October 18 - October 24 2010
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section where this week's we'll hear a batch of springtime Dead spanning 21 years in Grateful Dead history.
Our first selection is from 3/28/69 in Modesto, CA, a month to the day after one of the finest Grateful Dead shows ever played (2/28/69 at the Fillmore West). This sequence is the classic from 1969, with the addition of a Death Don't Have No Mercy before the band breaks into Lovelight. Dark Star>Stephen>The Eleven>Death Don't Have No Mercy>Lovelight.
Next we have music from three years later on 3/27/72 at the Academy of Music in New York, just before the band left for the two month trip to Europe. From the middle of the first set, we have China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Me And Bobby McGee ; Mr. Charlie ; Looks Like Rain ; Deal ; It Hurts Me Too ; Cumberland Blues, featuring Jerry's tasteful (and rare) pedal steel playing on Looks Like Rain, which he'd do a few more time in Europe before packing up the instrument until he broke it out a few times on the 1987 Dylan-Dead tour.
Lastly this week, a sequence of music that needs no introduction: 3/29/90 at Nassau Coliseum, featuring the start of the second set: Eyes of the World>Estimated Prophet>Dark Star>Drums. Branford Marsalis is arguably the most perfectly-suited guest to ever sit in the Grateful Dead.
Join us next week for more great music from the vault. And as always, feel free to write to us with questions, comments, suggestions, or whatever you want, at the email address below. Please be sure to include the words “Grateful Dead” in your email subject so your message busts through our state-of-the-art spam filters.
This run is really where what we all think of as 1972 started. A disc from this run was released as a bonus disc a few years back and it's one of the best things they've ever put out. Top of my list for a future box set - thanks Dave!