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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paisley's picture
Joined: Jun 9 2007
Vault Content

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


Wouldn't it be cool to put the actual vault data base here on the site? I can't see why not... at least then we wouldn't be asking for stuff that's not there! BTW, at that Chicago '74 show, there was a mind numbing, skull cracking Seastones played at the break with the house lights up!!! I remember wearing sunglasses. Also, if there was an audience tape, you'd hear the drunks(beer was sold) screaming for the band to "rock 'n ' roll", which might explain the rather abrupt close to the show, and what may have been the only "Ship of Fools" encore ever.

cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007

David! There's no more room in my hard drive!!
That said... thanks again and keep 'em coming!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Funkbeard beat me to it.

I was coming here to post a rememberance of Brent's passing 17 years ago this week. I never really had my doubts, but I'm glad somebody remembered him before I did.

I miss Brent easily as much as I miss Jerry.

Sean K.

Dan R.'s picture
Joined: Jun 9 2007
In Memorium

This week is also the 17th anniversary of Brent Mydland's untimely passing. I pray he is "happy and at ease," that he has rested and moved on to the next life, continuing his work of summoning "wonderful sounds" to soothe the hearts and spirits of the living beings in the land.

Nam-myoho-renge-kyo!! Rest in peace.

derivative25's picture
Joined: Jul 4 2007
This weeks selection

Love it, love it, love it. Cassidy, Dark Star and Playing in the Band, WOW! Careful there, you could find yourself charged with irresponsible use of Joy, Bliss and Ecstasy. Any chance of Althea and/or Eyes of the World from the late 80s?

dead72's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007

I've had a great sounding (one of the best) audience of this very good Dartmouth show, but getting nearly the entire show here over the last several weeks has been a real treat. Thanks, David, the Taper's section has just been fantastic.

Joined: Jun 25 2007
I just love the old stuff...

Hi David!

Ed, from Ottawa here! I just love the old stuff. If it exists, I'd love to hear anything from Toronto, or Montreal, August, 1967.

Ali13's picture
Joined: Jun 27 2007
What other band would ever do something this cool?

I can't say enough how grateful I am about this Tapers Section! And it's such incredible material too! I was hoping it would be possible to also play the Beat it on down the line from 10/22/67.
Also I know there isn't much of '67 in the vault, but there are shows like 12/1/66 and 3/18/67 that I would imagine are in the vault and somehow MUST be released. Even if the sound isn't perfect,
who cares. Thank you so much for the '66 and '67 material! Peace and love to you guys and all of my fellow dead heads!

67chinacat's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007

I just noticed that the Dead were playing while I was being ushered into this world. Does anyone have a setlist or any songs from:
Palm Gardens
December 23, 1967
New York, NY US

I was born at 10:04 pm and just know they were on stage! Got anything David??


dannyclark1966's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
speaking of 74

Playing in the band from 5/21/74, Seattle, I believe is the longest one out there and I mean out there.around 45 minutes!!! A nice clean version would be great.

we all shine on


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