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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Joined: Apr 6 2008
Truckin up to Buffalo....

.........will always hold a special place in my's what "officially" got me on the bus....I watched it twice just that night...I away....I'll forever cherish that show and hold it to close my heart....the energy between Jerry and Brent....ahhhh....goosebumps.

"In a bed, in a bed, by the waterside I will lay my head.
Listen to the river sing sweet songs, to rock my soul."

Joined: Aug 20 2007
Oh Canada


Take off eh! Had you played the set 2 opener of Scarlet>Fire on Taper's before? Sick!
Thanks again for a great start to my Monday.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
what! no 6/29/76???

I thought you might just put up that entire show for this week's pick, David. That said, I'm very much looking forward to delving into the non-previously released material here. I'll pop in the Truckin' Up To Buffalo DVD Friday night to listen to the 7/4/89 material and get pumped up for Rothbury!!!

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Happy July 1 & 4th all ..

It probably wouldnt be date appropraite , but a great Canada show is March 22 ' 92 . A memorable 2nd set .

The 1970 material this week is great . Out of that , the M&M U is a gas . And the sunflower - rider gets riding along pretty nice

The Kingswood Amp stuff ; you played as well last year , and is - as you say - a really solidly played show . Since 95 it has been - the 1st set - a favourite . And

And the buffalo stuff - From Truckin .. which i dont own yet - will someday find its way into my personal picks

Joined: Feb 20 2009
thanks david

thanks for the early post, its always grate to end and start a week with amazing music! good pick on the canada show!


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