Grateful Dead

July 18 - July 24, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll span 20 years of Grateful Dead history, 1970-1990.

Our first stop this week is at Chet Helms's Family Dog in San Francisco on 3/1/70, where we have a nice batch of 1970-era Dead, with some old stuff, some Pigpen and some soon-to-be-on-Workingman's Dead stuff: BIODTL, Dire Wolf, Good Lovin', Cumberland, King Bee, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.

Next we have some music from the third night of the seven night run at the Academy of Music in NY just before the Europe '72 tour, recorded 3/23/72. From that show, we have a couple of songs: Playing In The Band, Comes A Time. This was when Playing In The Band was becoming a longer jam vehicle, culminating in the 17+ minute version played two months later on the last show of the Europe tour, 5/26/72, from which point onward Playing would typically be in the 18-25 minute range through the end of 1974, with quite a few 30+ minute versions, and of course the massive 46 minute version from 5/21/74 in Seattle.

Lastly this week we have the entire first set of 3/22/90 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, atCopps Coliseum. That show was one of the best of an extremely good tour, with a first set made up of Feel Like A Stranger , West L.A. Fadeaway ,Easy To Love You , Beat It On Down The Line, It Must Have Been The Roses ,The Last Time, Picasso Moon, Don't Ease Me In. As these two Hamilton shows were recorded to 24 track tape, as was the whole tour, hopefully we'll see these shows released mixed from these multi-track tapes like Dozin' at the Knick.

Be sure to stop back next week, and as always, we encourage you to write to us at the email address below with questions or comments, or just to say hi.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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The last time

My last Canadian shows. Drove from Montreal and stayed in a hotel with a lot of new friends. It's hard to Imagine that in a short few months Brent would be gone. The band was so hot in Hamilton. I hope we see them on Cd's. Thanks David.

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Hammertown 90

I was 17 and my eyes were wide open. An invasion of hippies in the downtown core. I remember TNKOTB played there the very next night. I can imagine the cleanup job that had to be done. The memories I have of those two nights will be with me forever. If there is going to be an official release of a Canadian show than this should be it. It would make a fine Road Trips release. Or perhaps the 11/2//77 show in T.O?

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I had both GREAT audiience tapes of the Copps and if i remember there were some great FM's circulating, iin ontario did they do the sneaky powerful fm broadcasts like they did sometimes in the 80's and btw That would make a great discussion i would enjoy haering from anyone who remember s the inhoues fm tapes, I HAD 1st Gen on II+"s and smile just as much when i hear them today, i skipped these two, remember somethiing about not wanting to cross the border that time wink wink nod Nod THANKS DAVID

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Thanks David

I had both GREAT audiience tapes of the Copps and if i remember there were some great FM's circulating, iin ontario did they do the sneaky powerful fm broadcasts like they did sometimes in the 80's and btw That would make a great discussion i would enjoy haering from anyone who remember s the inhoues fm tapes, I HAD 1st Gen on II+"s and smile just as much when i hear them today, i skipped these two, remember somethiing about not wanting to cross the border that time wink wink nod Nod THANKS DAVID

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Copps Coliseum

Hopefully these shows will be released in the same manor as the Warlocks box set. I'd order it right now.

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Ontario

Excellent sound on the 24-track recording. "Feel Like a Stranger" was such a grate opener. Also, a rare appearance of "The Last Time". Dan Healy was masterful on the board!!

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