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


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Joined: Jan 13 2010

Wow. That's a new one.

12/31/89: I was bowling in Pittsburgh with relatives. Not quite the same as being at a GDNY show. Glad to hear the show here 22.5 years later.

Yesterday it was nice and warm (not hot) in Seattle at Alki Beach. I got the hankering for attending a GD show.

Is there any band currently performing that comes anywhere near the GD experience that I might catch outdoors?

I feel so old. Last night at a friend's house he was watching some clip from Coachella, and the guy who recorded the pleasant little tune "smack my bitch up" was doing his thing. He looked so ridiculous to my 48 year old eyes. I mean he looked SILLY. But he was supposed to be a bad-ass. Snicker.

Joined: Aug 21 2007
Dark Star

Also my first DS, and my only with Brent. The first notes were definitely a revelation. This was actually the last show I saw with Brent. At the time I was getting fed up with something in the Dead scene. Can't remember what it was, maybe my own compulsion to see shows and then be disappointed. I didn't see another show until the December shows in 1990 with Bruce and Vince, which I thought ere quite good at the time. I missed a few good ones there, including the one from Shoreline that ended up as a View from the Vaults release. Did not like Shoreline at the time either. Guess I was just a grumpy mofo.

Joined: Oct 1 2007
Sugaree Opening...

Was fun that night. Almost exactly a year later, 5/9/79 they opened with a massive 17 min. Sugaree in Binghamton, which also featured the return of China-Rider to the east coast, and a monster Truckin' jam. Fun times, good memories!

Joined: Sep 11 2007
UVM '78

If the 60 min from Terrapin to the end of the show were to emerge in great sound, that would be treasure I think. Much like a Fall '77 roar. Some of my favorite from a very good year.

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Joined: Dec 25 2009
wish i could have been there

missed both shows at Patrick Gym in Burlington, vt.. it is a small, intimate venue and the boys enjoyed themselves there quite a bit. burlington is still a small city and must have seemed very small and sleepy in 1979. maybe 30,000 people in the town on the shore of lake champlain near the border with canada.

this show is good but the 83 show is definitely worth a listen for the dew alone.


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