Grateful Dead

February 23 - March 1, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, as we close out February with some excellent music spanning the Grateful Dead's first decade.

Our first selection today is from 2/23/66, a studio rehearsal that features some cool jams that form the bread of a Jam>Good Lovin' Jam>Jam sandwich. It's one of those neat little discoveries that was buried deep within the vault, and that's our pleasure to present here today.

Next we have a couple of selections from the first night of the famed Fillmore West 1969 run, from 2/27/69, specifically Good Morning Little Schoolgirl and That's It For The Other One. There was so much great music played over these four nights that we could spend hours listening to this run. In fact, we often do here at the Tapers' Section HQ. Oh, also from that run is this excellent Cosmic Charlie from 3/1/69. Tasty stuff.

We now have a little musical interlude from 2/28/73 in Salt Lake City, a standalone He's Gone, from the superb Dick's Picks Vol. 28, which consists of two concerts (2/26&28/73) filled with stellar early 1973 Grateful Dead.

The week will wrap up with the two big jams from 2/24/74 at Winterland, Dark Star>Morning Dew and Sugar Magnolia>Not Fade Away>GDTRFB>Not Fade Away, Baby Blue. This three night run of shows to start 1974 is excellent throughout, almost on the level of the three nights at Winterland in November, 1973. Here's to hoping February 1974 gets the same treatment as November 1973 someday...

We'll look forward to seeing you next week here at the Tapers' Section as we get rolling into March.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Road Trips, Winterland 74, Hartford 77

Yep, there has been bit of discussion over at archive.org about the "coming soon" Hartford 77 Saturn image. It certainly LOOKS like there will soon be an announcement of the 28 May 77 show and I like the way it has been hinted at. I/we could be wrong of course. To be honest, I don't know this show - I actually prefer late 77 to early 77. The setlist looks incredible and I've heard all good things about the show.

Also, just to clarify, I love the Road Trips series as well and would happily take a Road Trips release of Winterland Feb 74. I suspect, though, it would be really hard to condense the shows onto two discs - these are long, long shows, with some big jamming. I think it would be a lot easier to do a boxset thing. There would also be fewer complaints if they're released as a set.

Actually, it's been a while since a 1974 release came out...

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Hartford 77???

So at the Dead Home Page screen, we have the 09 Tour Announcement. Click on Saturn. Looks like we have the next release afoot. Thanks for this week's jams. I will never get enough 73 or 74!

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Jam surrounding Good Lovin'

The jam that surrounds Good Lovin' sounds very much like a "Please Send Me Someone to Love" slow blues. Very tasty! Thanks as always, for a real good time.

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WOW

WHAT A SWEET LITTLE SPANISH THEME!

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Winterland '74 - DON"T TEASE!

Hi David

Amazing selections this AM! The '74 Dark Stars had a vibe of their own didn't they, and yes, by all means just go ahead and start working on a release of the Winterland shows. I personally think the Road Trips series is great, but agree with an earlier post that these shows would really shine if given the full box treatment.

cheers - the work you do brings so much to all of us

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Thanks for Posting this Early this am!

Mr. Lemieux,

THANK YOU! for posting this early this am....I'm so happy listening to this early '66 studio stuff. I can't wait to here '69 (the summer of what I've always heard was "the last of love") and I'm excited before work. Want to here a funny short story, the year was '67 so I've heard, and The Grateful Dead/Santana played at my high school prom....No not mine but the place where I would inevitably go. Campolindo H.S. in Moraga, CA

All we had was a lame DJ, playing "Pour Some Sugar On Me", "Dr. Feelgood", "Red, Red Wine".....I couldn't possibly fathom how friggin awesome it would have been to have the Dead and Carlos himself!

THANKS!
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Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

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Here's to hoping Feb 74 gets the same treatment as Nov 73

Yes please. The He's Gone> Truckin> TOO> Eyes is one of my favourite passages of Grateful Dead from any time. There's probably too much good stuff in this run for it to be condensed to two discs for the Road Trips series...if you know what I mean.

Also, interesting selection with the Schoolgirl from the first night of the Feb/March 69 Fillmore West run. I find this Schoolgirl really tentative - the band is clearly not comfortable. I think the TIFTOO is really angry - even the count off is quite impatient. Then of course they come out and play an amazing second set with what many people consider to be the best Dark Star ever...not to my ears...but it's close!

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