Grateful Dead

July 21- July 27, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers Section. This week we're going to hear music from throughout the 1970s and a touch of the 1980s.

First up is a track from 7/21/72 in Seattle, the start of a run of shows that would take the band through the next four-plus months of exceptional playing. From that show, we have this mighty little Truckin'. Over the course of the next several months, the band would play some of their best shows ever, including 8/27/72, 9/17/72, 9/21/72, 9/27/72 and 11/17/72. It sure would have been a great year to be a tour Head.

Next up is music from the Watkins Glen show, specifically from the Soundcheck on 7/27/73. This Jam is truly one of the finest improvisational jams the Grateful Dead would ever perform, in terms of a jam that has no distinct source, and yet that is filled with melodies and familiar tones and sounds.

Jumping ahead exactly one year to 1974, on 7/27/74 in Roanoke, Virginia, we have this typically outrageous Playing In The Band. For some reason, Donna Jean was absent from this show, and her vocal additions to this version are certainly missed. But, oh what a version of Playing! We're very aware that we play a lot of 1972-1974 versions of Playing In The Band here at the Tapers Section, which we hope you don't mind. Truth be told, we just can't get enough of this era's Playings.

Due to popular request based on last week's little taste of 2/10/79's second set opener, this week we have that same show's show-closing sequence consisting of Space>The Other One>Wharf Rat>Sugar Magnolia. It's a shame the master cassette cuts at the end of Sugar Magnolia, but at least we have the portion we have.

Lastly this week, from 7/22/84 at Ventura County Fairgrounds a little ways north of LA, we have the second set sequence of I Just Want To make Love To You>Women Are Smarter>Terrapin Station. This is the first version of I Just Want To Make Love To You in almost twenty years, and Brent certainly does a great job with the material.

Be sure to stop back next week when we have no idea what we'll play, but we expect it'll be great. See you then. And email the address below with questions or comments.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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THE DARK KNIGHT MOVIE IS TRUCKIN>SCARLET < OTHER 1

David and Fellow Internet GD family

The New Batman Movie =BEST BATMAN MOVIE , EVER.. If you Like Comic Book Movies, you will Love this Flick,, I am Jazzed from it ~ it was kinda like a killer dead show..

JUST GOT HOME AND WOW, THIS WEEKS GD Nugs Sure look TASTY !!! I bet they will sound even Tastier !! mmm hmmm yummmmmie ~

I WILL ADMIT, I KNOW OF THE FAMOUS WATKINS GLENS SHOWS, BUT DONT OWN ANY AND HAVE NOT HEARD ANY OF IT !?!?!! WHY IS THIS ??? ...

....I KNOW !! I KNOW...

WHAT KIND OF GD KID AM I ??

YEEEEEESH ,, POW ! BAM ~ KAZOOOOOO

Anywho,,, About 73-74,, I do lov the Playin's,,, I realize now, after weeks of Listening to them,, that the GD were using that song as their "Psycehdelic Vehicle" for Jams during this Time Period,, as oppose to Dark Star or other Jam Tunes..

and boy, some of these Playins are O U T T H E R E !! YOW ~

I do love that " End Jam" at the end of the EYES OF THE WORLD back in 73-74,, How about a few more of those posted ?? Please...

Did they have a special name for that part of the Jam ?? Milken the Turkey ??

also ,,, can you dig up like the 1st ever " Lost > Saint " I never heard that b4,..

or other "1st time played " songs... LOVE THE SUMMER SELECTION !!

Thanks everyone and see you in downtown Gotham City !!!!

Josh E Bear !!

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7/22/84! I was at the

7/22/84! I was at the show...it was fun and all...but I GOT IT later while lysergically listening to a tape of the second set...Terrapin...magic...

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7/22/84! I was at the

7/22/84! I was at the show...it was fun and all...but I GOT IT later while lysergically listening to a tape of the second set...Terrapin...magic...

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make it happen!

make it happen!

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this Playing

is beautiful. I like it a lot more than the one on the 9-disc set. I keep spending money on these releases hoping they will match DP1 and Steppin' Out and the taper's stuff, and they rarely do. I would like to listen to this Playing while I drive to work every day, but I can't download it. Why is that? I wouldn't mind paying for it. Oh well, I'm sure you guys will find a way to make it happen.

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Thank You David

Especially for Watkins Glen!

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Too Many

I do mind. LOL . From the 73 74 era I would much rather hear Eyes or my favorite, the stand alone versions Scalet Begonias. I happen to like these much better than when it got paired with Fire.

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Watkins Glen

Funny, I was just describing Watkins Glen to someone as the Most Famous Soundcheck in history. According to Levon Helm in his wonderful autobiography This Wheel's on Fire, the Band asked Bill Graham how they were supposed to a soundcheck in front of a hundred thousand kids who had already showed up a day early. Bill replied, "What am I supposed to do, move 'em?"

How come this recording sounds much clearer than the official "The Band Live at Watkins Glen" CD released a few years ago? Maybe we need the soundchecks, not the actual shows!

Thanks again, David. I only wish these Tapers Sections were always updated right on the dot, so we East Coasters could slowly ease into the work week precisely at 8AM! I know, so hard to please....

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More '72-'74 Playin's

You can't play too many!

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thanks David!

Always great to hear stuff from shows I didn't get to go to!

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