Grateful Dead

June 25 - July 1, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

The summer months were excellent times to see the band, with not only so many shows, but with so many downright excellent shows. So, in the spirit of the wealth of music from the Grateful Dead’s recorded history during this week, on to the sounds…

Our first installment this week is another unique sequence from 1969, one that starts quite normally, but features a one-time-only segue: from 6/27/69 in Santa Rosa, California, Dark Star>St. Stephen>Green Green Grass of Home. It’s a very strange way to come out St. Stephen, but as with much of what the band tried onstage, it sure did work.

As we mentioned last week, the short tour from June 22, 1973 to July 1, 1973 often falls under the radar, due to the exceptional tours earlier in the year and later in the year. However, it should not be overlooked, as heard in these selection from 6/26/73 in Seattle, Here Comes Sunshine and a typically hot 1973 China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. Also from this tour, at Universal Amphitheatre on 6/30/73 is the first set-closing combination of Black Peter-Playing In The Band. Although this Playing In The Band isn’t quite as long as some of the others from 1973, it does go WAY out there.

Jumping ahead exactly one year to 6/30/74 in Springfield, we are pleased to present an excellent Playing In The Band>Uncle John’s Band>Playing In The Band medley. This one hits not only the deep spaces you’d expect in Playing, but the Uncle John’s Band jam hits some very deep spaces as well. A great jam from a great show on a great tour.

While we’re in the 1970s, a little something we didn’t have a chance to play in May is this Bertha>Good Lovin’ from 5/5/78 in New Hampshire.

Many venues hold special meaning to Dead Heads due the exceptional shows that have been played in them, and Merriweather is certainly one of these venues. From 6/27/84 we have the second set closing jam of Morning Dew>Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away and from the end of the first set we have Let It Grow. This is all drawn from the cassette masters, which occasionally do sound very good, as evidenced here.

Next up we have a couple of very cool sequences from the Summer Tour of 1985. First is the second set-opening jam from Saratoga Springs’ ultra-cool SPAC, Feel Like A Stranger>Eyes of the World>Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad>Women Are Smarter. Aside from the very unusual combinations heard here are the segues themselves: seamless. And from the next night in Hershey, PA, on 6/28/85 is the one-time only Jerry triptych: Bird Song>Comes A Time>Deal to end the first set. Before hearing it, his had always been a sequence that on paper looked great, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint to the ears. Great stuff all the way through.

Our next selection requires a bit of a caveat: it is a very good example of many of the matrix tapes from 1987, meaning a combination of soundboard source and audience mic source blended together live at the show. Sometimes, this worked and created a wonderful live sounding tape, at others it wasn’t so successful. This would be one that leans toward the latter. However, the music and sequence are so good, the audio quality can very easily be overlooked. From 6/30/87 at Canada’s Wonderland near Toronto is this post-Drums sequence of The Other One>China Doll>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Around and Around>Good Lovin’. The band sure was having fun this night. Be sure to check back in next week for more great music from Canada.

Finally this week is this Minglewood Blues from 6/26/94 in Las Vegas that has it all, including some very inspired playing by Jerry. We haven’t played too much from 1994, but this is a nice little addition.

Check back in next week for some great stuff from 1984, 1970, 1969, 1981, and loads more. It’s always great to hear your feedback, so feel free to write.

David Lemieux
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Denis D's picture
Joined: Jun 27 2007
Weekly gifts !

Thank you for those weekly gifts I'll be waiting for every monday. I've just discovered them and it's happiness every time !
I remember the year 1971, when I heard "Skull and roses"... it was my first meeting with the Grateful Dead, I was 13. Then I bought all the records that were available at that time in France.
Now I'm 49 and the band is still in my heart, I keep on buying records on your store.
I miss Jerry, who became something like a brother to me.
Peace on you all.

CCRider's picture
Joined: Jun 25 2007
Visions of Johanna - Tampa '95?

Grateful job this week David! THANK YOU! Can you find any stand alone recordings of Visions of Johanna (like Tampa, Fl. 04-07-95) for us? Anything from this night would be a blessing. I was there along with 60,000+ crazy fans! Tampa stadium has since been torn down and replaced with a new one. I think this show would be a worthy Dave's Picks someday!!!

Joined: Jun 10 2007

thank you again for the great tunes! thank you!
got a 'cold rain and snow' hidden somewhere? i am willing to keep checking back for weeks and weeks and months and months and on and on...!!


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Joined: Jun 21 2007

Just like so many things in life: Didn't get my request, but got exactly what I needed. This '69 Dark Star you posted is MONSTER, Dave. It has a passionate yet sweet sound to it. The "Green Green Grass" at the end is a rare treat.

Thanks, now and always. ; )

= = = = = = = =
The Grateful Dead came, played for a long, long time, and then went. Therefore there is a God and he is Good.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
thank you


Ah! You can't please everyone, but you are sure doing a great job with this section. And I must say that you really have a knack for mining the gems out of what must be a plethora of show tapes. By the way, the Toronto matrix is not too bad, really. And that '94 Minglewood ... Jerry really tears it up. All I can say is all of the 95-95 stuff you've included is just great.

Greg SC

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Great Job

Let me add my voice to the kudos this week. A great mixture, a little something for all tastes. I found the transition between China/Rider especially delicious.

I wonder if Izzie felt the urge to pee about one/third through.( If you do not know what I am talking about, see the totally ridiculous Forum topic "The Song That Launched A Million Bathroom Breaks."

Thanks again, DL

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
ummmmmm WOW

so you are saying this was a decent week in GD history, no??

dunno what else to say except,

“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”

Joined: Jun 26 2007
This '69 jam...

This '69 jam is decidedly the highlight of my week, and not just because of its primal-Dead power. Even before Green Green Grass of Home usurps the "Eleven" slot, St. Stephen and especially Dark Star stand out as particularly unique. What is it about this Dark Star? It's crazy! It's wonderful, but it's crazy! Not too spacey, but god, are they listening to one another! Worth anyone's listen even, like me, your hard drive has long objected to gigabytes upon gigabytes upon gigabytes of Dead flooding in.

Joined: Jun 26 2007

This was an amazing show. Too bad you couldn't fit the Spoonful and Black Peter, both of which were just spine tingling. This was also the show in which the band had to repeatedly ask people not to hang off the balcony, if I remember correctly. Saw one guy fall from about 25 feet hanging off the walkway up to the balcony. Didn't hurt anybody but himself, thank God. A good lesson for you kids out there-"Don't hang off the balcony, that first step is a long one."

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Joined: Jun 26 2007
The Best Day of the Week!

David, thank you for making Monday the best day of the week! Kudos to you and yours out there in cyberland.

On the request front, could you perhaps find some goodies from the Dead's stop in Park West Utah in 83?

Dead Happy in MA,



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