Grateful Dead

March 2 - March 8, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and welcome to our first full week of March, 2009. For no reason in particular, we're going to check out music mostly from the previous week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history.

It's been a while, so we figured we'd focus this week on some shows that took place at the Oakland Coliseum Arena in February, 1990. These shows were in the middle of a string of concerts recorded to 24 track analog tape by John Cutler and Le Mobile, a recording truck the band used for many recordings, including the bulk of shows that happened May, 1989 through April, 1990. Several commercial releases have been produced from these recordings, including Without A Net, Dozin' At Knick, Nightfall Of Diamonds, Terrapin Limited, as well as some parts of the So Many Roads boxed set. Not only are the recordings phenomenal, but the band was playing particularly well in 1989-1990, so there are hopefully more releases to come from these shows.

Our first jam this week is from the first night in Oakland, 2/25/90, featuring China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Just A Little Light, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World. We don't get to play too many versions of Just A Little Light, and sandwiched between these two classic Grateful Dead jams, we thought now was a good time.

Next up, from the second show, is the soaring Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain from 2/26/90. This, along with the 7/7/89 and 3/22/90 versions of Scarlet>Fire demonstrate why this is one of my favourite eras for this pairing.

Our last installment of the Oakland February, 1990 run is the post-Drums sequence from 2/27/90, consisting of The Other One>Morning Dew>Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away, We Bid You Goodnight. Simply dynamite. The Spring tour of 1990 would start just over two weeks later on 3/14/90 and would prove to be one of the best tours of the band's final decade.

Lastly this week, just to shake things up and get us out of 1990, we have this terrific set closing sequence from 10/18/78 at Winterland, featuring Mojo Jam>Wharf Rat>Truckin', I Need A Miracle. Another magical jam from the From Egypt With Love concerts.

Be sure to join us next week for some great stuff from 1981 and 1993, a couple of years we don't hit often here at the Tapers' Section.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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2/26/90... That transition

2/26/90...

That transition from Scarlet into Fire is astonishing....

Never heard anything quite like it....

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wow

this is the best Tapers Section I have ever heard! 1990 was when I started following the Dead. Holy Sh*t! They were on the mark!!!!

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by the way...

...that jam from 10-18 is really a 'hybrid' jam of Mind Left Body & Got my Mojo Workin'. Unquestionably tasty the jam and also with one of my favorite Truckin's'. Another notable: 11-6-77. This is such a great treat...

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any chance this could become a democracy?

Hey Now:

Lovin' the tunes and never any complaints from me. But, an idea just struck me like a lightning bolt. What if you asked us faithful deadheads what we'd like to see released? It would be real fun, you could call it "For the Faithful II" (smiles). I just listened to 10-12-84 Augusta, Maine and that's potentially where my vote'd be now. It's just an idea, but I know it'd catch fire. That DL for all you do. A personal reply on the likelihood of a project like this happening would be appreciated. Many thanks again. Can't WAIT for 5-28-77!

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Awesome 90"s Strike Again!

Thanks for supplying these great jams. Love "Eyes of the World" great tempo...keep it happening David, it is appreciated. Any chance of these great sections going to mp3 format so we can listen to them on the ipod? I know it is out of your control but just asking.

Keep on Truckin'

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More Musings

Partial to the '89 - '90 window those having been the bulk of my shows, but tough to match the overall quality of play and envelope pushing. Man . . . .

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This Week's Selection

The quintessential MIDI-Era Estimated. Holy cow. Great picks this week. Check out the Stranger from 2-27 of this run.

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dso

Great setlist DOODA . Have you ever checked out , or has The schwag been to Madison WI ? Theyre from St Louis MO - gd cover bnd .

They used to come through Cedar Falls IA quite steadily , and were GREAT .

Thanks dead.net for the constant and qualitative audio

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Good DSO show 2/28/09

Here is the original DSO setlist form Sat 2/28/09 Barrymore Theater, Madison, WI

Set 1: Shakedown St, Jack Straw, Deep Elem Blues, Feel Like a Stranger, Pride of Cucamonga, Top of the World, Lazy Lightning> Supplication, Two Souls in Communion, Touch of Grey
Set 2: Lovelight> Caution> After Midnight> Viola Lee Blues> Lost Sailor> Saint of Circumstance> Drums> Space> Visions of Johanna> Truckin'> Help on the Way> Slipknot!> Deal
Encore: Like a Road

DoDa Man ;^ )

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Outstanding................ < > Beam me up Scotty

Vaguely remember doing the Oakland Coliseum showz.. The run was a real shot in the arm, no pun intended, and the band was OUTSTANDING!!! Gawd I miss being on the bus, but what a GREAT time those daze were!!!! BTW, just saw 2 DSO shows and talked w/Dan Healy during the 2 nights!! The band sounds great and Dan says hello to all his friends out there!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
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Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia
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