Grateful Dead

March 20 - March 26, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear music spanning about eight years in the Grateful Dead's history, 1969-1977.

Our first stop this week is in Vallejo, CA, at the Dream Bowl, a ballroom/concert hall located in the city just on the north side of the bay. This show from 2/22/69 is somewhat of a warm up for the four night run a few days later at the Fillmore West, and featured a bit of a tweak on the “Live/Dead” suite, with the second set jam featuring Doin That Rag>St. Stephen>Eleven>Lovelight. They did play Dark Star in the first set, hence the insertion of Doin' That Rag at this spot in the second set.

Next we have music from the final of six nights at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, a run of shows that saw the departure of Mickey Hart after the first night. From 2/24/71 we have Bird Song, Bobby McGee, Bertha, Hard To Handle, Loser, with three of these five songs having made their debut earlier in the run (Bird Song, Bertha, Loser). If you're digging this sound, be sure to check out Three From The Vault, a complete show release from 2/19/71.

Finally this week is music from the Capital Theatre in Passaic, NJ on 4/25/77, the first night of a three night run, and the third show of one of the finest tours in the Grateful Dead's craeer. From the first set we have Mama Tried, They Love Each Other, Looks Like Rain, Peggy-O, Lazy Lightning>Supplication, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet, Brown-Eyed Women, Music Never Stopped. This was the time when Estimated still had found a permanent home in the second set, usually a springboard for the jam, and it's cool to hear these stand-along first set versions. Likewise, that's a rare first set Ship of Fools.

Thanks for stopping by, and we'll look forward to seeing you next week here at the Tapers' Section. You're always encouraged to write to us at the email address below with questions or comments. Please be sure to include “Grateful Dead” in your subject line to make sure your missive breaks through our state of the art spam filters.

David Lemieux