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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grdaed73's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
lovelight up ur day :)

nice start off david, and grate jump to '73, love that year! and look at that date 7-1, 4 months to the day away.... u should probably just play that whole show when it rolls around,11-1-73!! if not for the music, then to just shut me up :)))
have a grate week david and thx again

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Great stuff

Your 7 1 73 choice is very fine , as we have that Sennheiser or AKG audience , which sounds awesome from that night . A SBD is a real winner DL .

And , the June 87 show in Toronto is fantastic . I m a fan of the entire show . Your sound clip is very good ; The O1 is one of my faves of that show . Thanks for the great work

Joined: Jun 13 2007
thanks for 7/01/73

I was able to see all three of the universal city shows - they were outdoors and under the stars. My one memory of the shows: I took a young lady along to the first two shows and a different young lady to the third show. The first young lady said "how come you didn't take me to all three!" The things we remember. . .

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008

Dear little Ben... if you get confused,listen to music play.....

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
little ben

thank you for the detective work and I will pass this on.

josh e bear's picture
Joined: Feb 29 2008
Truckin ! Other 1 !! Scarlet > Fire > Estimated !! Eyes yeow !!

Dude, David, wow, just got home from work, cracked a cold beer and am gonna play

as loud as my computer will let me some of these tasty GD Nuggets,,, I wish i could play

them thru my stero !! I am sure these nugs are as Hot as it is in Oregon today ~

woooooooooooo weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Thanks GD FAMILY ~

Josh E Bear !!

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Yet more stereo/mono nonsense

OK, so the Lovelight is in mono, like the previous however-many months. However, the other three tracks are in beautiful stereo. This suggests that there is not a problem with my computer/player but a problem with the way the files are being encoded.

For months I haven't listened to anything from the Taper's Section because every track has been in an awful compressed mono format (nothing against mono personally - I quite like the guy). Despite attempts on the "streaming malfunctions" forum to get some help, no one has been able to assist, aside from saying that the tracks "should be" in stereo.

Imagine my surprise to hear the 1973 and 1987 tracks in full creamy stereo.

Has anyone who had mono problems previously noticed this??? I haven't been able to figure out any way to make the mono streams playback in stereo depsite several other users saying the streams were in stereo for them. I'm delighted that the streams appear to be back in stereo but can anyone who has anything to do with compiling the Taper's Section page investigate why one of the tracks plays back in Lovelight, while the rest in stereo?

In other words, what is different about the way this week's 1973 and 1987 tracks have been uploaded/encoded/etc to the way the Lovelight and previous months' tracks have been uploaded/encoded/etc. There must be some kind of difference...

Any help would be fantastic. Please?

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Thanks for the treats David

Dan Healey did a sensational job on the mix from 6/30/87. Dan's a great guy and allowed me up on the mixer/riser a time or two to hangout on the sofa while my D7 spun away....

"... I knew right away she was not like other girls....other girls'..."

Joined: Nov 10 2007
these warm summer days make

these warm summer days make me pine for a trip to Eugene to see the Grateful Dead.

gone are the days.

on the positive side, there is enough music to create your own magical Grateful Dead experiences.

8/4/79 Oakland is HOT.

Joined: Nov 10 2007
6/30/87 sounds tremendous!

6/30/87 sounds tremendous!


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