November 5 - November 11, 2007
This week we have some great material from 1973 and 1985 from this week in Grateful Dead history, plus a little taste of some great music from 1974 just because we thought you’d really dig it.
Our first stop today is in Evanston, Illinois on November 1, 1973, the last show of the first leg of a two month stretch in Grateful Dead performing history that is virtually unrivalled in their 30 year career. The second set on this night featured two big jams, with this being the second of the two, Mississippi Half-Step>He’s Gone>Truckin’>Wharf Rat. The jam that preceded it would be a precursor to the big jams played on 11/10/73, 11/17/73 and 3/23/74. This one, though, has some inspired playing in its own right.
Following the Evanston show on 11/1/73, the band would head back to California for a three night run at Winterland, a set of a very rare Bay Area shows in 1973. The band only played two shows prior to this in their home region in 1973, 2/9/73 at Stanford and, of course, 5/26/73 at Kezar. The quality and quantity of these three Winterland shows would help make up for the dearth of shows prior to this. Each night was outstanding, but the third night could go down as one of the truly classic, epic Grateful Dead shows of all time. From this show, 11/11/73, we have China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, and a masterful Weather Report Suite, which was played at all three shows, and soared each time.
Jumping forward a year, with no date relevance to this week in Grateful Dead history, we have this exceptional China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from 8/5/74, drawn from Dick’s Picks Volume 31. We hope you don’t mind two China>Riders this week; we sure don’t. This one in particular is extra-fine, in that the jam prior to Rider just keeps on going, and every time it seems it’s time to end the jam, the band keeps bringing it to another level. This and 2/28/73 in Salt Lake City are two of my favourite renditions of this combination.
Lastly this week, we’ll jump forward to 1985, to Worcester, Mass., on 11/5/85. This is the pre-Drums sequence of Shakedown Street>Women Are Smarter>Ship of Fools>Supplication Jam>Playing In The Band Jam>I Don’t Need Love. This tour had plenty of great moments, including the surprising opening on 10/31/85, the two shows in Richmond, VA, the Rochester shows, and the two nights in Worcester. The entire tour was recorded to Beta PCM digital tapes, which have held up remarkably well, as evidenced here.
Be sure to check in next week when we’ll have some music from 1971 and 1972. As always, feel free to write with questions or comments.
I think Weather Report Suite is one of the best and most complete pieces of music they ever wrote. Hearing it performed live is a true pleasure. Wouldn't mind back to backs of this one either.
I like the same tunes different nights. Keep it up.
"There are 2 kinds of people in the world. Those whose lives have a soundtrack and those lives do not. I have always found that interesting people come supplied with music."
the ' 85 segment is tooaaassstttyyy aaaahhhhhh smoke ghangh nnnooooooowwww
Thanks for the dual versions of China > Rider . Winterland seems to be laid back and melodic, while the '74 is more quickly paced, with Phil giving some good licks. The jazzy jams transitioning into Rider are really terrific. I'll have to pull my Denver 11/73 and Cleveland 12/73 to hear them again!
I am not fond of all the 'societal/technological' advances (read internal combustion engine) all of the time. That said, this website is the best thing since sliced bread. Thanks for the all the treats. Looking forward to my fall tour '79 road trips cd which was shipped today. Too bad it could not be brought on horse back.
Hey Now! That was fun. I listened to the two versions back to back and enjoyed each one appreciating the subtle differences in feel, pace, and coloring and the not so subtle ones in the arrangements. Like sampling a couple of vintage wines with a year betweeen bottles. Tasty bouquet's!
Off to check out the Weather Report and Worcester Shake jam. Cool!*!
i have been checking in pretty regular since monday- i am tickled to find such fine selections-
and by the way, david, i do not mind two china-riders in one week! if that's how you're going to mistreat me, go right ahead.
i'll go listen again now-
best to you and many thanks--
to be fair... its isnt monday and I'm sure people are off-guard. give it a day ;)
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We finally hear what 11/11/73 sounds like in the vault and one comment? Huh.
... than never - right? Thanks for this Dave! Hopefully all the bugs have been worked out!
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