Grateful Dead

July 16 - July 22

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Rolling along toward the dog days of summer, the Grateful Dead continued to perform exceptional shows around the country, and we have music from 1970 through 1989 from this week in the band’s recorded history, plus a little taste of 1990 by request.

Our first track this week is this excellent electric Candyman from 7/16/70 in San Rafael, CA. Throughout mid-1970, the band could play this song in the acoustic sets or during the electric sets, always to great effect. A very important thing to note is that this is the last concert recorded by the Grateful Dead’s sound crew until December, 1970 (aside from a couple of multi-track shows from October). Bear went away for a couple of years after this show, and no one recorded the second half of 1970, hence the dearth of shows in good quality from July through December.

Next on the list today is the big jam from 7/16/72 in Hartford, CT, the first shows after Pigpen’s last show (which took place 6/17/72). The band did have some experience playing without Pigpen from October, 1971 when Keith was being worked into the band and Pigpen took time off, but this was the start of the new era of the Grateful Dead that would be in place from this night until 10/20/74. From the second set is Truckin’>Drums>The Other One>He’s Gone>The Other One>Looks Like Rain. Rather typical of the era for a second set jam, which is to say exquisite.

We’ll now jump forward two years to the first show on the second leg of the summer tour of 1974, to Fresno, CA. First up is this bluesy Soundcheck Jam, with a Rockin’ Pneumonia-esque feel. And from the first set are two classic 1974 jamming vehicles: Scarlet Begonias and the set-closing Playing In The Band. We get a lot of requests for the next show on the tour, 7/21/74 in Hollywood, but unfortunately that excellent performance isn’t in the vault.

Two years later the band was in residence at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco for six shows in seven nights. From the penultimate show on 7/17/76 we have a nice trio of songs: from the first set is this meaty Sugaree as well as a classically great Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, and the second encore, a rare for the era stand-alone Not Fade Away. The groove of this encore reminds me a little of the version of the title track of the Don’t Let Go CD by the Jerry Garcia Band, performed at this same venue less than two months earlier.

For a little taste of 1984, we have a couple of sequences from July 21&22, 1984 at Ventura County Fairgrounds. First up is the first set closing jam of China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Looks Like Rain>Might As Well from 7/21/84, and from 7/22/84 here is the first set opening combination of Dancing In The Street>Bertha. These were both drawn from the Beta PCM digital masters and for the most part sound very good, although these early digital tapes do have occasional drop-outs, as heard here and on previous PCM-sourced items posted here. Fortunately, there are cassette masters of most, if not all, of these shows, so if a release is ever produced from these PCM tapes, the drop-outs can be easily and seamlessly fixed with the cassette masters.

From 1989 at Alpine Valley, on 7/18/89, we have the oddly compelling second set opening jam of Sugar Magnolia>Scarlet Begonias>Women Are Smarter>Eyes of the World. This middle night of the great three-night run at Alpine (the band’s final trip to this magical locale) had some interesting material, and usually falls under the radar as it’s sandwiched between two great, widely-known shows.

We had a request recently to hear the Brokedown Palace from 5/31/80, but unfortunately that second encore isn’t in the vault, so here is the first encore from that mighty good show, U.S. Blues.

Lastly this week we have the break-out of Loose Lucy from 3/14/90 at the Capital Center in Landover, MD, by request. This was the first version of the song since October, 1974, although it sure sounds like the band had been playing it frequently since then. A most positive addition to the repertoire.

Be sure to check in next week when we’ll have some more music from 1974, plus what we expect will be a whole lot of other great stuff. Feel free to write with questions, comments or suggestions.

David Lemieux

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
links don't work...

...Did it matter, does it now?

Joined: Jul 29 2007

Who else out there thinks this is a magical year? Every show I listen too from 89 has such a wonderful feel and groove about it. So much energy...So much passion...its almost as if the know they are playing for the last time together. Granted there are still more years to come but 89 is amazing.

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Joined: Jul 4 2007
David knew

David knew exactly what he was doing. Thats why he posted so many mp3 files weekly......
Then someone from management look over his shoulder and saw what he was doing.
"Hmmmmmmmmmm mp3's ??? You can't do that."
Hope you did not get in trouble over it. Thanks for getting away with it for so long.
As for the streaming, I have no interest in it.
Why not post ALL THE SHOWS and we can have choice on which ones to purchase.
I would be willing to pay a few bucks for a show........mp3 that is.
If that what it is about............MONEY........then doing it this way would be a ideal choice!
Thanks David for getting away with it this long.


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
another week at the net

just wondering if it's me or the site... i'm not getting this weeks list, but regardless that was one of the best Eyes I've ever heard David so thanks a million times over!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Something is wrong

I can't listen to any of these, what's up Dave help me. Clicked on 89 Alpine Sugar and so on 15 minutes down load time nothig happnin. Please Help Jonesin bad.

Joined: Jul 22 2007

im excited about listening to all the ranom years on the tapers section

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Aussie Deadhead

It's 1976 and I'm living in Cronulla (no riots then!) in, appropriately enough, Ozone Street. I meet Gary and Marilyn, from Oklahoma, who are waiting outside the flat of my neighbour, George, for him to get home. I invite them in for a cuppa wand put some music on -Wake of The Flood - while I'm in the kitchen making the tea. The next minute I hear a cry from Gary: "Marilyn, this Aussie's a Deadhead!" I'd never heard the term before, and although I'd been into the Dead for some time, I feel like I officially became a Deadhead that day.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Song request

Hey David, any chance of posting any of the "Stir It Up" jams from '91? The Dead doing Marley didn't happened often enough!

Love the Taper's Section. The highlight of Monday morning!

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Joined: Jun 22 2007
I forgot how to download this site re -music!


Joined: Jun 18 2007
David, As always, a

As always, a wonderful show. I was wondering if there is anyway you can play "Victim or the Crime" next week from the 7/26/94 show? (I forgot the venue). It goes into a decent "Samba in the Rain" (well decent considering I don't think the band ever quite got that song right, as often as they did play it IMO). Even hearing both would be cool. I had a soundboard of those 2 songs from a GDH many years ago, but I'm afraid my tape is pretty much destroyed and I have never found a live version of "Victim" I liked as much as that one. All of your hard work is appreciated so much by all of us...


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