Grateful Dead

February 16 - February 22, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we have four big jams for you, three of which are from 1973, and one from 1969.

Our first stop is at the Dream Bowl in Vallejo, CA, a dance hall located in this North Bay city. From this concert, which took place just a few days before the famous Fillmore West 1969 run of shows, we have Doin' That Rag>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Lovelight. Not quite the Live/Dead suite, but pretty close. And so well played!

Jumping ahead four years, we have both halves of the big jam from 2/19/73 in Chicago. The first portion features He's Gone>Truckin'>The Other One, with plenty of fine jamming throughout, and the show would end with the equally interesting sequence of Eyes of the World>China Doll, Sugar Magnolia, Casey Jones. This tour was loaded with great music, and this is certainly no exception.

Our last big jam of the week is from the very next show, on 2/21/73 in Champagne-Urbana, IL, and features the perfect combination of Truckin'>Eyes of the World. I really can't get enough 1973 Grateful Dead music.

Make sure you come by next week for music from 1966, 1969, 1973 and 1974. It's a busy week next week here at the Tapers' Section, so try not to miss it.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 14 2008
who could get enough???

finally got a chance to listen to the above selections
eyes and more eyes and all of my other favorites
thank you david lemieux!

Joined: Jan 11 2009

Great version of the eleven!! They should play that more often, yes, the circus music!!

Joined: Jun 26 2007
Back in the day if anyone

Back in the day if anyone showed up too late night with tapes this good they would have been the temporary late night Grateful Dead kingpin for about a week. (which comes with all kinds of fringe benefits :)

These are gems. I don't have the largest library of GD in the world but this is better than 99% of what I do have.

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DoDa Man ;^ )

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Big Smiles

Thank you for this great music. Nice selections! The jam at the end of 'Doin' That Rag' is strong, groovy, and inspired to say the least. 'St. Stephen' and 'The Eleven' are next level and adventurously communicative for big enjoyment.

The 'Truckin' and 'Eyes of the World' are a brilliant and flooring pair. The drum and bass jam in between carries a transition that is worth multiple listens.

Thank you for the great music every week Grateful Dead,, and David Lemieux!!!!

The 'In fact your salvation is within yourself, in your own essence of mind, it is not to be gotten grasping at external people like me.' ~ Jack Kerouac

Joined: Sep 4 2007

These clips are great . I sure wish id had these recordings in 1994 , 19 years of age ; in the middle of a hot Dead summer tour

The Chicago 73 stuff is great . I think when this band played with MIles davis in early 1970 - i may be the only one on earth to think this - it may have motivated them to make their sound more dynamic , more abstract ( ? ) . I say that because Davis - r.i.p. great jazz trumpeteer - was a Sharp ass musician , who played with the best

I read in Gans' Playin in the band back in 95 or 96 that Phil L after the Miles D sets in 1970 , just wanted to head home and ' digest ' what hed just seen .

I really think those gigs made some kind of impression on our beloved band ( Im a Huge fan of the first two quintets of M Davis , especially the 2nd with Wayne shorter on Sax ] .

Anyhow , the sound the Dead began to construct in 1970 , then 71 with Mickey , and then w out is really dynamic . Somewhat more different than 1969 - to give an example . Or the great , GREAT 1968 jams . I think the bands evolution would make one heck of a book - I dont think ones been written along these premises i just mentioned ; maybe there is , but the bands sound / it s evolution definitely gets , or goes into stratospheric dimensions - in my and many others' humble opinion in 9170 and the following also years

1972 is perfection - as I say , and as DL says , although he says 1973 is perfection .

Then .. uh .. 1973 & and 74 are some of the best musical nuggets ever recorded at least on our planet , right ? At least it can be amply said that the early 70 s for this band is ground for much analyisis , thought & enjoyment

* Youre on an absolute roll MR Lemieux , just playing the greatest stuff ive heard , as well as our friend DAvid Gans on his section ( this week looks massively nice w acoustic sets from 69 ] You guys should recive some nice bonuses from Phil & Co for playing such massively good stuff

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Can't Wait for the Aicd Test Vine!

Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

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I was supposed to be born in '69

And everyone was still doing the rag. Jerry, rare form!

Thanks Mr. Lemieux
Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

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i was one of the guys who downloaded everything ,boy i miss those mondays!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nice box set prospect

How about a boxset w Chicago & 2 Champaign's? Imagine hearing 3 jazzy Eyes of the Worlds: The first coming out of the Other One in Chicago, then one after Truckin' on 2/21, and the other after Dark Star on 2/22. Pinch me!! I sure had a wild time in Champaign on the 22nd...
Thanks David: you're 2/21 recording sounds much better than mine. How's the 22nd sound?


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