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


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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
thanks for the heads up

I'll have the tech folks look into it.

lamagonzo (not verified)

link still not working (this locality anyway) at ll:09am

Joined: Jun 5 2007

Need more '74, too much '90, but no compalints

WalpoleChinaCat's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
2/25/90 Link

Hey Now
It appears the 2/25/90 link is not working with the clip player


Joined: Jun 4 2007
nice selections

Of course, they actually fit in chronologically with about a month and a half ago. No complaints from me; one just wonders 'what's up'. 2-24-74 is one of my faves. That run would be great for a winterland box unless there's something technical preventing that from happening. I would buy it. I love the Dark Star>AM Dew, S.Mag>NFA>GDTRFB>NFA, E. Baby Blue...just classic. Thanks again for the nugs.


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