Grateful Dead

April 14 - April 20, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we're going to check out some cool, under-the-radar material from early 1971, as well some other great stuff.

The first stop this week is to Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, on 4/14/71. A quick caveat, and that's that the right channel, likely attributed to Weir's guitar, has a bit of a buzz occasionally. Rest assured the music shines through, though, so it's certainly worth hearing. From the middle of the second set, we have this excellent Cryptical Envelopment>Drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat. unfortunately, there is a reel change cut in wharf rat, but we figured we'd let you hear the whole jam intact as it exists in the vault.

From this same concert, we have the show's concluding sequence, typical of the time, which means high-energy. from 4/14/71, Hard to handle, not fade away> GDTRFB>Not Fade Away>Johnny B. Goode. In 1971, Hard To Handle is usually measured against a few versions, specifically 4/28&/29/71 and 8/6/71, and this one is certainly one of the better versions, with an exceptional solo by Weir to start the jam. Damn, he can play guitar!

From 4/19/83 in Orono, Maine, we have the opening trio of songs, Jack Straw, Friend of the Devil>It's All Over Now. The mix for the first three minutes of Jack Straw is rather dicey, but that's common of a lot of board tapes. However, things settle down nicely. There is a drop out/cut in Jack Straw, also typical of the PCM digital tapes from this era, so this piece of music exhibits lots of examples of the tape limitations from 1983.

From 1978, we'll drop in on the Spring Tour to hear some music from the Pittsburgh Civic Arena on 4/18/78. As we've mentioned in this space before, the shows prior to this night on the Spring tour are not in the vault (4/6 through 4/16), but the remaining shows, 4/18 through 4/24, plus the entirety of May tour, are thankfully in the vault. From the end of the second set, we have this very cool sequence of Samson and Delilah, Terrapin Station>Around and Around.

Finally this week, we have a nice little rocking combination, the show opener from 4/19/78 in Columbus, Ohio, Bertha>Good Lovin'. This was always such a great way to open a show, and a fine way to end this week's Tapers Section.

Be sure to stop back next week for more great music. We don't know what we'll play, but it'll be interesting we expect. Write the email address below with questions or comments.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 25 2007
Cryptical>Drums>Other One>Wharf Rat

It left a smoking crater on my mind. HOT COMBO!!!!
IMO it's hard to beat the classic '78 combo of Bertha>Good Lovin'. 78 definitely up there w/ their strongest years.
I always felt that 83 was underrepresented in terms of circulated recordings since it was an excellent year of music. Wasn't this around when Jerry's health started to become an issue? Anyway all around good stuff.

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Joined: Apr 22 2008
Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA, on 4/14/71

I have this show and it's an awesome! I was chuckling because I was just listening to this when I seen this thread! Pretty cool huh? Bobby really starts getting into it and Jerry's playing is top notch. A few buzzes and feedback & noise (probably Donna) but otherwise a terrific show! Pus I live in Williamsport PA. which is right outside of Lewisburg PA..

- That Winterland box set is freakin incredible too!

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Joined: Nov 16 2007
Tapers section

SWEET recording of the sampson-->terrapin-->around !!!!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
1978 postings

Wow! That Samson is hot! The way Jerry fades in right at the beginning of the intro and bends the tar out of the notes all the way through the tune is just my favorite. See also dick's picks 18 Cedar Falls for another good example.

Upon first listen, the 4-19 Bertha>G. Lovin' is nothing more than run-of-the-mill to me except for some of the vocal antics at the end of Bertha. That fact alone makes it a curiousity worth a listen. In my opinion, not really Donna at her vocal best either.

In response to an earlier posting, I too have had wonderful copies of SBD's pre-4-16 '78 Spring tour. Maybe the vault master is referring to the master reels.? I had the same response when I inquired about my favorite show 7-8-78.

Lovin' the Terrapin right now. Thanks David et al. for continuing to make this dream happen.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
I used to love her....

Thank you David....
What an awesome jam there on "It's All Over Now"

Love those rare ones!

Keep up the great work!

Joined: Sep 4 2007
1978 , great for discussion

I think in 1978 the spark or strength in the music weas experiencing a slight drop . Many say that after 1977 , it was difficult to see that type of playing / performance once again .

It s true what some one said here that in 1978 there seems to be about 4 setlists that are rotated throughout the year , with slight changes and song additions ( Duprees , Werewolves , World to give et al. ].

The 1983 sound byte this week is fine . One night before the RI show , which many have the Sennhesier 421 audience recording . The band seems to have been very inspired in April of 1983 . Not to forget 3.31.83 which is another great show , and another fine Sennheiser audience recording . Available to many a folk who trade tapes etc

The DP 18 is a good example of good material from 1978 . As well as the DP from the east coast 78 ( DP 25 ? ) . I have a muddy sounding copy on analog of the Durham 4.12 show from that year , which is quite worthy of mention . And lets not forget the Oct Winterland run , with some excellent moments .

Joined: Jul 16 2007
spring 78

I love the early 78 stuff. Mostly because of the tapers section and dicks picks. The jams are tight, the sound is grate, and Jerry and Phil really seamed to be locked in for many a show. My only complaint is that they seem to have about four set lists that they play over and over. Thank Jerry they were playing each and every show for all that they were worth. NFA, brm

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wednesday hump day restorative percussion

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fantastic drum seq 4/14/71
Check it!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
'71 is indeed from Bucknell

Check your sources, rongmvw. According to Deadlists (and I consider it a reliable source), the show from which this jam emanated was 4/14/71 Bucknell.

I'm loving the jams this week DL....thanks!

Joined: Mar 25 2008
The Vault

Hey David,
Nice posts this week. As per your comments regarding shows missing from the vault from the early part of April of 1978, you should speak to David Ganz. Not for nuthin', but I happen to have some of the missing shows, in SBD quality, from taping old Grateful Dead Hour radio broadcasts off the radio. I can't say I know the finer points of how things work in radio and vault land, but he may be of some help. Just a thought :)


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