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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Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Lovin' the northwest

Good tunes this week while I'm enjoying the cool weather of Seattle and Bremerton, working in and out of my son's home. I'll try to send some of these cooler breezes back home to Kansas.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
winterland 73 ..

Hello ,

I d like to ask you folks for your most helpfuil advise

Im about to purchase the Winterland 73 box set .

being dead heads of the critical thinking type i know you guys are , tell me what reasons ar there for you to recommend me that very attractive to the eyes ( as the setlists look FAbulous } , say .. versus what i ll really find when i get it ? I mean , i could find myself w a kewl packaged box , but with an average performance type product .
Tell me folks , what do you think of that product , would you recommend it ? and give me as many reasons why please . Thanks

Is it as strong as DP 19 as that pick is a fine example of vault keeping , and vault releasing .. thanks

I live in Chile , but lived in the US for 16 years , so whom writes this , knows the US really well = ) ... peace

p.s Does anyone know if that bonus disc is still available anywhere, maybe here at the deadnet st ore .. many thanks again for your input

Joined: Sep 4 2007
insight ' 73

great China cat rider in Seattle ' 73

The Pitb in Seattle 73 though i dont wnt to hurt feelings is weak .. I give the band 36 years ago credit - allot of it - for trying but its not one of the greatest ones .

Its good to weigh , compare and realize that the band perhaps had some higher and more jammin moments at shows , than during other passages ..

The band being very young , in every sense of the word in 73 , say compared to 93 or 94 . And with all or without all of the training or preparation to play what they were playing , were doing really great stuff . They were slowly becoming one of the bands to beat the odds , and remain a succe3ssful enterprise ( before and after their interruption of activity throughout 1975 ] .

Also , having basically no other bands or aartists to ' copy ' or be influenced by as jam band ; as current artists have this band and others to learn from . The band - like in seattle 73 - does a great job .

Incredible to think that 36 years later , we would be basically drooling over the China cat > rider form that night . At least i am quite a bit


Joined: Jun 10 2007
enjoying myself

thanks for the picks, david- i am trapped in my office for day and you have certainly eased my pain!

i am glad to hear stuff i might have been able to go see- i was too young in the 70s & my parents have always been republicans and not predisposed to dead shows (although my mom did see the beatles at the state fair in 1964...)

thanks- looking forward to next week!

Joined: Jun 6 2007

The two shows excerpted here (6.24.73 and 6.26.73) would make for a nice release. The Dark Star form Portland is off the chain, and the Truckin>Other One, et al from Seattle is as fine as it gets.

Just sayin.' ;-)

Joined: Sep 15 2008

The 1990 is from 6/23/90 Eugene, OR

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
Hey D.L.

Hey D.L.
Another fine posting of music this week! Diggin' the '73 stuff yet again...
Wicked good!
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
fatabulous music

the '73 stuff is just golden! You picked some real winners this week, David. By the by, where's the jam from '90 from? That's a prodigious pre-Drumz sequence! All jams this week are excellently played.


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