Grateful Dead

April 8 - April 14, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have tunes from 1970, 1973 and 1989, all from the West Coast and beyond…

Our first selection this week is the last-ever Grateful Dead show in Hawaii. After the two excellent shows in Honolulu in January, 1970, the Dead returned just before the Festival Express tour for a couple of nights in Oahu, including this show on 6/13/70. These shows were a little rough around the edges, but also included some excellent music. From this final Hawaii show, we have Me and My Uncle, Good Lovin', China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.

Next we have music from the final night of a three night at the Universal Amphitheatre in LA, on 7/1/73, featuring Truckin'>Drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat>Me and Bobby McGee. The Grateful Dead didn't really tour between early April and September, 1973, instead playing a series of one-off shows, or shorter runs, around the country, but most of the shows they did play were excellent, including this typically hot 1973 sequence.

After the magnificent Summer Tour of 1989, the Dead headed back to the West Coast for six shows: three in Sacramento and three at the Greek. These latter shows would be the Dead's final shows at the Greek in Berkeley, but they would continue to play at Cal Expo for a few years. I followed the summer tour, and after the great 7/19/89 show at Alpine, I didn't feel like going home, so I got in my car and drove west to see the Cal Expo shows. And was I glad I did! They were not only great shows, but Cal Expo was by far the mellowest place I'd ever seen the Dead. Maybe 10 or 12,000 people in a small outdoor venue with plenty of grass and bleachers. Great sound, too. From the first show on 8/4/89, we have Bertha>Greatest Story Ever Told, Althea, Mama Tried>Mexicali Blues, Never Trust A Woman.

Be sure to join us next week for more great tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux


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shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
Do Not Skip the Drums...

Hey Man,
Digging the '73 clip
These short drum solo's by Bill from this period
are always worth a listen.
This one from the Universal Amp '73 is a fine example
Cracking with subtle nuance
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Jan 13 2010

sounds so tinny.

Brent tickling the keys didididididididididididid

drums slapslap

If I had attended, i probably would have loved it. listening to it now I CRAVE some low end guts.

just me...

if it makes you feel better, I REAALLY wanted to go to these shows. However, i had to go to my wife's cousin's wedding in Missoula Montana. So i missed them.

They divorced several years and children later.


I got a trip to Glacier National Park out of the deal.

It's all good, baby.

i did make it to Cal Expo in 90.


Joined: Jun 13 2007

Jerry Garcia!
In a cinch, and
a cinch infinitely.

wilfredtjones's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

code for 'seats'. In case ya don't wanna stand on the 'grass'! haha

Joined: Jul 29 2009
...yeah & Bleachers too

@ Cal Expo, plenty of grass ? Yeah. Just like the man said. And bleachers, too. {Bleachers...89'.... Hmmm. It's not coming to me immediately, but I KNOW "bleachers" must be code for...something. Something good = ) } Then again, could just be a nice description of a venue with plenty of open space, with a generous amount of General Admission for the "General Public" to enjoy :0
"If you get confused, listen to the music play..."

bruno14's picture
Joined: Sep 18 2007
When it all began for me

June 29, 1973, the first night of the Universal Amphitheatre run, was my first show - and I had no idea.... My roommate bought us tickets, first row or very near, but behind Keith's back. We danced around for most of the show and somewhere in the middle of the second set wound up sitting on the stage leaning back against the piano. I vaguely recall getting chased away once but sat back down and was left alone. I was a barely 19-year old Marine, and that night my musical tastes took a pretty sizable leap.

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
'73 Truckin'

Many consider 73 THE year. I can't go that far but I can almost always here a "Nobody's Fault" or at least jam coming after the Truckin' that year. Not much of a tease here, though.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
7/1/73: Thank you!

i have this on a cassette somewhere...I always liked it.

Now i can hear it here (hear hear).

AND there is some GD70, as well.


now i wanna be your miracle

Joined: Mar 18 2010
The primrose path

1989- The 3 August shows at Cal Expo, 3 Shoreline Shows at the end of September- Plenty of great music there. When, and if there's another Box from Late-Era Brent, I vote for Summer of 1989. Of course, an Alpine 89 Box would be great. 8/6/89, 9/29/89, 8/19/89- some of the best from this apex, and unreleased. Next year Wall of Sound Box for 40 year anniversary. 7/1/73- Uncirculated- unheard- a huge break-out here on the Taper's Section- Thanks! Surely doesn't need to be pointed out, the Release gap of 1973- from 2/28 to 10/19, Dick's Picks 28 and 19, respectively.

wilfredtjones's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Plenty of grass... Cal Expo, huh? I bet!


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