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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Joined: Jan 13 2010
ok late at night time for...

stream of GD consciousness

pre 75 iz best
first show 7/18/82
highest show 7/13/84
legacy show 6/9/90
glad I was there show 5/26/95
legacy OCD
bkawz I wanted to be part of a group
March 77 ROX
Led Zeppelin Presence rocks
Bad Brains rocks
Joy Division is a good band
13th Floor Elevators rocks
best jerry show 8/8/93 (out of a whopping 3)
Zappa is hit and miss
Phish is good
Blue Cheer rocks
why are some people so FREAKING uptight?
Stargirl is a good book
I love democracy I hate politics
I have been a Deadhead for nearly 28 years
Oxford Maine 7/88 for next Road Trips!!! We can make it happen!
What band were you obsessed with before GD? for me it was the Clash, and before that the Allman Brothers Band.
Black Sabbath first 6 albums are great
Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
as tragic as Syd Barrett's (RIP) situation was, that guy KNEW and expressed it masterfully
love as in accepting
love as in patience
love as in empathy
have a good night all
I'll probably write more
it's fun to do and you don't have to read it IF YOU DON'T WANT TO.
be kind to one another

Joined: Jan 13 2010
200 dollars for GD rarities????????????

that's A LOT of money for that.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
Pigpen the horndog

so many of his raps deal with explicit descriptions of various social activities (Lovelight, Good Lovin', Hard to Handle). I find them occasionally monotonous (is that spelled correctly) and TMI. Anyone agree? C'mon. He must have done SOMETHING else offstage.


that said, I wish I was as active as he seems to have been. Without the alcohol.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
: )

I don't doubt it ; )

Joined: Jan 13 2010
4/2/89 had arrests etc., I recall reading in the Golden Road.

Yeah, sounds like a bad association. the Shakedown is good, I'll grant you that.

in the right frame of mind, HD and VD and DP22 sound magnificently warm and rich :)))

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Historic Dead

Historic & Vintage Dead are cool....especially Same Thing!, and a live Lindy (fun!). But it's not exactly warm stuff. Similarly, Dick's 22 from the King's Beach Bowl 2-23/24-'68 is lacking a warmth/richness that Road Trips 2.2 (2-14-68), or Eureka 1-20-68 have in spades.

Had no idea Rare Cuts & Oddities was out of print. Love that one.....Hey Little One is worth the price, and Gangster of Love is another gem. I don't prefer this Cream Puff War, actually (though the hidden track false start is a hot snippet)....I love the live 7/16/66 one on So Many Roads, or the extended studio version (the longest jam might be the Taper's Section from 7/30/66, Vancouver, B.C.).

This High Time, along with Lazy Lightning, is one of the highlights of Go to Nassau. Bob's harmony vocal is great. I love the disc 1 first set stuff on this release, especially.

As for 4/2/89........sorry, I can't listen to that date. That was the night, after driving from Baltimore to Pittsburgh for this show only, that I crossed signals with the friend who had my ticket and never got in. Watched billy clubs and paddy wagons instead. Finally, attempted to make the most of it and dance to Shakedown outside, where they were piping though show out to us....but we were quickly told to disperse.
19 years later, I saw Dark Star Orchestra, and the show they chose to play was this one..... And wouldn't you know it, I had a terrible personal experience that night. So that one's just not aligned for me, sorry. The rest of you enjoy! The Shakedown jam hits a nearly Merriweather '85 peak, as I recall.
As for me...

I'm going back to San Anselmo, I do believe I've had enough ; )

Joined: Jan 13 2010
more coffee aloft

historic dead and vintage dead would be great releases. I THINK some other groups owns the rights to the tapes. Who knows. Who cares? RELEASE THEM.

I'm sure the people who own the rights are reading this right now.

11/19/66 SMOKES. One track from this show is worth 2 weeks worth of 88 first sets.

aach, have you heard the second set of 2/16/88? Blech. I think I trashed that tape, a RARE thing for me to do.

7/2/88 and 7/3/88 would be good Road Trip material. EXCELLENT RT material, actually. What say ye to that, lads and lasses? Who is with me?

Those two 88 shows have good first sets. Ever heard the Jack Straw from 7/2/88? I's tasty.

Joined: Jan 13 2010

Space > TTB is stellar.

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While we're being innappropriate, I always laugh to hear Jerry singing:

"I had a hard-on running from your window"

Kinda changes the imagery for the whole first verse.

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Tom Thumb

I love how Phil does change the lyrics...
"I started out on Heineken, but soon hit the harder stuff" and
"My best friend, my drummer, won't even tell me what it is that i dropped"
(my absolute fave)

Mike & Gloria gonna be my name... =)
Scattered like lost worms...

Historic Dead / Ripple is great and weird! Got it on vinyl. Love that crazy '66.
Thanks David


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