Grateful Dead

July 29 - August 4, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we check out some Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1972 and 1984 as we roll into August, passing Jerry's birthday as we go.

Our first stop this week is on 7/3/69 in Colorado Springs, CO, where the Dead were playing as part of their summer run of shows. From this show we have Hard To Handle, He Was A Friend Of Mine, Lovelight, including one of the best versions of He Was A Friend Of Mine I've ever heard. Please note this was drawn from the cassette master, as there is no known reel of this performance.

From three years later, we have music from 9/15/72 at the Boston Music Hall, the first of two nights in Boston. From this mighty fine show, we have He's Gone, Me and My Uncle, Bird Song, Mexicali Blues, Ramble On Rose. These shows were originally scheduled to take place at SPAC in Saratoga Springs, NY, but the town decided against hosting two nights of the Grateful Dead, and it would be 11 years before the Dead debuted at SPAC.

Lastly this week, from 6/29/84 in Akron, OH, we have Scarlet Begonias>Touch Of Grey>//Dear Mr. Fantasy>Man Smart (Woman Smarter). This sequence of Scarlet>Touch would precede the more famous 7/13/84 version, which of course would then segue into Fire On The Mountain. There is a cassette cut at the start of Dear Mr. Fantasy, which debuted only two weeks earlier on 6/14/84 at Red Rocks.

Be sure to join us here next week. More tunes from the vault coming up.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Dec 17 2011

Not just 1972, September 1972 an iconic month to start an epic season, that being Fall '72. Need I say more?

Joined: Aug 17 2007
He Was a Friend...

Oh and thanks also for the link, wilfredt.

Joined: Aug 17 2007
He Was a Friend of Mine

You have to be okay with this Friend of Mine being out of tune to nonetheless appreciate it maybe being a better or "best" version. I don't say this to criticize you, gerhard; but that's just a fact of the performance, as is the homeliness of Jerry's playing (typical of the year, & also of 1970, I think). Did they ever play this song with their instruments in tune?

But - the singing's tenderly affecting, and gosh there are Dark Starry elements and moment in the middle.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
they should use Pigpen tracks on Cialis commercials

horny ol' Pig.


Joined: Jan 13 2010
I love the really old HTHs

they sound like a drunken giant trying to do morning calisthenics immediately after getting out of bed.

Part of the GD's appeal to me is the sloppiness that comes along with the tightrope walking and running and jumping and leaping.


Joined: Jun 13 2007

The Ramble On Rose
He's Gone

is phenomenal.

Things you can have if
you want it more than
once; ah repeat.

And I think I want to
do it again...
it will
just happen, oh yeah.

Times like this are when
I like to say it
more than once!

Steal Your Face
Right Off Your Head

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Joined: Jul 20 2012
what a completely crappy day at work...

lots o' psychodrama, meltdowns, and auditory mishaps and there wasn't even any acid involved (that I know of). This '69 selection is just what the doctor ordered to straighten things out. Once again, thanks DL. :)

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Joined: May 26 2007

what OS/version of Firefox? It's working fine for me in firefox on a mac.

Joined: Apr 25 2008

I had to use IE in order to get it to play - it would not play with FireFox

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Saved the '69
for today
making it a...




kinda day.
How joyous, xo!

We will all be dead
and gone by
the '69 of the
& they will still be
"He was a friend of mine"

So, live while you breathe
and..."Don't Forget" to


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