Grateful Dead

March 25 - March 31, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll sample some music from 1977, 1989 and 1993.

In March 1977, the Grateful Dead played the first of three multi night runs of shows at Winterland in San Francisco in 1977, with the others being in June and December, and all of which were excellent. From the final show of the March run, 3/20/77, we have St. Stephen>The Other One>Stella Blue>Around and Around, US Blues, Terrapin Station. There is a reel change cut in The Other One, but otherwise this is an exceptionally hot sequence.

From a dozen years later in Oakland on 12/31/89, we have the end of the New Year's show. This was a very cool New Year's Eve show, opening with Sugar Mag>Touch>Man Smart, and the first set ending with Shakedown Street, plus the first Bay Area Dark Star in more than five years. From the end of the second set and the first encore, we have Dear Mr. Fantasy>Hey Jude, Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad>Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away; Brokedown Palace>Sunshine Daydream.

The Spring tour of 1993 had plenty of very strong playing, and from the first of a three night at the Rosemont Horizon near Chicago we have that start of the second set China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Victim Or The Crime > Ship Of Fools ; Playing In The Band from 3/9/93.

Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault, and as always we encourage you to write to us at the email address below with questions or comments.

David Lemieux


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claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
St Stephen

Sounds like the band is really high on St. Stephen, not in a good way. :)

Joined: Aug 17 2007
wilfredt -

The Dead, billed as Jerry Garcia and Friends, played Winterland in 1975 for the Bob Fried Memorial gig (along with Kingfish, Keith and Donna, and a sort of (may I say it) "girl group," as I remember it, The Mirrors. See the poster for that show at this week's Greatest Stories Ever Told post from David Dodd, (if you haven't already). Their only Winterland performance between the retirement shows in '74 and March '77.

DeadBase's GarciaBase lists two nights at Winterland, December 19 and 20, in '75 with Jerry Garcia Band, Kingfish, and Keith and Donna. I've got news and advertisement clips from Bay Area gigs of the time packed away, so can't say at the moment whether there were other Kingfish appearances there that year; maybe.

Joined: Aug 17 2007
Thanks, mossonello...

for the detailed response on the (half- or whole-step pedal effect, not used in this instance, and) 6th-interval two-string play that Jerry sounds to be doing. It sounded like an octave interval to me; I'm listening to it again now, and I maybe you're right that it's a sixth; in a couple of instances, the sixth (?) seems to be the lower of the two notes, maybe two octaves below what the "first" note's sixth would be--?

--It all happens pretty fast, the streaming player doesn't accommodate quick precise repeats, and I don't have an instrument handy to check this out better (or, at the moment, easy time to give to singing it out). I don't play guitar, by any respectable measure; I had a classical guitar for several years, never got beyond first-position major scales (too concerned trying to get satisfied with my ability to make good tones, and fingering); I did use the guitar, after giving up practice, to adjust my Tascam cassette deck to play Dead tapes at proper pitch....

What caught my ear the first time listening to Jerry's playing in the transition to "I Know You Rider" was that two-toned sound just before the turn. But what seems more remarkable is how smoothly scalloped he moves the pitch of those bent? or down-fretted? notes in those eight bars (meanwhile maintaining the two matched tones perfectly, no? [or maybe that’s a clue to the two tones being an electronic effect?]). As I say, it's too fast for ignorant me to make out what's happening technically, but it's something to hear. ("Especially in 1993," I might say as one who stopped going to shows and listening to much of latter-day Dead in and after 1989, God love 'em. But I know, somewhat, from the So Many Roads set, that Jerry was sounding and playing pretty well in early '93, yes?)

Joined: Nov 3 2010
The imposer

We had near front row tickets for the Rosemont show. Throughout the show, a young lady was encroaching on our seats and really crowding us. I am not sure where her seat actually was. We referred to her as the imposer. Later that night she was involved in a scene at the hotel front desk. Apparently, her payment for her room had not cleared so they locked her out of her room. I couldn't help but grin at the karmic retribution.

I enjoyed the show(s)--quite a bit of new material and the Ken Nordine appearance was epic.

Joined: Jun 13 2007


Came back for another
New Year's Eve, xo!

Nice reading too, thanks, xo!


Ashes Ashes
All Fall Down

Ashes Ashes
All Fall Down

into NFA
like riding a
wave at sea
rocking on
as it was NYE!

Joined: Aug 31 2009
i should have checked first... Sorry Mark

per Mark, i was wrong in making an assumption... the effect i mention started getting used around that time, very prominent in ballads in '95, and well, i'm mistaken as you were not talking about that.

yes, Jerry is playing two notes at once, consisting of a scalar progression the notes being a 6th apart... to stay in key, the 6th will be a natural 6th interval or a minor 6th one. if you play a bar chord, the root starting on the A-string, the notes played on the D-string and B-string represent a form of this. like a bar C-chord... the notes G and E are voiced on the D/B-strings (5th fret each).
staying in C major, you can do what Jerry did by moving fingers together, up and down the string to the adjacent notes of the scale, i.e. no sharps or flats.
should have listened before making a false claim and accidentally double posting only to post my correction a third time..
i just love the Grateful Dead, it's my only excuse!!

Joined: Aug 31 2009
per Mark and the 2-tone guitar work

there is a pedal effect that creates a second tone that can be altered by an expression pedal, sweeping either a full step interval (2-chromatic steps), or even programmed to the right key so it knows when to move half steps. it's a very cool effect, and Jerry uses it remarkably!! you know which is the 'extra' note by the one that tone moves over a static tone.

Joined: Aug 31 2009
dbl post.. oops

so i'll just edit this to say Thanks Again David!!!
so nice ^_^

Joined: Mar 12 2009
whenever he goes the people all complain

This is the most beautifully played St Stephen I have ever heard. There IS that perfect moment of silence in this stella. Watched Micky speak of the vela pulsars last night on the history channel

Everybody's trying 2 figure it out
Everybodys trying 2 work it out!
Got 2 get better N a little while!!!!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
the dawn of Spring '77 @ Winterland

Did the Dead or any of the band members' bands play at Winterland during the hiatus '74-'76? If not, these shows would be historically significant as well. For me, at least 2 more Winterland boxes are warranted: Feb. '74 and Mar. '77.


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