Grateful Dead

June 16 - June 22, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

We have lots of cool stuff this week from throughout the Grateful Dead's recordings, including music from 1976, 1991 and some other nuggets.

Our first stop this week is at the first night of a three night run at the Capital Theatre in Passaic, NJ, in 1976. The band started their comeback with two shows in Portland, OR, four in Boston, two in New York, followed by these three in Passaic. From the end of the second set, we have this mighty Let It Grow>Wharf Rat, from 6/17/76. When they came back in 1976, the Grateful Dead left behind the Weather Report Prelude and Part 1, which is too bad, but these go-it-alone Let It Grows sure are good, with that nifty little drum break.

While we're talking about the whole Weather Report Suite, and looking at this week's date, we'd be remiss if we didn't play the whole Weather Report Suite jam from 6/18/74 in Louisville. There are certain shows that are legendary amongst Dead Heads, and certain jams that are equally famous, as this is one of them, rightfully so. So, here you go: Weather Report Suite>The Other One>Space>It's a Sin Jam>Stella Blue. There is a cut in the master reels during Stella Blue, but otherwise this sequence sounds great, and is played exquisitely.

One little technical side note: I often refer to “cuts in the master reels,” although there are no cuts in the master reels. What I'm referring to is a reel change, as most of the 2-track reels in the vault are 7” tape running at 7.5 inches per second, meaning the tape runs out every 46 or so minutes. The recordist would then, as quickly as he or she could, put on a new reel and hit record, a process that would take 20-40 seconds. So, to answer those occasional questions I've received on what a “cut in the master reel” means, there you have it.

Throughout 1974, there were incredible, unique jams played with an inspired energy, such as the jam above from 6/18/74. Another great example is the jam that bridges the Playing in the Band jam and the Scarlet Begonias from 8/6/74 (see Dick's Picks Vol. 31 for that one), and another cool one is this jam from 6/16/74 in Des Moines, IA, Eyes of the World>Big River, specifically the transition from Eyes to Big River. Great stuff. I've always felt that a compilation of 6/16 and 6/18/74 would make a tremendous CD release.

Our next stop this week is at Alpine Valley in East Troy, WI, site of many fine Grateful Dead shows throughout the 1980s. From 6/22/85, we have the second-set closing sequence of Dear Mr. Fantasy>I Need A Miracle>Stella Blue>Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away. This was the start of the very good, and intriguing, Summer Tour of 1985. The tour was recorded to both Beta PCM digital tapes and good old analog cassettes. This sequence was drawn from the PCMs.

Thanks for stopping in, and be sure to come by next week for more great music. As always, we really encourage you to write with questions, comments, suggestions or requests. We welcome it all, and please include the words “Grateful Dead” in the subject of your email, sent to the address below.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 25 2007
Jam in the other one

As I sit listening to the other one>sin jam I'm completely blown away. WOW!!!! IMO it's really hard to top 74 for those really out in the stratosphere jams. I always loved the way Phil's bass had that really fat sound w/ the Wall of Sound system. Great playing by all, but Jerry's riffs are otherworldly. Keep the good stuff comin'!

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Joined: Jun 11 2007
eyes> big river

has to be one of the best swampy bluegrassy transitions in dead history, seamless and so smooth, the noodles on the river are just so Jerry pickin and grinnin'

i have been lovin it for years.
74 was special
good job vault master!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
following Let It Grow > Wharf Rat,

there is the aforementioned start of Around & Around. Then, about 10 seconds later, there is a portion of Looks Like Rain which then fades out. What's up with this?

Like mikebike says, don't tease us like that! ;^)

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
as always...

thanks David!!!
Streaming Grateful Dead and more

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Whatabout a 6/16 + 6/18/74 release???

Not that a compilation is a bad idea but.......I'd rather have both shows in their entirety- preferably remastered like the ones on Winterland '73.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
um...what '91 stuff

Hey Now!

I'm afraid to mention since there's such a plethora of goodies offered this week. I don't see any '91 stuff. I see '85, '76, and '74 which is delightful...Oh well, maybe next time. :-)

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Eyes of the World> Big River

That summer day so long ago and now it is tickling my ears in the here and now, ahhh, this is such a chrisper version than I have on my soundboard CDs.
By all means, please release some of this in clear & clean stereo for us all to enjoy,... away from this computer, out in the wild and wonderful beyond, rolling down the road, back in the woods, in our backyard, at our leisure. That would be so welcome. Great idea.
And the show 2 days later would be a delightful classic treat as well. Those '70's shows have a special place in my heart. Thanks.

Joined: Jun 27 2007

I don't know what i would do without your Rx, Dr. David. THANK YOU!!!

round and round

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Joined: Feb 29 2008
pinpoint synchronicty !!! grateful dead !!!

David !!! Unreal that you Post my all time fave weather report Jam , ever...

6-18-74, was the very 1st GD Bootleg Cassette Tape someone gave me back in my college days... I was a freshman back in 89 in some small college near Boston,,

I knew GD music, but had no Tapes of my own, and some older Kid said , here, youhave to Hear this Show...

YES ! Smoking weed and eating Doses and listening to that that Tape over and over again , I know that part of the show to the "T" .. it truly is Amazing Jazz / Space Dead at its Best !! yahoo !!

Billy is On Top ~ Phil is Making Galaxies Spiral then Gargle , Jerry is Pulling Teeth thru Quaszers , Bobby is Creeping up the back 40 ... Its Nuts ..

I call the Jam after Other 1 " Melt yer face " it really does do things to the room ~

I still own and Cherish THAT TAPE , Dearly ,,, YES !!!!! If you look up that whole show, it was a long and great set-list ( 73-74 all were )

I also have been lucky enough to hear that Eyes > Big River and that will get you Spinning like a Country Cat around the Room ~ yehaw !!

and, anything from 85 , to me, i dont have much of those years on tape, is a real treat

they are the best band ever !!!! 6-18-74 for ever !!!!! yes !!

Please release that 6/16-6/18 74 disc,,,that would be Hot !!!

Oh yea, Oregon has warmed up real nice,, I hope folks are doin ok where-ever they are !

Bobby weir show this friday in Eugene,, I will post a set-list here next week ~ Peace !!

Josh E Bear !!

Joined: May 30 2008
good tunes, again

following let it grow>wharf rat you can hear the start of what sounded to be a solid round and round... don't tease me like that :)

good weather report (never heard a bad one)

and the NFA is a solid closing...


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