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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Roland Bruynesteyn's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2008
@ itsburnsy It was included

@ itsburnsy
It was included on the bonus disc Beyond description (12 cd box).
Other tracks:
WRS 10/17/74
Showboat 8/12/75 (rehearsal)
Shakedown 8/13/79
Far from me 8/31/80
Estimated 10/10080

Joined: Jun 12 2007
Bonus Disc

Anyone know which release had the bonus disc w/ Blue > Marbles > Blues? I have most of the bonus discs, but can't seem to locate this selection.

jgband's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Dick's Pick 18

Dick's Pick 18 is my favorite! TMNS is one of many highlights to this package. So many great versions of great songs, and the whole band is rolling on all cylinders. Jerry's tone is amazing on this collection. My favorite version of Eyes of the World, it is out of this world, with Jerry shredding to incredible hights on the second instrumental segment of the song. Go out and buy Dicks Picks 18!

Joined: Oct 1 2007
music never stopped....

is from 2/3/78, not 2/5/78. Nice choices this week, happy, happy, happy!

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
should be working now

but speak up if it is not!

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
thanks for the heads up

reported to the tech folks.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Dancing Link

mmmmmmmmm dancing in the streets sounds just like blues for allah???????????

Joined: Oct 19 2008
Kezer Stadium 3/23/75 - Bonus Disc

That Blues For Allah>King Solomon's Marbles>Blues For Allah from the Kezer was absolutely cooking!! Nice showcase there David!

Is this available anywhere for purchase and/or download?

Thanks for keeping the music rolling! Digging into the taper's section each week is always a treat!


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Joined: Jun 5 2007

"That path is for, your steps alone."

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Was James Brown an inspirational influence?

Ya think James Brown influenced the Dead back in 1969-1970?
I was wondering if Van Morrison planted a seed with Brown-eyed Girl, too, about the same time Brown-eyed Women came out.
Good selections from different years this week: I was in Madison, on 2/3/78, when they played The Music Never Stopped.
I wish I could've been to any of those November '77 shows.
Thanks David


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