on this first real hot and humid Michigan summer day.... ........... Thanks Dave!

Offline
Joined: Jun 6 2007
A 5 Star Selection

Unbelieveable selection this week !!! Exquisitie playing all around THANKS

josh e bear's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 29 2008
Happy Memorial Day Weekend, y'all..

middle segment of the first set > and 2 think, by the time i rolled up on shows, in fall of 88, this would almost be a whole 1st set !

I wish for a time machine, to catch a 3 set show !! ha ! oh man, that must have been amazing ~

ok, we need it to get sunny up here in portland, or !! happy Spring 2008 !

we will get by, we will survive ~ Josh E Bear !!

Comments

Comment viewing options

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