Grateful Dead

June 4 - June 10, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Once again this week, we’ll be covering more than 20 years of the Grateful Dead’s recorded history in the Tapers Section, from 1969 through to 1991, plus a taste of 1967.

We’ll get started this week with a great sequence from 6/8/69 at the Fillmore West, the final night of a four night run at that magnificent venue (they sure did like to play four night stands there…). This jam of He Was A Friend of Mine>China Cat Sunflower>New Potato Caboose includes not only exquisite performances, but also the final version of New Potato Caboose. While not quite 8/24/68’s New Potato (what is?), it is pretty darn good.

Moving up a year to another four night run at the Fillmore West, we have some great material from June of 1970. Our first track is this beautiful acoustic Candyman from 6/4/70. From 6/6/70 we have two jams: Dancing In The Street and the meaty Good Lovin’>Drums>New Orleans>Good Lovin’, a cool piece due to the rare presence of New Orleans. Finally, from 6/7/70, we have a couple of acoustic/electric song, Me and My Uncle, New Speedway Boogie, with the latter always being such a nice addition to the 1970 setlists.

One of the most famous Grateful Dead shows, both due to performance quality and the long-standing availability of excellent soundboards recordings circulating, is 6/10/73 from RFK Stadium in Washington. From this great show, we have this exploratory Bird Song and the quintessential 1973 combination of Eyes of the World>Stella Blue.

We’ll next jump up five years to 6/4/78 in Santa Barbara, with the second encore of Sugar Magnolia, played that night for none other than Uncle Bobo.

June of 1991 found the band on a terrific tour, with Bruce Hornsby along for the ride on piano, vocals and occasionally accordion. From 6/7/91 at Deer Creek in Indiana, here is the second-set opening jam of Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain, Truckin’>New Speedway Boogie. We hope you don’t mind two New Speedways in the same week, although this is remarkably different than the 6/7/70 version played above.

Finally this week we have a couple of pieces of music that aren’t necessarily date-appropriate, but just need to be heard. Something we didn’t have time to play a couple of months ago is this rollicking China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from 4/16/72 in Denmark (NB: in April, we mentioned that the Grateful Dead played only two shows in Denmark in their career, when in fact they played four concert in that country). Another out-of-place song this week is this Morning Dew from 10/22/67 at Winterland. As we’ve previously discussed, there is remarkably little 1967 material in the vault, but due to very popular requests, we wanted to get something out there for you to hear from 1967.

Check back in next week when we’ll play some music spanning another 20 years or more in the band’s recorded history, including selections from 1970, 1976, 1991 and a few other gems. Feel free to write with questions or comments, suggestions or recommendations.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

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Mr. Lemieux

Mr. Lemieux,

You are giving us everything , we want. And I thank YOU, for your hard work and time. For Rhino to make others happy, they must have video, for the others who do not just listen on the way to work everyday. David, you make me happy. Others just love a weekend video, that sends them back to a summer evening. Have fun,

Wally Stine

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great section, David

I am assuming this excellent section will run through November. Thank you.

I've been stuck on 1977 for years now, but the more I listen to spring of 1995, the better it gets. It would be great if you could include some more.

The Mighty Quinn is on the bonus CD of "Postcards of the Hanging" (Vault release). I imagine the bonus CD still comes with it.

Greg SC

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Thanks David!

Thanks David for all you and Jeffrey have done over the last few years. I think Rhino and the folks now involved have a LONG way to go to come close to what you and Jeffrey envisioned, chose and worked on as projects over the last few years. What a team, you both should be very proud!

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brother who

my brother easu not to many of these around would love to hear some... could someone ask bobby to start playing this again .. smiles.. mic

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David, since you asked for suggestions......

David,
As my request for material that I would like to see posted would be the material from the Video Taping Sessions around 4/20/85. I have the VHS release and have enjoyed it for years. Many moons ago I recorded the audio portion onto a casette tape so I could take it with me. That being long gone I would love to here some more of the song selections from those sessions.
I understand that there may possibly be another expanded remastered DVD version of the "So Far" video in the works. I would love to hear more about that and about what is the hold up with the production/release of this material. Its a rare sight to see video of the Dead during rehearsals, but this material was obviously very well recorded and documented. Maybe in the mean time we could hear some of the selections in this wonderful Tapers Section.
Keep up the great work and thank you for all that you do for us.
Peace Douglas Tunstall

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Can this music be burned to a cd or must it be played on an MP3

Hi! I just found this music and I am so excited! Thank you for it. I am a complete beginner and could sure use some help figuring out how to burn it to a cd so that I can hear it other than sitting at my computer! Is it against the rules to put it on cd? I can't make it work! Thanks for any information about this.

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Thank you for sharing these

Thank you for sharing these nuggets and kudos on a healthy site.

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Thanks

Thank you for all of this.

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thank you

thank you for all of the great free downloads from the best possible sources. lots of hidden gems over the last several months! another great way to furthur the community~

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