Grateful Dead

April 5 - April 11, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week, as promised, we’ll be digging back into unreleased Grateful Dead music, from 1974 and 1990, all from the Bay Area.

Our first stop this week is on 2/24/74, the final night of a three night run at Winterland to start the band’s 1974 performing year. I’ve long been a big fan of these shows, as interesting a trio of concerts as the November, 1973 shows at Winterland. From this night, we have Loser, Playing In The Band, with the latter including a typically hot 1974 way-out-there jam. Just like the 1973 run, these three nights in February, 1974 each include some extremely good, and interesting music.

Jumping ahead 16 years to 1990, we have the post-Drums sequence from the first of three nights in Oakland on 2/25/90, featuringThe Wheel>Gimme Some Lovin’>Wharf Rat>Sugar Magnolia. These three shows were right in the middle of a long stretch of multi-track recordings of the Grateful Dead, starting 5/27/89 and running through 4/3/90, recorded for consideration on what became Without A Net. Very few shows between those dates were not recorded to 24-track tape (actually, 26-track, as the recordings were made to 2” 24-track tape, with a second tape, a ¼” 2-track tape, synced up with the multi-track that included Mickey’s electronic drums that he used sparingly in this era), so there are plenty of possibilities for more albums like Nightfall of Diamonds, Truckin’ Up To Buffalo, Crimson White & Indigo, and Dozin’ at the Knick. In addition to great tapes, this was also a period when the Grateful Dead were playing particularly well.

From the following night, on 2/26/90, we have Playing In The Band>Terrapin Stationfrom the second set. At the time, you could be fairly sure Playing would go into one of three songs: Uncle John’s Band, Crazy Fingers and Terrapin (with exceptions like the Eyes in Hartford a month after this), but as these combinations were played so often, they were also played extremely well.

Finally this week, we have the entire first set of the final night in Oakland during this run of shows, on 2/27/90, featuring Let The Good Times Roll ; Feel Like A Stranger ; Sugaree ; Victim Or The Crime ; Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo ; When I Paint My Masterpiece ; Bird Song. This was still the time when Victim hadn’t found its permanent home in the second set, and the set includes a cool mid-first-set placement of ½ Step. Good stuff.

Check back next week for a bunch of good 1972 Grateful Dead music. And as always, we encourage you to write to the email address below with questions, comments or suggestions.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Next box set?

Personally, I'd like to see like a 10-12 cd Box set of the best of the rest from the Europe '72 tour. There is still a ton of stuff from that tour that needs to be put ou there.

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Doh!

I'm so sorry, that's 2-23-74 on the HCS. My Bad, as they say. Still my fave though.

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2-24-74 HCS

IMO the "Here Comes Sunshine" from 2-24-74 is the best one ever done...yes even better than the famous one on Dicks Picks 1 which is probably technically better played but not nearly as much fun or adventerous . They saved the best for last. No, the 90's versions don't count...sorry.

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Like The Maxell Guy...

Hey Man,
Just completed the '74 Playing Journey.
Like the Maxell Guy slumped down in a comfortable chair
hanging on...Some fine interstellar moments there

Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh
p.s.can ya give the drummers some soon?

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hey unkle...

You didn't miss it did you? There has been a Winterland '73 box release already. It's still available here: http://store.dead.net/live-shows/winterland-1973-complete-recordings
Scoop it up if you can or haven't already. :-) The '73 Winterland run in Nov. was the only run there in 1973 (I'm pretty sure) Unless, you were calling for the entire 1973 oeuvre to be released. haha. Boy, now that would be a pretty penny. I was calling for the February '74 run at Winterland to be released as the next in the series of Winterland boxes. Cool idea! It is release worthy in my mind unless there are technical snafus or missing masters preventing it from happening. Your comment was just a little ambiguous so I hoped to lend a little clarity.

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1974

Very nice. I too, would buy a box set of these shows or the 73 shows, Jerry sounds so smooth on his reading of loser, and that playin, get's going just like you said, yes, very nice. I'm also a big fan of 90, that spring tour was hot hot hot. Great selections again, thanks for the taste.

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Playing-Terrapin

It's in the interim, one can feel the sound of the keyboard somehow didn't fully fit the shoe that covered the individual fingers that formed the hand that was the band. Once in Terrapin all is well, the shoe is on the hand it fits.

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3-26-95 is a grate Dew

It's my favorite from 95. The Sugaree, Picasso and LIG from 3-27 are nice, too. Sugaree is just plain odd, but in a good way I think. Both 3-26 and 3-27 are keepers as complete shows. Doesn't Hornsby sit in on 3-29? Maybe, I'm mistaken. But, I'd always preferred the 2 earlier shows from the '95 Omni run.

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built to last

A China-Rider in any era is generally strong; though I'm partial to the Groovy-ish transition jams of 73-74, what it lost in dynamics in the 80s/90s it gained in epicness...
I'd agree about the Stellas, Dews & Rats, and maybe throw Birdsong in there as well... As far as Bobby tunes, Let it Grow was always a sweet ride to the end, and I never met a Cassidy that wasn't played with a combination of heart & panache.

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tunes that lasted...

yup, Stella, Stella BLUUUUUUUE! I understand also thinking Morning Dew is such a song, for me many of the later ones got a bit bombastic and too rote, but it still stood up better than many. Any Bobbie songs?

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