Grateful Dead

March 29 - April 4, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section. Our focus here will continue to be unreleased Grateful Dead music for the most part, but occasionally we come across some music on commercially released CDs that we’d forgotten how good it was, so we’ll play it for you here.

First up this week is a piece of music from the exceptional, and currently out of print Rare Cuts and Oddities 1966 album. You’re probably familiar with that album’s background, but a quick refresher in case not: in 2002, Bear was in Marin County and stopped by the studio and vault. While in the vault, he pointed to a couple of boxes and asked if I’d checked them out, and as they were clearly marked as Bear’s, I told I had not. He told me I should check them out when he was gone, and as soon as that door closed, I opened them up and found a dozen reels from 1966, some live and some rehearsal. There was a lot of great music in there, and we selected the very best to include on the Rare Cuts CD. So, from that great little album we are very pleased to present the earliest known Grateful Dead version of Promised Land, which is not only played great, but features none other than Jerry on lead vocals. Another great piece of music from that album is this studio version of Cream Puff War , with a completely different chorus, both musically and lyrically, than that which would appear on the Dead’s first album in early 1967. As much as I love the officially released version, I think this one is its equal in terms of a great little song.

Next up, from 5/15/80 at Nassau Coliseum, we have a beautiful High Time. This is from the Go To Nassau CD, mixed from crisply-recorded 24-track analog master tapes. That is one mighty fine, high-energy album from a very good tour, if you haven’t yet checked it out. Loads of great stuff on there.

From seven years later at one of the Dylan and the Dead shows in 1987, we have this peppy, exploratory Bird Song from Anaheim Stadium on 7/26/87. This is part of the two-show DVD/CD View From The Vault Volume 4, an album that is filled with little in the way of huge jams, but loads of powerful, extremely well-played, inspired 1987 Grateful Dead music.

Finally this week, from 4/2/89 in Pittsburgh at the soon-to-be-closed Civic Arena, we have the second set opening Shakedown Street. I distinctly recall dancing on Phil’s side, up the blue line, about 10 rows off the floor during this Shakedown Street, with a random fellow beside me screaming in my ear “just gotta smoke a pound” during the “just gotta poke around” chorus. Thanks for the memories, buddy…

Be sure to check back next week when we’ll have more great music, drawn from the world of unreleased Dead, from 1974 and 1990. Thanks for stopping by, and feel free to write to the email address below with questions, comments or suggestions.

David Lemieux


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antonjo's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

Yes! My brother bought one for his girlfriend at Hampton, either '87 or '88 ~ the latter, I think.

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Joined: May 25 2008
St Stephen

Chef Free For years I thought it was "Hair so long he had to comb it in a hole"!

Joined: Aug 21 2007
Dough knees

Does anyone else remember the stickers being sold in the 80's with a tie-dyed pillsbury dough boy and the words "dough knees dough knees" on it?

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Joined: Jun 15 2007

Dough knees, dough knees

Crickets sense the Goddess sing, a rare and different tune . . .

Joined: Jun 10 2007
Stoltzfus Politics

I'd say it wouldn't work. Taxes (and government in general) are/is there to do what individuals won't or can't do. We are individuals living in a community, and government and taxes take over where self-interest interferes with the community part of our living. So, to suggest that we should earmark where our taxes go would just put us back into the realm of our self-interests and things that we agree (or vote on) as being important for a community would continue to go unanswered. What do you think? -Raff

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
Sugar Magnolia~one

Little Ones~Cover you're ears.... Back in the College Years at ASU we were trippin up on Schnebly Hill Rd. and camping in Sedona on April 20th of all dates. We had the big giant yellow "boom box" walkman sony blaring our tapes. We all came up with the lyric..."Wait's back stage while I F*ck you!" Sugar came on right after The End (Box Set) Doors played, so we made that up. I still sometimes have been known to sing it today.

PS~We determined that being f*cked meant that Hunter/The Dead was mind f*cking us and it stuck. _____________________________________________ Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

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Joined: Oct 20 2008

That St. Stephen one made me bust up laughing.....That is soooooo coool!. _____________________________________________ Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

Joined: Aug 31 2009
DPY -misheard St. Stephen!!

I am nearly overjoyed someone has written that!!! I'd heard the same thing for easily 5 years before a loud singalong got me a little embarrassed. Classic -hair so long he's got to comb it at HOME!

Joined: Nov 24 2007
misheard lyrics

dressed myself in green, went down unto the sea

All those years I thought it was "just myself and dreams, holding (bag of dope) under the seat (of his car)". This seemed to agree with "test me test me why don't you arrest me" et al. Thought he got pulled over and searched or something.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
a crazy non-GD idea that occured to me today

what if people not only voted, but could earmark what their individual tax dollars paid for?

Politics is insane. The latest example is the health care debacle.

What it we could choose where our individual dollars went? The military? Medicare? Federal grants? The DEA? To pay off the national debt? Talk about knowing how people REALLY feel.

I respectfully ask that people avoid political grandstanding and just answer this civilly; just yes or no. Should people be able to earmark where their tax dollars go?


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