Grateful Dead

March 17 - 23, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we're going to hang out on the East Coast during a couple of the fine Spring Tours of the later years that took place, including music from 1990 and 1991.

Our first stop is at the first of two nights in Hartford, CT, shows that were surprise gigs, although not quite on the same level as those of Hampton, VA, in October, 1989. These Hartford shows were announced only four days in advance, and sold out instantly, as would be expected for shows by the Grateful Dead in 1990. From that first show, we have the opening combination of Shakedown Street>Little Red Rooster. These shows, as was the entire tour, were recorded to stellar-sounding 24 track analog tape, so future major releases can certainly be drawn from these shows as well as others from the tour. The Atlanta gigs are personal favourites as well, not to mention the two nights in Canada right after Hartford.

From the next night in Hartford, we have the very cool second set closing jam of China Doll>Gimme Some Lovin'>GDTRFB>Around and Around, with a very interesting new arrangement of Around and Around, in which they slow things down to a nice bluesy jam before building it all back up for the finale. Neat stuff indeed.

The next run of shows would be the two aforementioned, spectacular nights at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, Ontario. These two shows featured loads of great music, including the great Scarlet>Fire that was included on the So Many Roads boxed set and the complete Hey Jude played here last year. From the second show, 3/22/90, we are pleased to play you the opening combination of songs, Feel Like A Stranger, West LA Fadeaway, Easy To Love You.

Finally this week, we have the second set opening jam from 3/18/91 at the Capital Center in Landover, MD. This four night run of shows produced some exceptional music, including this Playing In The Band>Uncle John's Band>Playing In The Band>Terrapin Station sequence. We'll be sure hit up this great run of shows for more music in future installments of the Tapers Section.

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check in next week for more great music from the vault, and as always, feel free to write to the email address below with questions, comments or suggestions. It's always great to hear from you.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

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nice picks

Good choices on all fronts. That Hartford run was pretty strong that year. Same goes for Hamilton. It would be good to hear the first set from 3/17/91 at the Cap Center (ironically 17 years ago today on Phil's Birthday) where they break out Rubin and Cherise for the first time.The Peggy-O, Queen Jane that preceed it are nice as well. Set 2 of 3/17 is pretty ripping as well. Thanks for the tunes nonetheless. Happy St Patty's Day everyone and Happy Birthday Phil! Peace!

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3-20-91 Second Set

David, please could you pick the amazing 3-20-91 second set! A look back into the rec.gdead shows how much I love the Eyes->Foolish. Eyes opens up majestically and soars through its passages before landing into perhaps the best Foolish Heart ever? The Estimated-He's Gone is also full of wonderful interplay between Bobby, Jerry and Bruce. A must play!

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GO PHIL!!!!!!

GO PHIL!!!!!!

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Hartford- ya can't miss!

The Boys always brought their "A" game to Hartford.

--------------------------------- I'm not Beethoven

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Playin' in the Band

What a wonderful sound. The tie between Playin' and Uncle John's is a true Garcia/Wier gem. Kant's theory of the sublime unfolds and is explained in the moment of experience. Perhaps the only way true beauty can be experienced. In this music their is true beauty.

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Hardford shows rocked

Wow what a smokin Round and Round....sweet :)

they never stopped rockin' til the moon went down

*~*~*Happy St. Patty's Day*~*~*

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"Feel free to write to the

"Feel free to write to the email address below with questions, comments or suggestions. It's always great to hear from you.

David Lemieux vault [at] dead.net"

I've tried to email several times but there seems to be some quota problem at your end - I always get a delivery failure message returned :-(

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NICE!

I loved those Hartford shows! Thanks David!

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