November 28-December 4, 2011
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll have some tunes from an 11 year span in Grateful Dead history, 1978-1989.
Our first selection this week is the first set from last show of the Spring Tour of 1978, 5/17/78 in Chicago: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Franklin's Tower ; Me And My Uncle > Big River ; It Must Have Been The Roses ; Looks Like Rain ; Tennessee Jed ; Funiculi Funicula ; Lazy Lightning > Supplication.. This was the tour on which the Rhythm Devils portion of the show took shape, with some excellent, long percussion interludes. This Lazy Lightning>Supplication is a real rocker, too.
Next is music from the Greek in Berkeley, drawn from the cassette master: Samson and Delilah, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World from 5/23/82.
Lastly this week is music from 4/29/89 in Irvine, CA, where we have the end of the second set:I Will Take You Home > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Throwing Stones > Turn On Your Lovelight. Spring 89 started a run of about 17 months of exceptional Dead, running right through the Summer of 1990. And then the Fall of 1990 was filled with great playing, too, as was the Spring of 1991. Good times.
Join us next week for more great music from the vault. As always, we encourage your notes, sent to the email address below, with questions, comments or suggestions.