Grateful Dead

March 10 - March 16, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we're going to jump around a bit and play a few things that recently passed by our ears and that we felt you'd dig hearing.

Our first piece of music is from 6/24/73 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. Anyone who has driven past the Northeast corner of downtown Portland has seen the square structure that is the Coliseum. While no longer home to the Trail Blazers, who play next door at the Rose Garden, the funky old Coliseum still hosts plenty of concerts and is home to the WHL's Portland Winterhawks team. Oh, and in addition to this sports history of the venue, it also has quite a history for the Grateful Dead. From the first of five shows the band played at the Memorial Coliseum, we have the show-closing Sugar Magnolia, One More Saturday Night combination, the latter being the encore. There was plenty of great music played at this show, and we'll try to get to more of it later in the year.

While we're hanging out in the Pacific Northwest, we might as well jump north a few hours to Vancouver, BC, to the final Grateful Dead show played in this beautiful city, on 5/17/74. This was on the first big Wall of Sound tour, and the sound of the tapes matches the sound in the halls on this tour, which is to say full and clear. This tour would go on to Portland, Seattle and Santa Barbara, before some stellar June, July and August shows, with the Wall of the Sound era wrapping up with the short Europe tour in September and the five nights at Winterland in October. From Vancouver on 5/17/74, we're very happy to bring you this exploratory Playing In The Band. Although not quite the 45 minute version played a few nights later in Seattle, it does hit some great spaces.

Next up we've finally got some date-specific material for you, after getting away from that format for the past few weeks. From 3/10/81 at Madison Square Garden, we have the show-opening trio of Mississippi Half-Step>Franklin's Tower>Me and My Uncle. We played some of this show last year, and if you check back in a year from now, we expect we'll play a bit more from this night and the previous show.

Because we're in the mood for some 1971, we're going to visit Winterland and check out some music from 5/29/71, specifically the set-closing Not Fade Away>GDTRFB>Not Fade Away, complete with a little Bill Graham rap at the end. He certainly was a hands-on concert producer.

Finally this week, from 7/1/70 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, we have this raw but right China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from the famous Festival Express trip across Canada. It's too bad the Montreal show (political unrest) and the Vancouver show (lack of funds) were cancelled, as we can only wonder what other great music would have been played at two more shows.

Check back next week for more great music from the vault. As always, we welcome you to write the email address below with questions, suggestions and comments. Please put “Grateful Dead” in your subject to make sure you don't get lumped with the spam. Thanks.

David Lemieux
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pooksmasterjam's picture
Joined: Aug 28 2007
Old School

Thanks for mixing it up!

GratefulGooner's picture
Joined: Oct 15 2007
Damn good stuff!!!

Thanks, David!

Last night's Ratdog concert made me
so happy and reminded me why I love
the DEAD so much.

"And if you go no one may follow,
That path is for your steps alone..."

wolff's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
hey dl can you find the 73

hey dl can you find the 73 martin fierro stuff anything would be nice in honor of the great Martin Fierro
steve walker

Joined: Mar 15 2008
begining of the road

i have just found this site. i have been a dead head since i was 5 (to bad im only 21 now). but i ve been collecting shows this whole time. i have some great original tape recordings from early 70's shows, and am absolutely lovin this website. unfortunatly im to young to have really experienced the dead but i have seen bob and rat dog and am goin to phil and friends soon. and had many shows playing with i would "experience" the band in as close a way to the 60's experience as i can. . . wink wink. well take care every one and hope to see you at some shows

derivative25's picture
Joined: Jul 4 2007
Playing in the Band

Awe, now that's the Gratful Dead. That was f&%£^)n' beautiful. Thankyou. And more of the same, Please.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
that's a great suggestion

I second that what 'jimjimmyjimbo' said above. Some sto-rays on the provenance of the tapes in the vault (akin to the houseboat tapes) would keep us all happy...

On the music, I just love that upbeat, stop on a dime transition into Franklin's from the 3-10 MSG show. That more than makes up for the electronic snafu in half-step that just about made me jump outta my skin.. :-) thanks again as always...

Joined: Jun 4 2007
who were the tapers?

Hi David and all,
just happily streaming taper section at home, and simultaneously catching up on the big east tourny on figuring out that this whole "technology" thing is best when used like a teenage multi-tasking frenzy...(my wife is thankful for my use of headphones - Am i cheering along to a 3-pointer, or a Phil-bomb, she will never know!)

anyway - my thoughts: since this is the in fact the TAPER section, i'm wondering if you might share some of your thoughts and discoveries about who and how each vault show were recorded, or lost/found...and eventually documented.

Yeah, yeah - the primal primates might have all heard it all before, but if you can pass along us more about THE VAULT, we might just all learn something new, cool, funny, odd, hip or helpful. You are our eyes, and we are your share some stories, if you can.

Joined: Jun 25 2007
Montreal and Festival Express

I was around in those heady days; I lived in Montreal then and remember the issues around the Montreal show cancellation. Fear of a hippie invasion caused then Montreal Mayor Jean Drapeau to force the cancellation of the Montreal show, due to fears of an impending invasion of "hippies, transients, rabble-rousers and other bad elements" invading the city.

Boy was I pissed off! That was my one and only chance to see the Dead again since my last show, (August 6, 1967).

38 years later and I'm still pissed off!

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Yes !!!!!

3-10-81 MSG was my first show.

Joined: Jul 4 2007
Dano Thank you Hey assface

Dano Thank you
Hey assface next time how about a little warning about the volume problem.
Almost destroyed a pair of vintage altec lansing model 14 studio monitors that I
cherish dearly!!!!


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