Grateful Dead

February 18 - February 24, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll listen to music from a relatively short span, but a very productive and inspired period, 1969-1973.

The first few months of 1969 featured some of the most consistently great music in the Grateful Dead then-brief career, featuring the three nights at the Avalon in January, the four nights at the Fillmore West a month later, and then a terrific April tour, not to mention the two monster shows on May 23 and 24 in Florida. Most shows during this time were recorded to robust-sounding reels, but some were only recorded to cassette, which sound a little less dynamic. But, the music nonetheless shines through. From a cassette master recorded on 4/20/69 in Worcester, MA, we have Morning Dew, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl, Doin' That Rag.

We next have some music from 2/6/70 at the Fillmore West, during one of the busiest three month spans in Grateful Dead history. Pull out your deadbase and see what they were up to from early December, 1969 to March, 1970, and how much travelling they did. A two week example: January 30, 31 and February 1 in New Orleans (after two nights in Hawaii!), February 2 in St. Louis, February 3 and 4 at the Family Dog in San Francisco for the TV taping, February 5, 6, 7 and 8 at the Fillmore West, February 11, 13 and 14 at the Fillmore East in NY. Phew! From 2/6/70, we have Cumberland Blues ; Cold Rain And Snow ; Dire Wolf, Me And My Uncle, Hard To Handle , Dancing In The Street, Casey Jones.

In September of 1973, the Dead did a short tour of the east coast starting on 9/7/73 and ending on 9/26/73. From the 9/24/73 show in Pittsburgh, we have the end of the first set and the start of the second set: China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Around and Around; Ramble On Rose, El Paso, Mississippi Half-Step.

Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Pre-show with the 4/20 in 1969.

Starting a fire, will be going for a sweet 420 degrees by around 10pm.

It was a fine day, it was a Sunday night then as it is now. Light beams and shadows come in the same light.

And that I am looking forward to tomorrow, because it will be Monday, another fine day.

Rock on >>> in lovingkindness, everyday, xo.

My appreciation is your bouquet.

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GD70!!!

I freakin' LOVE it.

and (mostly) all GD.

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Pig Feed...

Hey Man, Right on! Fantastic TS this week. I for one enjoy the early cassette masters with all the the hiss But, yes, dynamically challenged A fine (typical for the period) display of Pig's feedback on Schoolgirl. I just put up with it much like the band did back then. Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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Life is good....

...just sitting here,having a few IPAs on President's Day, listening to this week's awesome Taper's and getting paid for it no less! :) This and JOTW have been great lately and if this is a preview of things to come, people better be all over Dave's Picks 6 cuz its gonna be a wing - dinger! Even if you're taking your chances buying it a-la-cart(and you are!),you're gonna miss the Bonus Disc,also gonna be fantastic! Anyway, back to the tunes and colds ones! ;) Take care all!!

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