Grateful Dead

June 29 - July 5, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers Section as we close out June and start out July with some terrific Grateful Dead music from 1970, 1987 and 1989.

Our first stop this week is in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, former home of Neil Young, Randy Bachman and Dale Hawerchuk. If you’re ever driving along the Trans Canada Highway, be sure to make a stop into Winnipeg. From the Festival Express concert on 7/1/70, we have a batch of songs, some acoustic and some electric, including Candyman, Dire Wolf, Uncle John's Band, Me and My Uncle, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. There was plenty of good music played on this short tour, which unfortunately was two shows shorter than planned to due cancellations in Montreal (political unrest) and Vancouver (lack of funds).

Next up, also from Canada, on 6/30/87 at Kingswood Music Theatre just a bit north of Toronto, we have the end of the concert, featuring Spanish Jam>The Other One>China Doll>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Around and Around>Good Lovin', Box of Rain. This was such a magical night of music, and although most of the songs were rather short, the energy the band brought over the border was stunning. Truly one of the most interesting and well-received Grateful Dead concerts I ever attended. This music was drawn from the matrix tape (audience-soundboard audio blend) that is common of this era’s Grateful Dead recordings, but the music certainly does shine through.

Lastly this week, from just over the Canadian border on the US side, on 7/4/89 at Rich Stadium near Buffalo, NY, we have the end of the first set and start of the second set, specifically Stagger Lee, Looks Like Rain>Deal, Touch of Grey>Women Are Smarter. This music is part of the wonderful DVD release Truckin’ Up To Buffalo, which features some of the most inspired and enthusiastic Grateful Dead music captured on video, all produced into a wonderful 5.1 surround sound mix.

Next week we’ll have exceptional Grateful Dead music from 1984 and 1989. Don’t miss it if you can help it. And we encourage you to write to the email address below with any questions or comments.

David Lemieux


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DoDa Man's picture
Joined: Sep 16 2008

DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

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Joined: Jun 13 2007

hey d any new DVD coming out sooooooon

Joined: Jul 4 2007
Wonderful Stuff!

Wow! Thanks for such wonderful stuff! I haven't heard the 6/30/87 show before. Listening online at work....bringing a little joy to the day!

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Joined: Feb 1 2008
i was at that Toronto show

i was at that Toronto show in 87 and what a smoker!! Eleven songs in the first set and an absolutely rippin' Scarlet>Fire Estimated>Eyes>Jam (Weir, Mydland, Drummers) to start out the second. The weirdest thing was seeing this show in a 12,000 seat amphitheater after 3 shows at humongous Alpine Valley. It seemed tiny in comparison. Add to that a dude sitting by himself next to us in the last row of the pavilion sharing hash joints throughout the show with my two buddies and I-he was passed out in his seat at the end of the show. We patted him on the shoulder and thanked him on our way out. This show is worth a release, or at least investigating for those who haven't heard it. thanks DL!!

If you get confused, listen to the music play!

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Joined: Apr 14 2009
Kingswood 87/06/30

Fuck me the memmories...I turned 20 on the 29th....1st Dead show on the 30th....back to Ottawa with some fresh goonie bird doses on the 1st for Canada Day.....woooooooohoooooooo...the fireworks on parliament hill that night...and to find it all posted on my birthday 22 years later.....well as I said ...Fuck me. I knew this was good when I saw the show but it took a few years to sink in just how good. On the bus since and still have a valid transfer....still can't decide on the destination so I guess I'll just let it ride!

Spent A Little Time On The Mountain, Spent A Little Time On The Hill

Joined: Jun 10 2007

thanks, david- great choices.
brent had such a beautiful voice. he was easy to love, wasn't he?


Joined: Jun 4 2007
Dear Mr. Fantasy

Wow. Good call. That is one smokin' version of that tune.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

The energy from the audience is uncontrollable. It really comes through on the matrix recording. Brent sounds fantastic on Fantasy, and Jerry's solo is blistering. The crowd just goes ballistic from there. So awesome to listen to 22 years later!

Joined: Jun 6 2007

The Dale Hawerchuk reference is funny and obscure, I think Mike Keane hails from Winnipeg as well.

I'll happily lobby for a Road Trips from the Festival Express, a Road Trips of a Train Trip. Or maybe a special edition called Train Trips. :-)

Thanks for sharing sweet tunes.

Joined: Jan 6 2009

aside from bumping into Fred Flintstone after the show, the Good Lovin' from Kingswood (one of the best late era versions IMHO) was the TSN turning point.


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