Grateful Dead

June 14 to June 20, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

As we head to the start of Summer, we have some excellent Fall Grateful Dead music, recorded in October and December, between 1973 and 1989.

Our first stop this week is in Charlotte, NC, on 12/10/73 when the Grateful Dead were continuing their majestic run of shows that started October 19 in Oklahoma City and ended December 19 in Tampa. From Charlotte, we have this typically hot-for-the-era Playing In The Band. You'll notice Donna is absent, as she missed the end of the tour due to her pregnancy. From the same show we also have this beautiful Brokedown Palace, always a treat to play this American Beauty classic.

From October, 1974, and included as a bonus track on the Grateful Dead Movie DVD, we have this terrific Scarlet Begonias, with a nicely stretched-out jam. The GD Movie is, in my opinion, the greatest audiovisual document of the Grateful Dead, and added to the magnificence of the Movie, there is two hours of bonus footage on the DVD, and loads of other extras, so it's certainly a DVD I recommend to everyone.

For a change of pace, in just about every way, we have Victim Or The Crime from Without A Net. I don't have the recording dates in front of me, but I seem to recall that this is from 10/15/89 in NJ.

Finally this week, we are pleased to play the final live east coast version of Saint Stephen from 10/15/83 in Hartford. The Grateful Dead would play it one more time, on 10/31/83 at Marin Civic, but then put it away for good. These three versions (Hartford, San Rafael and MSG on 10/11/83) are Brent's only versions of this Aoxomoxoa classic.

Be sure to stop in next week for some tasty Dead from 1969, 1979 and 1988. And as always, we encourage you to write to us with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section at the e-mail address below. Please put "Grateful Dead" in the subject so that our futuristic spam filters let the missive through.

David Lemieux


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smarcus's picture
Joined: May 20 2010
St. Stephen

I was lucky enough to see two of the three of these; MSG and San Rafael (on my 31st birthday no less!)

MSG was the first time I had seen the Grateful Dead outside of California...That place just jumped like no other venue I have ever been in since.

Thank you, and Stay In Touch!

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
Saucy Brokedown Palace

It just makes me smile all over! Thanks David for playing these, you made my week once again. You seem to do that every monday ;-) Wish I could have seen you @ Furthur Festival, just toooo much to do at a fun festival.

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Joined: Jun 21 2007
Smooth Brokedown!

Made my morning. Thank you guys, for the selections that keep on coming. Could not imagine not having them. The pain from JG leaving the planet never goes away, but these tapes sooth that ache.

ketogah's picture
Joined: Oct 27 2008

I went to some shows somehow in the 60s maybe time traveled or something, because I was born in '66, dream concert land. I am homesick for tour, too sick to travel, so I will see some more of you in my dreams :) Thank you, Many Blessings, Peace and Love, Nancy

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Awesome tracks

Great jams this week, David. Really digging that wide open PITB and the St. Stephen bust-out!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Charlotte Coliseum

Cool Venue 12-10-73 5-3-79 10-5-84 and The Furthur show on 2-10-10 at the now called Bojangles coliseum were great

derivative25's picture
Joined: Jul 4 2007
Grateful Dead.

Scarlet Begonias. Once upon a prison bed I played this song in my head and thought of Emer. Suits her to a 'T'. And pass by she did.

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Joined: Apr 12 2008
ST. STEPHEN at Hahtfid '83

Hey Man,
Recall the First note of St Stephen and the civic center erupting in
cheers.What a screech that was! Great to hear it here at T.S.
Diggin' the '73 Charlotte stuff too-Finest Kind!
Thanks for providing
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh


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