Grateful Dead

June 9 - June 15, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers Section. Not only is the weather getting really good, but so too is the Grateful Dead's summer performing schedule through the years, so plenty of great music was played, with some of it being brought to you here today.

First stop will be 6/10/73 at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. This show saw the band sharing the bill with the Allman Brothers Band, and the Grateful Dead certainly delivered the goods by playing one of their finest shows of a great performing year. From the end of the first set, we have a typically hot Playing In The Band. Phil has a particularly great tone on this one, and Weir and Keith are crystal clear in the mix, with the drums mixed perfectly. Oh, and Jerry. Yes, his guitar playing here is exquisite.

While we're checking out 6/10/73, we might as well play you something from the second set. So, here's an excellent Here Comes Sunshine. What a great addition to the repertoire this tune was. Once again, Weir stands out, not only in the mix, but in his playing as well.

Next we'll jump ahead three years to 6/12/76, the final show of a four night run at the Boston Music Hall. The band had returned to active touring a week before with the 6/3&4/76 shows at the Paramount in Portland, OR, with the real touring starting in Boston on 6/9. From this final show in Boston, we have this excellent Dancing In The Street>Around and Around. I can only imagine what New England Dead Heads must have thought when they heard this arranegment of Dancing In The Street, after such spectacular regional shows such as the April, 1969 shows at the Arc, 5/6/70 at MIT, 4/7&8/71 at the Music Hall, 9/15&16/72 at the music Hall, 4/2/73 at the Garden and the Fall 1973 three night run back at the Music Hall.

This Boston run had loads of great music, but one of my favourite jams of the entire run is the second set opening sequence of St. Stephen>Eyes of the World>Let It Grow. Unfortunately, the start of St. Stephen is missing from the master reels (reminiscent of Harpur College, eh?), but it's such an insignificant omission when compared to the quality, and quantity, of the music that was to come. There is a rough edge around some of the playing, but the jam into Eyes of the World was a real throwback to 1974 improvisational jam. And Eyes>Let It Grow, a nice pre-hiatus sequence.

Lastly this week we'll stop into Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, on 5/16/81. A few weeks ago we played you the opening of the first set, and this week we have the end of the first set, specifically Passenger, High Time, Let It Grow, Don't Ease Me In.

Be sure to stop by next week for more great music from the vault. It's always great to hear from you, so feel free to write with questions, comments, suggestions or requests.

David Lemieux
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BEGGERSPAY's picture
Joined: Nov 14 2007
Phil call me I need the keys to the vault

Just for the record Playin in The Band has been featured seven times since March 10th. Through me the keys, I'll drive.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
The problem with PITB is...

... compared to that scary piece of business on So Many Roads, every other version sounds kind of bland to me. (Just kidding of course.) I'd love to know what they were thinking while that junk was flying. Are there any other versions close to that intensity? Play 'em all. Thanks for the streams. You guys rock and I don't care who knows it.

Joined: May 24 2008
I Like It

The Ithica set sample is great, really nice High Time...

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Great ( ! ) job ..

Phenomenal entries this week D Lemieux .

More mateiral from 5 16 81 is fantastic ..

Makes late autumn , and early winter here in Chile better = )

Let there be songs to fill the air = )

Joined: Jun 10 2008
Playin is ok with me

For one, I personally love playin' in the band. I think this week's pick was a lovely choice. :)
However, mixing it up a bit is always good too. Just no matter what, keep the music coming.

grdaed73's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
hey David

ya know what i would like to hear...that great "playing in the band" from 11-1-73 ;)

josh e bear's picture
Joined: Feb 29 2008
Sun's gonna shine, my back door someday...

wow ! just got home from work and forget today was new music day on GD website

stoked to hear ... Stephen > Eyes > Let It Grow ! thats is a sweeeeet combo ~

I agree w/ Begger's pay Post,, Though,, Tired of Playin in Da Band..

How about some Thumpin : Help > Slip > Frankllins ... & Music Never Stopped...
or... Lets see some more Terrapins > Estimated > Jam !

Black Peter , CC Rider, Loser ,,, some of those tunes please ~ more 89-93 shows !

ok,, stay kinda weird n cool in the PaCiFiC NorThWeST ~ not quite summer yet ~

Josh E Bear !!

BEGGERSPAY's picture
Joined: Nov 14 2007
Hello David

Just what we wanted, another PLAYIN IN THE BAND. Sure it is a great tune and the most played in the in the Deads song rotation.

If I had the keys to the vault I would mix it up some more.

My friends in music please don't take me wrong or think this old Deadhead is a curmudgeon but repeating Playin over and over again is selfish.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
I BECAME a Dead Head at this

I BECAME a Dead Head at this show. For some folks they got it the first time they saw the boys and girl. For others, like me, it took a few shows. Talk about HOT, near 100 degrees that weekend with 100% humidity, typical East coast summer. Missed Sat show, drove down with 2 friends from NJ, the driver was 17, I was 16. 90,000 people, back then I could handle a crowd that size. Wet Willie opened the show, then ABB. I found a spot overlooking backstage and just enjoyed the hell out of watching. Dead came on at dusk. By the start of the 2nd set I found my way into that fucking crowd and ended up in the Phil Zone.3rd set had some special guests, Dickey and Merl saunders I think. I've been trapped ever since.JC

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

Equally hot here in the D(troit). Even hotter on the speakers. Thanks once again DL!


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