Grateful Dead

February 11 - February 17, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Rather than focus on a specific year this week, we’re going to listen to some music from one city, specifically Rochester, NY. The Grateful Dead always performed exceptionally well in Rochester, and that goes for all of upstate and Western New York.

We’ll play some music from 1973 first this week, from the penultimate show of the Spring Tour of 1973, during which the band was working in a lot of the new Wake of the Flood material, such as Row Jimmy, Here Comes Sunshine, China Doll and Eyes of the World. From 3/30/73 at the War Memorial Auditorium in beautiful downtown Rochester, we have Truckin’>Eyes of the World>Not Fade Away>Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad>One More Saturday Night.

Next we’ll hop back a couple of years to the Palestra at the University of Rochester on 10/26/71. This was Keith’s first week in the band, and he sure did sound great at these early shows. From the middle of the first set, we have this quartet of songs: Big Railroad Blues, Me and Bobby McGee, Cumberland Blues, Cold Rain and Snow. A classic batch of 1971 Dead.

From the second big tour of 1976, we have the first set closing quintet of songs from 9/27/76 back at the War Memorial Auditorium,Lazy Lightning>Supplication, Brown Eyed Woman, The Music Never Stopped. This tour had so many great nights, with Rochester being one of the best.

Next up, from the magnificent Dick’s Picks Vol. 34, we have the second set opening jam consisting of Phil Solo>Take A Step Back>Eyes of the World>Samson and Delilah from 11/5/77. As the saying goes, when Phil’s on, the band’s on!

Finally this week, we have the pre-Drums sequence from 4/16/86, consisting of Far From Me>He’s Gone>Jam. The jam is a precursor to the Other One that would come out of space.

Check back in next Monday for more great tunes. Feel free to write the email address below with any questions, comments, suggestions or requests.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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On February 12th, 2008

On February 12th, 2008 sjbutler said: I ordered a couple of Dicks' Picks the other day. 15 and 16, to be precise, and I was really torn between 15 and 34. I went with 15, but now after hearing the selections from 34, I might have to reach for the plastic again

Whatever one you choose they are all Grate! I've got all 36 and want more. Please start releasing again!!! The "Road Trips" series are nice but nothing compares to the complete shows. We need more! Thanks David.

Jack-A-Moe

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This is one of the best Taper's Sections YET!

The variety of songs and years is exciting.

Thanks so much, David.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Rich man step on my poor head, When you get up you better butter my bread."

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77 Eyes

Damn, Phil is most definitely ON - mother! Haven't listened to that one in a while, I gotta pull it out.

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10-26-71

From the Tapers Compendium (BTW, if anyone out there knows Mike Getz, co-author of the TCs, and reviewer of this show, drop me a PM please - I've lost touch with him, and wanted to say "Hi"; he used to send me big bags of shows every 6 months or so, whilst compiling the Compendia, to my deep delight!)

Here's Mike on some of Set II

Set 2 starts with a strong, well-sung "Truckin'." The ensuing jam features an interesting counterpoint: Garcia does a bluesy, wildly enthusiastic lead on one side, and Lesh, on the other, brings in his jazz roots with a dapper, swing-styled bass line that has a nasty edge to it. The result is like two relentless grave diggers intently shovelling earth under the glow of a lantern. Both "The Other One" and a "Truckin'" reprise are repeatedly teased before finally giving way to a five-minute drum solo by Billy.

As expected, Lesh unleashes a hissing intro to "The Other One." Immediately weird and full of those playful pauses that characterize the jams from the fall of '71, this version is like the weeble that won't fall down. Normally, Billy drops out completely at least once to allow the others to scrape the bottom of the sea in search of odd sound growths. But not this show. The reason is Garcia. He has built up a steady momentum since the post-"Truckin"' jam and seems ready to burst. When Weir sings the "Spanish lady" line Garcia rumbles enticingly. But when Weir completes the line, "... it trembles and explodes ..." Garcia incinerates his guitar in a display of raw, naked energy. It'll floor you. The rest of the band, remarkably, doesn't lose a beat, though they must have tossed Garcia looks of utter amazement. Garcia has nothing to lose now: the cat's out. He instantly takes charge and overruns his mates at a fever pitch. The rest of the band grab their hats and do all they can to stay with him.

But he's gone, lost in the whirl of pure inspiration. He plays sounds I'd never heard before—and haven't heard since. "The Other One" careens wildly as Garcia turns it inside out. This is a dizzying, breathtaking, virtuosic (sic! - Ed.) performance.

What he says :-)

JP, The Limey Bastard

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Great 86!

I mostly listen to early stuff, like 79 on down. But this was a treat.

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Great selections

Great picks this week - DL . When i saw the date for this week , i instantly thought 1973 .

And you began it w a pick from 1973 . Thanks for making our weeks SO GREAT Dave

J G

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February 12th shows on Archive

Grateful Dead Shows on this Day in History:

February 12, 1967 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, Ca. (Sun) Soundboard (unknown lineage - partial) FIL670212-HB.jpg Smokestack Lightning > King Bee "Abe Lincoln's Birthday Party" - Council for Civic Unity benefit - billing: GD; Moby Grape; Sly And The Family Stone; New Salvation Army Banned; Notes From The Underground

February 12, 1969 Fillmore East, New York, N.Y. (Wed) Soundboard Master Cassette FME690211-PG.jpg late show: Dupree's, Mountains Of The Moon, Dark Star> St. Stephen> The Eleven> Death Don't, Alligator> Caution billing: Janis Joplin; GD

February 12, 1986 Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, Ca. (Wed) Audience Master Cassette (Beyer Dynamic M88's) l1986-spring.jpg 1: Bucket> Sugaree, Tons Of Steel, Tennessee Jed, Cassidy> Don't Ease 2: Scarlet> Fire> Estimated> Drumz*> Hand Jive**, Wheel> Midnight Hour*> Johnny B. Goode* E: U. S. Blues *with members of The Neville Brothers **with Nevilles, without Phil. first "Hand Jive" - The Neville Brothers opened

February 12, 1989 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Ca. (Sun) Soundboard Master Cassette l1989-spring.jpg 1: Cold Rain, Bucket, Row Jimmy, BIODTL> Promised, West L. A., How Long Blues*, Gimme Some Lovin* 2: Iko Iko**, Monkey & Engineer**, Alabama**, Dire Wolf**, Cassidy**, Memphis Blues**> Drumz***> Other One> Stella Blue> Foolish Heart E: NFA**, Heaven's Door** *with Spencer Davis **with Bob Dylan ***with Kodo drummerfinal/last "How Long Blues": 08-19-70 [1236] - final/last "Monkey & Engineer": 10-16-81 [495]

GD Setlists provided by Deadbase. Tickets and Passes provided by Psilo. Posters from Wolfgang's Vault.

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February 12th shows

Grateful Dead Shows on this Day in History:

February 12, 1967 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, Ca. (Sun) Soundboard (unknown lineage - partial) FIL670212-HB.jpg Smokestack Lightning > King Bee "Abe Lincoln's Birthday Party" - Council for Civic Unity benefit - billing: GD; Moby Grape; Sly And The Family Stone; New Salvation Army Banned; Notes From The Underground

February 12, 1969 Fillmore East, New York, N.Y. (Wed) Soundboard Master Cassette FME690211-PG.jpg late show: Dupree's, Mountains Of The Moon, Dark Star> St. Stephen> The Eleven> Death Don't, Alligator> Caution billing: Janis Joplin; GD

February 12, 1986 Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland, Ca. (Wed) Audience Master Cassette (Beyer Dynamic M88's) l1986-spring.jpg 1: Bucket> Sugaree, Tons Of Steel, Tennessee Jed, Cassidy> Don't Ease 2: Scarlet> Fire> Estimated> Drumz*> Hand Jive**, Wheel> Midnight Hour*> Johnny B. Goode* E: U. S. Blues *with members of The Neville Brothers **with Nevilles, without Phil. first "Hand Jive" - The Neville Brothers opened

February 12, 1989 Great Western Forum, Inglewood, Ca. (Sun) Soundboard Master Cassette l1989-spring.jpg 1: Cold Rain, Bucket, Row Jimmy, BIODTL> Promised, West L. A., How Long Blues*, Gimme Some Lovin* 2: Iko Iko**, Monkey & Engineer**, Alabama**, Dire Wolf**, Cassidy**, Memphis Blues**> Drumz***> Other One> Stella Blue> Foolish Heart E: NFA**, Heaven's Door** *with Spencer Davis **with Bob Dylan ***with Kodo drummerfinal/last "How Long Blues": 08-19-70 [1236] - final/last "Monkey & Engineer": 10-16-81 [495]

GD Setlists provided by Deadbase. Tickets and Passes provided by Psilo. Posters from Wolfgang's Vault.

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I'm Nobody Too....

....But I was there also and it was 84, not 86. Check out the drums / space/ Other One from this show - really really cool stuff. This was the first Dead show I saw after my best friend, also a huge Head, had been killed 2 months earlier. The boys responded in kind by playing He's Gone. Great show.

Thanks DL!!!!!!!

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Oh no...

I ordered a couple of Dicks' Picks the other day. 15 and 16, to be precise, and I was really torn between 15 and 34. I went with 15, but now after hearing the selections from 34, I might have to reach for the plastic again.

Thanks a lot, DL... :)

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