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Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a double dose of 1978, and a very good complete set from 1989.

On 4/22/78, the Grateful Dead were wrapping up their first leg of their Spring Tour of 1978 in Nashville, followed by a 4/24 show in Normal, IL. We've played some of this Nashville show for you recently, and we're happy to pay you the end of the show, featuring great versions of Not Fade Away and Wharf Rat amongst other things: Not Fade Away>Wharf Rat>Sugar Magnolia; One More Saturday Night.

A couple of weeks after the end of the of the first leg of the Spring Tour of 1978 (which ran 4/6 through 4/24), the band hit the road again for another short tour of the east coast, ending in Chicago on 5/16&17. From the show at RPI Field House in Troy, NY (near Albany) on 5/7/78, we have the end of the show featuring Iko Iko>The Other One>Black Peter>Around and Around; US Blues. This is a rare 1978 Iko, and there is a cut in Around and Around. I saw an AHL hockey game at RPI Field House on 3/26/93, the night before the start of the Dead's three night run at the Knickerbocker in Albany, featuring the Capital District Islanders vs the St. John's Maple Leafs, featuring such future NHL stars as Yanic Perreault and Damian Rhodes.

In 1989, the Grateful Dead played a four night run at the Oakland Coliseum Arena to end the year, and from the third night, we have the entire first set from 12/30/89, featuring Bertha> Good Lovin' > Sugaree,Walkin' Blues , Jack-A-Roe, When I Paint My Masterpiece , West L.A. Fadeaway, The Music Never Stopped. When the band kicked into Good Lovin', it caught everyone by surprise. This was a common first and second set opener in 1977 and 1978, but not since then. Very cool.

We'll look forward to seeing you here next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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A Blues rapper from the raunchy side, any band would be lucky to have his presence.He was another member of the 27 club, and also a victim of the bottle.
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that this is operating correctly, as some folks are having trouble finding it...
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Thanks for putting these up in the Tapers Section! Absolutely fantastic!!! Would make a splendid box set!!
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i always feel a slight, weird guilt when i listen to "good morning little school girl". but no one else could ever sing it like he did.i love pigpen.....(and marvin the martian with his illudium Q36 explosive space modulator) :)
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and O the bottles.
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Pig, like Jerry, was not a frakkin victim. He was a hurtin' SOB. Takes a wound to get healled on and on, like a soul. Gotta know the hurt to get at it. And it's not like ya know that and can git it, O no. No, know, no.................... Excuse me while I listen to the Dead.
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    sherbear
    5 years 10 months ago
    @-------)----------------------------------------------
    LO V E I S R E A L N O T F A D E A W A Y X O
  • Anna rRxia
    5 years 10 months ago
    RPI 78 Aiko>OI>Black Peter>Around
    Trippy place, in more ways than one...(%);~{}
  • slo lettuce
    5 years 10 months ago
    @ sherbear.......
    the many, many hours...... :)