Grateful Dead

April 28 - May 4, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

As always, lots of great music was found to fit into this week's installment of the Tapers Section, and we're going to play some acoustic music, followed by some electric music.

Our first stop is in Alfred, NY, on 5/1/70, the day before the famous Harpur College show. From the acoustic set, we have a quartet of great acoustic songs, Cumberland Blues, The Race Is On, Wake Up Little Susie, New Speedway Boogie. This New Speedway Boogie is the one included on the Fall Out From The Phil Zone album. We haven't played too much acoustic Dead here at the Tapers Section for the simple reason that there isn't too much acoustic Dead in the vault, so this is a nice treat to play some for you.

Because it's such a monumental concert, we'd be remiss if we didn't play anything from Harpur College on 5/2/70, so from that show we have this terrific Dancing In The Street.

Two years later the band would find itself across the ocean, in Paris, for two shows on 5/3&4/72, smack dab in the middle of the Europe '72 tour. And what a pair of shows. From the first show, we are very pleased to play this short but sweet Playing In The Band, and from the next night, we have this long Dark Star. This Dark Star would segue into Sugar Magnolia, which is cut from the master reels due to its inclusion on the Europe '72 album. But, the 39 minutes of Dark Star heard here should satisfy your ears.

Finally this week, we'll stop into to the Spring Tour of 1977 to the show on 5/1/77 at the Palladium in New York City, the venue formerly known as the Academy of Music at which the band held court for seven shows in March, 1972. From 5/1/77, we have a nice batch of middle-first set songs, Cassidy, They Love each Other, Lazy Lightning>Supplication.

Please be sure to stop back next week for more great music. We're digging through the vault to find some cool stuff. As always, feel free to write the email address below with questions or comments.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

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Dark Star 5/4/1972

My favorite Dark Star for as long as I can remember. I'll never forget listening to this on a cassette while we drove down from a lodge near Loon Mountain in New Hampshire in the winter of 1991. At that time I was a sophomore in college. I remember that the road was quite dark during that drive. That memory has stayed with me. In this version of D-S the band truly reaches interstellar space.

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Acoustic Set

What's up with this?

* Mono, when there's a stereo tape available.

* (Apparently) Cumberland added on the front, with Jordan & UJB sliced off the back.

Is there accurate information _somewhere_ as to the acoustic set list for 05/01/70?

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Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride...

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motown tease!

oh my god I am having an occular orgasm! The dead (bobby started it) are teasing that Kick ASS mowtown song...I cant remember the name of it..during Dancin'...
Amazing stuff,
Thank you so much for making this possible, Love Benjamin Hawley
ps
iam dancing around my livingroom right now :) ;)

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sounds like an "Eyes of the

sounds like an "Eyes of the World" jam to me ross lennox

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Thank You...For a Real Good Time!

Very Nice Indeed!!

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very good picks

Thank you DL . i really enjoy Keiths playing from 1972 and especially from Europe

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Dancing in the street

What an incredible set this week !!!!- one of the best. Half way through Dancing there is a melody line which has apperaed in different jams for years and I cannot put my finger on it. Does it have a name?? It is very prominent in the Dark Star on DP 2 from Columbus. Help!!!

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5/1/70 Acoustic Set

It would be great to see this whole show properly released. I made myself a compilation for personal use from the MP3s we used to be able to download and the rest of the acoustic set that's in circulation. All that's "missing" are the first two songs - Deep Elem and IKYR.
Thanks for the Cumberland - one more piece to the puzzle!!
Such a hot show deserves to be heard in it's entirety.
Can't get enough of that 70 acoustic Dead! Let it all out!!

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mono

I'm getting it in mono also, and have been for a while. It makes most of the stuff here pretty hard to listen to for me. The music is great, but I'm beggin' ya', please, stereo.

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Fillmore East / Academy of Music / Palladium

"the Palladium in New York City, the venue formerly known as the Academy of Music at which the band held court for seven shows in March, 1972." And prior to April 29, 1971 this place was clled the fabulous Fillmore East...

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