Grateful Dead

April 26 - May 2, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some music from 1970, 1986 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 4/3/70 in Cincinnati, where the Grateful Dead played one long set of music, including a bit of acoustic Dead. We have a good mix of acoustic and electric music here from that show, with Hard to Handle, Dancing In The Street, Me and My Uncle, Friend Of The Devil, Deep Elem Blues, Candyman. Hearing a show like this makes me want to run and check out the full blown acoustic perfection of a night like 5/15/70's early and late shows.

Next from a year that is certainly underrepresented here at the Tapers' Section, 1986, we have the entire first set of 3/30/86 in Providence, RI, made up of Hell In A Bucket ; Sugaree ; El Paso ; Cumberland Blues ; Tons Of Steel ; C C Rider ; Dupree's Diamond Blues ; Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues ; Deal. As you'll likely notice, there are a few minor audio dropouts during this set, owing to problems with the master tape, recorded to the fragile Beta PCM digital tapes. Overall these tapes have held up quite well, particularly after the band switched to VHS PCM tapes in 1988, but many do have slight dropouts.

From two years later on 4/3/88 in Hartford, CT, we have the entire first set of the first of three nights in Hartford, featuring Promised Land > Greatest Story Ever Told; Althea ; Little Red Rooster ; Cold Rain & Snow; Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ; Box Of Rain ; Don't Ease Me In. As you can hear, Jerry's voice was quickly fading, and by the second set, he was really croaking. Trooper that he was, though, he sang the encore that night. An interesting personal anecdote from this night: after the show, my friends and I went to a Denny's for food. You know those toothpicks with the little frilly coloured things on the end that they stick into club sandwiches? We blew those toothpicks through straws into the air like blowdarts, where they stuck into the ceiling, leaving these little coloured things hanging above our table. Two years later, when the band played Hartford, we stopped at the same Denny's (the last time I've been in a Denny's…), and there they were, our coloured toothpick ceiling art, still hanging. There's some hygiene for you…

Be sure to stop by next week when we'll check out more cool Grateful Dead music. As always, feel free to write to me at the email address below with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section, or anything else about the music.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Will Speed's picture
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Thanks for the Cincy Show!

Thanks for the Cincy Show!

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Great Hartford set!

But if I ever hear "Don't Ease" again it'll be too soon.

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There's something about Althea. Is that a lyric? If not it should be, 'cause, well, there's something about Althea. It's the way they come together over the first two numbers to be a solid unit by Althea that, to my mind, make the Dead unique as a band. That, and, well, there's something about Althea, something that takes me to the peaks of delight every time. Love it!

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early '70

This Hard to Handle is reminiscent of the Fallout from the Phil Zone recording from Hollywood Aug 6, '71. That one's my favourite because of the frenzied crowd and handclaps. The Dancing here precedes the one from that album by only a few days, too. Obviously you and Phil are on the same wavelength! This is great R&B Dead, nice cowbell work and excellent rhythm licks on the part of both Bob and Jerry. Nice pick, Dave.

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a different denny's sto-ray

When I was young, and in my dumber days...not really, anyway...my former compadre Dave, Limpy and I went to Denny's for some late night refreshments. Maybe it was ice cream a milkshake or some goodies like that, I actually don't remember what we had my memory's not that good about that. Anyway, we're sitting there messing around talking or whatever and Dave's top lip starts to swell unexpectedly and for some unknown reason when one of us Limpy or me notices and asks "Dave, man are you ok?" At first, he had no idea what was going on. We were all freaked out so it was extremely funny to watch Dave try to hide his lip with his hand while it swelled to 3 or 4 times it's normal proportion. I remember we wondered if he got bit by a spider or something. We even had to take him to the bathroom to check out his sausage lip. To this day I can still picture it. I will never forget that night it was so funny to watch it grow and him wondering what the hell was happening. I think we asked him to smile, too but he was getting mad at us for laughing at him.

Thanks DL for the tunes and for giving me an excuse to tell my fuzzy memory. Another fuzzy memory by the way, I have another compadre that won a ticket to one of those Hartford shows. I remember him as a fickle head so he told me the show itself was no great shakes...hey Dean from 'sha, if you're reading this pm me so we can stay in touch...

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4/3/88 Hartford

Always had fun @ Hartford. Enjoyed Set 1. Althea was always a favorite of mine.

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Yeah, but did you sit at the same table?!

Saw a number of great shows in Providence over the years. Some wonderful
memories.

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another 88 first set?

you are slaying me here...you really are.

although, the set list looks interesting...

5/11/72, people.

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4/3/88

I remember everyone else having a great time, but I was not enjoying myself. To each his own...

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What a good time

Was at this show. This was a really great show. The band was kickin' on all cylinders this night. They were feelin' it and so was the whole audience. Hey . . . hey . . . my . . . my.

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