Week of December 21 - December 27, 2009
Welcome back to our holiday edition of the Tapers' Section. Things are a bit light here this week, but we do have some excellent material for you.
Our first selection is from Golden Hall in San Diego on 2/19/82, with a very good chunk of the first set, featuring Bertha>Greatest Story Ever Told, Dire Wolf, Little Red Rooster, Brown-Eyed Woman, Cassidy, Candyman. This is a little bit out of our date range this week, but we came across this tape and found some good music that we figured you'd enjoy.
Our next selection is from 12/27/89 at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. I believe we've played the post-Drums sequence here at the Tapers' Section, so this week we'll play you the pre-Drums sequence, featuring Iko Iko, Playing In The Band>Crazy Fingers>Uncle John's Band, with the first couple of songs featuring none other than the Big Man, Clarence Clemons sitting in on saxamaphone. A funny personal anecdote to this show: I'd flown in to San Francisco at around 3 PM from the east coast for these shows, and throughout 12/27/89 I kept thing 'wow, the sound is really muddy.' It wasn't until toward the end of the second set during Morning Dew that I decided to plug my nose and pop my ears, and all of sudden the sound became crystal clear. I was so bummed as I felt that despite being in a great location, I felt I'd missed the show. So let that be a lesson: if you fly the day of a concert, pop your ears.
Finally this week, we are going to look back on Dick's Picks Vol. 5, from 12/26/79 at the Oakland Auditorium Arena, later to be named the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. From this magnificent concert, we have the post-Drums sequence of Not Fade Away>Brokedown Palace>Around and Around>Johnny B. Goode, Shakedown>Uncle John's Band. This is such a great show and worthy of Dick's Picking.
Be sure to stop in next week when we'll say goodbye to 2009 and hello to 2010 with music from 1977 and 1989. Thanks for stopping in and we'll look forward to seeing you next week.