Grateful Dead

February 21 - February 27, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a selection of Grateful Dead spanning 11 years.

Our first stop this week is on 12/19/69 at the Fillmore Auditorium, where we have a classic late-69 sequence of tunes, featuring Mason's Children, Black Peter, Hard To Handle, Cumberland Blues, Casey Jones, Good Lovin'. Several of these would be recorded a few months later for inclusion on Workingman's Dead, as well as one that was left on the cutting room floor (Mason's Children). Please note that a couple of the tracks have missing parts due to recording issues, specifically the head of Mason's Children and the tail of Casey Jones.

Next up, from just two weeks later in New York on 1/2/70, we have another great sequence from the era, including a couple more Workingman's Dead tunes not included in the sequence above. From the first show of 1970, we have Dire Wolf, Easy Wind , ; China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Good Lovin' ; Me And My Uncle, Monkey And The Engineer. Note that this is an extremely rare electric Monkey and the Engineer. There's cut just before Rider.

Lastly this week, from the PA reel-to-reel tapes, we have the second set-opening sequence of Samson and Delilah, To Lay Me Down, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World, recorded on 12/6/81 in Rosemont, IL. These PA boards recorded to reel rather than cassette offer a nice, full sound. Note that the master reel ended during Samson, hence the tape cut.

Be sure to stop by next week for more great music. Loads of tasty jams coming up.

David Lemieux


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ejjd's picture
Joined: Aug 20 2007

Great organ on the 1-2-70 gig.
I guess thats Tom C?
Nice weaving.

"You can't go back and you can't stand still"

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Joined: Jul 21 2008
maybe someone can explain to

maybe someone can explain to me something: springer's inn, portland, OR, 1/18/70. why does it sound like there is only one drummer? that doesn't make any sense right? someone email me if they have an answer please?


shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
Another Great Week at TS.
Gettin' my Freakout on with ALL of it
A full glass...

Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joshua_me's picture
Joined: Jun 24 2007
Seeds that were silent...

Gotta love those cocaine-fueled "Eyes". It's as if ol' Jer's fingers couldn't quite keep up with his LUV the reel to reel sound....

Joined: May 12 2008
the organ again

I must be a bit dated too, but I always heard that called farfisa organ (if my dear, old memory serves correctly).

SaintSteveg's picture
Joined: Nov 19 2008
The organ

On the 1/2/70 NY selection I'm getting a charge out of the fun and funky organ flourishes. Would that be T.C. at that point? It's kind of funny sounding, sort of like Question Mark and the Mysterions or Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs (anybody remember those bands?). Quite dated, actually, and while interesting I can say I'm glad it was not a featured part of the Grateful Dead's sound a real lot.

~ I'll meet you some morning in the sweet by and by

Joined: Feb 10 2008
That Joke

The Joke Bobby tells during the technical problems after Hard To Handle is AWEFUL. Glad it was included though, Thanks David. Awesome tunes

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Whoa, you're right

The cut during Samson caught me by surprise as I was busy reading some recent posts!
Thanks for the tunes, DL, also, gracias for the 2/21/73 songs on XM at 6 am

Joined: May 12 2008
good start

I'm starting Monday with a Mason's. It must going to be a good week.


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