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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Joined: Sep 21 2011
I Have NO idea why that happened


Joined: Sep 21 2011

I don't know if you've ever heard of Occam's Razor - it's a theory which basically postulates the simplest answer is probably the best. Dick's Picks ceased a long time ago and there are many people on this website who don't know or remember what all the volumes contain. This was a simple reminder and as one who was on board when they were released - I don't have or remember all of them and am grateful for the occasional reminder. Don't be so suspicious.

Joined: May 12 2008

Ever since I read your post this morning I have been trying to come up with a good response, and I think 92gli hit the nail on the head. One more work Para rNoia (it strikes deep).

Joined: Jan 13 2009
Thanks David

For doing this. I'm a long time collector and have "just about" everything. But every now and then you pull out something I haven't heard and I enjoy it regardless of the sound quality. Most of us understand this. Thanks again !

Joined: Jan 13 2009

You sound like such an ignorant ungrateful noob. Clearly you don't understand that, in the interest of variety, DL might picks some selections that aren't up to your aural standards. So, he makes a suggestion of a release that is in the same tone and style but sonically superior. It's up to you to take it or leave it. So tired of hearing the Rhino whining. There's this thing called Etree, everything on here and much much more is available for free. If you want the BEST copy of whatever show, buy the official one. Its up to you, stop ripping DL for this trivial crap.

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Champaign IL in February '73

Thanks David for pulling this one out of the vault. Unfortunate there is some kind of tape, or recording, defects early, but it cleans up nicely by Row Jimmy.
How much of 2/22/73 is in the vault? Charlie Miller has a clean version with Around & 'round up on LMA, but 4 songs from the first set are missing. Did some of the Feb.'73 tapes suffer some type of degradation, like spending time in a snowdrift or cold rain?
Having been at the 2/22 show, I'm real interested in hearing the whole show.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Finally got a day off...
last week was intense.
So glad for the day off
for the wonderful tracks
just waiting to take it all
away. The lovelight jam
did wonders for me to
loosen up with before
I took up a necessary pen
for a needed expression
of love. Hope your well
and knowing sometimes
I am invisibly participating
in your fine selection process.

I have the Sugaree jam flowing
and I am going to groove, xo!

Thank you for IT ALL!

My Darling...XXX

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Joined: Dec 25 2009

Hey DL, thanks for the selection from Assembly Hall at my school in '73. After listening to the clip, though, and reading your comments I have a question to ask you...

Are you being pressured by Rhino to write commercials for Dick's Picks (or whatever) so you have to pick badly sounding recordings so we run to the store and buy that particular item if we like what we hear?

You couldn't be more transparent in your obvious distaste at having to do so. I'm sure Rhino wants you to be more subtle about this, but this style is OK with me. I'd rather know when somebody is blatantly throwing a commercial at me than have somebody slip the puck past the goalie, so to say!

(@);~ }}


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