September 10 - September 16, 2007
This week, as we roll toward the official start of Fall, we have 15 years of Grateful Dead history to cover, starting in 1972.
Our first track this week is the second set opening jam from 9/10/72 in Hollywood, featuring a well-jammed He’s Gone>Truckin’ combination. These two songs often segued into an Other One, but on this night, they left them together as a stand-alone jam, saving the night’s big jam for later in the set.
Next up are a couple of tracks from 9/16/72 at the Boston Music Hall, the second of a two night stand in Boston. Worth noting is that these two shows were scheduled to be performed at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, but the local authorities didn’t sound too keen on having the Grateful Dead take over their venue, so the shows were re-scheduled for Boston. From this second show in Boston, we have a very pretty, early Stella Blue, as well as the first set closing Playing In The Band.
Moving up a year, we have a very nice pair of tracks from the excellent shows at William and Mary College, with the first being a typically good 1973 version of China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from 9/11/73 and from 9/12/73, this nascent Weather Report Suite, complete with horn accompaniment.
Next up is some music from the Grateful Dead’s return to Madison Square Garden in 1987 after a four year hiatus from the venue Jerry famously called “juiced.” From the first night of the five night run, on 9/15/87, is this post-Drums sequence of The Wheel>Gimme Some Lovin’>Black Peter>Sugar Magnolia and from the next night, 9/16/87, is the second set opening jam of Bertha>Greatest Story Ever Told>Devil with the Blue Dress>Good Golly Miss Molly>Devil with the Blue Dress>He’s Gone. Check out Jerry’s stunning vocal flourishes at the end of He’s Gone; truly some unique stuff. These recordings are drawn from the Beta PCM digital tapes.
Check in next week, when we’ll have some more great music for you. As always, feel free to write with questions or comments.
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I thought last week’s offerings were among the best ever and this week’s not far behind…..really.
Also a tip inspired by David’s commentary last week: if you pretend that all the buffering pauses that occur during streaming are in fact tape flips, then you will feel much less aggravated by the whole process!!
Btw IMO the Quicktime Streams sound significantly better than the WMP streams, dunno why
First of all I thought last week’s offerings were among the best ever and this week’s not far behind…..really..so thanks! . Also a tip inspired by David’s commentary last week: if you pretend that all the buffering pauses that occur during streaming are in fact tape flips, then you will feel much less aggravated by the whole process!!
Now on to the serious business. Focus group discussions conducted by RICHER DONORS with their target demographic have revealed that potential consumers are significantly uncomfortable with the word ‘Dead’. It has therefore been decided to re-brand the band as ‘The Grateful Passed’ or for short ‘The Gratefuls’.
This of course leaves the problem of what to do with the word ‘Deadhead’, especially given the current rebellious mood. A special committee consisting of distinguished retirees Donald Rumsfeld and Margaret Thatcher (for she still lives!) has recommended that DeadHeads be renamed Grate-Heads (G-Heads for short) and that if we will accept this and achieve the following BENCHMARKS for our conduct on this website, we should be rewarded with the RETURN OF THE MP3s!!.
1. No taunting of RICHER DONORS its staff, consultants, partners or owners (we can badmouth eachother as much as we like)
2. No more whining, whinging, bitching, moaning, griping, bellyaching, cry-babying, groaning or other inappropriate expressions of ingratitude.
3. Ceding of rights to the words DEAD, FECK and ENTITLEMENT and their derivatives to RICHER DONORS
4. No more not-very-subtle clues about how to get stuff for free. A special hotline will be established for reporting illegal activity; informants will receive a free SIRIUS Receiver.
5. Appointment of an UBERMODERATOR to ensure the current mods stop being so damn nice
6. No more quoting of Grateful Dead lyrics out of context in order to support spurious arguments.
7. Acceptance of new message screening software for detecting and removing sarcastic comments, ironic or satirical observations and bizarre fantasies used as a way to get round Benchmarks Numbers 1 and 2
Should we let that Deal go Down ? (ooops!) My hope is that achievement of just a few of these benchmarks might eventually be considered a success....... ;-)
That i would buy stuff!!!!??Because i always have and alway's will!!
If Rhino released a box set or just one of these show's on CD I would buy it in a NY Minute!!
PS I've had the 3from the vault tapes for years!! Cmon now rhino it's time to put up or shut up!!
PPS Thnx for the detroit medley it's been a while since i heard it!! Why doesnt someone try to sell me this stuff!! I will buy it!!
Hey! Nice stuff. You could post one of those early 70's Playin tracks every week and I'd love each one. I really love counting 1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,4 along with that tune.
It also seems that the streams are working better. I still can't listen at work, but it seems like the streams are improving as my older laptop is playing the tracks now.
| I'm just a, well...porpoise. |
all the "haters" bashing "3 from the vault" must not have heard the most bad ass version of EASY WIND! possibly the longest, most hardcore, most jammed out version of that song. They could have just released 2 discs of that EASY WIND over and over again and i would have still bought 4 copies. PigPen and Jerry tear EASY WIND a new one. To bash "3 from the vault" only shows that they truly havent listened to it.
and the "haters" must have overlooked the stellar 11 disc complete fillmore west 1969 box set....yes 11 cds (including the bonus disc) of the most stellar GD shows ever. Every single note of a best ever run of GD shows from 69. I guess that wasn't enough....
I'm still reeling over these 2 releases alone.....but the best isn't good enough for the "haters"
Since the organization has commercialized it's holdings (and there is NOTHING wrong with that by the way), I am pretty sure Rhino is not interested in having their business investment diluted with free mp3 downloads from great shows. It would have been refreshing to see the expressed reasons for eliminating mp3 files have some semblance to the truth. To call this area a "tapers section" and then feign disbelief that people were downloading free mp3's is a tad bit foolish ... come on .. let's see some character. It's ok, there's nothing wrong with what you are doing :)
she's doin it right ...
some jaw droppers this week!
thanks for the heady audio streams!
87 MSG got me JUICED!!!!
msg shows from '87 SMOKE!! Jerry was happy to be alive and playing again after coma, tesssstttt mee tessstttt meee he screams in that bertha ..... baby, throw me in the JAILHOUSE!!
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Maybe I'm wrong but didn't they just put out three from the vault? I bought it, I know that much. That's at least something.
"The bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean."