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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cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
The nerve.

How dare the Vaultkeeper play a majestic, mind-melting, harrowing and beautiful 30-minute version of Playin' in the Band.

An embarrassment of riches this week, as usual. The '70 stuff is a rare bird and a true treat. Thanks again.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
We Bid You Goodnight jam

Thanks, David. Nice We Bid You Goodnight Jam out of Drums on 6/6/70.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
1970 Dead is so great = ) ..

I think that that segemtn of 1970 - April - Dec , could see a good live release sometime . It s such a powerful moment in their music . The strong , well sang / played acoustic sets , and the electric ones

Id never heard these June shows ; the sound of these recordings are very outstanding .

january 1970 is aditionally excellent - a period just plentiful w good aterial of this band . I still dont have the Jan 18 Springers In from OR , form the download series . But since im a big fan of the San diego jan 10 show , i think it may have some of that strength & power . Thanks again

Hearing this I miss San Francisco , havent been there since 1997 . I dont know why , but when i hear acoustic 1970 Dead it makes me thinkof that city always

* Looking at DB - dead bass - , 12 28 1970 Legion stadium looks great , pretty vault release a set list like that would make . Anotherthing is that the setlist on paper , matches the power it should have on the tape . Something , that not always happens

* The 1980 and 81 stuff you be been putting on here lately is great . here to HOping more vault releases form those two years . Thanks Dave . Greetings from atumumnish Chile . Thank you

derivative25's picture
Joined: Jul 4 2007
Dire Wolf and the rest.

Now there's a set from the 70's that clears up any question as to why parents all over America allowed their kids to attend a Beach Boys concert but freaked when the kids asked to go to a Dead concert. That Aligator set blows me away to this day. Thank you.


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June 1 - June 7, 2009