May 30 - June 5, 2011
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a nice span of 20 years of Grateful Dead music, 1971 to 1991.
Our first selection this week is from the Berkeley Community Theatre on 8/14/71, the first of a two night run of shows presented by Bill Graham. After the Fillmore West closed in July, 1971, BGP had Winterland as the primary concert venue in the Bay Area, but Bill did continue to put on shows in cool places like BCT. From this fine show we have second set music, featuring Truckin'>Other One, Me and Bobby McGee, Sugar Magnolia, NFA>GDTRFB>NFA, Johnny B. Goode, Uncle John's Band. There is a cut at the end of GDTRFB as it heads into NFA.
From five years later, on the comeback tour in June, 1976, we have St. Stephen>NFA>St. Stephen>OMSN, US Blues from the final night of the tour on 6/29/76 in Chicago. This tour saw the return of St. Stephen, absent since late-1971.
Our last stop this week is on 8/18/91 at Shoreline, where we have the entire first set of this mighty fine show, featuring. Hell In A Bucket, Jack-A-Roe, CC Rider>It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry, BIODTL, West LA Fadeaway, When I Paint My Masterpiece, Stagger Lee, Johnny B. Goode. These shows, featuring Bruce Hornsby on piano, featured loads of surprises, including a first set Dark Star and a Scarlet>Victim>Fire on 8/16 and a cool second set opening sequence on 8/18.
Be sure to stop by next week for more tracks from the vault. Thanks for stopping by this week, and as always, we encourage you to write to us at the email address below with questions or comments, and please include “Grateful Dead” in your subject line to make sure we get your missive.
Was an 18th cent. English historian who wrote a famous book titled: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. For me, as by now is well known to those who frequent this site, much (but certainly not all!) late dead pales in comparison with earlier performances, and hearing selections like this weeks, for me at least, brings into sharp focus the effects of years of touring, rampant and unhappy drug use, and all else that yields performances where somehow folks can wax enthusiastically which feature such gems as Day Job, Hell in a Bucket and the like. I firmly believe that if a band were to have sprung forth playing and sound just like the Dead in its later years no one would have paid it any attention. But these are old debates, to each their own, but I got far better music to listen to then wasting my time listening to Bobby try to play slide, etc and so forth. Well, back to work for me!
to turn back the pages, eh Professor? Who's Gibbon, btw ?
with the snake came self-determination, the shedding of blind obedience, and knowledge. If Hell in a Bucket and C.C. Rider are paradise, if Jerry barely being able to sing or solo is Eden, give me Hell any day. Free your mind, and the ears will follow!
to read the comment boards and see how many different people dig this band's music and dig the different eras and incarnations of the band.
And then there's grateful prof's comments.
Oh well. I guess there's always a snake in paradise.
for this weeks selections, which contribute graphically to the Taper's Section continued documentation of the rise, decline and fall of the Dead in a manner that would make Gibbon proud!
This is the one where Jerry sings "Red and White, US Blues!" One of my favorite Jerry moments. Thanks for playing it this week. Have a nice Memorial Day everyone and a big 'Thank You' to all who served.
This is one of my favorite shows. Thanks for the inclusion of the 5/29/76 St. Stephen sandwich.
In the 50 + live shows I'd been to, St Stephen was never on the menu; however, Furthur did do it in St Louis, at Riverport, a few years back... This particular version seems a bit laid-back, then gathers energy transitioning into Not Fade Away.
1976 was the year of "the return": Grateful Dead was back on tour!
"Lady finger, dipped in moonlight, writing what for? across the morning sky.
Sunlight splatters, dawn with answer, darkness shrugs and bids the day good-bye."