Grateful Dead

April 25 - May 1, 2011

Tapers Section By David LemieuxWelcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1972, 1973 and 1990.

Our first stop this week is at the Hollywood Palladium, site of exceptional shows in August, 1971. From the first of two nights, on 9/9/72, we have He's Gone>Truckin'>Jam>Drums>Other One. Please note that there is a master reel cut in the jam after Truckin'. This is one of the finest months on Grateful Dead history, continuing on the excellence that began in Europe and ran through the end of 1972 (and into 1973…).

Next is music from a year later, on 9/11/73 in Williamsburg, VA, featuring a good batch of 1973 Dead: Let Me Sing Your Blues Away, Weather Report Suite, Row Jimmy, Big River, Deal, BIODTL. This was Bruce Hornsby's first Grateful Dead show. Not as a player, obviously, but as an attendee. That's Joe Ellis and Martin Fierro on horns to open the sequence of songs.

Our final selection this week of from 9/8/90 in Richfield, OH, Vince Welnick's second show with the Grateful Dead. From that show, we have the end of the second set featuring All Along The Watchtower>Stella Blue>Throwing Stones>NFA, One More Saturday Night. Although Brent was missed tremendously, there was a sense of renewed energy and excitement that would run through the end of the year and the band along with Vince and Bruce (at most shows) began to stretch things out a bit.

Be sure to join us next week for more great tunes. We have some good stuff lined up from deep within the vault. And as always, you are welcomed and encouraged to write to us at the address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Apr 1 2010
Hard To Handle and 9/11/73 in Williamsburg, VA,

Correct me if I am wrong what wilfredtjones said but my records show;

Hard to Handle, Fallout from the Philzone audience recording 8/6/71 Hollywood
Hard To Handle DP 35 8/7/71 San Diego
Hard To Handle Bonus Disc RT V1 N3 8/6/71 Hollywood Soundboard Recording

Thanks for allowing us to hear part of this show as part of the Taper's Section;

These group of shows are classics with the horn section. Please release this one in as a complete release along with any other good ones from this early September 73 period.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Caution jam

after the verses of WRS - Jerry is in Caution mode!

Joined: Jun 6 2007

Jerry introduced Vince to us that first night, after many tunes wondering who the heck that was up there...

Joined: Jun 6 2007

The Other One is incredible!

thanks David :)

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Saw all Palladium shows

I was fortunate to see all the Palladium shows. The ability to move around was amazing - I could walk from one side of the floor to the other without any trouble. At one point, we all were sitting in a circle when I heard Jerry say "Listen harder". What we remember. . . .

Thanks for the memory prompt David.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
the hollywood palladium shows in August '71

The 8-'71 Palladium shows DL refers to here produced the fabled Hard to Handle, which some consider the 'best ever' and was included on 'Fallout from the Phil Zone (albeit in AUD form). A portion of the soundboard was discovered later, I believe, and was included on Dicks Pick's 35 (also referred to as the 'Houseboat Tapes'), a release I strongly recommend. Thanks again for the nice picks this week...

Joined: Aug 31 2009
"..shows in August, 1971" -9/9/72?

guess i'll have to poke around to reconcile ;)

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
good stuff

Wake of the Flood came out in October 1973, the first studio release in 3 years. Joe Ellis and Martin Fierro contributed along w Vassar Clements and Matthew Kelly. Keith does vocals on Let Me Sing Your Blues Away, a song he co-wrote w Robert Hunter.
Jumping ahead 17 years, I was at the 9/8/90 Richfield show, and there was a lot of energy & anticipation with the band's return to touring, featuring Vince Welnick on piano. Bruce Hornsby joined the tour a week later on 9/15 in New York.


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