Grateful Dead

April 18 - April 24, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

And a hearty welcome-back to the Tapers' Section! This week we're going to stick to a two year period in Grateful Dead history, 1972-1974.

Our first selection this week is from 9/15/72 at the Boston Music Hall, the first of two nights in Boston. These shows were originally scheduled to be at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY, but the town decided to not allow the shows to take place, so they were rescheduled for the Music Hall. From this fine show we have He's Gone, Me and My Uncle, Bird Song, Mexicali, Ramble On Rose. The head of He's Gone is missing from the master reel. A very, very nice Ramble On Rose here.

Next is music from 9/23/72 in Waterbury, CT, where we have Baby Blue, Cryptical Envelopment>Drums>Other One>Wharf Rat, BIODTL, Ramble On Rose. This is the first Cryptical in almost a year, and a last for 13 years, when it was brought back to life briefly in 1985. This one is a little rough around the edges, but it's followed by a typically hot, way-out-there Other One and beautiful Wharf Rat.

Lastly this week is a nice, deep, spacey Playing In The Band from 9/18/74 in Dijon, France as part of the Europe '74 tour. If you like this later era Wall Of Sound music, we encourage you to check out Dick's Picks Vol. 7 from earlier on this same tour, in London. There are some mighty fine moments on that release.

We'll look forward to seeing you next week right here at the Tapers' Section, where we'll have loads of great music from the Grateful Dead's vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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do a SPAC box set

Thanks for the wonderful music.I went to all the SPAC shows and would love to hear a cd or a whole box set.83 84 85 and 88 they were all killer shows at least i thought so at the time.Back to this weeks tapers jams all sound great a nice treat to hear.That playing in the band from france 74 peeks out.How about the whole eroupe 74 tour ha ha.

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I GOT MONO...

Hey Man,
Got mono on Saturday-ya follow me?
So I called in well today.These extended passages of music are just the antidote to bring us around.Fantastic!

DL, I would have praised Dick's Vol. 7 if you hadn't.
You know that right?
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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SPAC

"These shows were originally scheduled to be at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY, but the town decided to not allow the shows to take place..."

And when they finally did play ther in summer of '83, they set an attendance record (and played a Scarlet > Fire for the ages) Funny story about that show - we brought along a friend of ours who had never seen a show, and all he wanted to hear was Fire - and he got his wish!

thanks! - Zeb

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Happy Monday!

Oh that Playing is a tasty treat! Thanks for bringing this one to our attention. Take care all.

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Baby Blue

A rare appearance of It's All Over Now, Baby Blue: This Dylan song was only performed 6 times during the 1970's.

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up at 4:00 AM....

to grade papers (!), but now I have no reason to go back to bed! Nice early morning (late night?) selections, actually good for any time! Thanks as always, this Playing will eventually lull me back to dream land....

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