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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that's it for me....good-bye
thats what its all about, stream me
I've just come on to the site. Is it true that they have blocked downloading from the tapers section?
Dave does a great job here, we should thank him. He also does a great job on Sirius with the 'This Day in GD History', or whatever the 'official' name of it is. He basically narrates some info about the clip that is about to play, and lets it rip. I heard a great PITB today from 9/21/72, 35 yrs ago, from The Spectrum in Philly - and was blown away. You can really hear the passion Dave has for these shows, and for the work he does. And besides, I get a kick out of his Canadian accent!
I doubt that Rhino is run by a bunch of idiots, they have had too much success and obviously know pretty much how to run an operation that takes A LOT of old recordings, package them for sale to enthusiasts of those particular artists. Looking through my wife's and mine collection, lotta Rhino in there. So to say otherwise would not own up to the facts of their success and that they have, indeed, made available material that most of the majors simply will not deal with. My Doors Perception box set is really well done, kudos there. 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. The bottom line is, if you really want the material, and this site is too much of a hassle, learn the torrent, you can get anything you want there. If the majors want to screw you, you can screw them back with torrent, just educate yourself...
"If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise." - --Johann von Goethe--
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"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."
I guess I must be a moron, I have no idea what either term means. Help me get over this disability. Educate me oh wise men.
Wait 'till he see the bats, poor bastard....
I hesitate to say you missed your true calling. But still. Brilliant.
True story: my sister was once prevailed on to take a couple of my nephews to a Dead show in Ventura. Having been to Ventura the previous year and found it a lovely scene, I thought this was okay.
Well, my sister's a bit straitlaced and was somewhat put off by the scene to begin with (I wasn't there, but based on her description I think she had bad luck in who she crossed paths with rather than the overall scene being nastier than usual), but things attained meltdown status pretty quickly.
Seems a friend of my nephews had come along (these kids were like middle-schoolers at the time). Seems that, unbeknownst to my sister, this kid was the child of bitterly divorced parents. HIs mom was cool with him going to the show. His dad, of a more fundamentalist persuasion, forbade him to go and said that if he did go the devil would get him.
So, confronted with hairy unwashed raving lunatics, which was itself quite outside his normal experience, the poor kid found this scenario all too plausible and flipped out.