Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll dig into some music from 1973, 1988 and 1990.
We'll first stop in to the great show on 2/22/73 in Champaign-Urbana, IL, with the big second set sequence of Dark Star>Eyes Of The World>China Doll. Those last two songs were then brand-new, less than two weeks old, and would appear on Wake Of The Flood and Mars Hotel, respectively.
In 1988, the Dead played a three night run in Oakland to celebrate New Year's Eve, and today we're going to check out some music from the second show on 12/29/88, a very good show. The second set was also really tight, so we'll try to get some of that onto the Tapers' Section soon. Until then, here's the entire first set: Hell In A Bucket>Sugaree, New Minglewood Blues, Friend Of The Devil, Queen Jane Approximately, To Lay Me Down, Let It Grow.
We'll now play another entire first set, this one with added historical significance, as it's the first set Vince Welnick ever played with the Grateful Dead, on 9/7/90 in Richfield, Ohio: Cold Rain & Snow > Walkin' Blues ; Ramble On Rose ; Me And My Uncle > Big River ; Althea ; When I Paint My Masterpiece ; Bird Song ; Picasso Moon ; U.S. Blues. I attended these shows in Richfield, and as much as we all missed Brent, there was a new energy in the building, with all of us witnessing the birth of the last phase of the Grateful Dead.
Be sure to join us next week for more tunes from the vault.