Grateful Dead

February 25 - March 3, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music recorded in 1970, 1971 and 1977, three very fine years in Grateful Dead history.

We've often discussed the incredibly busy touring schedule the Dead were on during the three month span of early December, 1969 through early March, 1970, and toward the end of that span, wedged between the famous Fillmore East run in February, 1970 and a run back home at the Family Dog, the band hit Texas for four nights, February 20-23, ending their mini Texas tour with a show in Austin on 2/23/70. From this show we have Uncle John's Band, Not Fade Away>Mason's Children. The first four songs are acoustic, with Me and My Uncle actually being mostly Bobby solo acoustic, until Jerry fixes his broken string and comes in toward the end. The Mason's Children has a cut in the master reels, but otherwise this is a fun little bit of music.

In February, 1971, the band played a six night run at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, and from the first night, 2/18/71, we have the show-closing jam of St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>Not Fade Away>Uncle John's Band. This show was important in Grateful Dead history for a couple of reasons: first, it was Mickey last show for several years; and, many new songs were debuted at this show and the next night (Wharf Rat, Bertha, Playing In The Band, Deal, Loser, Bird Song, Greatest Story Ever Told).

The Spring Tour of 1977 needs little introduction, and from 5/12/77 in Chicago, we're please to have the end of the first set, featuring Cassidy, Peggy-O, Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, New Minglewood Blues, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo>Dancing In The Street. This is such a relentlessly good tour, there's no wonder so much has been released on CD over the years.

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

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Yes on 1970!

Stoltzfus, I couldn't agree more.... 1970 is an epic year. I would place it above 1977 always. There is a raw energy, honkey tonk, rolling thunder sound that is the definative sound of our band. Then again, it's hard to beat '71. But no Mason's Children in '71 and I had some great psychadelic adventures with that tune. In any case, I'm not a very picky GD enthusiast. Can't wait to get my hands on Dave's Picks 6!

And, the 12/28/69 show... that Mason's is incredible. Is that the the show with Pig talking about "..them towers and wires. You might get smashed!" Can't imagine what it was like in those days to see the shows. Thanks for reminding me of that performance.

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sounds like

yuh gut bricked in a wall!

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Mason's Children

12/28/69 is the only version that REALLY jams. 2/14/70 is strong, too.

This one and others has some ok jams, but are so short. 12/28/69 is a tough act to follow.

Anyway, for those of you who care...Today seems like national a$$hole day. Most students i have dealt with so far have some kind of stick up their nose. Sheesh.

There's always tomorrow, Rudolph.

Mason's Children acted like a$$holes on Wednesday.

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more 5/12/77

Long time no see 'stache!

Neither LMA nor eTree have a soundboard from 5/12/77. I did search the Taper's Section and found this piece from 2007:

http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/may-7-may-13-2007

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GD70!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keep it comin'.

If I HAD to choose one GD year to listen to for the rest of my life, I am pretty sure it would be GD70.

Mason died on Monday...

IS THE NEW ORLEANS RUN IN THE VAULT???

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spacebro

Hehe, and you had gotten my hopes so high!

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My mistake...

I mixed up 5/12/77 for the following night from 5/13/77 from the same venue.

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5/12/77-spacebrother

I have the bonus disc from the Winterland '77 box, and the first AUD (there is another equally less-than-stellar AUD that has recently surfaced), but would love to have this SBD. I believe the Taper's Section posted unreleased portions of this show before, and if this SBD exists somewhere in downloadable form, even MP3, I'd appreciated being told where. Thanks spacebrother!

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This weeks picks...

The '71 and '77 shows are highly circulated and standard listening, but the Austin bit is a real nugget! Thanks for sharing!

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Wow!

70, 71 & 77!
Too bad for the reel flip in Mason's...
Keep us reelin' in the years!

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