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


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pomo1's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007

'Nuff said.

"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence."
Albert Einstein

Joined: Jun 10 2007
double wow!

the clip of the group introduced by captain consciousness in 1966 is decidedly different from the group rollin out althea 16 years later! the 1966 rider??!! that was the song that got me on the bus-- mindblowing to hear it from so early in their career and to know how it changed and grew over time.

i am amazed by the range and evolution-- having these pieces right next to each other to sample is a fabulous treat and i so appreciate it.

thanks, david- really- thank you thank you thank you! totally loving it!

Joined: Jun 5 2007

Love Monday 4 one reason, tapers section & the "what is there to wake up with today" feeling

and wow it is ti the 1982 Althea, whick i feel was the best year for that song, and the 88 laguna seca which I was lucky enough to Ty very much.

SaintSteveg's picture
Joined: Nov 19 2008
bases covered

What a terrific range of music you've offered this week. I chose the Red Rocks first because I recently saw a show there (never saw GD there) for the first time and it is the most awesome place. The benches there have plenty of space in front for dancing, and the crowd was really into it (it was a really good David Byrne/Devotchka show). I can't wait to hear the Watkins Glen and '66 Vancouver sets. Thanks, man, for all the great stuff you send out to us.

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Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
Fantastic broad spectrum of music-something for everyone!
Thanks for bringing the "soundcheck" show into the light.
A fine week of material in every way.
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

p.s. that '82 Red Rocks run was a screech!


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