Grateful Dead

June 18 - June 24, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

June was always busy month in the Grateful Dead’s touring schedule, and we once again cover more than 20 years of recorded music.

Our first selection this week is this long Lovelight from 6/20/69 at the Fillmore East. In an ideal world, there would be nice 7.5 ips reels of this show (and this tour, really), but all that exists in the vault are cassette masters. But, there was some great music played on this tour, so although it doesn’t sound quite as good as a reel master, the music certainly can be appreciated. A unique element of this Lovelight is that, after Jerry seemingly has some guitar troubles (broken string?), he picks up his acoustic guitar and offers what must be one of the only, or perhaps the only, acoustic guitar solo in the middle of Lovelight.

Moving forward a few years, to 6/24/73 in Portland, Oregon, is the second set jam of Dark Star>Eyes of the World>China Doll, a perfect 1973 jam. This little summer tour of 1973 (Vancouver on 6/22 through to Universal Amphitheatre on 7/1) is often overlooked due to the magnificent quality of the February-April shows, and the October-December 1973 run of perfection, but there was plenty of excellent music played on this short tour. We’ll be bringing you more of this tour next week, as it certainly contains a few shows that deserve greater recognition.

We’ll next jump ahead to 1985, to Alpine Valley. This version of Keep on Growing demonstrates the tape quality limitations of many 1980s-era soundboards, specifically a not-too-good mix. This problem is often different venue-by-venue, as evidenced by this jam from the next show in Cincinnati on 6/24/85, Samson and Delilah>He’s Gone>Smokestack Lightning>Cryptical Envelopment. These 1985 audio clips are from the Beta PCM digital masters, which often have quite severe drop-out issues, as evidenced by the drop-out in Samson and Delilah (the Iko Iko that preceded Samson and Delilah was plagued with drop-outs and was unusable here; on another note, we’ll be sure to bring you the post-Space portion of the Cincinnati show in the future to complete the Cryptical sequence). We’ll have some Alpine 84 material in a couple of weeks that sounds excellent; it goes to show, you don’t ever know…

In 1989, the band played the well-known Summer Solstice pay-per-view show, but what often falls under the radar is the middle-night of this Shoreline run, 6/19/89. From that great show is this Stuck Inside of Mobile (with the Memphis Blues Again)-Bird Song first set sequence. These were the first shows recorded on multi-track tape in preparation for Without A Net, and although no parts of these shows were included on Without A Net, it’s good to know that first-cabin 24-track tapes of these Shoreline shows exist.

A year later, the band was at Autzen Stadium in Eugene sharing the stage with Little Feat. As anyone who was there will remember, these shows began at 12 noon, and ended around 5 PM, allowing concert-goers to go for a nice meal after the shows, perhaps a canoe ride down the river beside the stadium, catch a movie, and be back at the Red Lion by 11 PM. This was also the run where Bill Graham read a quote from stage from the Eugene Chief of Police along the lines of “I’d rather work eight Grateful Dead concerts than one University of Oregon football game.” From these shows is the second set closing jam of The Wheel>I Need A Miracle>Morning Dew on 6/23/90.

Much had changed a year later, specifically the addition of Bruce and Vince on keyboards. From 6/22/91 in Chicago is the show opening Hell In A Bucket-Shakedown Street, with Jerry in particular having a blast during Shakedown Street, evidently having fun with the MIDI effects on his guitar.

From Deer Creek on 6/23/93, here is one of the nicest little Lazy River Roads. This song is certainly under-represented on official releases, so we wanted to make sure you had a good one to check out.

Lastly this week is another taste of 5/5/78 in New Hampshire by popular demand. This second-set closing sequence of Not Fade Away>Stella Blue>Around and Around is typical of the era, which is to say somewhat predictable, but very inspired. Complete with reel-flip, to retain the authenticity of the master reels.

Come back next week to hear a bit more of the aforementioned summer tour of 1973, some cool jams from 1984, 1985 and 1987, and a quirky piece from 1969. Feel free to write with questions, comments, suggestions or requests.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 20 2007

Some more great stuff from the Leminator!~

Joined: Jun 7 2007

Is there a soundboard for 6/20/83 in the vault? Thanks for sharing these weekly nuggets!

Joined: Jun 4 2007

RODGER ALLINSON johhnyg you were asking about hershey , river bend and cuyahoha falls from85 ihave decent callthem b+ copies of those shows ontape i would be more than happy to help you out with copies if you contact me my email is if you want the shows let me know peace

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Joined: Jun 20 2007
Possible shows to put up for Everyone

Hey Now! I love this feature and have been filling up my ipod so it's pretty much only Grateful Dead!
I have a couple shows to think about putting up for the masses:
9.18.87 - MSG, NY - the post Space GDTRFB>Watchtower>AM Dew>Good Lovin>La Bamba>
Good Lovin is AMAZING - Jerry is so ON it's freaky...
Feb & Dec 1989 L.A. Forum shows
5.19.92 - Cal Expo The Baba O'Riley>TNK encore for the 1st time!
5.87 - Laguna Seca shows!
7.88 Laguna Seca - China Cat>Crazy Fingers>Rider, Playin {Complete with a meltdown Space
in it while it was 110 degrees out!}
1985 Ventura Shows
and any Greek or Frost stuff from the late eighties...
Thanks & keep up the amazing work!

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Joined: Jun 15 2007
Ann Arbor 4-6-89

I have been looking for a SB copy of Ann Arbor 4-6-89 for years. This is one show I am suprised is not on the top of the list for many DeadHeads. This was the seacond show of a 2 night run. People the night after the first show was calling in family to get there for the next show. The lot the next day was very special, there was a feeling in the are, everybody was talking about how specail tonght was going to be. Man did the boys pull it off on that night. one of those nights where you did not move your body the music did it for you. PLEASE put this out for us as one of the Vault Shows David. Check it out and see what I mean

Joined: Jun 10 2007
more thanks!

thank you again for this incredible gift! i am particularly glad to fill in some gaps in time- but also to catch more versions of my favorite tunes.

what a fun job you must have- jeez, do you even call it 'work'?!

thank you for making my day- again!

Joined: Jun 12 2007
Answer to jparis

Well... to speak the truth I've not just checked all those very nice tapes from 74.
I've been listening to those very same tapes for awhile.
Fact is I can't get enough of that good thing...
Just compare the amount of tapes from any other year (take 70 for ex.)and the few tapes originating from 74.
That's the problem!!!
I wish Mr Lemieux were reading my messages...
P.S. doesn't it mean "The Best"?

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Joined: Jun 8 2007

That smokestack is one of the best I've heard. I love the way they do what they do.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Nice Picks

Thanks and keep the picks coming I like using your tid bits to check out whole shows

Peace & Love to my brothers & sisters

Joined: Jun 17 2007
marty robbins

David We live for this stuff. Is there a piece of EL PASO in your stash it seemed like whenever BoB sang this tune the show reached further


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