Grateful Dead

January 19 - January 25, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

As we mentioned last week, we're going stick within a two year or so period this week at Tapers' Section, 1969-1971, but the music's great, so we hope you don't mind.

Our first stop this week is at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, on 1/25/69, where the Grateful Dead were playing the middle night of a three night run of shows that was being recorded for Live/Dead. This run of shows, as some of you might know, was the first live recording to the then-brand-new technology of 16 track audio tape. The more common 8 track tape had been in use for live recording for a few years, but in late 1968 the folks at Ampex created the first 2” 16 track recording machines, which, of course, the Grateful Dead had to try. From the middle show, we have this terrific Dark Star.

Next up is a stop in Hawaii, to a show on 1/23/70, the first of a two night run of shows that would prove to be Tom Constanten's final shows as an official member of the Grateful Dead. From this show, we have the great 1-2 punch of classic 1970 Grateful Dead: Good Lovin', That's It For The Other One. A week later the Grateful Dead would be playing in New Orleans, where they were busted on Bourbon Street, and the rest is history…

Speaking of being busted on Bourbon Street, we'll start our next sequence of music, from 1/24/71 in Seattle, with the song that was inspired by that and other events on the road, followed by some other great 1971 Grateful Dead: Truckin', China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Hurts Me Too, Cumberland Blues. As way out there as 1971 could get with The Other One and Dark Star, it is also great to hear how perfectly the Grateful Dead were able to pull off blues and country music.

Finally this week, we have another jam from the same week as the one above, from 1/21/71 at UC Davis, located about halfway between San Francisco and Sacramento, and home to an outstanding veterinary college. From this show, we have Mama Tried, Around and Around, Cumberland Blues, Casey Jones. Mickey was still in the band but would stay for less than a month before pursuing other things, including producing the amazing Rolling Thunder album.

Next week we'll have a whole lot of 1978 Grateful Dead for you, plus a little taste of 1966. Well, perhaps not so little. Have a great week, and we'll see you here at the Tapers' Section next Monday.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Dark star is a magnificent

Dark star is a magnificent group. John K. sounds just like Jerry. Close ur eyes and listen, you will swear Garcias on stage. Its kind of eery.... Phatmoye

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Ahhh the Nightfall of Diamonds!

Thank you for some really great picks this week. 1969 - 1971 was really an interesting evolutionary time for the band: so tight and yet so loose.

Ooh ooh ooh '78 next week? Awesome!

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sorry charlie

Hey,
sorry you had a bad day with tix sales. This forum is generally reserved for the music
and other matters regarding vault recordings posted for the week.
Frankly,I don't give a rat's ass what anyone raps at in this Space.
Perhaps your concern would be better served over at Feedback or in chat
Ah,Space,Feedback.Log in,best of luck,crank it up.
kind regards,
shwack in nh

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sorry charlie

Hey,
sorry you had a bad day with tix sales. This forum is generally reserved
for the music and other matters regarding archived vault recordings posted for the week.
Frankly, I don't give a rat's ass what anybody raps about in this Space.
Perhaps your concern would be better served in Feedback or over in chat.
Log in. Best of luck.Crank it up.
regards,
shwack in nh

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The Dead

I know this isn't the place to vent, but after the ticket sales for the spring tour this morning not to mention the shitty way the pre-sale was handled I'm thoroughly fed up. MSG sold out almost right away, but conveniently Ticketmaster's "alternate ticket vendor" Ticketsnow which is also controlled by TM has tickets available starting @ $150 for the 400 section & going for as much as $1200 for the floor. How is this allowed to happen. WTF? Well since I'm not rich I guess I'm shit out of luck. So much for a once great band. SELL OUT!!!! There's NO WAY anyone can tell me the band is not aware of what's going on. Wonder how many blocks of tickets Ticketmaster was allowed to take before the sale. I guess the boys have gone the way of the Rolling Stones, the Who Springsteen etc. TOTAL BULLSHIT!!!! Knowing how high the demand would be & charging accordingly. Well i guess at least the elites will be happy. Signing off for good!

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Early Dead

Makes ya jump out of bed. Still the best. An old timer here, who clocked them from far away Engerland before the 1st album was released. So immersed & baptised in the fury that was Primal Dead, and finally inducted when the Dead came to Europe in '72. Whilst - IMHO, of course, every show has a moment of bliss, the savage energy so manifest in those first 7 or 8 years still exalts and terrifies me.

Yeah. Shit hot Dark Star

JP

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Absolutely incredible to

Absolutely incredible to listen to the Chincat Rider '71, with Mickey and Billy!!! WOW, '69, '70, '71? I'm enjoying this program....... "I wish I was a headlight!"

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Jan 71

It s great to hear these 1971 clips , as Mickey H being present . You hear the great dynamic he added which was absent from Feb 18 until 74 - but filled in very well by BK . The seattle segment from 1971 is so good , and the china > rider is the leader there . FANTASTIC = ) vault release material

danc writes about1970 , and i agree that it probably was a year in which the band set out to ' position ' themselves in the US music market with more strength ; or peter out as many other bands did that year . Their commitment with their recent ' half acoustic ' material from the 2 albums that would come out that year and the fresh ' tighter ' version of their long improvs marked what then would be a great 71 , 72 and so on ..

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Jerrys early Axe choices.

I know Jerry was playing a what looked like an Ash Body Stratocaster on the Europe 72' tour but does anyone know if he was playing that guitar in these recordings in 1969' ? I'd seen a rare few photos of him playing a Black Gibson LesPaul, and also a bit later a Red Gibson Sg in the early days,, but nothing sounded better than Jerry when he had that Stratocaster screaming with that early Wah pedal sound effect frying your brain pan!!! , I was always so layed back by his Stratocaster sound then he switched to the early DireWolf with the Alembic customs but dag that man could play a Stratocaster like no other I hated to see him put it down.i wonder what year model that Stratocaster was does anyone know?

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China > Rider

I have always liked this particular China > Rider because of the way Weir saves the day when Garcia and Lesh stumble over each other to find the one in the jam at the end of China Cat. He lays down a pretty long solo that builds a little before the band gives way to Rider.

Good stuff.
TS

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