Grateful Dead

June 11 - June 17, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week, we have a nice selection of music from 1970 to 1991, with hopefully a little something that’ll suit everyone’s taste.

Our earliest selection this week is from 6/12/70 in Hawaii, one of the few shows the Grateful Dead played in that state. This rendition of That’s It For The Other One features a particularly potent “Drums” segment. The sound is a little raw, but is much better than it was earlier in the show, when Weir had to stop a tune mid-song to berate the sound man with an expletive-filled rant.

Moving ahead to 1976, we have some nice material from the comeback tour. This Row Jimmy from 6/17/76 in Passaic shows how well the new seven-piece band was listening to one another; very dynamic playing. From a week earlier, we have two selections from the 6/12/76 show in Boston: a beautiful Comes A Time, as well as the unique show closing jam of Sugar Magnolia>U.S. Blues>Sunshine Daydream. My old cassette always lacked this final Sunshine Daydream part of the medley, so in case yours did, too, here it is. Enjoy.

We’ll now fast-forward eight years to 6/14/84 at Red Rocks, with the second set opening trio of Shakedown Street>Playing In The Band>Dear Mr. Fantasy. This, of course, is the first-ever performance of Dear Mr. Fantasy, and it packs a lot of emotion, thanks to Brent and Jerry working through the song together. It’s just a terrific moment when the band drops into Fantasy from the depths of a chaotic Playing jam.

From 1991 at Giants Stadium, we have two segments. First is the rare first set opener of Eyes of the World from 6/17/91, and second is the second set opening jam of Jack Straw>Crazy Fingers>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from 6/16/91. We’re always interested in bringing you unique sequences, and this one certainly qualifies.

One thing we didn’t have a chance to play last week was the show opener from 6/10/73 at RFK Stadium in Washington, a great Morning Dew. With a start like this, it’s no surprise that show turned out to be a classic.

Finally this week is another track from 5/5/78 by popular demand, Candyman. This show has always fallen a bit under the radar, but it’s a dandy.

Be sure to check in next week from some great June material from 1969, 1973, 1985, 1993, and probably a few other choice bits. As always, feel free to write with questions, comments or suggestions.

David Lemieux

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Bozo Bus's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Once again

Thanks for the nice selection of tunes. I love downloading this stuff. Fits in a nice little niche on the iPod for random great cuts.

67chinacat's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
Whoo hoo

Yee-Haw! Great China/Rider! Now that's travelin' music....

Joined: Jun 6 2007
SMag>US Blues> SSDD

Not sure how how that great "SMag>US Blues> SSDD" eluded me all these years, but WOW! Love the singing on "U.S. Blues" especially! Nice choice!

pantagruel's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Monday is my new favorite day of the week!

You keep hittin' 'em out of the park David! Thanks for all these delightful nuggets.

johnnyg's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Zoinks~great week in dead history

Another great offering
Loser is Gigantic
Time to start taking off Monday's.
What an awesome service.
We are truly blessed.

“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!” - unknown

bob_dylan's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
thank you

Keep this stuff coming. Tell Rhino to get moving too!

Joined: Jun 11 2007

David... please keep it up.. you are spreading around some great gems here....

Mirmel's picture
Joined: Jun 10 2007

Thanks for posting the tastys!

darkstarlarry's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Thanks for the Eyes opener!

I was at that 6/17/91 Giants Stadium show, and I still consider it to be one of the best shows I've ever attended (probably second only to 9/10/91, and maybe 9/22/93.) I'd love to see it as a complete Vault release.

Joined: Jun 11 2007
Tapers Section

Many thanx for the Taper's Section! I love my weekly shot of David's pix
I'd also like to thank Charlie Miller for bringing out those crispy, hot torrents!

BTW, the new site is great! And what about that Friend of Mine>ChinaCat>New Potato
last week! This is a whole new era


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