Grateful Dead

April 21 - April 27, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Well, with today being 4/21, and a Monday, we're sure many of you are feeling a little tired, so we'll start this week with something mellow to get you into the groove…

…April Fools! Mellow?! No Way! Here is a raucous That's It For The Other One>Death Don't Have No Mercy from 4/22/69 at the Arc in Boston. Sadly, there's a cut in The Other One that returns during the Cryptical reprise. Sorry about that, but at least you've been warned. What a stellar Death Don't, too. So much great music was played in the first five months of 1969 that it can be a daunting task to choose what to play here. We are also happy to play this classic 1969 combination of songs, Beat It On Down The Line, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Doin' That Rag. The BIODTL has severe tempo issues, but it makes it a very interesting version. Is it fast? Is it slow? Is it mid-tempo? To quote a line from the great British comedy show of the mid-1990s The Fast Show, “we just don't know!” There's also a bit of a clipped intro to Doin' That Rag, but when you overlook that little technical problem, it's a very well played version.

Next up we'll pop into the magnificent Spring Tour of 1977. From the first show of the tour, at the Philadelphia Spectrum on 4/22/77, we have the first set closing Playing In The Band. This is a rare post-1974 stand-alone Playing, and it's got a nice feeling to it.

From the next night, 4/23/77 in Springfield, MA, we have a very cool stand-alone Estimated Prophet that opened the second set. This then-new song added such a great tune to the repertoire and these 1977 versions are so perfect and concise.

From a few nights later, at the Capital Theatre in Passaic, NJ, we have this very nice Scarlet Begonias>Fire on theMountain from 4/25/77. We played a fair amount of this tour last year here at the Tapers Section, so be sure to check back through the archived Tapers Section to check out more from this great tour.

Check back next week for what promises to be another wild ride through the Grateful Dead's recorded legacy. Please feel free to write with questions or comments, praise or complaints. We like it all. Be sure to include the words “Grateful Dead” in the subject of your email to separate your important missives from the spam.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 23 2007
g8 2 have EARS~

cheshire root grin spin w/ a wink & a twirl~~

Joined: Jun 15 2007
Thank YOU

David. Thank you so much for this. It is something I look forward to every week. :)

Joined: Jun 16 2007

This is sweet , Bobby's vocals are great, You can hear Donna sounding very good, Great year

John 3:16

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Super Fine doin that rag

Just to comment on the 1969 audo clip . The BIODTL is average . Its off rhythm .

The Schoolgirl although has the band in a more cohesive , together moment of the show . It rocks at one point , but there are probably some where the band ' explodes ' wider and brighter . Although this period was pregnant with stellar music . How good the Dead shows were from then 60 s = )

Ill get to the rest of the audios later this week . Take care Dead heads

From a geographically intriguing area of this world ( Northern Chile ]

Jaime G

Joined: Jun 7 2007

To MikeP5877 - I have the same issue with mono playback.

I've posted in the Taper's Section for several weeks but had not a single response so it's good to know, finally, that someone else is experiencing it.

Evidently, if other people are getting Taper's Section tracks in stereo, there is some setting we can select or change that will allow stereo sound. Unfortunately I have no idea what or where it is so have reluctantly given up listening to these selections since not-very-high quality streams, when reduced to mono don't sound too good to my ears.

If anyone has any idea how to allow stereo in the clip player, please let me, MikeP5877 and anyone else with the problem know! Please please please?

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
lovin' the Scarlet -> Fire

Agreed, those '77 Scarlet -> Fire's were dynamite! This one may not stand up to some of the others they played on that spring tour (Cornell comes to mind), but the Scarlet is energetic, the Fire is incandescent, and the space between is sublime. I love hearing Donna sing, " the strangest of places if you look at it riiight".

Joined: Jul 22 2007

The older ones that use clip player are playing in stereo on my computer but the ones that use flvplayer are playing in mono.

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Tapers section

works for me in stereo!!

Joined: Jul 22 2007
mono, pt 2

Just tried out the Grateful Dead radio hour stream and it is coming through in stereo. It's just these taper section streams are in mono...

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Joined: Aug 28 2007
Thnx again 4 trip

Funky mix this week!


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