Grateful Dead

January 7 - January 13, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be rolling into our first full week of the new year with music from 1977, 1978 and 1989.

We'll begin our music journey this week with music from 12/31/77 at Winterland, the midnight jam of Sugar Magnolia>Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain. In 1976, Sugar Magnolia became the New Year's song, even though it wasn't always played at midnight. But it sure was fun to hear it when it was.

In 1978, the Dead played two legs of their spring tour, one in April and the other two weeks later in May. From the penultimate show from the first leg, on 4/22/78 in Nashville, we have the show opening quintet of songs, featuring Bertha>Good Lovin', Candyman, Looks Like Rain, Tennessee Jed. This show, along with the next one on 4/24/78, are two of the stronger shows from Spring 1978.

In 1989, the Dead returned to Oakland for a four night run to ring in 1990, ending a terrific year of Grateful Dead shows. On the first night, they were joined by very special guest Clarence Clemons, and you'll hear him play on the first track here. From the start of the second set, we have Iko Iko, Playing In The Band>Crazy Fingers>Uncle John's Band>Drums from 12/27/89 in Oakland. This Playing In The Band gets way out there, with Jerry now fully comfortable employing his MIDI effects after eight months playing with his new sonic toys.

Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Clarence

WOW, So now I know what I'm getting and where I'm at. Here's this guy on the Sax and the boy's are deffering and smoking at the same time. Oakland So Nice. Thnx All

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Tennesse

This Iodine sounds great.

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Donna

These last pick's and the Spring Box. Donna hasn't missed a beat. Rain, best Yet! Jeff

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Gosh i love 89-90 shows,

Gosh i love 89-90 shows, personally i really enjoyed jerrys experimental nature i could feel that outa space cosmic thing happening resinating threw all the guys playing

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Update!

Shakedown Street from 30 Days of Dead is from this run. Sneak peek?........:))))))))Also, DP5 is right around the corner! :)

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Feels like...

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I agree.....

.....with the '89 release wholeheartedly! But after the '69-'70 tapes are released and before Spring '90 Vol. 2.........Even though I was at some of the Spring '90 shows,I think I like the '89 tour better.. Great songs and playing both years but I'll have to give the edge to '89. Lets hope its released in 2013! :)

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December 27-31 1989 Oakland

Would make a splendid box set for 2013!!!

In my opinion, this run is just too good not to release.

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