September 17 - September 23, 2007
We’ve got some outstanding music for you this week, covering a rather limited span in the Grateful Dead’s performing history, but it’s a span that includes some of the best years.
First up in our mid-September journey is Paris in 1974, where the Grateful Dead closed out their short tour of the continent. From 9/20/74, we have this very good Weather Report Suite>Stella Blue, and from the next night, 9/21/74, we have the second set jam featuring Seastones>Playing In The Band. It was rather rare for the band to join Phil and Ned during Seastones, but this jam works very well, and hits some remarkably deep spaces. One quick digression: while going through the Grateful Dead Movie’s outtakes in preparation for the DVD production, we came across some footage of the band getting together in a dressing room before the show on 10/16/74, the first night at Winterland. Evidently, they hadn’t seen each other since the end of the Europe tour, and while talking about the excellent music on that tour, Billy begins raving about the high quality of the recordings from the Europe tour, to which the rest of the band responds that they found the recordings equally impressive. Certainly some of Kidd’s best 2-track work.
Going back a few years, we are pleased to play a couple of jams from 9/21/68. This material is drawn from a very interesting tape, in that it features Phil, Jerry and Mickey, plus a couple of guest musicians, in a studio jam right in the midst of the period in which the Mickey and the Hartbeats shows were being performed without Bobby and Pigpen. From this studio session, we have a nice Clementine Jam and another very interesting Jam.
We’re going to take a detour away from our featured week and head off to May, 1973, specifically 5/13/73 in Des Moines, Iowa. From that excellent, long show (the first of three consecutive long shows in May, with 5/20 in Santa Barbara and 5/26 in San Francisco being the others), we have Here Comes Sunshine and a nice, long and spacey Playing In The Band from the second set, and from the first set we have the rocking combination of Don’t Ease Me In>Around and Around.
Finally this week, and in memory of Corinne Crawford from Berkeley and Vermont, is the mournful Death Don’t Have No Mercy from 2/28/69.
As always, we welcome your comments and questions. Feel free to write about anything. And be sure to check back in next week when we’ll have some stellar music from 1972, 1976 and 1981.
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Great to hear Mark is doing well enough to join in with Phil & Friends, that experience alone had to be very healing for all lucky enough to witness.
The Dude Abides!
this is what it's all about, this kind if thing, for me, tonight at phil and friends at the greek, i just got baclk i live in berkeley, after phil did his organ shpiel before the encore, he said now very special guest ..... Mark Karan ..... and they did goin' down the road and it was smokin', he's been in his treatment and has no hair but he looks good, well, and tonight i guess he was feeling good and he rocked the house, trading solos with Larry Campbell, ........ "don't wanna be treated this-a-waaay .... "
i borrowed this from Mark Karan's site, i hope they or this site don't mind:
"We are overwhelmed by the love, support, and prayers that have come from around the world. Please keep him in your thoughts for the journey ahead." -MK family
shout out to Mark, and Phil, and peace out everybody the abundance mentality says 'there is enough grateful dead' and doesn't make one want to cry about the mp3s, if you really want taper's section songs you can have them ... make like Marl made tonight and rock your world with what you have ..... dt in berk
Sad as it is, our generation is dropping like flies on a late autumn afternoon, in the Lilly fields. The demographics show there won't be enough of "our" money left to fill the tank of a modest sized yacht, in a few years, after taxes of course. Etheogens will get these kids a life sentence, one that won't do them any good anyway, or send 'em straight to Hell (well that's what they're being told in "church" and "school" anyway). Lawyers, Guns and Money rule the groove today so what else could "they" do? In 20 years the Grateful Dead will probably be all the craze in Japan and Asian Rim countries, not to mention China, where such ideas and business practices such as turning the world's art treasures into video games are as common as dollar bills. Where capitalism crushes all other creativity and free will, they'll be even bigger in the Karaoke bars, perhaps with the help of such innovation and definately (alcohol) intoxication. I don't know, maybe it won't be all bad just different, like death.
"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."
Hey Dave, this would be great for this week's taper's section. I thought a suggestion might be helpful. Thanks
Don't ease> around around gotta love those 2 Jammin tunes played back to back!!
Am slightly confused why you put me w/marye in the post about taking down your name. marye and izzie are our kind moderators.
Also I second Hal and the others. Please stay with us. Wait for a bit and see what happens. As you said yourself, there are people here who are very interesting, clever, open, and fun to talk to.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Video game licensing? They really don't know who their fans are, do they?
Gimme a fucking break, Rhino.
"However, it would seem that in this matter, they are dropping the ball for some unknown reason, but, truth be told, we are probably a small part of their business."
Of course we are. They don't release anything. They just rely on selling swag and reissued studio albums. Fucking pathetic.
"The bottom line is, if you really want the material, and this site is too much of a hassle, learn the torrent,"
I've been torrenting for years and have literally thousands of discs and hundreds upon hundreds of shows - so many I could never listen to them all. But that doesn't mean there aren't sources in the vault I would live to hear and probably never will.
FWIW, I should add that I have no interest in listening to satellite radio, either. The sound quality is absolutely horrendous - like low bitrate mp3s. Worthless technology for listening to music, IMO.
wow man this is getting deep ...... whatever happened to 'nothin' left to do but smile, smile ............ smile ...... '