Grateful Dead

February 20 - February 26, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 12 years in Grateful Dead history, 1970-1982.

Our first selection is from the Family Dog in San Francisco on 2/28/70, where we have Good Lovin', Big Boss Man, Casey Jones. The band always seemed to sound a little looser at the Family Dog, as though gigs there were a vacation from playing the higher-pressure gigs at the Fillmore West.

Next is music from 2/21/73 in Champaign-Urbana, IL. This is a mighty fine run of two shows at this venue, and from the first night we have this batch of first set material: Wave That Flag, Me and My Uncle, Brown-Eyed Women, BIODTL, Loser, Looks Like Rain, Row Jimmy, You//Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man, Box of Rain, Mexicali Blues, Sugaree. If you dig this early '73 sound, check out the 4-CD set Dick's Picks 28, some great, crystal clear playing.

Our last stop this week is in San Diego, CA on 2/19/82, where we have the post-Drums sequence of The Other One>Stella>Women Are Smarter>Johnny B. Goode, US Blues. This is drawn from the cassette master, demonstrating how good a cassette master can sometimes sound.

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

David Lemieux


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robkuhn6872's picture
Joined: Apr 24 2008
Tracking down a tune ...

First, let's be clear I am not as serious a "''Head" as many of you posting here must be -- a circumstance, if true, that I hope may work in my favor. When I heard the beginning of that 2/28/70 Good Lovin,' I thought I had finally come across the version I heard long ago (probably not long after that show, actually) on a bootleg LP. The LP my friend had featured a close-up sketch of a Sugar Magnolia-esqu beauty ... which brings me at least to my point: that same bootleg had a great, short, tight, heavily wah-wah'ed version of Sugar Magnolia that I would love to retrieve. I thought my brother owned this LP, but it must have been one of my college buddies, as inspection of my brother's collection came up empty. (He does have a Live Dead with the original insert sheet, though, something I have never seen since.) I'm guessing the bootleg might have come from another show during this stint at the Family Dog, if there were any. I'll be keeping an eye out for shows around that time and place, but if anyone has any information on this bootleg or thinks (or knows) you know the show(s) it came from, please consider cluing me in .. Thanks!

Mike Edwards's picture
Joined: Jun 17 2007
Representing William of Ockham

I am the attorney for William of Ockham and I'm here this morning to investigate multiple allegations concerning the abuse of 1) my client's good name and 2) his propietary perspective on shaving accessories and their relationship to observable phenomena. Depositions will begin presently, or yesterday's tomorrow, whichever comes first.

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Hang in there, Anna

Gosh, you were an IU student in 1973 (or is it UI?).
This morning on XM, Grateful Dead History is featuring the Truckin'> Eyes from 2/21/73. It's absolutely wonderful. Wish David would've run it into and thru Stella.
To joegs1, put some W-D 40 lubricant on your "Enter" key.

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Joined: Jul 29 2009
Hey Anna

I see nothing wrong with your post. And I like the hockey reference also.

Good picks this week, Dave. Thank-you.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

.....anyone's WELCOME to pay me for that endorsement, of course ; ) I'd even go on the talk-show circuit and elaborate....

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Pretty harsh words for Anna.... I agree that Dave probably is just being a helpful librarian, but even if it WAS more than that, I didn't glean venom or excessive paranoia from Anna's post. She was actually complimenting David's (perceived) subtlety & distaste for payola, as I read it.

While I've got the chance, I'll here-here again that Dick's 28 is one of the very best releases. One of three or four I'd grab if I was running out the door with no chance to pack.....
And, no, I wasn't paid by Rhino for that endorsement....

Joined: Oct 7 2011
must be monday!

Always great tunes and never a dull moment!

Joined: Aug 27 2011
great stuff

great stuff. I am mainly a fan of the 70's stuff, and 1989-1990, but I do like to get into the 80's every once in a while.

The 2 Golden Hall shows, 2/19 and 2/20, 1982 are basically screaming out for a release. The Frost Amphitheater shows from 10/9 and 10/10 are also worthy. The 4 best 1982 shows in my opinion.

Joined: Sep 21 2011
Multiple Posts

Again, sorry - but I've posted here on many occasions without having all these duplications come spilling out and did nothing different this time. .

Joined: Nov 7 2010
Seriously idiotic comment

It's bloody annoying to hear crap like Anna's comment.

Uh, the fact that DL2 knows the band's music as well as anyone, has worked for the band since well before Rhino had anything to do with it, and helped produce DP 28 might suggest that he's actually sincere in his recommendation of the official release and is hardly a shill for Rhino.


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