Grateful Dead

June 23 - June 29, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we're going to jump around a bit, but the end result a whole bunch of really good Grateful Dead music from this week in the band's recorded history.

Our first stop is the Fillmore West on 4/12/70. This was the final night of a four night run of shows that, as we mentioned last year at this time, mostly doesn't exist in the vault. These shows are famous for the fact the Miles Davis Quintet was the opening act. Say what?!? Indeed. Also, from this 4/12/70 show, Phil selected the Dancing In The Street for inclusion on his Fall Out From The Phil Zone compilation. Also from this night, we're pleased to play a few songs from the then-soon-to-be-released Workingman's Dead, a nice combination of Cumberland Blues-Dire Wolf, and from a bit later in the show, Black Peter-Uncle John's Band. It's too bad this entire run doesn't exist; that would be make a stellar 10-CD boxed set release!

While we're at the 4/12/70 show this week, we figure we might as well play the show-closing sequence of songs, just because it's so good: It's A Man's World, Viola Lee Blues>Feedback. Certainly an appropriate way to end a four night run of shows at the Fillmore West in 1970.

Next we'll stop into 1973 to a show a little out of our date range, 6/24/73 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. We played a little bit of this show a couple of weeks ago, and we thought you might like to have another taste, so here is a great little China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from late in the first set.

Jumping ahead ten years, we'll check out some music from one of only two shows the Grateful Dead ever performed in the state of West Virginia, on 4/10/83 in Morgantown. The other West Virginia show was 4/16/78 in Huntington, which unfortunately does not exist in the vault. However, from the show in 1983, there are very clean Beta PCM digital tapes (heard here) and cassette masters. From the second set of 4/10/83, we have Uncle John's Band>Playing In The Band.

Finally this week, from the magnificent live album from the Jerry Garcia Band, Don't Let Go, recorded at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco on 5/21/76, we have the set closing song, Lonesome and Long Way From Home. Although not quite as way out there as the song would become by early 1978, this is a mighty fine version.

Be sure to check back in next week for more great music. Please feel free to write with questions, comments, requests or suggestions, to the email address below. Please put “Grateful Dead” in your subject so that I can easily identify it as non-spam. Thanks.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Nov 21 2007
finally something from my b-day 4-12

so nice i got the flyplayer to work and it`s a 4-12 show ,, my birthday !! how cool !!
Thank you David for the nice selections this week ... very nice indeed .... Love the JGB !!
answer to above Q - .. probobley is top secret ,, lol ..

Joined: Jul 16 2007
Vault contents

I've heard this brought up many times. Multiple requests, but not a peep from DL. Are the contents of the Vault top secret?

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Bob Weir on cover of Acoustic Guitar magazine

Hey Now:

In case you haven't heard or seen...Bob Weir is on the cover of the most recent issue (8-08)Acoustic Guitar magazine. There is a nice interview with him where he details some of his approach to guitar playing. A complete trascription of "Cassidy" (the 'Ace' version) is also included.

Thanks again for the nugs DL! But, I'd politely add: more rarities please! How come we all have crispy boards of stuff that is not known to exist in the vault (see 7-8-78 or 4-16-78)? I personally would love more details about the vault, and what is actually inside. Long live the dead.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Paging Mr. Lesh...

Hello David,
Always nice to hear another Viola Lee.

Looking forward to summer (or listening forward, in this case), how about some PHIL tunes? In a quick look through Dick's 'Dex, and of all my Dicks Picks, and looking through past taper section selections, there aren't particularly that many Phil tunes. I'm sure there are a million reasons why I can't seem to find any, but perhaps there are a few random Phil tunes that might spark our interest. Thanks and safe summer travels, Jim

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
Howzabout A 1970 Road Trip?

I hope to hear a future Road Trips release from the great great year of 1970 since so little has seen the light of day in good quality. Thanks for posting these nuggets!

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Joined: Feb 29 2008
UJB > PLAYIN From 83 ~ Smokin Noodlin from Jerry !

wooooooooooooo weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

I lov that Noodlin sounds Jerry does back in early 80's,, wow, that is some hot shit,

thanks for playing and posting that Nugget for us .. play more 80's !! they are on fire ~

You could Hear Drumz was gonna be smoking , 2 ...

I cant get enuf ~ ok, back to java and bong rips ~

S U M M E R !! 20000000000008 !!! Josh E Bear !!

Joined: Jun 8 2007
Thanks David

Not getting to this until Thursday since it is my VACATION!!!

Nice job as always DL. Thanks!

Joined: Sep 4 2007
5 stars

This , was a really good week of the TS . Thanks D L . Of special mention that material from 4 12 70 .

Does the song ' Let me in ' exist anywhere in the vault Dave ? Peace

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Joined: Feb 29 2008
Wish I was A Headlight..Bob Weir Set List from Oregon

Hello Heads all over the Globe... Me and many of my great and wonderful freak friends went to Opening nite of Bob Weirs RatDawg Show in Eugene, Or.

Though i wish for a longer show and more tunes ( I guess His new format is One Long Set, goodbye to intermission ... yea, there was still drumz ~ )

it was a seemingly short show in that format, but the Music and Sounds were Great !!

So it goes .... Opener : Jam > Shakedown Street ! THUMPIN, NICE VOCAL WORK ~
Then,.... Maggies Farm , Loser (yes! ) then some song I aint ever
heard b4 , " Spin the Wheel like elijah would" ... Eh ~ Loose Lucy (a real slow version)
then a Hit out of Left Field > a Jerry Band Tune ~!~ Catfish John ~ really nice jam...
then ... Warren Haynes Joined the stage for Dylans " Master Of War " ,, wow, heavy fuckin tune, i aint ever heard it b4,, nice song ... West LA FADE AWAY > IKO IKO > DRUMZ W/ Hornz and Stuff.. it got weird ~ Come Together ( Beatles Tune) ... TOUCH OF GREY was the Last Song .. Touch got real hot, jamming at the End !

then Bob said see ya all later, and we were all like ... WTF ? ... 13 SONGS OR SO ..

My Bro went Ahead to Seattle,, and there he caught : Help > Slip .. also Big RXR Bluz, Bird Song, Jack Straw, Franklins Tower,, Now that the Show I should have gone 2..

oh well !! The show i went to sounded great and Mark Karan Looked and Played Great, .. so did Bob ~
at least i got one more show in and thank god Bob still Tours ~

ALOHA and Happy Summer Party on ~ Josh E Bear !!

Joined: Jul 16 2007

Double cheers for the Garcia Band as well as the china> rider (one day hoping to obtain every one from 73-74)! Keep up the grate work!


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