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
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miguel's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
thank you

david, the dark star made me dance, thank you

and the cumberland is so fine...

cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
truly sublime

yeah, that Dark Star... wowzers

beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007
mostly ..... acoustic ..


so the 'acoustic' segment is fantastic - quintessence of grateful dead, however jerry is playing electric throughout ...... anyone else notice that ... ??

Joined: Jun 4 2007
speaking of dark star

Here's a great (the best that I know of) resource for Dark Star fans. I am sure most of you have seen it:

Although I might rate my top Stars differently, you gotta give major props to the author (Jim Powell) for the thoroughness of research and for the evolution piece. I've had a lot of fun over the years trying to locate and listen to each of the Stars on the list. I was surprised by the number of post Brent Dark Stars, as I did not see any shows after his death, and was really happy to hear how good I thought some of them were.

Lately, I always seem to come back to this one, which I prefer at the loudest possible volume:


josh e bear's picture
Joined: Feb 29 2008
you just keep a twirling, while i'm Playing in the Band,,.

David .. I'm drooling at this weeks picks,, about to join the Ear-feast ~ thanks Brother !

hey ~ does anybody know where i can Buy a "Mikio Tye-Dye",
... Like the Photo in my Profile ?

anyway,, Bobby will be in Oregon a few times this spring/summer, family up here are way
excited... now, if only Phil can remember to come up for a fat summer show ~

somebody tell him dont forget to PLAY Oregon !!!


Josh E Bear !!

grdaed73's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
oh thats "tighten up"

i always think of archie bell and the durells when i hear that lead,never took the lyrics past" Hi i'm archie bell and these..." thats too funny, on a sad note; with 39 minutes to listen and nothing better to do at work i went thru my shows to find NO DarkStars:( hey buddy,can u spare a star?

davey concepcion for hall of fame's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2007
Lexington 4.21.78

Aieeee! I hate to whine, but I just cannot believe that we get more Europe 72 and 5/77 when nary a note of 4.21.78 was put up. The second set - particularly the Playin>Drums>Stella>Truckin>Playin sequence (the Stella is on Disk 3 of So Many Roads) - is quite fine. Yes, what was given is quite nice and makes for very fine listening, but, man, what a missed opportunity!

Oh well, I can hardly be objective as that is the only time the Boys+Girl played my hometown. A great show and an even greater memory.

Thanks for the otherwise TERRIFIC work Colonel David.



On The Road Again's picture
Joined: Sep 2 2007
If this Dancin'

doesn't get you, well. . . dancin', then someone needs to notify your next of kin. That "Tighten Up" jam has me smiling from ear to ear. Thanks, David.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007



i've listened to a lot of darkstars and countless hundreds of thousands of hours of gd and wow

| I'm just a, well...porpoise. |

Joined: Apr 10 2008

Thank you for surfacing these gems when they are needed the most! The accoustic quartet is a refreshing start and agreeing with Meeko, Cumberland is devinitive Dead. Dancing in the spotlight.....I have taken this perfomance forgranted dispite the availablity. Dig the 'Thighten-Up' jam in-between. For me, 1970 carries some serious freight. As a first time listener to Taper's Section I am already stoked.


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