Grateful Dead

June 8 - June 14, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to another fine week (we think…) at the Tapers' Section, where we'll listen to some of our favourite material from 1969, 1973, 1977 and 1984.

Our first selection this week is from the Fillmore West in San Francisco, during the course of another of the fine four night runs the band played at this mighty fine little venue. From 6/8/69, we have the very hot 1969 sequence of Dancing In The Street, He Was A Friend of Mine>China Cat Sunflower>New Potato Caboose. This is the final live Grateful Dead version of New Potato Caboose, and although not the level of some of the exquisite mid-1968 versions, it a good listen nonetheless.

Next we have one of the most famous jams of 1973, the sequence of Dark Star>He's Gone>Wharf Rat>Truckin'from 6/10/73 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. They didn't play too many shows in the late spring and summer of 1973, but when the Grateful Dead did convene, magic usually transpired. This jam is certainly one of the best, most inspired and unique of a very, very good era.

From four years less a day later, we have the big second set jam from 6/9/77 at Winterlnd in San Francisco, on the final night of a very good three night run at Winterland. This jam, consisting of Estimated Prophet>St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>St. Stephen>Terrapin Station>Sugar Magnolia, US Blues, One More Saturday Night, is a great way to cap off one of the finest six week periods in Grateful Dead, from 4/22/77 to 6/9/77. This Winterland show would be the last Grateful Dead concert for three months, with the band picking back up right where they left off when they returned to the stage on 9/3/77 at Englishtown with yet another exceptional 1977 concert.

Lastly this week, and I believe we may have played this jam before here at the Tapers’ Section, to celebrate its 25th Anniversary, we have the Red Rocks jam from 6/14/84 featuring Shakedown Street>Playing In The Band>Dear Mr. Fantasy, with this being the first-ever live Dear Mr. Fantasy by the Grateful Dead. The way they fall into Fantasy from the Playing In The Band spacey jam has always been one of my favourite little Grateful Dead moments. It might not be perfect, but it’s right.

Make sure you stop in next week for more great music, including selections from 1974, 1990, 1991. See you here, we hope.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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1977 Winterland set is worthy

Haven't heard it since then.

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One of the Best Jams

The Dark Star>He's Gone etc. is one of the best jams I've heard in along time! Listen to the bass vocals, this band is truly existential!!!! Thanks David!
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oh, '77...

there really is nothing in this world like the sound of a hot Bettyboard...

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thanks for doing your job so well n the site great selections........thought he'd have a big ol party thought he'd call it planet earth:)_

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Nice!

Great selections! I must say that Bobby is rather hoarse at the Red Rocks show, but still a great Playin'.

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Wow

That Dancin' -New Potato Caboose sequence is unbelievably good from the Fillmore. Thank you so much for that David, AMAZING. Is the rest of that night available anywhere? Jerry seemed particularly on his game both on the guitar and vocally.

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I am supposed to be compiling a report on criminal statistics at the moment, due in tomorrow, and for the life of me I cannot compile two words together without rockin' and a rollin' to all that sweet, sweet Sugar. Oh if only I could still let Jerry know that I for one thought those notes were heaven blessed. Oh, and, em, thank you, again.

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St Steven and Friends

That's an absolutely beautiful rendition of one of the first Dead songs that ever took my head out into regions previously unexplored/experienced. (St Steven) I always seem to be saying thank you to you guys but, well, here it is again, thank you. Life would simply not be as sweet without you guys doing what you do and being here at the same time as I am. Or is that laying it on that little bit too thick? Any which way, I love it. That sound is unique, ubiquitous, omnipresent, omniscient and nice to listen to as well. And, well, here it comes again, thank you.

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Great selections this week. Thanks

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let me be the first to thank you this week, david--
i'm so confident i am going to enjoy this, i'm going to thank you first, THEN listen.
hope you have a great week and thanks for improving mine-
caroline

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June 8 - June 14, 2009