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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pooksmasterjam's picture
Joined: Aug 28 2007
Groovy stuff Dave :)

Schoolgirl and Cold Rain are my all time favs. keep Red Rocks coming.. maybe some ATL from early 90s??

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Joined: Apr 12 2008
JGB always welcomed in my house

Merci Beaucoup Misiur Lemieux for breaking out the Garcia band stuff
once again.You throw a mean change-up pal.
over and out in n.h.

Joined: Jun 10 2007


you know how i love cold rain and snow, and you play it for me just when i need it most! bless you, you wonderful (and oh-so intuitive!) man! not only will it help my mood (i had to go back to school today for a teacher day--uuugh--), but it should also help my cubbies as they play the brewers tonight.

thanks for that voodoo that you do, david--


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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Jerry's Estate

Chuck, no beef with you, but consider a point of view where you could keep your enjoyment of the music and your personal views of another person whom you do not know separate. If it makes you feel any better, there was a settlement deemed to be fair by all parties (at least, it was agreed to by them) that essentially bought out MG's and the daughters' interests in the music, art, etc that Jerry created during his lifetime.
Having said all that, love MG as I do (again, not known personally but by reputation), and all due respect to Jerry's (real) kids, Deborah is who we thought she was a few years ago, and that is a person who was and is seeing that the art and music Garcia made can and is being enjoyed by more folks in the world as a result of her efforts.
"If you get confused, listen to the music play..." Peace out, brothers and sisters. "D the M"

Joined: Jun 6 2007
What of range of music

This set is why we wait until Monday morning for the latest gems. Freinds ask why I still am an avid Deadhead- this set has everything to show the diversity and how much fun the music has been for years!! THANKS !!!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
73 Dark Star

amazing. thanks David!
Streaming Grateful Dead and more

Joined: Jun 25 2007
Pure Jerry

Great selections as always to get my week started. Dark Star/El Paso is excellent. As I've said on this site before there's simply no better spot to listen to the earliest stuff than here. The 66 stuff is fantastic. Always loved Cream Puff War Live.
One question I want to ask if anyone can answer: Is Deborah Koons still getting all the profits from the Pure Jerry releases? I love the music & the sound can't be beat, but that said I will never buy anything that advances that woman's wealth after what she put Mountain Girl & Jerry's daughters through w/ all the court b/s. Don't want to start ranting, but she has a lot of nerve considering she was only married to him for just over a year.

Anyway another great week. Thanks.


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