Grateful Dead

August 11 - August 17. 2014

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're going to check out some Grateful Dead music from 1971, 1973 and 1977

Our first selection this week is from the Harding Theatre in San Francisco on 11/6/71, the first night of a two night run at this beautiful venue, where the Dead only played in 1971. From this show, we have That's It For The Other One>Comes A Time. This show was Keith Godchaux's first Bay Area appearance with the Grateful Dead, and in the pre-social media days, it must have been a shock to see the Dead in their hometown without Pigpen, and with a new piano player.

Next up is just a single song from 12/10/73 in Charlotte, Playing In The Band, just because we love a good 1973 Playing In The Band around these parts.

Lastly this week is music from 10/29/77 in DeKalb, IL, featuring the end of the first set: New Minglewood Blues, It Must Have Been The Roses, Let It Grow. This show was part of a short but extremely good tour that ran 10/28 through 11/6/77, and featured great music every night. Very different than the Spring Tour of 1977, but just as good, and at times even more adventurous.

Be sure to join us here next week for more music from the vault.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Mar 18 2010

Sent an email to DL awhile ago inquiring about 10/29/77. His response was it's not in the Vault. The beginning of Set Two from Bertha to St. Stephen was a JOTW several months ago. To echo Wilfred's sentiments, hopefully this set finds it's way to the Taper's Section. Where is the music from 10/29/77 coming from? A cassette master- or are portions of this show in the Vault, and maybe some reels are missing. Still hoping this show finds it's way to release someday. Thanks for the great selections.

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Joined: Nov 20 2011
Great stuff!!!

Excellent Taper's as always!! Fall 77 Box next year David? We'd like that very much!! :)))

Joined: Jun 4 2007

So was this clip already on the docket, or is Dave tuned in to the discussions going around this joint? Either way, excellent choices. Bring on some of set II next week, it is great stuff. Thanks!
P.S. In Black Peter, Jerry breaks out the slide for part of the solo. I also heard him do this on the version from 6-22-73. Thank you to the community for the suggestion. I had pulled out this show to listen to for the Bird Song, which had been being discussed. (in a thread to be named) A fairly rare occurrence, no?


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