Grateful Dead

April 13 - April 19, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back, and we hope you're having a happy Spring. This week we have two big jams from 1971, and a cool jam from 1978.

Our first stop this week is on 4/13/71 at the Scranton Catholic Youth Center in beautiful Scranton, PA, home of everyone's favourite American paper company. From this show we have a unique pairing of Truckin'>Drums>Good Lovin'. This was a good little tour, with the band starting and finishing the tour in New York City, opening with three nights at the Manhattan Center and ending with five nights at the Fillmore East. Things were still a little tentative at times with only one drummer, but this opened up the music to allow it to change direction a little faster, and with so many great new songs added to the repertoire in February, 1971, it was a good time for the Grateful Dead.

Next up, from the very next night on 4/14/71 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, we have the second set jam of Cryptical Envelopment>Drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat, Hard To Handle. Although Wharf Rat was still rather new, it was a magnificent addition to the playlist from the beginning.

Our final stop this week is at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena on 4/18/78, where the band played this cool post-Drums sequence of Samson and Delilah, Terrapin Station>Around and Around. The first half of this tour is not in the vault (4/6/78 to 4/16/78), but the remainder (4/18/78 to 5/17/78) is, so we have plenty of great music to select from on this at-times very inspired tour (see: 5/10 and 5/11/78). We'll have a little more from this tour next week.

Thanks for stopping in, and we'll look forward to seeing you next week. As always, we encourage you to write with questions or comments to the address below. Please include "Grateful Dead" in your email subject line to make sure it makes it through the spam filters.

David Lemieux


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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
sorry guys

I'll see about getting that clip fixed.

Joined: Nov 12 2007
Missing the final "Crypitcal"

In 1971 the Dead were not finishing their That's It For The Other Ones. 414/71 is an example. They do the first "Cryptical Envelopment" but do not do the second one that should end the suite. Instead they go into Wharf Rat. That's fine and good but in my opinion, the suite is unfinished and incomplete withouth that final "Cryptical." I always wonder why they persisted in doing this in '71.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
May 78 shows

I'd love to see a road trips or better yet full shows of the 5/13-5/17/78 run. From New Haven on they were incredibly inspired. We see it in DP 25. The rest of this tour was just as tasty. Release these please!!!

Joined: Apr 16 2009
Missing from the vault April '78

There are beautiful Betty boards of Huntington WV 4.16.78 with a first set that is not to be missed! Perhaps, the uber-Peggy-O?

headfulodead's picture
Joined: Jan 24 2009
yes yes, the cut off in the

yes yes, the cut off in the other one was dissapointing to say the least. i was dancing my #@! off and also looking forward to a little hard to handle. also, all early 70's wharf rats are candy to my ears so if someone could send me a message when this problem is fixed ill give ya a big virtual hug! got the jitters waitin for the dcu on the 18th, just 3 days away!


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Joined: Sep 16 2008


DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

dstache's picture
Joined: Sep 10 2007
Spring '78

I like the honesty of the "at-times very inspired tour" statement. There aren't a lot of SBDs circulating from May 78 so, if you have an "inspired" show from that period in the vault, I think it would make a great release.

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
problems w/ 4/14/71

still cutting out during The Other One for me too, but otherwise stellar set of music this week. Especially like that Samson from ' fresh and energetic. The '71 Truckin' from Scranton is so slow and laconic, it deserves to be on The Office soundtrack, but Drums > Good Lovin' turns a corner and is just rippin' even with just Billy back there.

Thanks so much for another week of music to look forward to!

Canyon Critter's picture
Joined: Oct 20 2008
Still Cuts at Other One

Wanted to hear that warf rat>HTH but it cuts off right on the end of The Other One
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!

pomo1's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Pittsburgh 78

was my first show. Hard to believe its been over thirty years, but the music still sounds fresh.

Thanks David.

"One watch by night, one watch by day
If you get confused, listen to the music play"


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