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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Coconut Phil's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Suh-wheat jams.

The Tapers Section is the greatest thing to come out since the Ipod. I look forward to every Monday so I can download some classic Dead. Absolute favorite track so far would be Muddy Water. Thanks David.
Coconut Phil. Simpsonville, SC. 2007

gdradio's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
TGIM indeed!

More great selections from DL. Especially nice is the Shakedown Street>Playing In The Band>Dear Mr. Fantasy from 1984-06-14!
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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Thank God it's Monday! (never thought I'd be saying that)
The Dear Mr Fantasy is beautiful, I saw them pull this together in Maine (taped it) and have been listening to it ever since, thanks David :)
"if you get confused..."

GrayFolded's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Once again, some gems!!!!

I was hanging out with TC and Terrapin Flyer on Friday...Love 70!!!!!!!!! Great picks this week!!!!
Row is one of my favs!!!

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