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
gotta dig out...


Joined: Jan 13 2010
AAGH I pushed "post" too soon (premature posting)

...while visiting Lysergia and 1966 has insane stuff.

HD has a long song shortsonsoennklngopnklvdkfjasdl;kfl;kas'

ANYWAY Lindy, The Same Thing...THAT should be released!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Jan 13 2010
apologies to the ladies

cherish well your thoughts, and keep a tight grip on yer b**bs.

sorry, that's the what it sounds like.

while we are being inappropriate:

hang your hard on, laughing willow.


Forget the Clash; the Grateful Dead are the only band that matters.

that 66 stuff is majorly WACK. I remember listening to Historic Dead (short song long song way back when while visiting Lysergia

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Joined: Jan 12 2009
misheard lyrics

Saint Stephen "Seashore washed by the suds and the hair so long I've go to comb it at home"

Truckin' "Errors on me been flashing my ki's {kilos} out on main street"


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Joined: Oct 20 2008
Speaiking of Lyrics~

I have many where I change the lyrics to the songs according to my experiences and early thoughts of what they said, not what Hunter/Barlow/Various Artists wrote. One prime example would be on Wharf Rat where "True to me, True to my Dying Daisy" is from an ole time love that kept a daisy pressed in her scrapbook. Coincidentally, she and I are still really good friends and Deadheads (hmmm coincidence?) to this day.

Also, this Cream Puff is by far IMHO the better of the versions all though most of them are really neat.

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: Jun 4 2007
thanks marye...

...and sorry for the potential gross out on the earwax comments. I guess it's better than cat yack (anyone remember what I'm talking about?!) Reading posts from circa 2007 during the hoopla regarding the removal of mp3's, someone got really creative with miking their cat...whew...those were the was very funny stumbling into that post over the weekend! HA HA.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

...guess my ears aren't so wax filled after all. A quick web search has corroborated my initial auditory guess as to the lyrics. After all, Phil never had the mumbles right?

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Joined: May 26 2007
as far as I know

those are the real lyrics. Heard the original at an early age.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
"When you're lost in the rain in Juarez...

...and it's Easter time, too"' is what I hear in Tom Thumb Blues. I'm still not sure if that's not what he's actually singing. Anyone want to burst my bubble?

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Joined: Jun 5 2007

I always heard - I need a "mirror full" every day! :-)


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