October 27 - November 2, 2008
Welcome back to the Tapers Section, where this week we have more great music spanning about 18 years, including selection from 1973, 1979, 1989 and 1991.
Our first selection this week is from 10/29/73, the first of two nights at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, on the tour that immediately followed the release of Wake of the Flood. From the end of the first set, we have the terrific trio of songs: Eyes of the World>China Doll, Around and Around. I really love these two shows in St. Louis, as I do most of the two month span between October 19 and December 19, 1973. We've already seen plenty of great releases from this period (DP 1, DP 14, DP 19, Winterland 1973), but I can foresee future releases coming from this period. San Diego, LA and Denver spring to mind…
Next up, from six years later, we're going to check in to music from the Cape Cod Coliseum, two magnificent concerts on an amazing tour. From the first night, 10/27/79, we have the very famous, and justifiably so, second set jam featuring He's Gone>Caution Jam>The Other One. Wow! And from the second night on 10/28/79, we have some tasty first set material consisting of Althea, Passenger, Ramble On Rose, The Music Never Stopped. Both of these selections from cape Cod are drawn from the cassette master tapes from the PA mix.
We'll now go forward ten years to 10/26/89 in Miami, Florida, where the Grateful Dead would warp up their most highly regarded tour of the decade. This tour featured all sorts noteworthy moments, from the Warlocks concerts in Hampton to Bobby's Birthday show in New Jersey, but to my ears, the lasting impression of these concerts is the downright scary, deep and dark version of Dark Star played at the final show of the tour. Simply mind-blowing. Sounds like it darn near shook the roof off the arena.
By special request from last week, we have this excellent version of Easy To Love You recorded live on Phil's 50th birthday at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD, on 3/15/90. This concert was released as the Terrapin Limited album, and this version was the first live Grateful Dead version of the song since 9/3/80.
Lastly this week, from 10/31/91, just a few days after the passing of Bill Graham, we have the second set jam of Truckin'>Spoonful>Dark Star, with the last song including a special farewell-to-Bill reading by Ken Kesey. This is one of the most emotional moments I can think of that took place at a Grateful Dead concert. Also featured on guitar is Gary Duncan.
Check back next week for more great music.
thank you, david! i so appreciate this addition to this week's taper's section!
i have been out of town and far far away from a computer- we got home today, and as soon as i could, i checked to see what was in store for me-- and lookie what i got! i am tickled pink! and i am listening at top volume (much to the irritation of people trying to sleep!!!)
as an extra added bonus, on the plane from mexico to dallas i sat next to a 17yr old girl from nebraska who was (yeah!) a deadhead! the world is sometimes a tiny place.
so, thank you again for the very specific (easy to love you) and for the very broad (the taper's section). i am grateful for the chance to hear what would otherwise be locked away somewhere where no one could hear it, let alone save it to an ipod. i am also glad to know that the comments posted here are read and considered.
i'm looking forward to what tomorrow (and you and the taper's section) will bring.
please bring back the rss feed! i always forget to check back here.
...and now on to Cape Cod' 79!
And to the leaves!
Flashback to last year. I was having a blast; making a whirlwind of leaves with my rake and the Dead, Syracuse '84 (and I forget what else note: to check later). This year it's Hampton '89 and we'll see what else. Thanks so much for the archival treats DL!
P.S. Thanks also for the Miami '89 Dark Star (jerry croaks but the whole band smokes!).
Awesome music from St louis 10.29. 1973 .
The Eyes stumbled a little bit , but quickly gained speed ,and solidity as it developed itself . really it began nice , kind of slumped a bit in the middle , but towards the end jam ( The 7 ] , The band was making us think the greatest things .
Another thing in relation to the great music from MO 73 is the smooth change from EOFT to C doll . Godchaux almost sounds like King Crimson's Keith Tippet on 1870 s in the wake of poseidon , which features some of the prettiest piano playing io ve heard in the rock genre
I agre w the tape archivist here , in that that fall tour was almost flawless . It s so kick a** . It s Grateful dead breathing and living some of the best music making in the 20th ctury
p.s. Oct 26 and Oct 9 eighty nine ought to be released sometime in all its glory . Why ? the pre drums in oct 26 . And basically the entire show on the n inth . I hadnt heard the star from oct 26th in at least 2 years . And i just begin to re discover how beautiful the jam is after the 1st verse ; and the snaky 30 second tuning . Reminiscent in quality to the star on 3.29 90 w B Marsalis , and many more . 89 is definitely a year with a heavy amount of their best , and releasable ********
Hamilton Ontario 1992 is another huge star , and entire 2nd set worth seekling a good copy of ..
2.15 and 2.17 73 The tapes that circulate , even the dats , are of the most precarious and laughable quality that can be seen . But , although a very good job of archaeology for us who seek out even the most muddy , dropped out sounding nuggets . Alchemy at its best there
Like someone said sometime ago , we should be grateful tape trading exists , and the level of availability of live performances we have now , that 20 or 30 years ago was an absolute utopia . Thanks in Great part to those who documented live recordings in its beginnigs . -
Sorry - I meant to say "I'm not AN expert and I'm NOT familiar with this era of the Dead...".
It makes more sense that way.
I'm not expert and I'm familiar with this era of the Dead (although I do have the 26 October show somewhere) but...
...possibly the circulated mix is a soundboard mix whereas this mix is a (rough) mix from the 24-track masters?
It never ceases to amaze me how much great music the boys produced. I also think DL purposely chose these items to get us psyched to see Phil at the Nokia. Hope to see you there.
"Let there be songs to fill the air."
is the amazing preservation founded in the spirit of the group and all the perpetual good vibes from Deadheads sharing this wonderful music that transcends so much for so many. These are some exciting works from the band and I am relishing this weeks trip through time. So much great stuff here...as I turn the dial to transport me back to the CCC for that incredible two night stand that just blew me away and kept me smilin' for daze. Hold on! The place is rockin'! Thanks for the trips...
"Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams to another land"