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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james_pablos's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
great stuff from alpine valley

the sugar magnolia -> scarlet begonias is very fun!

BrodyBean's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Keep on Truckin'...

Dave - keep the good times rollin'... Every Monday is a Happy Monday these days.

Ursa Minor's picture
Joined: Jul 19 2007
Louisville, Ky 74

HI David,

first many congrats your job as chief archivist. Any chance of the Louisville, Ky 1974 show being officially released by GDM? I don't have to tell you that it's that good, you know. I'm really fond of that show - Anyway, I wish the best for you, wow! what a cool job.


Donnie Loeffler -( Ursa Minor )

I wish that for just one time, You could stand inside my shoes, and for just that one moment, I could be you - Bob Dylan, Positively 4th St.

derivative25's picture
Joined: Jul 4 2007
The other one- He's gone- The other one

Now thats the way I like to hear the Dead play. Live and lovin' it. Thank you.

Bobstopper's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Looking Forward

Thanks, Dave!
I have enjoyed and been turned on to some great shows... Some I fergot I had! I also really appreciate that you do not break up segments of shows by songs and keep them in one big fat file. No mp3 pauses, just 30 odd minutes of whizzgong she bong awrong( er, ya know). As a special request...
I've had a really bad copy of a really great show that I've heard over and over in all sorts of contexts (and it's never let me down) that seems to be the apex of Acoustic Dead from 1970 and it's from the Phillmore on Septembre 20th. She wanted to know a date to get married after I proposed to her and I pulled Sept 20th out of my ass. It was a Sat. that year so... We celebrate out 10th anniversary this year and I'm a'gonna put on what I always put on, soooo..... If you can swing it, Dave... I'm ready.
Thanks again, and if'n you can't find a source I understand. I can't either.

Joined: Jul 18 2007

I remember dancing into their concerts, down the grass thinking..ha this is life..And dancing for days sometimes. I remember whistling a song from The Dead at I.U. in 78 and someone across the street starting singing the song I was whistling. Millions of Dead Heads Amazing as I look back at the person I am today and thinking how do you thank them,teaching me that having a cause in life is living and loving... and giving back.
When I came to California they gave me a song to rejoice my freedoms in life.And give me peace for my adventures to a new land.
And now my kids love them so much.My son's friend did his senior project on the Grateful Dead and he used all my tickets from the concerts which started at $5.00 Love it.

I miss them and thats why I say thank you so much Dave .

massip38's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Unbroken Chain

Beggars can not be choosers....but I am begging!
Thank you so much for your Monday Morning treats!!!

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Joined: Jun 21 2007

tapers section rocks! muchas garcias! I remain gratefully dead!
your efforts continually carry me forth on the golden road of unlimited
stir the attics of my life
always give me
sunshine day dreams
blossoms bloomin'
we can have times because you abide!
best always in all good things much joy and happiness
"There are things you can replace
and others you cannot
The time has come to weigh those things
this space is getting hot -
you know this space is getting hot"

Joined: Jun 4 2007

RODGER ALLINSON i have really enjoyed listening to some of the great stuff from te 89 summer tour that was a great summer tour and alpine valley was an excellent venue and a hell of a good time talk about one of those flashes ive been there before i love how a good live tape can do that

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Joined: Jun 9 2007

hey david! thanks so much for all the free thing, tho: did you realize that you already posted that 3/14/90 loose lucy on the week of 3/12-3/18? are we into re-runs already?


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