Grateful Dead

April 20 - April 26, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’ll be playing three excellent jams from April, 1969, and one big jam from April, 1978.

Our first stop this week is in Worcester, MA, on 4/20/69, and in honour of the 40th anniversary of that concert, we have the show’s big jam sequence, consisting of Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Death Don’t Have No Mercy. No Lovelight to round out the jam, but it’s a great Death Don’t, making it a perfect ending to the trifecta that started the sequence.

Next up, from just two days later in Boston on 4/22/69 we have another exquisite 1969 sequence, featuring Doin’ That Rag>That’s It For The Other One>Death Don’t Have No Mercy. We hope you don’t mind the two versions of Death Don’t this week.

To end our little trip back to the April, 1969 tour, we have music from 4/25/69 in Chicago, featuring Hard To Handle, Doin’ That Rag, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Morning Dew. Apologies for the two versions of Doin’ That Rag this week, but we don’t get a chance to play it too much here. This tour also featured the 4/26&27/69 shows that make up Dick’s Picks Vol. 26.

Lastly this week we are going to check in with some music on 4/21/78 in Lexington, KY, where we’ll hear the post-Drums sequence of Jam>Stella Blue>Truckin’>Playing In The Band, Werewolves of London. This version of Stella Blue is the one included on the outstanding five-CD boxed set “So Many Roads,” and we figured you should also hear what came after this excellent version of Stella Blue.

Be sure to stop by next week for music from 1971 and 1977. And as always, feel free to email the address below with questions or comments about the Tapers’ Section.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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4/21/78 Lexington, KY

The day the bus came by and I got on.........Thanks for the memory David!

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Cassidy

Im gonna go out on a limb here for a bit , and i hope DL doesn t get irked

The Dead opened the 2 nd show of the tour in DC with Cassidy . A tasteful move on the band and Bobbys part .

The entire version cooks ans reaches plateaus and ' soundscapes ' worthy of close listen

But , heres my critical opinion ; i think and i fel quite the same abnout the rest of this show that the band was ' preluding ' perhaps higher and better moments on the tour .,

While on the subject of Cassidy , I have so many favourite versions of the song . But one i ve heard lately - on an aud tape - that just needs to be heard by all , is from Park West ski resort on Aug 20 , 1987 . If it could be posible DL , could you include that great version on here , maube on a non date appropriate way . That version from UT in 1987 has some power . Check it out ; if you can obtain a copy from your taper friends , or hopefully the TS will share such a great version of the song

Enjoy the Dead tour , and thanks to the band for doing this tour

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Thanks for the awesome '69 tunes!! Great '78 jam session, as well.

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Post-Drums Jam

Oh my - that jam out of Drums in 4-21-78 is unbelievable. Santana-esque. Is it just Bobby, Jerry and the drummers? I've clearly been neglecting early '78 at great peril to my soul. I will fix that.

Thanks David.

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nasty cut

Yeah, I got the same cut-out during Truckin'. Does someone actually listen to these tracks before putting them up in the Taper's Section? It would be nice to hear what it actually says we're gonna hear! I'm happy w/ whatever gets put up, but I too was disappointed to not get to hear the Werewolves :^(

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No PITB or WOL

Argh...the 4/24/78 feed cuts off after Truckin'. I've only heard one version of Werewolves (Red Rocks '78) and was looking forward to another one. Nothing against PITB but I can probably survive if I miss this one as it was their most played song ever, I do believe. Werewolves Of London would be a real treat....bring it on!

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Happy 4/21!

So what's a day off, really? Thank you for these tasty gems from 4/69, David. I'm trying to wrap my head around that opening Dark Star right now. I can't wait to listen to the selection from Lexington. I've always adored that Stella Blue ever since I first heard it on the box set. It really rages at the end, and knowing from the setlist that it slams into Truckin made me badly want to hear that full jam. So once again...thank you and happy Spring everybody.

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Jerry always sang Death don't so amazingly well. he made the song real.

Is that my glass? Can you see it? Understand me?

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Merry 420 :) :) :)

Hipsters,tripsters,and real cool chicks,
How the hell are ya on this beautiful 420? Too bad there's not a Dead show tonight,but these gems are a definate plus for this evenings festivities! Thanx for tossin' us these tasty bones,and have a very merry 420!!!!!!

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Happy 420 everyone!!

Thanks for the great music David!

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