May 27 - June 2, 2013
We big welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out a relatively brief stretch of years in the Grateful Dead's history, 1977 to 1984.
Our first stop is in Passaic, NJ, for music from first of a three night at the Capital Theatre on 4/25/77, featuring Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain, Samson and Delilah. This is the third show on what's widely considered one of the best tours in the Dead's 30 years of performing. It's a very fine show, a little underrated due to the excellence of what would come a little later in the tour, but this one has some tremendous playing,
Our next stop is from about a year later, on 4/18/78 in Pittsburgh, where we have a quartet of songs from the first set, Beat It On Down The Line, Loser, El Paso, Tennessee Jed. This Spring Tour of 1978 was divided into two legs, 4/6 through 4/24, and 5/5 through 5/17, both stretches being very different from one another, but most really good-to-excellent.
Lastly this week is music from the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA on 4/14/84, a tour with some fine playing. The segments of the shows on this tour that opened the second sets featured some inventive sequences, including this Playing In The Band>Terrapin Station>Space>I Don't Need Love.
Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes from the vault. As always, we welcome and encourage you to write to us at the email address below.
You are spot on my friend. Keep up the Good work. My first show was 9/21/72. I celebrated
my 40th anniversary with Furthur last year at Red Rocks and still going ~ 300+ shows. I'm emotionally attached. My wife of 33 years is going through health issues now and this is my comfort zone. Thank You All. STAY CALM AND CARRY ON.
...is actually completely unrepresented except a studio version of West LA Fadeaway as a bonus track on In The Dark and a Shakedown from 12/31/84 from the So Many Roads box.
I recently watched a Justin Kreutzmann home video on Youtube with material from '86 and realize that there are great shows from that year as well, especially Alpine Valley. The only official representation is two rehearsal tracks, also from In The Dark.
Nice April variety pack. Loving the energy therein. Agreed, Gr8fuTed, that Scarlet>Fire does indeed rawk! And yes, stoltzfus, we need an '84 release! Warts and all, that was a great year w/ so many good shows...definitely not the solid front-to-back solidness of, say, '69, ''72, or '77 which already inhabit the public cache, but deserving of attention nonetheless. It is a way-underrepresented year in the canons of released shows (i.e. no Picks yet, hint hint, Dave), and imo very deserving of a valid release. I'm not schooled on release-worthy '84 shows, but I know they're out there...just like every other year...so let's be kind and fair, shall we? LOL
the right blend of GD amazingness, sloppiness, etc.
Any DaP from 84 would be welcome.
Thanks for the Grateful Dead tunes and be grateful to those who are gone that we remember today.
That Scarlet > Fire from Passaic rocks!