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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Winterland, March '77

This triptych would make another fine Winterland Box release. I know that June was only 3 months away but still...

Joined: Aug 17 2007
two-toned guitar at Rosemont

Check out Jerry's two-toned (and scallop-shaped) notes in the twenty seconds preceding "I Know You Rider" of the Rosemont Horizon '93 performance. It sounds as if he's playing/picking on two strings (more than it sounds like electronic adding of a higher? octave), though I can't readily say whether that's technically doable with those notes. (The notes in his soloing previous to that do sound brightened by some higher-octave overtone on the main tone.)

Joined: Jun 13 2007


It was just New Year's Eve @ my house,
spot ON! Wooohoooo.

I needed that, most certainly.

The Grateful Dead
is a little like...
Maxwell House Coffee
"Good to the last drop."

to take a
ride or two
on the
Ship of Fools.

See ya later
Alligator, xo!


Joined: Jun 13 2007

Thank you,xo!

Joined: Jun 13 2007

A very nice Sundaymorning here
with friends, drinking coffee and
listening too.

Just so happens to be 10:16
as this moment of communication;
I love it when that happens.

Have a beautiful day Everyone...
Good Friday is coming, xo!

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Joined: Jan 6 2009
the island you get is the island you got

grate way to start the week>>>> flibberdy jib,,,,,,

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Joined: Jul 20 2012
St. Stephen....

has a wonderful quaalude quality to it. Ya know mondo, "his hair's so long he's got to callin' it home...." :).

Thanks, DL

Joined: Jan 13 2010
This is one FINE Stella Blue

Thank goodness for recordings.

Joined: Mar 18 2010
Golden Days

Someone I traded tapes with awhile ago- whenever I borrowed a show he attended, he would write "I was there" below the set list. This week's Rosemont Horizon selection- I was there. I really can't say this of many shows, so might as well seize the opportunity. By the way, how are things in your town? Bravo and a big Thanks for this (and every) week's journey into the Vault- Especially the back-to-back March Winterland selections- 1977 at its mighty finest.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Great picks all around!

The March Winterland '77 and the Oakland '89 New Years runs are typically top notch, especially the latter!

Regarding Rosemont '93, here's my story...

I didn't attend Rosemont that year but did attend the Richfield show that ddn't get cancelled as a result of the Blizzard of the Century. A friend of mine who I went to that show with did attend the Rosemont run and even had taper tickets for all three shows, so I had the opportunity to listen to these as a warm-up. What I liked about the recordings of these shows is that the were uniformly well played, Jerry played ad sounded great. Vince stuck to playing what was appropriate, as sometimes I felt he had the tendancy to step over the rest of the band and over sing and play on occasion. Lazy River Road, Eternity, Liberty and The Days Between showed the best potential of the batch of new songs. They felt like songs that could have easily been written in the '70s. Just exactly perfect.

All in all, the Rosemont '93 run felt like the band, and particularly Jerry were back in form after what to me felt like a mixed bag year in '92. The Richfield show I did attend, a the time felt like somebody sort of let the steam out of the band and the show seemed like more of a rehearsal, until they got to Terrapin, where some real fireworks sarted. Particularly the run of songs Terrapin>jam>drumz>space>Miracle>and a Stella Blue for the ages.

Years later, listening back to the Richfield '93 show, like is frequently the case for me now-a-days, sounds better t me than I remembered.

If there is any thought to release the '93 Rosemont run, I would definitely be onboard. Throw in the segment I listed from Richfield as bonus tracks, and you got yourself an A+ release.

I realise that may people who post here on the Grateful Dead sight frequently express dissatisfation with anything the band played after 1979, but, there is plenty to love from the second half of their touring career. I would just say to tptb to not be afraid to delve into the latter part of their touring days. There are a lot of us who would be forever Grateful!


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