Grateful Dead

July 2 - July 8, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

There is some great music this week, so we’ll jump right in.

Our first selection is from 7/3/69 in Colorado Springs, and features the best He Was A Friend of Mine these ears have ever heard. Please note that is drawn from the cassette master, as this tour was recorded only to cassette and not to reels, so it does sound a little hissy, but this rendition is so darn good, it’s easy to overlook the minor sound issues.

Exactly one year later, the Grateful Dead would find themselves cruising across Canada in a train, and the stop in Calgary on 7/3/70 had plenty of great music, including this China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider and this very good Lovelight. Pigpen is clearly having a blast with the Canadians at McMahon Stadium, urging them to scream, shout, and take their hands out of their pockets. Beauty, eh?

From 1981, on 7/5/81 at the Oklahoma Zoo Amphitheatre, the band opened with this funky Shakedown Street>Promised Land combination. The mix on this cassette master takes a little while to get settled, but once it does, it’s a very good listen.

A few years later, in 1984, the band was on a cool month-long run from Red Rocks in mid-June to the Greek in mid-July. Right in the middle, on 7/3/84 in Kansas City, the band played an inspired medley: Scarlet Begonias>Touch of Grey>Fire On The Mountain. Although most of us are very familiar with the version of this medley from 10 days later on 7/13/84 at the Greek, this one is certainly its equal. A few nights later, on 7/6/84 at Alpine Valley, the band played a truly exceptional post-Drums sequence, consisting of Space>Dear Mr. Fantasy>The Other One>Black Peter>Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?>Sugar Magnolia. This is a really great demonstration of how well the band could play in 1984, inspired and confident. Also from this great show on 7/6/84, by request, is the first set jam of Jack Straw>Big Railroad Blues. All of these segments from 1984 are drawn from the Beta PCM digital masters.

Like last week’s 6/30/87 post-Drums sequence with the OK-sound, exceptional performance dynamic, this also applies to this week’s 7/8/87 post-Drums sequence from Roanoke, featuring Crazy Fingers>T-t-t-t-truckin’>Comes A Time>Sugar Magnolia, Black Muddy River. Once you’re past any sound mediocrity, the music can be heard for what it is: excellent. A technical note: there’s a bit of a glitch on Black Muddy, part of the Beta PCM master. We’ll get another Black Muddy up sometime that is clear and glitch-free.

Moving forward a couple of years to the Summer Tour of 1989, we have a taste of the outstanding 7/7/89 show from JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. This show opening Hell In A Bucket>Iko Iko  is a great harbinger of the rest of this show, which is to say high-energy, focused and at times downright exceptional. There’s lots to love with this show, starting with this opener. To note, too, is this is a show for which exists exceptional 24-track audio, and beautiful video, of which both elements are consistent with the quality of the Buffalo 7/4/89 DVD release.

Like last week, we have another bit of the 5/5/78 show in New Hampshire, specifically the set closing foursome of Passenger, Brown-Eyed Woman, Lazy Lightning>Supplication. It’s such a good little show, we felt it deserved a bit of a wider appreciation.

Like the previous selection, although this next bit isn’t date-appropriate, due to overwhelming requests for more music from 1967, we’ve got this excellent trio of songs from 10/22/67 at Winterland: New Potato Caboose, It Hurts Me Too, Cold Rain and Snow. This is such an exciting time for the band, but unfortunately there isn’t too much that exists from 1967 in the vault.

Be sure to stop in next week when we’ll have more great music for you, including selections from 1972, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1991. Oh, and a taste of 1967 As always, we encourage you to write with questions, comments, suggestions or requests.

David Lemieux
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iGrateful's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Nothin' left to do but :-)

Nothin' left to do but :-) :-) :-)

67chinacat's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007

And I can't seem to spell today! hahahahaaa

67chinacat's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007

By the way, not to be picky, That's the Oklahoma City Zoo Ampitheater. :-) (not verified)
taping at gtp jetport in lenoir county nc

it would be grate to have the 3 wisest men i know play kinstones jetport in kinstone nc becase its been a deep run nc to a pink hill nc so what do you ALBERTSON NC think of that get the picture if you dont want to play farmitall jones the way to moorehead

tracie elizabeth milam gassett rolling gillam pherigo hoffman

Joined: Jun 25 2007
JFK DVD?????

I agree w/ dumbek. I would give anything for 7/7/89 to be released on DVD. what a show. the thing i remember is that the show was even hotter than the weather. I was on the field & it was so packed that a guy next to me had passed out & couldn't even fall over. I had to convince his friend to take him out & then help him do it. killer opening to the second set box of rain>scarlet>fire.
always loved the shakedown>promised land from the OK Zoo ampitheatre. another show I had on cassette which was good, but this is incredible.
also very nice to finally have a place to listen to the earliest stuff 66, 67 etc with good sound quality. the playing always amazes me.

Joined: Jun 24 2007

He Was A Friend of Mine. I really like this. There are many recording that give me chills (some of the 1970's Chappel Hill stuff is certainly effective) and this one does the trick.


Joined: Jul 7 2007
purple mountains majesty

Have a great July 7 everyone - let's all phully enjoy the 40th ann of the summer of love, no matter where you are, remember that we really are everywhere :)

lesh philling, bass great

speaking of which: if there's a crisp soundboard out there of jerry's b'day show at SPAC in '04 (I think that's the right year), with that beautiful Angel Band encore, sure would love to hear it again, as i have not since i was there (release, shall it be released?!? has it been released? are you released? allgood, mellowbreath, sun salutation, now chacha);

and thanks to everyone involved with that wonderful show at Bethel Woods last summer on July 9; practically brought shivers to my spine, there was so much spiritual significance in that one, full moon to boot

only love can phil, and bob can spit as much as he wants imho

(this one's workin weird....monnittoooor.....)

healing to mark, stoked 4 kimock, roam if you want to;
may the winds guide you all safely home (which, of course, is where you are right now)


red8sox (not verified)

Thanks for the great music! I also have a couple suggestions: a great Viola Lee Blues, a Brother Esau, which are tough to find and is one of those lost Bobby tunes many people grew to really like, and a sweet Box of Rain that you may know of.

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Joined: Jun 9 2007
Vault Contents

...shall we go, you and I while we can...

Wouldn't it be a cool idea to post the Vault database here on the site? Then, we'd all know what was in there!

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Joined: Jul 6 2007
Whole shows of 7/3/69 & 7/3/70 PLEASE!!!!!!!!!

I would like to thank the powers that be for these great songs - but I would like to humbly implore you to make the whole shows of 7/3/69 and 7/3/70 available for dowloading/purchase, whatever. These shows need to be heard in thier entirety!!!!


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