Grateful Dead

July 27 - August 2, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have 22 years of Grateful Dead history to cover, from 1966 to 1988, with a few cool things in between.

Our first stop this week is in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the first ever Grateful Dead concerts outside of the state of California. From the second show in Vancouver, on 7/30/66, we have a good batch of the music from the PNE Hall, Standing On The Corner, I Know You Rider, Next Time You See Me, Sitting On Top Of The World, You Don't Have To Ask, Big Boss Man, Stealin', Cardboard Cowboy, Baby Blue, Cream Puff, Viola Lee Blues, which covers most of the cool stuff that was part of the band's repertoire at the time.

Next up, from 7/27/73, we have the Watkins Glen Soundcheck Jam. The day before the big Grateful Dead-Allman Brothers-The Band concert on 7/28/73, the Dead played an entire show as a “soundcheck” for those who'd arrived early, and they tossed in this stunning piece of pure improvisational magic.

We'll next head over to Red Rocks near Denver, where the band would be playing the second night of a three night run on 7/28/82, and from that show's second set we have Althea, Let It Grow>He's Gone>Truckin', a bit of a unique sequence with the second set versions of Althea and Let It Grow.

Lastly this week, we have music from Laguna Seca, CA on 7/29/88, one of the most unique and intriguing sequences of music from 1988, consisting of China Cat Sunflower>Crazy Fingers>I Know You Rider, Playing In The Band. The two things to note are the split China>Rider (VERY rare) and the complete Playing In The Band, including the song’s reprise with nothing in between, something that was common in 1972-1974, but exceedingly rare after 1974. Cool stuff.

Be sure to stop by next week for, yes, more excellent Grateful Dead music. Thanks for listening, and feel free to write with questions or comments about the Tapers’ Section to the address below.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Thanks

Hey there, thanks for the feedback guys. Did a little research myself, turns out that sex changes were headline news during these years. People were a little freaked out.(or excited depending on their point of view) Wilfred and DPY thanks again for the concert listings.

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watkins glen

awesome sounding show with inspired improv. Listening to the entire sb now, almost 16 min birdsong, beautiful, that improvisation jam is almost 16 mins long too. Great selection this week. Thanks, made me drag out my old copy. :)

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truckin's with different lyrics

Hey now:
Browsing the Internet Archive I found these examples:
5-5-81 Glens Falls (maybe the first time?)
5-9-81 Uniondale (with a slight lyric tweak (upon the lyric tweak) 'had to go' (instead of 'went') it has the march whistle and 'greatest show on earth' intro by Brent too)
10-17-81 Paris (with march whistle and 'greatest show on earth' intro by Brent)
12-3-81 Madison (with march whistle and 'greatest show on earth' intro by Brent)
12-7-81 Des Moines (with the march whistle)
It'd be interesting to know the first and last time the lyric change was done (maybe not why though)

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truckin'

Another one is 4-19-82 in Baltimore. So, Long Beach, Baltimore, and Denver at least.

dpy

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TRUCKIN

As DPY has stated the 07/28/82 truckin has a lyrical twist . They also used this during the 08/28/81 show. Does anyone know if the switch of lyrics is due to the date and are there any other shows when these words are used?

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7/27-30/66-88

What an amazing run this week. Wow!

Talking about spaces getting hot...what about that China-Crazy-Rider?!

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was searching. and :))))))))))

thank you .. i was searching for a link. and it was provided for me .. means so much .. love all ya''ll:))))))))

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truckin'

I agree with all the posts so far-a very appealing blend of different GD eras. Almost a mini-retrospective on the first 25 years. I notice the Truckin' has the alternative lyrics on the "Whatever became of Sweet Jane...." verse. I am aware of one other show that includes that twist.

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Althea

I think 1982 is a great year for Althea too..For other years I think the one they played on 6-12-91 really rocks due to Jerry's solos.

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a triple boo-yah wow

XM Sirius is playing the Watkins Glen jam this morning: I recall the long all night drive from Cleveland to Corning, then creeping north into a packed situation early Saturday. We never did give our $10 tickets to anyone, as the fences were down flat!
We still had time to grab some space and get a blanket down, left of the stage within 150 yards. I've never seen so many people: 600,000 strong. 7/28 was a LONG crazy day with sunshine and heat, invaded by a rainstorm that really cooled us off. What was in that Almaden bottle??
Wish I could relive it one more time...

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