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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I remeber going up to Davis

I remeber going up to Davis with my best friends mom and hanging out at the Botany part of the school, those greenhouses were amazing. My stepbro also attended Davis, I've been to the CalExpo up there to see shows and visit him. Fun times. Good place to be.
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wow - great sound on these Jan-70 clips!

hi David - great stuff these past few weeks. I am especially struck by the excellent audio quality on the clips from the Jan-70 shows. I maintain that 1970 is one of the most under-rated years for the band. I believe the variety of material, intensity, musicianship and oral histories from older fans suggest that it was indeed their very best year. It seems it has been awhile since the last vault release from 1970, is there enough for a nearly whole-show release or perhaps a Road Trips release? Is there a pounding version of The Main Ten in the vault or another rare '70 nugget that could be showcased on a 1970 vault release perhaps? Tons of '69, '71, '72, '73, '74 has been released, because indeed those were great years as well. But '70 seems under-covered by comparison. I know the issue with the vault and the second half of '70, but there must be more from 1H70, and some 2H70 scraps (e.g. from broadcasts?) to put out in great or nearly great sound, yes? thanks as always

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Davis, CA

If I would have known that Davis was good enough for the GD, I never would have moved from there to SF. Sigh.

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Hey skskck911

"a bowel of raisin bran"... was that a typo or a sly reference to one of the cleansing properties of bran?

Either way, fine fine selections as always DL2!

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Dark Star

After listening to that Dark Star, I finally understand why I remember the countdown daze of people with Dark Star poster countdowns stating the last time that Dark Star was played. I mean, I do understand it's awesome, but didn't really know why till just now.

AMAZING, mind bending, melting stuff!

Thanks David
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Love it

These good ol' Grateful Dead jams are just what I needed after a shitty day on the J.O.B

What a LONG, STRANGE TRIP ITS BEEN......... ;^ )

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Vintage Dead..

TK notfadeaway.. Thanks David for a great variety this week,, nothing like starting your morning off with a cup of Joe, a bowel of raisen' Bran,, and some of the most.. out there Dead music .. an out of this world Dark Star!!...puts the day in its proper place,,so the boys are playing in Dc for the inaguration tonight, something says we wont get a spacey Dark Star like this one,for the black tie set,, but hey it would be cool, maybe a Casey Jones for when the new Commander in chief walks in,, all good fun...thanks again for some great music...

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loving it!

thanks, david- i didn't get my lp copy of live/dead back in the divorce (and he did NOT like the dead- but he did manage to keep a hefty selection of my dead stuff-- oh, never marry a twerp, even for a little while!!!)... so, i appreciate this dark star!!

i really llike the country stuff and the acoustic stuff-- more, i confess, than the way out there stuff... but bring it all out! i want to hear ever bit i can.

hey, phatmoye-- i hope you are even halfway right! i won tix to see DSO next month-- i look forward to the adventure-

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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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DARK STAR ALT:dark roast! you dig?

HEY ,
Diggin 'the dark star alternative from that fabulous run for LIVE DEAD.
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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