November 15 - November 21, 2010
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a very healthy dose of 1973, 1974 and 1990 Dead.
Our first stop this week is on 3/16/73 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. We have a good portion of the first set made up of China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Jack Straw ; Wave That Flag; Looks Like Rain ; Ramble On Rose ; Box Of Rain; Beat It On Down The Line ; They Love Each Other ; El Paso ; Row Jimmy. That's a rare first-set opening China>Rider, the U.S. Blues-precursor Wave That Flag, and a great early Box of Rain, a song Phil would soon put away until 1986.
Next is music from 6/30/74 in Springfield, MA, featuring China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Big River, Scarlet Begonias, El Paso. We hope you don't mind a couple of repeats from our first selection; that's always been one of the pleasures of Grateful Dead music, every version is so different. These 1974 Scarlet Begonias are always fun, extremely jammed out, with no Fire On The Mountain to lead into for three years.
Finally this week we have music from one of my favourite, and aside from the middle night, mostly overlooked three-night runs of shows from the late-Brent era. From 3/14/90 at the Cap Center in Landover, MD, we have the end of the show, made up of Space>Dear Mr. Fantasy>I Need A Miracle>Black Peter>Lovelight, Black Muddy River. This is the first night, with the second show having been released in its entirety as the Terrapin Limited CD. The third show is also worth seeking out.
Be sure to stop by next week for more great tunes from the vault. As always, we welcome and encourage you to write to the email address below with questions, comments or anything else that's on your mind related to the Tapers' Section or the Grateful Dead.
then step back into 1972, and 1971, and so forth. The album Europe '72 is priceless. Incredibly, most of the shows from 1971, and 1972, are very good.
From 1974, pick up the June highlights of Des Moines and Louisville on Road Trips Vol. 2 # 3.
For an slower twist, May 1970 and October 1980 offer wonderful acoustic selections.
If you're interested in listening to (non-commercial) concerts of GD shows, explore the forum here on dead.net entitled The Vinyard: you'll find plenty of packages to sign-up for, receive in the mail, then listen and copy as you want to. Be sure to send them on if there is a name under yours!
I know, but DP 9 should give a good image of a Dead show from the 90s. With the CDs I ordered I should have 1973, 1977 and the later years covered.
Clarification: When I referred to 'The Nine' I was referring to Dick's Picks 10, not 9 - DP 9 is from MSG 9-16-90. Dick's Picks 10 is from 12-29 and 12-30-77. Although it is a great show, DP 9 wouldn't meet your test of a show from '73 or '77.
Thanks for the tips guys. I ordered DP 9, 14 and 29. The discography link is great. I wasn't aware of it.
As an old guy who was fortunate to see all of these shows, is there any chance of a release of the shows?
Don't forget about 'The Nine' DP 10
Or, do your own browsing...
Here's a link to the updated discography:
My pick's for '73 or '77 Dead:
Gotta agree w/ shwack on DP 3
Although for the '73 I'd go w/ DP 14 or 28 off the top of my head
I'd argue that DP 28 has the best Box of Rain pre-86.
Dick's Vol.1,Vol.3,Vol 29. Any or all of those will fill da bill for '73 and '77 Dead.
Fine playing and great set lists throughout.Bop on over to the store and check it..
shwack in nh
I need some help guys. I have been asked to select three live recordings available on CD's (from the Vault series, Dick's Picks and others) that would give the best reflections of the Dead. I would very much like to include something from 1973 and/or 1977. Any tips?
One week after that Long Island gig was my first show (Utica NY), so I've always had a soft spot for '73, and I agree about the TLEO - that bouncy rhythm was definitive of the GD back then. It just seems like it was all about feeling good, being happy, being high, feelin good and having fun with our friends (which included everyone in the room). Those were the days.
~ I'll meet you some morning in the sweet by and by