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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jjjbaggins's picture
Joined: Jul 16 2007
Summer '74!

I was hoping for some 7-29-74 all last week and sure enough you deliver! Also, the Slip! sandwich is tasty after a Dark Star builds and builds. (Ditto on 5-5-78.)

Joined: Jun 6 2007

for these Monday segments. Very, very much appreciated.
It's receiving tidbits like these and the extra effort from the website to share them with us that has increased my likelyhood of purchasing more product from the Store.
Thanks - your goodwill gesture makes me feel more generous.

Joined: Jun 30 2007
I'm like kid in the candy

I'm like kid in the candy store.

Joined: Jul 17 2007

Hey I was just about to ask if the whole show from New Hampshire had been posted but I saw your comment Dawg.
Any chance we could get the rest David?

Joined: Jul 9 2007

More great songs from a great show.....thanks......Can you please play the Space->UJB->PITB->China Doll->UJB->PITB->A&A->Good Lovin, Casey Jones from 7/10/81 set II?. Have yet to hear a crispy soundboard copy. Thanks!

Joined: Jun 17 2007
Late for work now...

Great stuff from '74, all we need now is the Werewolves encore from 5/5/78 and El Paso/TLEO and we'll have the whole show! Keep it coming!

gdradio's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

the [b]Dark Star>Slipknot!>Stella Blue[/b] is GREAT
Streaming Grateful Dead and more

lesh6595's picture
Joined: Jun 11 2007
Another Fine Week!

David, first could you play a " Let Me Sing Your Blues Away". Kieth rocks and I love that song! Second, what show was your favorite? Keep the great tracks coming! Peace Lesh6595


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