September 6 - September 12, 2010
Welcome back to the Tapers' Section in our Labor Day week installment of your dose of Dead from the vault. This week we have some music from 1978, 1986 and 1989.
Our first stop this week is in Nashville on 4/22/78, with the start of the second set featuring Lazy Lightning>Supplication, It Must Have Been The Roses, Estimated Prophet>Eyes Of The World>Rhythm Devils. This April, 1978 tour is when the standard drum duet expanded into a full-blown sonic assault with band members and crew making sounds with just about anything they had on hand. There are terrific examples of this from the May tour's 5/10&11/78 shows that make up Dick's Picks 25. Note that this is a very rare second set Lazy Lightning>Supplication, a combination usually from the first set.
Next from 4/22/86, exactly eight years after our previous selection, we have the entire first set from the Berkeley Community Theatre, made up of Box Of Rain ; Visions Of Johanna ; Mama Tried ; Big River ; Bird Song ; Little Red Rooster ; Deal. That opening duo of songs is a very rare opener of Box followed by the much-loved Visions. If you get a chance to hear the Maybe You Know How I'm Feeling from the night before on 4/21/86, check it out for one of Brent's most intense performances.
Lastly this week, we have the first set from 4/30/89 at Irvine, consisting of Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Wang Dang Doodle ; Stagger Lee ; When I Paint My Masterpiece ; Tennessee Jed ; We Can Run ; Picasso Moon > Deal. Spring of 1989 through Spring of 1990 was a sustained, year-long period of excellence for the Grateful Dead, and the Irvine run certainly exemplifies that. This is the second-ever live version of Picasso Moon.
Be sure to join us next week for more great tunes. As always, we welcome and encourage your questions and comments to the email address below. Thanks for stopping in.