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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Your comment threatening butterbean has been summarily removed.
Any threats by anyone here against anyone else here will be dealt with in similar fashion.
red8sox.....I will send you some info....there TOS disclaimer isn't worth the paper it is written on....they are allowing certain posters to utilize their hosted website....read what I send you...
Let me just note in passing, to the small subset of posters who are rendering this topic a toxic waste dump squabbling amongst themselves with off-topic material, that they are in violation of several provisions of our extremely user-friendly TOS and likely to find themselves in a timeout.
In particular in this instance, homophobic comments will not be tolerated.
Further, amid all the appendage-waving about lawsuits, please note that the aforementioned TOS explicitly state that the poster, and the poster alone, is responsible for the content of said poster's comments, and that Rhino is not.
Also please note that the TOS explicitly state that Izzie or I may remove any post for any reason at any time. Historically we've been darn light-handed with this and we'd like to keep it that way, but if we have to engage in wholesale removal of toxic spew for the sake of the general citizenry, we will.
Chill or be chilled. Thank you.
Everyone needs to play nice in here....red8sox, thanks for those sweet, sweet '77 CD's you sent me....you should not insult izzie here, but what you wrote me about being censored is wrong on her part too.....they also should not allow some of the other posts to stand...they are opening themselves up on here...I will email you some interesting recent new stories....stay tuned and screw fatrhino..ithink that is his name
I hate to keep saying the same things using different words but...
what the fuck is going on around here? Aren't we supposed to be talking about how much we all love the Dead?
Kickass 5/13/73 Playin! Thanks again DL!!
Butterbean's posting is also uncalled for....how do the jerks who run this site decide what stays and what goes...write that stuff about me and I'm coming after you too......red8sox might have a legal case for slander against Butterbean and this site........go get 'em red8sox. If you are smart you will print out these postings and go after them. Rhino would get some of what they got coming.
The sentiment of this current flap reminds me of some of the rancor that various (and specific) persons subjected all of us to, on the 'old site'. Anger, testosterone, name-calling, and even threats, first veiled and then specific, were hurled about as if that might make some real difference when there are true differences of opinion.
You will never be able to convince someone by use of an aggressive tirade. They MAY listen to you, if you make your point in an articulate and respectful manner. And then they still could disagree and/or state that things are just the way they are. There can be more than one 'truth" on such issues. People can honestly hold opposite opinions, and genuinely see things very differently.
Once upon a time persons out of control (by choice) decided to topple a fence and invade a Dead concert. The band didn't take that incident lightly, and indicated to all of us that they expected people to treat each other better, or they could take the show off the road. (See their letter published in GD Almanac Summer issue 1995.)
Nobody is making you visit this site, if it incites you so. (Did that rhyme, or did I just sound like Dr. Seuss. Shit, my parenthood is showing). There are people that participated in that 'old site' that decided to not visit or contribute here. They did not and do not like the changes with this site. So they decided to go elsewhere. Fair enough. It just comes down to your truth. Are you convinced by someone holding another opinion that rails and spews venom at you? I bet not.
For a while, back in the day, the GOGD were touring often. Back in my day, they would even play 3 sets. Years later some changes were made. Not playing shows as often and not playing as long a show as I was used to. I could have decided to not go see them anymore because they weren't giving me all I wanted. I could have went to the show and complained long and loud to anyone and everyone that would have to hear me (instead of the MUSIC). But I didn't, and I continued to see them for what they would and could share. And I continue to gratefully drink from that cup.
There is a West African proverb "You see the Hut, yet you continue to ask 'Where shall I go for shelter?'" Take care.
I will slap the first & last man to insult Izzie. She will forever be held high, in higher standing than the water that flows beneath our toes, as we walk out of the departed Seas.
But, what REALLY disturbs me, is the inexplicable, unpleasant fact that something may be seriously wrong with The Badger! I mean, is our cosmic guiding light actually succumbing to the gravitational pull of corporate hedgehogs-dom?
PLEASE, say it aint so...
Hang in there, folks. Better times are behind us, see?
now it's just getting weird in here
I'm perfectly secure and conceited enough about my appearance as it stands... I appreciate the sentiment but not at the price of trashing someone else. thanks.