Grateful Dead

July 23 - July 29

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Late July finds us with a whole lot of 1974 material for you, plus a few other choice bits from 1966 and 1982.

The late July, 1974 Eastern swing is often overshadowed a little by the magnificent May and June shows, but our selections from July this week will reveal some masterful performances. From 7/25/74 in Chicago, we have two big jams, one from the first set and one from the second. First is this typically deep Weather Report Suite>Around and Around jam to end the first set, and also the heart of the second set, Dark Star>Slipknot!>Stella Blue. Dark Star was relatively rare in 1974 compared to 1972 and 1973, so it’s always a treat to hear one from 1974.

From the next show on the tour on 7/27/74 in Roanoke, VA, we have a couple of selections. Ending the first set is this long and very exploratory Playing In The Band. I still have not yet met a Playing In The Band from 1974 that I don’t like. What is very unique about this Roanoke show is that there is no big second set jam, but what they do play is a mini-jam, featuring this U.S. Blues>Jam>Promised Land. This is one of the few shows in 1974 that does not feature a second set jam that begins with either Weather Report Suite, He’s Gone, Truckin’ or Dark Star.

Lastly from the July 1974 tour is a trio of songs from 7/29/74 at the Capital Center in Landover, MD, the band’s first visit to future home of the Washington Capitals hockey team (they would begin play as an expansion team in October, 1974). From the first set we have Cumberland Blues and Scarlet Begonias, and from the second set we have this very mellow Peggy-O,  quite a bit different than the post-hiatus versions. All of these tracks from 1974 were recorded in stereo to _” analog tape running at 7.5 ips.

Jumping ahead exactly eight years to 7/29/82 at Red Rocks, we have the second set opening Cold Rain and Snow>Samson and Delilah, with Jerry absolutely shredding his solos on the latter. This, like all of tapes from 1982 save the New Year’s run, was recorded to cassette, bringing with it numerous technical issues, but oftentimes the cassette masters sound very good.

And speaking of very good cassette masters, we have the second set opening Feel Like A Stranger from 5/31/80 with a very good mix and excellent sound quality.

Also from July 29, 7/29/66 in Vancouver, BC specifically, we have the show opening Dancing In The Streets, and a nice medley of I’m A King Bee>One Kind Favour. These were not only the Grateful Dead’s first shows outside of the United States, but they were the first shows outside of California. Check in next week for a bit more of these Vancouver shows, plus a very cool story about the band’s visit north of the border.

Lastly this week, we have the opening trio from 5/5/78 in New Hampshire. As I’ve said before, this show falls under the radar, but hopefully it’ll gain a bit of a wider appreciation. We’re pleased to play Promised Land, Dire Wolf and a rocking Cassidy.

Be sure to check in next week for another taste of 1974, the aforementioned return trip to 1966, plus some great material from 1982 and 1989. As always, we encourage you to write with questions, comments, suggestions or requests. It’s always great to hear from you.

David Lemieux

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
You are the MAN!!!!

I cannot say enough kind things to the man involved. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Oh, by the way, is there a chance these could maybe be streamed in WAV or FLAC formats??

Joined: Jul 25 2007
yay lemmie I finally made

yay lemmie
I finally made it!
this is so cool...
thank you
your princess, ms tripps

Joined: Jul 24 2007
' 73 Shows with Martin Fierro and Joe Ellis

The only show that I have with Martin and Joe is the second set of 09/17/73 at Syracuse. I would love to hear more with this particular horn section, either in the tapers section or an official release. I feel like the horns really add alot to the sound. I really enjoy the tapers section!!! Thank you very much!! Don

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
it's 105 in Phoenix

I've always been a big fan of Weather Report Suite. Great way to start it all off!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
just new surfing is all

ok so i found this week. just to let you know you have to go to "tapers" the link on home page takes us to last week still. I realize your all workin the bugs out still so no worries just thought i'd let you know. feedback on this week soon to follow...keep trippin' strangely as I always am...

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Always great to hear from YOU, David...

Nice samplings, as usual. But, what a priceless bit of very early goods from our boys. Excellente!

Joined: Jun 30 2007
Please can someone help

Please can someone help me.I'm lookig for the 2004 Tampa show w/Dylan.
Will send blanks (tape or cd) also will toss a killer Garcia shirt in as well.
Please can someone help me out.

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Joined: Jul 4 2007
This must be heaven!

Because where else can you hear weekly Grateful Dead material from the vault?? Its got to be heaven........And David.......Your the gate keeper........I HOPE you know that you are VERY much appericated by the deadhead community.......and my new best friend!! lol
Quick question. Does the band have any say so on what you play weekly?
And...................Where and what is Dan Healy been up to these days. I remember reading that he was forced to retire because of messing with Weir's voice during songs?
Hey buddy, new best friend, pal.......................Could you dig up Rutgers "81" Estimated-Eyes.or Sportatorium FL 86? the 2nd set opener Morning Dew.........Ol buddy. Ol pal ........Pretty Please.
Thanks for ALL YOU DO!!
Gary Hartman

Joined: Jun 20 2007
Sugar Mags > ...> SSDD Sandwich

Hey DL II,
How about one of those killer Sugar Mags > Lots of Songs > Sunshine Daydream sandwiches for next week?

Joined: Jul 24 2007
the world 90

was hoping to hear something from these shows the last 2weeks as I am sure everyone knows it was Brent's last venue.


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