November 23 - November 29, 2015
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1974, 1982 and 1984.
Our first stop this week is on 7/25/74 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Chicago, IL, featuring the big sequence of Dark Star>Stella Blue. If you go to enough concerts at places called "amphitheatre," you get a sense of what one looks like: outdoors, covered sloped seating, open lawn at the back. If you get a chance, take a look at this venue online, as it's nothing like that. At all. A neat place.
Next we have the start of the first set from 7/27/82 at Red Rocks, featuring Jack Straw > Sugaree; On The Road Again ; It Must Have Been The Roses ; Me And My Uncle > Big River. This was the Dead's return to Red Rocks after four shows in 1978 and one in 1979 (a longer run cut short by poor weather).
Lastly this week is the entire first set from the second night at Ventura in 1984, on 7/22/84, featuring Dancing In The Street > Bertha ; My Brother Esau ; Loser ; Cassidy ; Ramble On Rose ; Hell In A Bucket > Keep Your Day Job.
Be sure to join us next week for more tunes from the vault.
1974 is the International Amphitheatre in Chicago - home of the 1968 Democratic Convention among many other things. I only edit here because I got mightily confused before I checked. My first Dead show was in the L.A. Universal Amphitheatre, 1973.
I get what you're saying about Phil being low in the mix, but if you're just saying you don't think there was good music in '82, I've gotta disagree!! Check out the Hartford shows on the spring tour (speaking of Phil! That's got the show with the "1906 earthquake" space), or the Baltimore show right after with lots of great music; Stranger>Franklins, Estimated>Terrapin, a from-creepy-to-lovely Space>Wheel segment, and a fantastic Good Lovin'. I realize Dave's probably getting advice from (ahem) well meaning deadheads all the time, but these three shows alone have so much good music on them it's ridiculous. Anyway, my 2 cents...
that's what my memory tells me, but don't take my word for it.
Pleasantly surprised by the Slipknot transition chunks at the end of Dark Star a couple minutes before they land on Stella Blue(21:00-23:00). Anyone know if this is the first time it showed up?
I have a fond memory of listening to the 7/22/84 Ship of Fools on a cassette Walkman while feeling pleasantly green.
oh to be so carefree again.
7/22/84 is a great version of Loser.
DaL: a GD84 release would be nice.
had a friend who had a vial of, uh, powdered sugar. He would sample some, uh, powdered sugar, and then say to me, "here dude, hold this", giving me the vial. I was wussy enough to do so. I didn't want any, uh, powdered sugar.
I still am a bit of wuss.
Does that make me special?
wha'appen to Phil?
not boring, but frustrating sometimes, yes.
my first show in 82 sounded wonderful.
is fabulous, inspired stuff, very '75! Thanks Dave, I say stick that on a release someday.
Agreed, the '84 tapes have much more Phil presence. But, I would warn against skipping the '82 Red Rocks shows. I like the 7-28 show in particular.
P.S. There is some interesting African music at the end of the '84 clip if you listen all the way through to the end of the 'dead air' portion.