Grateful Dead

June 22 - June 28, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers Section, where this week we’ll begin our summer proceedings with some tasty Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1990 and 1991.

Our first stop on this week’s journey is at the Memorial Coliseum on 6/24/73 in beautiful Portland, OR, a venue that is the former home of the Trail Blazers (they’ve since moved to the bigger Rose Garden across the plaza in Portland’s Rose Quarter) and current home of the WHL’s Winter Hawks hockey team. This is the second show on a short six show tour in the Summer of 1973, and this week we’ll feature Mississippi Half-Step, You Ain't Woman Enough, El Paso, Stella Blue, Greatest Story Ever Told, Bertha, all of which are played extremely well.

Heading north on I-5 for a stop on 6/26/73 in Seattle ( a bit of odd scheduling, as the show before Portland was on 6/22/73 in Vancouver, Canada), we have music from the Seattle Center Arena with a nice batch of music featuring The Race Is One, Cumberland, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, BIODTL, Loser, Playing In The Band. As usual for this era, Playing In The Band is a nice springboard to some outstanding improvisational music, with a terrific mix that prominently displays the talents of Bobby, Jerry, Phil and Billy, with Keith occasionally popping up with some interesting stuff.

Jumping ahead 17 years, but staying in the Pacific Northwest, we have music from the first of two night’s at Eugene, OR’s Autzen Stadium, on 6/23/90. These two concerts were scheduled quite late, as the weekend was originally scheduled elsewhere in California, but fire dangers prevented those shows happening, so Eugene was booked. The shows started at noon on beautiful summer days, with Little Feat opening from 12 to 1, then the Grateful Dead from about 2 to 5. After the shows, there was plenty of time to take a canoe ride down the river beside the stadium, grab a nice meal, see a movie, and be back at the hotel by 11 PM. And the shows were terrific. From the opening of the second set on the first night, we have Eyes of the World>Looks Like Rain>Crazy Fingers>Playing In The Band>Uncle John’s Band>Playing In The Band. This is one of the longest pre-Drums sequences of the era, clocking in at around 55 minutes. Even those of us using 110 minute cassettes to record the concerts were sweating it at the time.

Finally this week, from an amazing Grateful Dead show on 6/22/91 in Chicago, we have the opening trio of songs, featuring Hell In A Bucket>Shakedown Street>Wang Dang Doodle. There really was some great music played at these concerts

We’ll look forward to seeing you here next week for more great music from 1970, 1987 and 1989. Thanks for stopping in, and feel free to write with questions or comments about the Tapers Section to the email address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Sep 11 2009
Nice, that's golden, classic

Nice, that's golden, classic picks all around

Joined: Jan 17 2008
The 06/23/90 Euegene was my

The 06/23/90 Euegene was my first show. Over the next 5 years I saw about 20 more, but the Eugene shows will always have a very special place in my heart. I was transformed that day.

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Joined: May 26 2007

yes, it changed to streaming only, well over a year ago.

Welcome back, though, great to see you in these parts.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Thanks Dstache

You have given the Winterland box a really high evaluation . I believe your advise .

I think your opinion on the 1st show being good ,and the other two Great , is really like an absolute shure shot of very good quality muzak . Thanks again friend


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Joined: Jul 6 2007
Tapers Section

Hello folks......I haven't been on in over a year. I used to be able to download the jams here in the tapers section and now I can't. did something change??

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Joined: Sep 10 2007

Winterland 73 is from a peak period in Dead performance history (Lemieux loves the period). The first set show is Good, and the other two are GREAT. Other than the Fillmore West 69 box, which was only available as a limited edition, this is the best release the Dead have ever had.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
6/23/90 first show!

My first show and probably the best I saw. What a day . . . love it. Thanks

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Joined: Sep 16 2008
now we are talking!!!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

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Joined: Aug 22 2007
I didn't hear

cumberland blues an i missing something .. ? it says race is on > cumberland > chinacat but i dint hear no cumbielands WAH happnin


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Joined: Mar 7 2009

SO golden...thanks!


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