Grateful Dead

March 1- March 7, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section. Over the last three and a half years, we've mostly been playing you things from the vault that have not been released on CD, and don't worry, that practice will continue. But the fact is that some of the best and most interesting Grateful Dead music has been released commercially, and we'd be missing out on playing you some of the best stuff ever if we only went for the unreleased material, so this week we'll be playing a few highlights from CD releases that were recorded 1970-1978. Even if you've heard them before, there is certainly never a bad time to hear them again.

Our first stop this week will be at Harpur College on 5/2/70, site of one of the finest and most legendary Grateful Dead shows ever. This show in its entirety, with the exception of Cold Rain ad Snow, was released as Dick's Picks Vol. 8. I think most of us who have been trading tapes for 25+ years had this as one of their first tapes ever. It was certainly true for me, a tape I received in my initial batch of 10 in 1984. From that magnificent show, we have It's A Man's World and one of the wayest of way out there versions ever of Viola Lee Blues. It goes on and on, and hits loads of peaks.

From Kezar Stadium in San Francisco on 3/23/75 when the Grateful Dead were performing their first show in more than five months, we have the entirety of their set (minus Johnny B. Goode), consisting of the new material they were in the process of writing and recording, Blues For Allah>King Solomon's Marbles>Blues For Allah. This was released in 2004 as part of a bonus disc, so if you weren't lucky enough to get that CD, here it is now.

From a couple of years later, at a show that took place north of the border in Toronto on 11/2/77, we have Estimated Prophet, part of Dick's Picks Vol. 34. Estimated was really common at the time, but this one goes above and beyond, with a jam that stretches out to some really great spaces. This and 11/24/78 have two of the better jams out of Estimated.

When people ask me for a good version of The Music Never Stopped, I give them this one, from 2/5/78, part of Dick's Picks Vol. 18. It is not only played very well, but the ending jam is one of the best, most inspired ever, with Jerry leading the band higher as the jam builds and builds.

Lastly this week, because we like playing examples of the Grateful Dead having fun, we have Dancing in the Street from 5/11/78 from Dick's Picks Vol. 25. Something must have been in the air (or punch!) that night judging by the laughter during the music. An A+ version of this song.

Be sure to stop by next week, and please do write the email address below with any comments or questions. Thanks for listening.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Aug 31 2009
march 8th..

yeah..? stoppin in...

much love, ready and waiting!!!

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Joined: Jan 24 2009

Never danced so hard in the streets of RI. Best DITS EVER. Thank you.

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Joined: May 25 2008
first show!

Chef Free
Kezar '75 was my first show and Harper's College was my first bootleg! Thank's man!

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

I hate when I forget to put in a subject line.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Wow! This Blues for Allah

Wow! This Blues for Allah sequence smokes. I've got it on a cassette somewhere (missed the bonus disc on this one) but I bet I haven't heard it in about 15 years.
And yes, I believe that is in fact a page for a certain "Mr. Sandoz Dilaudid"!
And that "spiked" Dancin' is always a hoot indeedy.

Thanks yet again D. Lemieux!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
thanks, David.....

A great sampling of released gems!

I'm with the gallery on Kezar '75, I did get the bonus disc (I have to say, the Kezar set was as much an inspiration for Beyond Description as anything else actually in the box....though all the bonuses in there were truly inspired ~ In the Dark's might be the best, that '82 Touch of Grey rehearsal is lovely and, of course, Brother Esau was one of the best songs "on" the album to begin with). Eviltwin, the Kezar set is one of my very favorites, too; I think it's one of the peak moments in the Dead's musical journey, the perfect culmination of their deepest collective muse up to that point. Thanks for sharing the wealth with the greater community (again), this one deserves to be out there....

And I love Dick's 25! Something was definitely in the punch on those two nights. It really is a treat to hear them having so much prankersterish fun, and one laments that this silly side didn't resurface more often. Donna on the Deal finale is priceless, too ~ better a late Acid Test than never, eh?

My old tape of Harpur College ended at Cosmic Charlie (maybe my favorite version of that song), so I never got to hear those monster encores until the Dick's era. Funny, I could never understand why Cold, Rain, and Snow was left off......till David posted it on an earlier Taper's, that is ; ) Dick made the right call.

David, I don't suppose there's a decent vault tape of "July 10" Fillmore East, huh....? What an incredible set list (including another great Cosmic Charlie from this period)....The first strains of Attics out of the Other One almost sound like an Other One -> Stella Blue transition from 15 years later ; )

Thanks for sharing the fun.

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Joined: Sep 25 2009

I went to see the captain, strangest I could find...

Just wanted to add on DP 34- great versions of Mississippi Half Step (best solo I've heard for this song), Might as well rages and the Black Peter is mind blowing- in fact that whole disc BP is on is solid...

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Joined: Sep 25 2009
DP 18

I went to see the captain, strangest I could find...

Very nice pick- exceptional versions of TMNS, Scarlet-Fire and IMO one of the best versions of Looks Like Rain- I was never a fan of this tune until I heard the version played on this pick. Jerry's guitar playing is really special on this one. Also nice to have a Dupree- Lastly the Samson to open the last disc has a crazy opening because Bob's mic had some sonic spiders... Jerry covered by shredding until it returned.... DP 18 is essential.
My vote for next preview would be the whole second disc, or the PITB from disc one of DP14 Boston '73 Unbelievable. Or 1972 DP36 3rd disc cumberland blues-Or.... there are so many!
All in all I like to see releases showcased because it gives me a feel for what I'm buying. I miss the reviews that were in the store - not sure why they were taken off the site.
Anyway- thanks for the music David!

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Joined: Apr 12 2008
"...THE RAVAGES OF TIME"--D. Latvala

Hey Man,
Thanks for the reminder the Dick's series.
My cassette was shot to hell when Dick's 8 came along just in time.What a thrill that was.

Dick's 18 got by me somehow.But thanks to this week's TS, I am ON IT!
Beginning of Estimated:Is that Phil saying,"Mr.Sandoz Dilaudid"?
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
merl saunders

That Kezar performance of Blues for Allah etc. kicks some mighty ass thanks in part to the fine keyboard work of Merl included. Give the man credit where credit is due!

we all shine on


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