Grateful Dead

February 9 - February 15, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

As we mentioned this week, we're going to check in on a whole bunch of 1970 Grateful Dead here at the Tapers' Section, but to start the week, we'll hit some 1967 Dead.

From 10/22/67 at Winterland, we have a nice 1967 combination of tunes, specifically Morning Dew, New Potato Caboose, Hurts Me Too, Cold Rain and Snow. There isn't too much 1967 in the vault, but thankfully what's there is outstanding.

Now we'll move on to one of the best runs of shows in Grateful Dead history, the three nights at the Fillmore East in New York, 2/11,13&14/70. Our first selection is from 2/11/70, and features Not Fade Away, Cumberland Blues, Cold Rain and Snow, High Time, Me and My Uncle. These standalone versions of Not Fade Away from 1970 are always so much fun. From that same show, we have the monster jam of Dark Star>Lovelight, complete with special guests galore.

From 2/13/70, we have two big tracks, Dark Star, which was featured on Dick's Picks Vol. 4, and Smokestack Lightning, which was included on Bear's Choice. Both tracks are certainly worthy of release to masses on these two fine albums.

Lastly this week, for a little taste of 2/14/70, we have Hard To Handle, also included on Bear's Choice. These 1970 versions of Hard To Handle are lot more raunchy and rocking than the perfection that would symbolize the 1971 versions, but the 1970 versions are equally interesting.

Stop by the Tapers' Section next week for some mighty fine 1969 and 1973 Grateful Dead. Lots of good stuff on the horizon.

David Lemieux


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KMontag's picture
Joined: Dec 14 2008
@ The Juke Box Idea: one way

@ The Juke Box Idea:
one way is to use (google it) the other way would be to make some kind of random song picker from's archive. Probably not THAT hard

@ songs:
Wow. NFA and Dark Star's this week are amazing. NFA->...-> Me and My Uncle is one of the better sets around. Great shows!

Joined: Jun 27 2007
<3 Sweetheart

David, Thank you for this most precious early Valentines gift of music. It is the sweetest darkest chocolate star EVER! THANK YOU! Thank you! You make me so very happy! WOW!!! and touching makes the flesh to cry out loud ... you have no idea =-D <3 Many good wishes to you. Happy Valentine's Dead.

round and round

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Juke Box

I like that Juke Box can we make it work?!

Wonderful selections this week. That's the earliest Dew I've ever heard, and it simply crackles with explosive energy.

Thanks DL!

josh e bear's picture
Joined: Feb 29 2008
2-13- DarK StAR ..

Morning Cyber Dead Heads World Wide... Oregon Winter has been amazing...hope all is well in yer corner of the globe ~

the thing about the 2/13 Dark Star,,, 2 me, its just flawless, one of the best, if not the best D.Star ever played.... Everybody back in college in fall of 89 , we would party and listen to this show over and over again ...

this Dark Star is the Dark Star all the other Dark Stars travel thru space to go see....

the only other Dark Star i know of that is it's Equal is the Dark Star w/ Branford Marsalis playing in on, teh very 1st time he jammed with the Dead, at Nassau ~

That ! Dark Star is the Mother ! of All !! Dark Stars !!!!

woooooooooooooooooooooooooo weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee ahhhhh !!

Josh E Bear !!

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Joined: Jul 16 2007
Best Dark Star ever!

2-13-70 is the best Dark Star ever. Read my review in the Relix "Top 10 Dick's Picks" article from a couple of years back; apparently someone there agrees. Phenomenal progressions from one jam to the next, each one entirely unique in structure.

Joined: Aug 20 2007
How about a Taper's Section 'Juke Box'?

It would be really groovy if you had a juke box off all the swell selections you have posted in the tapers section. I mean like you just click 'go' and it starts playing them all from previous weeks in random order so we can rock for hours rather than having to come back to the computer and dig up another one to play all the time, digging into previous weeks, etc.



DoDa Man's picture
Joined: Sep 16 2008

JAMMIN, MON!! There is nothing out there today which can even touch these jams from 1967!! LONG LIVE THE GRATEFUL DEAD!!!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
who needs coffee?

This NFA is jolting me right on into consciousness - love the 67 stuff too, thanks once again!

free idea's picture
Joined: Aug 11 2008
New Potato Caboose

The 1967 Winterland is blasting out my windows,
over into the downtown park where I live, and if it wasn't
10:33 on a Monday morning, I would flex the eager muscles
of my stereo , and show the entire park what a rock and roll
jam sounds like, 1967, or any other year for that matter. But
that would surely result in a $350 noise violation for moi,
and I have much louder musical plans ahead for today,
that an early morning noise violation would surely crimp.
So we will leave this New Potato Caboose on at half volume
for now.......onward and upward to full
"world domination through music" thanks, David

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Joined: Jan 24 2009
Love the older stuff! the

Love the older stuff! the sound quality is very good considering the age of these recordings...



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