Grateful Dead

July 28 - August 3, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers Section. As we roll toward the dog days of summer, we have a good range of Grateful Dead music for you this week, as well as a nice Jerry Garcia Band track for your enjoyment.

Our first selections this week come from all the way up in British Columbia, Canada, in Vancouver specifically, to the Grateful Dead's first-ever concerts outside of the state of California. From the second show, 7/30/66, we have Cream Puff War, Viola Lee Blues, Beat It On Down The Line, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. that final song has a cut in the master reel at the end, but it's a great version nonetheless and worth hearing. there isn't a lot of 1966 material in the vault, but what there is contains some exciting music, as heard here as well as on the very cool album rare cuts and oddities 1966 (check that album out if you want to hear some truly rare cuts that are occasionally odd).

Next we'll hear music from Jerry's birthday, on 8/1/73 at Roosevelt Stadium. From that massive show the ended the Grateful Dead's interesting run of shows in the summer of 1973 we have Dark Star>El Paso. After this show, the band would spend a good chunk of August, 1973, at the Plant studios in Sausalito, recording Wake of the Flood. They'd then return to the road for a short tour in September (9/7 through 9/26), followed by the nearly-uninterrupted string of perfection that last two months, 10/19 through 12/19. And in between, on 10/15, the Grateful Dead would release the first album on their own record label, Wake of the Flood. Indeed, it was a busy time for the Grateful Dead.

Jumping ahead almost nine years, we'll now stop in to Red Rocks, where we'll hear the pre-Drums portion of the show on 7/29/82, consisting of Cold Rain and Snow>Samson and Delilah, Crazy Fingers>I Need A Miracle. Crazy Fingers had returned to the lineup after a nearly-six year absence a couple of weeks before at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on 7/18/82. If you get a chance to read Blair Jackson's outstanding book on the Grateful Dead “The Music Never Stopped,” he includes a terrific description of being at a Grateful Dead show using the Ventura '82 shows as his background. He truly paints a perfect picture in that book.

Lastly this week, a little taste of the Jerry Garcia Band on 7/30/77, at Theatre 1839 in San Francisco, performing Tangled Up In Blue. It's a little slower than the song would become in the late 1980s as the big Garcia Band show-stopper, but this version is so exquisite, we figured you should hear it if you haven't already. This is part of the excellent Pure Jerry Volume 1 CD release that is filled with more than three hours of music as good as this.

Be sure to stop back next week for more great music. It's always great to see you when you stop by for a listen, and even better to receive your email comments.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Feb 5 2008
Dark Star

What a lovely version. Reaching, reaching - up and out!
Thanks all in the Boat of the Millions of Years - the blessings are eternal.

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Joined: Feb 9 2008
Right On!!!

More Jerry Garcia Band! : )

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Grateful for the nice selection

Wow, This is the first time I have looked at this site in over a Month, Welcome is all I can say, GRATE Set, My reason for not looking at the site for so long is because i have been going to quite a few Widespread Panic Shows, If you Want to a Super Grate LIve Concert, this is the Band, They are the Best They Have Ever Been. Jimmy there new member is a perfect fit. Advise all go ck them out you will not be disapointed.

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Joined: Feb 29 2008
Campin in Southern Oregon,..It Rocks !!


.... I just came from the most beautiful place in this whole country ..

Southern Oregon / Rogue River Wild & Senic Forest ... Jaw dropping Beauty !!!

Dark Star !!!! Hawks, Eagles, River Turtles, Blue Heron, Deer, Rabbits,

Milky Way Stars, Old Growth Trees... Ducks, Steelhead Trout...

....Wild Untamed Rivers, Suntan Smiling Faces ... Hope yer all having a great summer !!


Josh E Bear !!

Joined: Jul 31 2008
Hey everyone...I'm a newbie

Hey everyone...I'm a newbie on here...really enjoying the music thinking of buying Winterland box and perhaps the Cow Palace '76 this a pretty good starting point? Thanks!

Joined: May 30 2008
all excellent

all excellent choices...

love the early stuff

this '82 music is better, in my mind, than most other that i have heard from that time...

5 stars in my book

Joined: Jun 25 2007

Dantheman: Thanks for the heads up. You are right this isn't the place to voice non-music related opinions. I truly enjoy listening to JGB almost as much as the Dead, & now with the information provided I may feel comfortable in purchasing some of the Pure Jerry stuff, especially since one of the releases - Merriweather 89 - was my first 2 Jerry Band shows. Thanks again for the update. I just hadn't heard any more recent news. No more non-music postings for me. By the way, this Tangled up in Blue absolutely smokes. As noted not as rocking as the later year versions, but absolutely beautiful in this version. This week's taper's section also made me realize that I have to find my sbd copies of Red Rocks 82 & get them transferred to disc. HOT STUFF!!!!

Joined: Jul 28 2008
I miss Jerry

13 years. I can't believe it. Any chance of a JGB only tapers section week?

Joined: Aug 6 2007
Red Rocks

Was at the Red Rocks show, involved in an emotional scene with a gal I loved. It was an intense night with the rain, the music, the, um, stuff we took, and the love. A night to remember. Slept on the lawn at the Boulder public library that night! Thanks for the music, David.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Thanks for the 8-1 and other nuggets. Just got my Road Trips, vol. 3 and can't wait to give the Yale Bowl Dark Star a spin tomorrow. This is the best (remember trading dead tapes?, seems a distant memory to me now).

Peace and good love.


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