Grateful Dead

June 11 - June 17, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and a big welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a nice mix of three distinct eras of Grateful Dead music: 1969, 1978 and 1989.

Our first selection is from 1/17/69 in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, where we have a couple of classic late-60s Grateful Dead tracks: That's It For The Other One>Cosmic Charlie. The head of TIFTOO is clipped due to the tape starting late, and there's a fun intro to Cosmic Charlie.

Next is the opening sequence of songs from 5/6/78 in Burlington, VT, the Grateful Dead's first-ever performance in Vermont. From that show we have Sugaree, New Minglewood, Peggy-O, Beat It On Down The Line, Loser. This tour saw a couple of rare openers: this Sugaree, and a Franklin's Tower show-opener from a few nights later in Syracuse on 5/9/78.

Our last selection this week is the midnight extravaganza on 12/31/89 in Oakland, CA, featuring Space Soundscape>Iko Iko, Victim Or The Crime>Dark Star. To this day, I have vivid memories of the first notes of Dark Star coming out of the chaos of Victim, my first live Dark Star. Although not as out-there as the previous version (10/26/89), this one does seem some deep space exploration.

Be sure to stop by next week for more great music from deep within the vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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so smart pantie pants

so smart pantie pants

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17 of one, 1969

O-o-o-o:
the glistening bent guitars after "Quadlibet for Tenderfeet" segues into "The Faster We Go, the Rounder We Get" (Cryptical Reprise).
Like cantaloupes and wine on the Rambles in Barcelona. Or the Weminuche Wilderness in Colorado.
Sweet.
And I think the unfamiliarity of the musicians in "Cosmic Charlie" is great:
guitarists stepping around thorny weeds in a minefield, looking for their way. Refreshing.

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It would have been fun to hear Jerry sing "Sweet Emotion"

or Phil.

weird cover songs.

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haha

That's a really nice description of Sugaree, Stoltzfus, "most exciting boring song ever." It is a great riff that wears on you quickly, but the solos generally save the song and make it worthwhile. That's my problem with the Europe '72 versions-there are no solos and the song just drags for me.

I will respectfully disagree with your Aerosmith comment though, at least re: their 70's output. And the song you quote from, Sweet Emotion, is on that short list of songs that you hear all the time, but don't get sick of (for me at least, Dream On would be on the other side of the list, great song that you've heard TOO MUCH).

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I like Sugaree and am bored by it at the same time

the riff is lots of fun, yet it is reallllllly repetitive.

I have called it the most exciting boring song ever.

shake it shake it shake it shake it.

standing in the front just a-shakin' yo ass (Aerosmith sucks so much.) Of course, they have sold a lot more records (millions) than I have (zero).

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unrelated topic

a shout out to 10/31/85 and 9/3/85. Europe 72 shows they are not, but are a lot of fun.

To borrow a quote from Family Guy (Stewie's a Deadhead, and you know it...he'd trade his shirt for a grilled cheese):

Where does the show end and reality begin? That's the fun!

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New Years Show.

man oh man, what a night. Never really got into Victim, and was a little dogged at the song choice. Then, WHAM!, ah that was a treat for sure. Always loved these Oakland runs, as they were an easy shot from the Oregon border. Drove like a bat out of hell in Nicks old Volvo. 80 mpg the whole way listening to Eat a Peach. Thanks for the clip this week. The volvo still is on the road, 320,000 miles and only burns a little oil.

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question

Is 1/17/69 the earliest '69 show in the vault?

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actually, it was yesterday, not last night.

OCD, OCD, not much fun for you and me.

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a simple venting of non-GD related stress

WHY DO SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO BE SO *&^#^#*@*@((#&*& LAME?

THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT ACT LIKE CLOACAS. WHY CAN'T PEOPLE JUST BE DECENT?

There is a blueprint, a guide, a model for how to act decently...unfortunately, not enough people follow that blueprint.

Sigh.

Onward!

listened to part of 4/17/72 last night. TRUCKIN' is richly potent.

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