October 1 - October 7, 2007
Heading into October, we have some terrific Grateful Dead music to cover this week, including a good selection from the brilliant September-October, 1976 tour.
Our first track this week is from Springfield, MA, on 10/2/72, and features a slightly different main jam for the era, which is to say no Dark Star or Other One. Instead, the band embark on a purposeful, efficient jam of Truckin’>Jam>Morning Dew, with lots of exploration throughout. This is the final night of one of the greatest tours of the band’s first 10 years, a run that would pick back up a couple of weeks later in St. Louis (with a quick stop at Winterland on 10/9/72). Many consider this to be one the best tours in the band’s history, and with three Dick’s Picks from the tour already released (DP 11, DP 23 and DP 36), there is a good case to be made for that claim.
Next we’ll step into 1976, during the band’s second major tour after their return to the stage in June. From 10/1/76 in Indianapolis, we have the second set jam, a typically unique 1976 sequence featuring Dancing In The Street>Drums>The Wheel>Ship Of Fools>Dancing In The Street>Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad>One More Saturday Night. 1976 was filled was crazy and inspired second set sequences like this. From the next night in Cincinnati, we have the first set closing combination of Let It Grow>Might As Well; 1976 was a banner year for Let It Grow, and this one is no exception to that year’s hot versions. Also from 10/2/76 in Cincinnati is the second set jam featuring Dancing In The Street>Drums>The Other One>Stella Blue>The Other One>Sugar Magnolia (we hope you don’t mind two Dancing In The Streets this week). The head and the tail of this jam are missing from the master reels, but the 40+ minutes in between are certainly worth hearing. Finally from 1976, we have three selections from the tour-closing show in Detroit. From early in the first set we have the combination of Sugaree-Minglewood Blues and from later in the first set we have one of the best Scarlet Begonias in a year in which they played plenty of great renditions, and the set-closing The Music Never Stopped, with a gorgeous outro jam.
Be sure to check in next week when we’ll have some great music from 1984, 1989, plus some other excellent material. As always, we encourage you to email with questions or comments. It’s always great to hear from you.
moberg...yes! that's it! the magic of communication at a different level...listenning to almost any gd tune one can hear the inter-play as they bounce ideas off each other and (dis)agree or not...one can see bobby shackin' his head as the boys miss his cue to switch and he comes around again next line to attempt to attract them to his choice of seque....it was kinda bobby's job to ground jer...listen to the great seque 'china/rider' from eurpoe '72 and Phil lays down this bounding bass line for the switch and the boys follow right into rider...that's the magic!!! check out the viola lee > cunberland of (SUNY) Stoney Brook 10- 31- 70 one minute it's pure energy w/ the intensity of viola and w/o noticing (real hard to hear to signal) your swaying to cumberland majik!!!
my son (17 months old today) typed those 4 zeroes at the end of my post. guess he's trying to get his 2 cents in.
did i mention before that he loves to dance when i put music on? even to ravi shankar! but the only band that he twirls to is the gd. must be a genetic thing. happened the first time he heard them.
it's so nice to see how much positivity is once again being displayed in these posts. i'm truly enjoyingtheride again.
perhaps i've reached the 'acceptance' phase.0000
It is sort of sad how fast the years fly by.....first you find yourself a kid in Boston discovering the Dead in the mid 70's, then the 80's Dead explosion occurs, then the post-Brent years, where Welnick is more irritating than Donna on many nights (can you imagine some of those shows if it had been just Hornsby helping out without some of those Vince-effects) and then the years PJ (post-Jerry)......The Dead seemed to love playing up in Maine....I remember those shows up in Portland, Augusta and Oxford Plains in '88....all great. Mainiacs indeed....
it's been 23. Where does the time go?
You can't possibly go by next week without a serious dose of Augusta, ME 10/12/84. Of particular magic that night was the Feel Like a Stranger, Cold Rain & Snow and of course one of the best 80's performances of Morning Dew. If you can get those on for next week it is appreciated... Has it really been 13 years!!!!
Thanks Dave and when in the world are those folks at Rhino gonna ever pick up the slack and start pounding out the digital downloads... Until then... long live the vines.
This is a great example of the band pulling in different directions yet they all converge back together in unison. After the Wheel Bobby wants to go into Dancin' . As he's playing the dancing rhythm rift Jerry musically says "not now" and he goes into a Ship of Fools. Bobby get's his way after "Ship" and the segue continues. Great piece of music.
Man - I've never been a huge Minglewood fan but this one's cool as hell, it's got a really nice laid-back groove but still pretty hopped up. And Phil is just all over the thing - nice! The only thing that makes me sad is Bobby skips the "T for Detroit city" line.
Whatever else anyone might say about dead.net I just logged into say I really love your icon in the firefox browser tab. It has that Jerry factor at the perfect pixel level. Likewise love the David statements concerning the state of the vault. First in Rock last on the net where the hits miss
excuse my complete lack of meaning in the 1st sentence of my post, brain fart is the onl;y explanation I can come up with. LOL.