Grateful Dead

June 24 - June 30, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from three Spring Tours, in 1977, 1979 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is from the penultimate show of the outstanding Spring Tour of 1977. Many of the shows from this tour have now been released, and this 5/26/77 show from Baltimore is one of the few that has not. From this shiw, we have the end of the first set, featuring Brown Eyed Women, Looks Like Rain, Jack-A-Roe, New Minglewood Blues, Bertha.

Next we have music from the first-ever Grateful Dead show at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA, on 5/4/79. From this fine show we have Passenger; I Need A Miracle>Bertha>Good Lovin'. The version of Passenger ends the first set, and Miracle onward is the start of the second set. The end of Good Lovin' cuts on the master cassette. This is Brent Mydland's third show as a member of the Grateful Dead, and you can hear his comfort level growing with every show on this tour.

Lastly this week we have music from 4/29/84 at Nassau Coliseum, featuring the first four songs of the first set, including a couple of heavyweight first set jamming vehicles: Feel Like A Stranger, Friend Of The Devil, CC Rider, Bird Song.

Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes from the vault. As always, we encourage you to write to us at the email address below with questions, comments, suggestions, and anything else you have on your mind.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 10 2010

wow, really enjoying that 84 Nassau
keep them 84's coming

Joined: Jan 13 2010
hope springs eternal for SPACEBROTHER

I also would love a GD84 box set.

Alpines and Greeks and Venturas.

all over, baby...yeah.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
off-topic, yet on-topic

a long time ago I happened upon a film on TV with old-time rock and rollers playing at a festival.

Every so often I would have a brief recall of it, and then move on.

I happened upon it again on youtube today. It is the London Rock and Roll Show from August 1972.

great performances by Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, and more.

Such beautiful, organic stuff.

It is worth checking out. You will see young hipsters trying to look rockabilly, and even see a few punk roots in the styles.

Very worthy of your attention.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
the phil phactor

Phil's bass comes through nice and strong on the '79 clip. That's for sure...

Joined: Jun 4 2007

When does the '84 box come out?! It's way overdue.


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