Grateful Dead

December 10 - December 16

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we have music from 1971, 1977, 1979 and 1984, a little bit for everyone. Except from the1990s. And the 1960s. We’ll work on that for an upcoming week.

Our first selection this week is from 12/4/71 at the Felt Forum in New York City. By this time, it was quite common to split an “Other One” with a cowboy tune, but this is a very rare jam that features cowboy tunes sandwiching an “Other One.” The jam consists of The Other One>Mexicali Blues>The Other One>Wharf Rat. Very unique indeed. It’s always amazing that in the course of a half hour, the Grateful Dead could dabble in hard core psychedelic music, country music, and end it all with a great American song, Wharf Rat.

Next up from 1977 is this outstanding Not Fade Away>Wharf Rat>Around and Around from 10/11/77 in Norman, OK. This show was suggested by Dick, along with 12/19/73 and 9/21/72, as a prime candidate for Dick’s Picks Vol. 1. This version of Not Fade Away features some of the most inspired and intense riffs this song ever saw. Jerry and Co. are simply on fire. Although a term usually reserved for 1968-1969 Grateful Dead, Dick considered this music a stunning piece of “primal” Dead.

From 12/10/79 in Kansas City, Kansas, we have this second set jam featuring Easy to Love You>Let It Grow>He’s Gone>Truckin’. This was a very rare second set Let It Grow, but it worked beautifully in this slot. And we’ve had some requests for Easy to Love You, so there you have it.

Finally from this week, we have this incredible first set closing combination of Bird Song, Let It Grow from 7/6/84 at Alpine. Simply a stunning, jammed out one-two punch before heading into a terrific second set.

Check back next Monday for more great music from the vault. We don’t know what we’ll play yet, but we expect it to be good. As always, feel free to email comments or questions to address below. It’s always great to hear from you.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

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I Love the 90's

I can't wait to hear that 90s Dead you promise! I don't care what the naysayers say... the band was capable of great and inspiring things until the very end.
-andrew
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thanks for some drums

I like that there was at least SOME drums included (at the end of Soldiers & Sailor '79), unlike most of the taper's section selections which center around standard song formats (i.e. Us Blues, Sugar mags, He's Gone etc.). But, alas it was more than a tease than anything.

Give Billy and Mickey and the others Drums/Space contributors some props and post some serious Drumz segments! :-)

The '79 posting was very slick and serves to solidify the notion that Brent was an enormous positive influence on the band when he joined. Very fresh sounding and I am loving it. Going to take it for another spin soon.

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easy it is to love this song!

i second izzy- thanks to whoever requested this tune! thanks david for giving it to us! i have listened to it 3 times already w/o letting the track play thru to let it grow--- maybe this time...

thanks again and as usual!

caroline

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DP trifecta

I have always operated under the assumption that the NFA > Wharf Rat > Around that appears as a hidden track is indeed from 10/11/77.

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Why is this place running so

Why is this place running so slow? And why is Vault@dead.net full? I have tried emailing David for two weeks and it keeps coming back as account full or at quota. David check your emails and clean up your old ones.....

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NFA > Wharf Rat > Around

Isn't this the same trifecta that appears as a hidden track on DP 29? If so, that's cool, but I'd really like this Taper's Section to be a place for previously *unreleased* GD music. That being said, it's a fantastic, inspired jam that gets me amped every time I hear it!

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whoever requested Easy To Love You..

izzie sez THANKS!!

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He's Gone, Gone, Gone and Nothin's Gonna Bring Him Back

In 1982, or there abouts, at Londons Rainbow, The Dead played a version of He's Gone that came accross like a spiral rainbow of sound that washed over my body and soul with rythmic strobascopic spectrumed waves that will forever remain as one of my most treasured moments of indulgance in psychic delicacies. Like a steam locomotive rollin' down the track, the sound seemed to spiral towards, over and through my body and soul. I for one will treasure that indulgence in psychic delicacy as a special miment in my spiritual awakening. Thank you, for outting this site togrther and thank the Dead for being the ultimate creators of delicacies designed for phychic indulgence.

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The bus is here!*!

Hop on.

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The bus is here!*!

Hop on!....hurry-yp!!

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