Grateful Dead

August 1- August 7, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and a big Happy Birthday to Jerry, who would have been 69 years old today. This week we'll span a dozen years in Grateful Dead history, 1972-1984.

First stop today is at Winterland on 1/2/72, where we have a good batch of tunes including Big Railroad Blues , Mexicali Blues ,Playing In The Band, Next Time You See Me. This was just before Playing In The Band would begin to develop into the powerhouse jamming vehicle it would become by the Europe tour a few months later, starting out on that tour as a 9-10 minute piece, and ending on the final night as an 18 minute song.

From a decade later on 4/11/82 at Nassau Coliseum on the very good Spring Tour of 1982, we have the show-opening sequence of Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Franklin's Tower > El Paso ; Candyman > Little Red Rooster. The Rooster has some nice Brent scat singing, which he did infrequently throughout the years. Later, he'd occasionally also take a verse of Rooster.

Lastly this week, from Kansas City on 7/3/84, we have the show opening sequence of Alabama Getaway>Promised Land, Candyman, Cassidy. The mix during Alabama is a little wonky, but it settles down before the song is done.

Be sure to stop by next week for more Grateful Dead music from deep within the vault. And as always, we encourage you to write to us at the address below. Please include “Grateful Dead” in the subject line, to make sure it breaks through our state-of-the-art spam filters.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Locked in and Leaning...

Hey man,
The 7/3/84 show is one of my favorites attended.Swope Park provides an interesting
bass sound this night.The band locks in as the audience leans in during the
Cassidy jam.One of those leaning in moments one sometimes gets early in a show.
With this sequence this week, I believe you have posted the 7/3/84 show completely,
DL.
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

lamagonzo (not verified)
1/2/72

The Big RXR Blues from 72 has that laid back style from the good'ole, good'ole days before it turned into an exclusive near the end of the first set all-out-rocker in the 80s.

~ Thinkin' & drinkin' are all I have today ~

I miss you Jerry, RIP

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