Grateful Dead

August 17- August 23, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where we examine the Grateful Dead's recorded history. This week we have music from 1968 and some excellent June, 1990 Grateful Dead.

First stop this week is at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, where the Grateful Dead were playing a three night run. From the middle night, 8/21/68, we have the Pigpen show closing sequence of Lovelight, Midnight Hour. You may be familiar with the 8/24/68 show in LA, Two From The Vault, which took place just a few days later.

Speaking of LA, from the first night on 8/23/68, we have one of the strongest jams of a great jamming year, Alligator>Caution>Feedback. Just a big old bolt of electricity. There isn't a lot of 1968 material in the vault, but what is there is stellar for the most.

We're now going to step a little bit outside of our date-specific focus here at the Tapers' Section, going back to the excellent Cal Expo shows in June of 1990. From the first night, on 6/8/90, we have this kickass (can we say that here?) sequence from the second set, Uncle John's Band>China>Rider, Estimated>Foolish Heart. Very unique, with the Uncle John's into China>Rider, and the Estimated>Foolish wasn't all that common a combination.

From the same run of shows, from the third night on 6/10/90, we have another magnificent pre-Drums sequence of Box of Rain>Eyes>Playing>Crazy Fingers>Playing. They were on fire in June of 1990!

Stop by next week as we close out August with music from 1969, 1972 and 1980. Feel free to write to the email address below with questions and comments.

david lemieux


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
what comes after Spring '90?

This Cal Expo run featured quite a bit of fun playing. Phil is very present in the mix. Jerry sounds good, too. Along with the run at Shoreline and Autzen Stadium, June was a pretty good month for the Dead in '90.

Joined: May 10 2009
2009 was mighty fine

YES thats the best they have sounded post Jerry...although Joan Osbourne sounded good with them previously...Warren is a much better fit/sound. I love that BluesE sound they put on top of it from the 60's via Viola lee blues...I just wish they would do another Tour while they are smoking never know when it will be the LAST TIME especially after the past 7 years off. I fro one ALWAYS appreciated that they toured so heavily over the NEVER got old for was Rarely ever the same show..and BOBBY keep right on playing the GRek we LOVE YOU THERE...this past weekend you WERE SMOKING HOT your best performance ther daughters first concert and my 364 DEAD/BOBBY/JERRY SHOW....HEY MAN GET BACK TRUCKIN ON.....


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Joined: Jun 25 2007
a bit late

i love the early raw 60s dead. The 90s is just as well too. Excellent choices. ooh hell i love it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Aug 13 2009
cant stay mad..

now matter how bad things get, when you listen to the music you cant help but to feel it, and you cant stay mad

Joined: Jan 5 2009
Summer of '68

Another fine slice of primal 1968 energy!! And a Born Crosseyed easter egg near the end, complete w/ the cool feedback outro from Anthem (nice touch David) !

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
thanks and does anyone else share my volume problem this week

Thank you David for the great music weekl in and week out, even when there is a problem posting the files. The dude who listened on 8/17 must have magical powers--I couldn't find this weeks offering posted on until this morning.

I find the volume of "Box of Rain>Eyes>Playing>Crazy Fingers>Playing" very low --is that the the source or my pc ? I went back to older Tapers Section and GDH offerings and found them normal volume--what is the story with this week ?


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Joined: Apr 12 2008
'68 primal dead

The Alligator>Caution>Feedback from 8/23/68 is one of the great passages of Americana
this band has ever played.Compelling.Thanks for sharing

Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Jun 18 2007
thank you

Thanks for making this available to hear. The 8/23 jam is exceptional!

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Joined: Aug 20 2007

Thanks for you hard work.
This is such a pleasure.

Joined: Aug 17 2009
Mr Ed's Belgian Adventure

How about something from the Led Zeppelin 1973 European Tour next time? Ever been to Germany David?


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