Grateful Dead

February 18 - February 24, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Like last week, we figured we'd focus on one city in this week's Taper's Section. Like our focus-on-Rochester last week, we've selected an equally prolific city from which to draw loads of interesting Grateful Dead music: Hartford, Connecticut.

Our earliest music today is from 1974, specifically from the massive show on 7/31/74 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford. Including the Seastones set, this is one of the longest Grateful Dead shows on record. A couple of days after this show, on August 2, the Grateful Dead were scheduled to play Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City, but that concert was rained out and made up on August 6. From Hartford on 7/31/74, we have this excellent Truckin'>Jam>Wharf Rat . Dick's notes on his tapes of this concert state during the jam “includes brain-fry Spanish theme, mind left body.” A brain-fry indeed.

Next up we have music from the final night of the stunning Spring Tour of 1977 on 5/28/77 at the Hartford Civic Center. This tour was relentlessly good and holds up with the best tours in Grateful Dead history, including Fall 1973 and Europe '72. And amazingly, the band had enough energy on the final night of a grueling five week trek across America to pull off one final exceptional show. As a side note, just a few nights later, on June 1, the Grateful Dead Movie would premier in New York City. Then, on June 4, the Grateful Dead would play yet-another great 1977 concert, at the Forum in LA. This is one of the few shows from 1977 for which no soundboard tape is known to exist. But, back to Hartford. From 5/28/77, the middle of the first set, we have Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, Minglewood Blues, Candyman.

Throughout the 1980s, the Grateful Dead played a near-yearly run of concerts in Hartford, right up to 1988, followed by the surprise shows in 1990 (announced just three days in advance). From the first night in 1987, 3/26/87, we have a good selection from the middle of the first set, My Brother Esau, When Push Comes To Shove, Desolation Row, Bird Song. This is one of the few clean soundboards from early 1987, but unfortunately the second set never seemed to surface in the vault or elsewhere.

From a year later, we have a couple of great moments from the 1988 shows. First up we have the show opener from the first night of the three night run, on 4/3/88, Promised Land>Greatest Story Ever Told>Althea>Little Red Rooster. It's always nice to hear Brent chime in on Rooster. As you can hear in Althea, Jerry was losing his voice, which by the second set was virtually gone. The late second set Black Peter really showed this. Trooper that he is, though, Jerry sang the encore, Baby Blue. From the second show on 4/4/88, we have the bizarre set closing jam featuring The Other One>Stella Blue>Good Lovin'>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Hey Jude. It sure was weird to hear Good Lovin' segue into Dear Mr. Fantasy. It is a great Other One, though, and Fantasy features some incredibly inspired playing.

Finally, from the 1990 shows, the band's final shows in Hartford, we have the pre-Drums jam from 3/18/90, Iko Iko>Looks Like Rain>He's Gone>Truckin'>Spoonful. These shows, like all of Spring 1990, were recorded to 24 track analog tape, hence the excellent sound quality on albums such as Dozin' at the Knick, Without A Net and Nightfall of Diamonds.

As always, we welcome you to check in with questions or comments. Please email the address below.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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BUT IT IS NOT WORKING

EVERY SELECTION STOP AFTER A FEW MINUTES

TOO BAD
AH the good ol'days of the mp3 files which were always working

Juju

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thank U David

great selection

thanks again

Juju

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Thanks David!

: )

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btw the 74 JAM INCREDIBLE

not to be too anal

shouldnt it be "brain fry mind left body, spanish jam" isnt that more precisely the order

anyone agree or hear it that way

thanks

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hartford 88 who remembers jerry throwing his mike

during the late black peter when it got kind of quiet cause everyone realized what a mess garcia's voice and during this run some of his palying

i have the audience tapes and you can hear the noise when Jerry just gives and throws the microphone to the ground

i remember lookin around and one head from the row behind me tapped me and smlied and we laughed for minutes that few people around us even noticed

I thought this was jerry's most AGGRESIVE stage antic i had ever witnessed hehehee

WHO WAS THERE AND REMEMBERED

and DAVID HOW about throwin us the LOUIE LOUIE that was one of those moments also that i laughed so hard whne they started it and and immediately baked down everyone around me

the dayu the dead play louie louie hehehehehe

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I'm lovin it!!

Grate music to start the week...... Thanks :)

My Brother Esau, When Push Comes To Shove, Desolation Row, Bird Song

When push comes to shove, when push comes to shove,
You're afraid of love, when push comes to shove.

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great jams

Thanks again DL. This week is fantastic! The opening jam is sensational.

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Very low volume

It's very quiet.

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nice!

Being from CT, this is a special Tapers Section for me!

www.gdradio.net
Streaming Grateful Dead and more

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looks nice to hear

I still can`t hear this

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