Grateful Dead

June 30 - July 6, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we'll be hitting some excellent summer Dead spanning the Grateful Dead's recorded history over the course of 19 years, 1970-1989.

Our first piece of music is something we played a little while back here, but due to popular demand, and because it's so darn good, we thought we'd play it again this week. From the Grateful Dead's famous trip across Canada, the Festival Express, as it was known, we have the show-closer from Winnipeg on 7/1/70, Lovelight. Pigpen is in fine form on this rendition, with a bit of raunchy bite that was common of Lovelights of the era. Wait until you hear the Lovelight in a couple of weeks here…

Next up, from exactly three years later, on 7/1/73 at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, we have the exquisite second set jam from that evening, featuring Truckin>Drums>The Other One>Wharf Rat>Me and Bobby McGee.This show capped the Grateful Dead's west coast swing in the summer of 1973, a run that featured shows in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle and three shows in Universal City. The summer of 1973 lacked a major tour by the Grateful Dead, but instead featured several massive events such as the two night stand at RFK Stadium with the Allmans and the Watkins Glen show (and soundcheck). Regardless of the fact that there was no big tour that summer, many of the shows they DID play were excellent.

We'll now jump forward fourteen years to the summer of 1987, to the Grateful Dead's wonderful show at Canada's Wonderland north of Toronto on 6/30/87. This show was very solid start-to-finish, and we're very pleased to play the second set's opening, Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World. Evidently, Dan Healy was having a blast at the mixing board. A few things to listen for are the intro to Fire in which all instruments in the mix are seemingly muted aside from the bass, and you can really hear the crowd's reaction to that insane amount of Phil coming through the PA; also, this is some of the wackiest Weir vocally manipulation of the era during Estimated.

Finally this week, we'll play a selection from the magnificent 7/4/89 show in Buffalo, NY, which has been released, of course, asTruckin' Up To Buffalo on DVD. Today we'll play that awesomely powerful Morning Dew from toward the end of the second set. Mixed by Jeffrey Norman and mastered in HDCD (for the CD release of the video), it sounds incredible.

Be sure to check in next week for more great summer Dead. We'll look forward to seeing you and hearing your comments.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 21 2007

I'm late to this party, but I agree with what's been said about the Toronto show. It was certainly the most unique and intimate venue I ever saw the band in. I've seen musically better performances, but this was interesting on a personal level because it was only my third show and my first "Scarlet>Fire," which I had been praying for. The so called "Spanish Jam" I wouldn't even label as such - It was a barely audible Weir playing the theme once, maybe twice. The "Box of Rain" encore was awesome because it was my first and in 1987 it was a relief to hear anything other than "Black Muddy River" in that spot. I liked the saxophone in the intro of "Scarlet" too - I never heard that before or since.

I was with a buddy and we met up with some of his college friends from Montreal at Wonderland. It was a very mellow and small crowd which again in the 1987 Grateful Dead/In The Dark/Touch of Gray frenzy was a relief.

Joined: Jun 25 2007
Estimated Prophet

WOW!! The vocal effects on Estimated remind me of all the times trying to decipher what was actually coming out of the PA versus never mind. Great work Mr. Healy. Always loved the effects. Hey he had to have some fun of his own too, right? Even w/o the effects this would stand as an excellent Estimated. Great seemless seague into Eyes too! The bass during the Fire intro was great.

Joined: Jul 16 2008

This remains one of my favorite shows of all time! So glad you put some of this amazing show up on the taper's section. The show was in Canada's Wonderland, so that meant having some VERY interesting enhanced roller coaster rides pre-show (although I did feel a little sorry for all those innocent families wondering why the wierdos had invaded the park)!! The sunset that was going on during Fire was one for the ages. Really spectacular. This is my favorite Estimated Prophet of all time with respect to Bobby's vocal improv section (thanks Dan!). Listen for the "say no" that deepens into a low nearly satanic pitch. If you remember that this was the Nancy Reagan "just say no" era, that puts some extra perspective to it as well. And the Brent/Bobby jam after Eyes is great as well. Really, I think the entire show deserves to be heard. The space>spanish jam>other one>china doll>fantasy>around>good lovin was all absolutely top notch. Also the first set was pretty long, I think in an attempt to build up "endurance" for their long dead/dylan shows that started a week later.

Truly one of the best days of my life.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
The Return Of Stereo!!

I just want everyone to know that I paid the ransom (1 million Space Bucks) which resulted in the return of hi-fi stereophonic sound, here at's Taper Section. Sorry it took so long but I just had my Amex credit cut off due to a recent and rather expensive trip to Tennessee and Pizza the Hut doesn't take Visa. Selah..
In any event, another nice selection, thanks David. I can't wait for the advertised (and raunchy) version of "Lovelight" coming soon.

"You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music."

Joined: Jun 25 2007
A Perfect Night

Just a beautiful night in Toronto. Flawless venue...and the boys were ON it!!! Phil was in an exceptionally good mood and the bombs were flying. The Scarlet>Fire was magical. As the man said: "Thanks for the memories..."

Joined: Sep 4 2007
universal amp


The universal amp addition this week is simply 10 stars . I had forgotten how hot that jam is and how well all those songs are played

Thats what - i think - a good SB recording does to the ear - maybe - after hearing an aud for so long . Thanks for the mind blowing gift . You made my year


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
same ol', same ol'

Great work as always! The sound quality is exceptional! Thanks for all you do, evryone!

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Joined: Aug 28 2007
Best show in a while!

summer in a wonderful kind evening from N GA. thanks Dave>

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Joined: Feb 1 2008
Toronto '87

I was hoping the toronto show would make an appearance here for this week. This may have been the best show of the 50 i saw from '85 to '95 (perhaps a tie with 3/27/88). After three days at massive Alpine Valley and a quick stop home to Columbus to pilfer my brother's brand new car, we arrived to find a ten to twelve thousand seat outdoor amphitheater situated in an amusement park. Your ticket got you into the park but we were unprepared and only arrrived in time to make the show. What a show it was!! After Alpine, the lawn seemed to be the size of an average backyard. An eleven song first set and an absolute smoker of a second from start to finish. Check this show out on, it's the real deal.

If you get confused, listen to the music play!

Joined: Jul 22 2007
Stereo, finally!

Like Little Ben Clock, I too was only getting these in mono until this week where I can here this in stereo. I went back and tried some of the older weeks and they are still in mono, so I think this has to be something with the upload process. Something in the process must have changed between last week and this week.

Now if only I can hear the previous weeks in stereo...


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