Grateful Dead

January 21 - January 27, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

We’ve been having such a great time the past few weeks focusing one specific year in the Taper’s Section, we’ve decided to continue the trend this week by exploring some excellent music from 1976.

Our first stop this week is at the Boston Music Hall on 6/9/76, for the first East Coast Grateful Dead show since 8/6/74 at Roosevelt Stadium in New Jersey. The band, of course, started their comeback tour inauspiciously with two shows the previous week, June 3 and 4, 1976, at the Paramount Theatre in beautiful Portland, Oregon, before embarking on the big East Coast tour that would bring the band exclusively to small theatres (Boston Music Hall, Beacon Theatre in New York, Capital Theatre in Passaic, Tower Theatre in Philadelphia and the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, before the six nights at the Orpheum in San Francisco in July). From this first show of the East Coast tour, we have a quartet of first set songs, Big River, They Love Each Other, Looks Like Rain, Ship of Fools. It’s very cool to hear Ship of Fools in the first set, as it would become an exclusively second set song by 1978.

From the second set of 6/9/76, we have the opening trio of songs, St. Stephen>Eyes of the World>Let It Grow, with the Let It Grow featuring that neat little drum break that was unique to 1976 and 1977. The master reels of 6/9/76 are missing the first few bars of St. Stephen, but the quality of the rest of the jam certainly does make up for the missing few seconds.

From about a week later, on 6/17/76 in Passaic, NJ, we have the second set opening jam with an absolutely quintessential 1976 sequence, featuring Help On The Way>Slipknot!>Franklin’s Tower>Dancing In The Street>Samson and Delilah. Just a classic jam from that summer.

Lastly this week, we have one of my favourite jams from 1976, the first half of the second set from 10/9/76 in Oakland, California, the first night of the band’s double bill with The Who. This magnificent piece of music features St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>St. Stephen>Help On The Way>Slipknot!, a terrific piece of music from an excellent year overall. This was drawn from Dick’s Picks Vol. 33 with features the entirety of the two nights of Grateful Dead music over 4 CDs.

Be sure to check in next week for more great music. As always, feel free to write to the email address below with questions, comments, suggestions or requests. It really is always great to hear from you.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Nov 14 2007
thanks as always

That Let It Grow jam needs more cowbell!
(jeez, "Jack Straw," bite the hand why dontcha)

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

wow, i guess none of have any of this material already....

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Joined: Jan 22 2008
CaptD Travis Bean

In '76, the TB was passive; in '77, it was fitted with the Cutler designed preamp which definitely made it sound less bright to my ear.

Joined: Jan 11 2008
Very nice

Thank you for packing all this gems on the table,just to be picked:-)(-:..but could you find some "Dead At Cornell"in your magic box?Peace and gratitude

Joined: Jan 19 2008
very nice!

Thanks for the tunes!

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

That HelpSlipFrank is damn fine - the Frank especially just crackles outta the speakers. Thanks once again as always DL.

Joined: Jan 24 2008
Dead to the Core Travis Bean

The same aluminum Travis Bean guitar that Garcia used in 76' also found it's way to the Sping tour of 77'. Check out the video footage from 4-26-77 Passaic, Nj. I haven't heard any notions of 77' being too bright. Maybe Garcia's tone just appeared more exposed in 76'. This guitar was just auctioned off for about $260,000 or so. I bet if they had realized this was Garica's axe from the Cornell shows it would have fetched a helluva lot more. Love me some 76' -77'. Keep em' coming.

Joined: Oct 2 2007
you really

can't complain with this....nice treat! thanks a lot.

Joined: Jun 10 2007
thank you!

it is 9 degrees outside but it is hot hot hot in my living room! the music is perfect for a day like today. i always like to hear 'they love each other'. my one-and-only (who is not a deadhead although lord knows i have tried!) doesn't see why it would be a good wedding song.... but that's ok- i can hear it in my head anytime i try!

the the help-on-the-way combo is a wonderful companion today-

thank you, david! you rock!


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Joined: Nov 22 2007
The Bean

Amongst the finest ever heard! The re-union of the Big Mick and Billy!
'76 all the way! Thanks so much for these jewels!
We miss you Jerry!


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