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.
Totally agree -the Cap Centre shows from March 1990 are incredible. The 14th is definitely one of the best of the year.
Love anything from '73. Especially TLEO...I will never understand how this tune became a slow, boring (in my opinion) number. These early up tempo versions are tight and excellent.
Thanks David, for the chunky monday morning tunes. Funny how WAVE THAT FLAG reminds me of Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues.