Grateful Dead

June 4- June 10, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll have music from 1969, 1970 and 1984.

Our first stop is on 8/30/69 at the Family Dog in San Francisco, where we have this great quartet of song: China Cat Sunflower>Doin' That Rag, Morning Dew, Easy Wind. To my ears, the Grateful Dead always seemed to play a little looser when they were at the Family Dog.

Next is music from Honolulu, HI, on 1/23/70, featuring China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Black Peter, Yellow Dog Story, Hard To Handle 1/23/70. I'm a big fan of these earlier versions of Hard To Handle, much more raw than the precision versions from 1971 (which I also love!).

Lastly this week is the entire first set from 7/21/84 in Ventura, CA. From this show, we have Shakedown Street ; Little Red Rooster ; Althea; Me And My Uncle> Mexicali Blues; China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider ; Looks Like Rain; Might As Well.

Be sure to come by again next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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short squat mean lookin' yellow dog

big black slick lookin' dog

zoinks. where did he get that?

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It's China Cat-riffic!

I love the fact that each spot has China Cat in it!

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For sure, wilfredtjones

Your absolutely right, Jeff: I re-queried and did find the Avalon 4/5/69 show containing the sequence (with a small jam between), as well as the shows from Omaha's Music Box, 4/15/69, and from the Kinetic Playground in Chicago on 4/26/69. I'm not well versed on pre-1971 performances, so it's an enjoyable challenge to search, find, and listen to these older gems.

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Gr8fulTed

I'm pretty sure the China>Rag is not as rare of a combo as you suggest. I don't have my DeadBase handy, but I found one on the archive 4-5-69. Although it's not classified as a segue, it's about as refined a transition as this one is so I'm inclined to call it one. I thought I had heard on one of the earlier Taper's section entries as well. P.S. Looks like there were 2 other occurrences at least that I can find from April: Omaha and Chicago (2nd night). Guess it was a pretty rare pairing - well, Doin' that Rag didn't hang around too long in the repertoire either.

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Doin' that Rag

Good piece of trivia, professor, for me to research regarding the combination of China Cat Sunflower into Doin' that Rag. According to my resource tool, China went into Rag twice; however, there was a jam between during the 8/20/69 Aqua Theater performance. On 7/12/69, while playing in Flushing Meadow Park, Doin' that Rag went into China Cat !
I'm digging the Black Peter from the Hawaii show on 1/23/70, anticipating how good the H2H will be after Bobby's lame joke.

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Didn't double.. (this time)

Well, after the first message visible to everyone came through, whilst keeping the other (original) comment tab on hold, I did re-enter the new code that appeared after saving the first code, and it never did double up... I have had that happen before and it did double up the post, but this time I wonder if I just got the first code wrong.. maybe I'm too human ;)

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interesting data point mossonello

I'll pass it along...thanks!

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the H2H...

this one does have an Awesome raw quality to the feel, I hear ya David.. but DANG do i LOVE!!! the ones that have that 4-chord sequence in the jam.. it's one of my all time favorite GD jam sequences and it always trips me up to hear them come back into the last verse w/o hitting it... i think it started late '70, maybe in '71... maybe i need to get a blended version ;)
grayfolded part II?
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did it post?

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Ventura -- Ride those Waves!

The Southland in a non-intensive, downright beautiful setting. You had to love it and the boys never failed to deliver the goods there. Some people denigrate the 80s but you can really hear in this show how they are hitting that phat, lazy groove. You know, the one we all planed on for about 8 years when Ronnie Ray-Guns waved that flag. They are just styling on this Shakedown, y'know. Nothing special but right there. No stumbling and mumbling.

Luvvin' it on a long, hazy summer afternoon.

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