Grateful Dead

February 11 - February 17, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from three great years in Grateful Dead history, 1970, 1973 and 1987.

We'll first take a trip to Honolulu, where the Dead were in the midst of an incredibly busy three month span (early December through the end of February, 1970). Today, we have music from 1/24/70, featuring a mix of old and new Dead, all of very good: Cumberland Blues, Cold Rain and Snow, Me and My Uncle, I'm A King Bee, Mason's Children, Black Peter, Good Lovin'. The end of Good Lovin' is cut, but what is here is excellent.

Next we have music from the September, 1973 tour, with a stop on 9/24/73 in Pittsburgh at the Civic Arena. From the start of the show we have Promised Land, Sugaree, Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Mexicali Blues, Loose Lucy, Looks Like Rain. The head of Promised Land is missing from the master reel, but it's mostly there. The Dead were joined by Martin Fierro and Joe Ellis on horns on many of these September, 1973 shows, mostly during the songs that would appear a month later on Wake Of The Flood.

Our last stop is on 6/30/87 at one of the most fun shows I ever attended, at Canada's Wonderland near Toronto, Ontario. This show was at the small Kingswood Music Theater inside the theme park, which is Canada's version of Disneyland, except all of the characters roaming the park were Hanna-Barbera characters. It was, ahem, trippy to say the least to see a six foot Fred Flintstone walking around before entering the show. Most people got to the park early in the day to enjoy the rides and other fun stuff prior to the show. The concert ticket got you admission to the park, so that was a good deal. From the end of the show, we have Spanish Jam>The Other One>China Doll>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Around and Around>Good Lovin'; Box Of Rain. The sound quality and mix aren't great here, but the energy certainly shines through.

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

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
check this out and let me know what you think...

...the Mason's is on Workingman's Dead expanded cd.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

I'm in for the '73
on Valentine's Day.

Sweetness for your-way


Joined: Jun 4 2007

spelt like bobby's last name, that's how I always remember!

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wierd * )

6/30/87 the show after my first shows then to foxboro , 48 years of the dead thank you for a real good time > !

Joined: Jan 13 2010
It was 43 years ago today...

Fillmore East, NYC.

:) :) :)


They choose...DARK STAR.

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Joined: Jul 20 2012
"i'm a king bee.........

darlin', buzzin 'round yo hive" there isn't a band in existence that could perform the electric psychedelic blues like the dead......
absoluuuuuuuuuuutely nooooo one. this '70 king bee is just stellar!!! take 20? on makin' honey, honey :))))))))

Joined: Jan 13 2010
love the variety of opinions

I get wood for GD70; SpaceBrother loves late 80s.

What a great band. 30 years of material to listen to and love.

i do have fond memories of listening to 8/20/87 Utah, so i am not a total snob.

Rock on, SpaceBrother!

Joined: Jan 13 2010
luv dat GD70

soooooooo good

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Thank You For Sharing 7/30/87!!!!!!

If this were released as a Dave's Picks, I would absolutely LOVE IT! I don't really care if the mix from the vault tapes don't stand up to some peoples standards. This is a mix that may or may not necessarily circulate, and thats a HUGE plus in my book and has my personal nod of approval.

I want to hear the vault recordings of the preceding three shows from Alpine '87, that I can barely contain myself. Even if tptb have no interest in putting their masters of the Alpine '87 run out commercially, and even if I'm the only Deadhead on the planet with a vested interest in wanting to at least hear these recordings, just shoot me a personal message and send copies my way, warts and all. ;)

ps - regarding Kingswood, I would gladly pay $27 just for the Fantasy>Around>Good Lovin'. The Dead came back "Screaming For Vengeance" that Summer '87 run. (Judas Priest reference fully intended)'s picture
Joined: Nov 2 2010
First Show

You never cease to amaze. My first show was the Civic Arena 1973 show you posted today. I didn't understand why they turned the lights out during the majority of the second set back then as a tender 15 year old. It was a long wonderfully strange trip and thanks to your releases and the taper's section, it continues to chug along.


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