October 27 - November 2, 2014
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll have music from 1971, 1983 and 1985.
Our first selection is from 11/14/71 in Fort Worth, TX, featuring the start of the show: Shakedown Street ; Man Smart (Woman Smarter) ; Ship Of Fools >Bertha, BIODTL, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, El Paso, Sugaree. A bit of this show was released as part of the Road Trips series a few years ago.
Next up is the excellent first set from 10/21/83 in Worcester, MA, featuring The Music Never Stopped ; Loser ; C C Rider ; Cumberland Blues ; Cassidy ; Ramble On Rose ; My Brother Esau ; Big Railroad Blues > The Promised Land.
From two years later also in Worcester on 11/5/85, we have the end of the show featuring Space > Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > Black Peter > Around And Around > Good Lovin' Encore Brokedown Palace.
Be sure to join us next week here at the Tapers' Section for more tunes from the vault.
While it is not my favorite RT overall (but it's up there), that Dark Star sequence, and the NFA sequence, are among the best the band ever did. For a long time, I had a single disc (from the trading days) that just had those two sequences. That puppy got a Lot of Play.
The RT3.2 bonus disc release has a superb Wharf Rat that if you haven't heard, may become your favorite of all time. Agreed R.T 3.2 is an awesome release. With the bonus disc it's that much sweeter.
Fall 1971 just doesn't get the respect it deserves, imho. Especially after Pigpen returned to the fold in December with killer shows in New York, St. Louis and Ann Arbor (not to slight Boston, but I think Pig was still getting his sea legs after recuperating for several months.
Yep, Bertha, 4/26/72, nice choice!
Yet another best-ever. You just can't top those '71-'72 Berthas for sheer sonic firepower! 4-26-72 is probably my all-time fav.
this is the best of the RT releases to my ears, like someone else said i cant believe it didnt get more acclaim than it did (in fact, its still for sale in the dead store!). if you dont have it, get it. the austin show features a 1st set dark star>el paso>dark star>casey jones (!), the 2nd set has the GOAT NFA>GDTRFB>NFA sandwich, and if you get lucky, the bonus disc is second set ft worth with a crazy truckin>drums>TOO>MAMU>TOO>warf rat
this is essentuial listening in my view
I don't mind what the set-lists say. Provided the dates are fine, I'm fine...My ears know...
Thanks again, David!
Nice to hear more of the 11/14/71 show. The whole RT 3.2 release really smokes! I'm surprised it didn't get more hype when released. Good stuff!
Bertha opened the show, followed by the songs listed above.
Thanks for the tunes, David. Hope they clear my head after another incredible Bumgarner beating: Royals in 7!
Are actually the opening three songs of 11-5-85 Set II.