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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Joined: Jun 4 2007
palladium bit from a 5-show run

Hey Now:

Now that we're in the habit of releasing things from the vault: how about a box set or something from the 5-show run at the Palladium in '77 or from the 6-show run at the Orpheum in '76? I would love to hear about the community's ideas. What is on your 'short list' all?

Can't wait to listen this week...thanks again for the treats.

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
There'll be Music Everywhere

and it is in mono, as discerned above by Mike5877. I have a cassette tape from 5/6/70, Cambridge, MA, that was recorded in mono. Fun to listen to while dinkin' around, though.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
dancin' in the streets

wow - there it is again - that feelin' groovy / tighten-up jam...thanks, David. If other awesome jams are somewhere hiding in the vault, we'd love to hear them...this taper section is the perfect vehicle for it.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Dancing In The Streets

Not merely a terrific version of 'Dancing In The Streets', but the definitive one. Sometimes the boys wander around in the forest a bit until they hit on a theme they can hang their hat on, and it's never less than a joy to revel in their interplay. But here is one of those rare examples where right from the git, every note feels essential, as if they are collectively composing a symphony on the spot. Besides the fact that he is playing like a demon, Garcia is at his lyrical best here and the band is in lock-step with him at every juncture, providing perfect counterpoint. This benchmark performance is essential listening not only for Deadheads, but for fans of improvisational music of any kind.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
love the acoustic sets:)

thats to bad though to hear that the vault is lacking in the area:(, listen to jerry whoopin' it up in NSB... good stuff David, thx much
phils coming in real nice on dancin and vroom, there goes jerry, a little archie bell lead? what did phil just say to do? my,my...hey, susie...


Joined: Jul 22 2007
How do I get these to play in stereo?

All of these FLVPLAYER streams are coming through in mono. Can someone please tell me how to get these to play in stereo?


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Joined: Jun 5 2007

I think if I had to pick, which is a tough one, what is my favorite GD tune, I think it would be Cumberland Blues. I'll never, ever get tired of that one! Great acoustic set David, many thanks.


Joined: Jul 20 2007

The Race is On........
Now the race is on and here comes pride up the back stretch,
Heartaches a goin' to the inside, my tears are holding back, tryin' not to fall.

My heart's our of the running, true love scratched for another's sake,
The race is on and it looks like heartaches, and the winner loses all.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Hi David,

Any technical possibility of offering the Taper's Section as a PODCAST?

Just clueless and curious, Jim

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Love the PITB and Dark Star. Thanks David!
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