Grateful Dead

March 10 - March 16, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we're going to jump around a bit and play a few things that recently passed by our ears and that we felt you'd dig hearing.

Our first piece of music is from 6/24/73 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon. Anyone who has driven past the Northeast corner of downtown Portland has seen the square structure that is the Coliseum. While no longer home to the Trail Blazers, who play next door at the Rose Garden, the funky old Coliseum still hosts plenty of concerts and is home to the WHL's Portland Winterhawks team. Oh, and in addition to this sports history of the venue, it also has quite a history for the Grateful Dead. From the first of five shows the band played at the Memorial Coliseum, we have the show-closing Sugar Magnolia, One More Saturday Night combination, the latter being the encore. There was plenty of great music played at this show, and we'll try to get to more of it later in the year.

While we're hanging out in the Pacific Northwest, we might as well jump north a few hours to Vancouver, BC, to the final Grateful Dead show played in this beautiful city, on 5/17/74. This was on the first big Wall of Sound tour, and the sound of the tapes matches the sound in the halls on this tour, which is to say full and clear. This tour would go on to Portland, Seattle and Santa Barbara, before some stellar June, July and August shows, with the Wall of the Sound era wrapping up with the short Europe tour in September and the five nights at Winterland in October. From Vancouver on 5/17/74, we're very happy to bring you this exploratory Playing In The Band. Although not quite the 45 minute version played a few nights later in Seattle, it does hit some great spaces.

Next up we've finally got some date-specific material for you, after getting away from that format for the past few weeks. From 3/10/81 at Madison Square Garden, we have the show-opening trio of Mississippi Half-Step>Franklin's Tower>Me and My Uncle. We played some of this show last year, and if you check back in a year from now, we expect we'll play a bit more from this night and the previous show.

Because we're in the mood for some 1971, we're going to visit Winterland and check out some music from 5/29/71, specifically the set-closing Not Fade Away>GDTRFB>Not Fade Away, complete with a little Bill Graham rap at the end. He certainly was a hands-on concert producer.

Finally this week, from 7/1/70 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, we have this raw but right China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from the famous Festival Express trip across Canada. It's too bad the Montreal show (political unrest) and the Vancouver show (lack of funds) were cancelled, as we can only wonder what other great music would have been played at two more shows.

Check back next week for more great music from the vault. As always, we welcome you to write the email address below with questions, suggestions and comments. Please put “Grateful Dead” in your subject to make sure you don't get lumped with the spam. Thanks.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 5 2007

Wow -- what a way to start a week, the back end of a two-fer (saw both with him), one of my favorite shows, with my now long-gone best friend Rich (RIP buddy)... such a great time in my life, and they remain so through the music. Thanks. Really came in handy today.


If I told you 'bout all that went down, it would burn off both of your ears...

Joined: Jun 5 2007

I personally think rather than complaining, we need to get on the positivity track....and to paraphrase that guy from the GD Movie, the bottom line of the whole scene is very simply stated:

"Release whole concerts for a reasonable price in addition to the compilations which you want to release".

When Rhino first took over the vault, there was some excitement in the air that they would be releasing full runs, months and even TOURS fairly regularly, and that hasn't happened. Those of us who do express feelings about what we do want and how the releases haven't matched up to that are treated like spoiled brats. Perhaps we're not stating things with enough eloquence?

I'm fine with whatever the Dead wants to do. If they want to release a remix album of all the 1985 "Keep Your Day Job"s as a sequel to "Greyfolded", that's fine. It's their right. I am not an employee of GDP or Rhino, but I am a human being and entitled to an opinion, the opinion being what I stated at the beginning of this comment- I'd like to see a plan of how full shows are going to be released, if not an actual release of a full show. YAY!

Joined: Nov 21 2007
what site is gone?

Not to start more negativity, but what site is gone ? We have this one and the archives site, and some other ones i do not know about , but how much do we really need ? my personal collection is like a joke to some , i don`t have much at all ,, renewed my interest in the Dead ,, before i got this putter i had all but forgotten most of my past, (some forced) some not ,, but anyway, i can`t even listen to the tapers section here ,, it sucks, but come on now .. you got to quit complaining some time .. I am just glad i got what i got .. if i get more ,,, cool ,,if not then o-well ,,,as for trading tapes , am sure there is plenty of sites where you can advertise for what you need or for what you have to offer .. Well this weeks choices look great .. I`ll have to chek the archives for these dates.. you ALL have a Gratefull Day !!! Let`s all be happy with what we got ,, life is too short not to ... peace...........

Joined: Dec 13 2007
Awesome selection

Another great start to a long day. Thanks.

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Joined: Feb 29 2008
March winds gonna blow all my touble away

Thanks David for this weeks Pics,,

I am now hooked on Monday Morning , (Naw, not really ,,)

2 see what tasty choices i have for my coffee making pleasure, to get me out the door ~

yehaw.. lv the Portland selection. I live here... and ALL 70's stuff Smokes !!!!

still Jonsin' a week of Rare Tunes : maggies farm, the weight, la bamba, Baba O Riely !!

I was at that Expo Shows the 1st time they Played those WHO TUNES,,



Josh E Bear !!

Joined: Jul 16 2007

here here, this was a grate show. check out the sick second set. the china>groovy>rider and eyes out of nobody's fault are both must haves. please post for those who are less fortunate
NFA, brm

or just email me, im always up for a trade

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Here come another Hairball !!!!

Here we go again..... Things are a bit messy on another site where folks were able to get music from. No explaination yet, but are you really expecting one? So what this does is: A) makes people horde what they have so as not to incure the wrath of some entity we don't know of ( Think Lost). Or, B) Things will go further underground and folks will be forced out to the more seedier sites of the internet to get their music. Either way the music can be found with just a bit of effort, but we will first have to endure rounds and rounds of negativity before the BIG release of 12/73.Then more negative crap that they didn't release this or that.
I will say that when this site first came about it did renew my interest in my favorite band. I did download what I thought was ok to download. That was taken away from us. Then the bitchin' started. Too much for my taste, and WAAAY to negative. I even offered up 20 plus discs of mixed music up to trade. ONLY ONE person replied to my offer, but there were over 500 complaints that these choice cuts were taken away from us and that Rhino sucked and blah, blah, blah. So then Rhino decides to do something cool with the Road Trips. Guess what? More negative crap. Yes there were some folks that were happy with the releases, but the majority were saying " We only want complete shows!!! and blah, blah, blah."
So WHAT IS THE ANSWER? I don't know. I do know that I'm thankful for what I've got. Either by trading, buying, or downloading. I have my music and if I want more I'll get it by those same means. But maybe the answer lies in a question. Who let us tape these shows in the first place? Who created this? There were plenty of bands that didn't allow taping at all. The Dead allowed it. They created this monster and we created the sickness that made us have to have every show. I'm at a point now where I can pretty much say I have too much music for my own good. It would take many many days to listen to just my Dead collection alone. Yet like a junkie, I crave more, always MORE.
There are others of " US " out there too. Think the Deadheads have it bad. Go check out a Springsteen site, or a Led Zeppelin site or U2. Those folks have created networks of their own as well, that offer up thousands of hours of music. I don't see as much bitching on those sites than I do here. Check out a guy who goes to the trouble of putting together 50 some odd discs of every different song that Springsteen played during a specific tour, and offers it up for free to anyone who wants it. I don't hear Bruce bitchin about that. How many live official discs are there from him? Not close to the amount of live Dead that is official, yet it's out there. Last time I checked there is a no recording policy at his shows, yet I can find a copy of every single show from the tour that he is currently on that is available for free.( Sometimes just hours after the show is over) He's making his money and his fans are happy.
So why are we so unhappy? People gotta make a living is no answer. Others are making money and the fans are getting what they want musically. Again, I'll go back to who created this monster and who is taking care of it now? Something is not working right if it is a money problem. Come on, 30 plus years of touring and 50 plus albums, one of the most marketable bunch of logos around, t-shirts etc... and there is no money in the till? If the only income our boys are getting is from future releases of past shows then maybe it's time for a little meeting to get things right. Right, I'm done, just don't want to hear another shit storm whip around this place I used to spend a lot of time on.
For those of you doing your jobs here thanks for the great music and forums that allow this.

Joined: Jul 26 2007
To Benny

That is just my point. A site that was out there until Saturday night renewed my interest in actively listening to the Dead. I know there are many others who feel (felt) the same way. I can get the tapes elsewhere, they have always been out there. But it is a terrible business decision to hunt down Deadicated heads who aren't making any money off of posting a few shows. It is actually to Rhino's benefit to allow people easy access to the shows. Get 'em listening again and then maybe they buy a shirt, a video, a poster who knows?

We all have always been able to get the tapes, the money is in the other stuff. Rhino is like a snake that is eating its own tail.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
To Sketchball

People gotta make a living.

Joined: Jul 20 2007

****China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider*****
You gotta love the 70's, that's when I got into the Grateful Dead as a teenager
Weeeeeeeeeee what a *trip*



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