Grateful Dead

June 1 - June 7, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings and welcome back to our end-of-the-month, start-of-the-next Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll play music from 1970, 1974 and 1980.

As we don’t play too much acoustic Grateful Dead here at the Tapers’ Section, owing largely to its dearth in the Grateful Dead’s vault, it’s always a pleasure to bring you some good acoustic music. From 6/4/70, the first night of a four night run at the Fillmore West, we have the opening set consisting of Deep Elem Blues, Candyman, Silver Threads And Golden Needle, Friend Of The Devil, Black Peter, Cumberland Blues, Wake Up Little Susie, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Uncle John's Band, a classic acoustic Dead set.

Next up, from two nights later at the same venue, we have some tasty electric Grateful Dead from 6/6/70, featuring Dire Wolf>Alligator>Drums>Lovelight>Not Fade Away>Lovelight>Uncle John's Band. It’s interesting to hear this electric Uncle John’s Band compared to the acoustic version from two nights earlier. There were a few songs from the era that the band could effortlessly shift from the acoustic sets to the electric sets and back, including Candyman and Dire Wolf.

From just a bit under 10 years later, in Minneapolis on 5/31/80, we have the second set opening sequence of Feel Like A Stranger, Ship, Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Jam>Wharf Rat>The Other One. I always love these pre-Drums versions of The Other One, and a pre-Drums Wharf Rat is a major rarity for the era.

Finally this week, to celebrate the anniversary of the theatrical release of The Grateful Dead Movie, which premiered at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York on June 1, 1977, we have this majestic version of Playing In The Band from the Movie, recorded live on 10/16/74 at Winterland. This is the complete half hour version of the song.

We’ll see you next week here at the Tapers’ Section where we’ll have more great music drawn from the Grateful Dead’s recorded history. As always, we encourage you to write to the email address below with questions or comments.

David Lemieux


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DoDa Man's picture
Joined: Sep 16 2008


DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

Joined: May 10 2009
smoking hot

The DEAD were smoking HOT 79-81.....actually the end of every deacade beginning of a new 1 when you think about it...


Joined: Feb 20 2009
thanks again!!

thanks again for the grate selection!! love those acoustic sets!

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Joined: Apr 12 2008
GETTIN' MY GROOVE ON..crackling drumz

Diggin' the 6/6/70 segment.The percussion break is exquisite! Drums always
welcome in this house of course.
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh
P.S. that Minneapolis 1980 stuff ain't too bad either! The
Portland , that spring was a screech!

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
yah mon!

Fantabulous music this week! Lovin' every second of it, esp. the totally psychedelic PITB, even if it was previously released <;^)

Joined: May 30 2008

great choices this week!

keep the good stuff coming.... if only you could do daily updates....

Joined: Jun 10 2007

i always love the acoustic sets you find for us, david!
thanks for this week's!


Joined: Jun 4 2007
oh, darkness, darkness...nice!

Thanks for pinning that down...certainly a lot going on after Drums on 6/6/70...only heard one other tape with a Darkness, Darkness jam...gotta dig through the shoebox and recover it to compare.

David - do you have a list/can you let us know, what other shows feature this Darkness Jam? (also Yale Bowl, I think...)

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Joined: Jul 17 2007
In the coolness

Dig the "Darkness, Darkness" jam led by Jerry midway into the 6/6/70 Lovelight jam coming out of Drums (after Alligator intro).

I was at this June 1970 Carousel/FW show, one of the nicest evenings with the Grateful Dead I ever spent, equaled (in my experiences seeing the band play at roughly 25 gigs from 1970 to 1991) only by the other 1970 Fillmore West (Market at Van Ness) shows I had the luck to attend.

Joined: Aug 27 2008
A nice Road Trips release ...

I love that June 4, 1970 acoustic set from the Fillmore West!
The June 1970 run at the Fillmore West would make a nice Road Trips release someday, similar to R. T. v2. #1. But knowing me I would love to have one complete show released from that run. Better yet, I think the whole run would make a nice box set release, or a download series.

Thanks again and again!


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June 1 - June 7, 2009