Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1981 and 1989.
We'll make our first stop on 8/25/72 at the Berkeley Community Theatre where the Grateful Dead were performing their final show of a four night run at the BCT. Of course, they'd take off the next day for Eugene, OR, where they'd play the famous 8/27/72 show (finally, now available on CD and DVD/Blu-ray). Several of these songs were played at Veneta, and this BCT show almost as hot as its Oregon counterpart: Jack Straw, Friend Of The Devil, Promised Land, Bird Song, Playing In The Band.
Our next selection is on 7/5/81 in Oklahoma City, where we have some great first set tunes from this show, which fell during a very good Grateful Dead tour: CC Rider, They Love Each Other, Mama Tried>Mexicali Blues, Althea.
Lastly this week, we have the end of the first set from 8/4/89 at Cal Expo, the first night of a three night run. After the east coast summer tour that saw the Dead playing huge stadiums and Alpine (35,000 capacity), plus the small Deer Creek show on 7/15, it was terrific walking into Cal Expo on 8/4 to see a very small, very mellow west coast vibe greeting us. From this dandy of a show, we have Built To Last, Queen Jane Approximately, Jack-A-Roe, Cassidy, Deal.
Join us next week for more tunes from the vault.