Grateful Dead

March 31- April 6, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to another fine week in the history of the Grateful Dead's recorded legacy. We're going to visit four decades this week, the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, so on to the music...

As promised last week, we have the conclusion of the jam from 3/28/69 in Modesto, California. As we mentioned last week, the Live/Dead suite is split by a cut in The Eleven, so we played the pre-cut portion last week, and this week we're pleased to play you this magnificent closing combination of The Eleven>Lovelight. What a great Lovelight, too!

Next up we have music from 4/3/70 in Cincinnati, with two classic 1970s tunes, specifically Hard To Handle, Dancing In The Street. There's a bit of a buzz occasionally on the tape, but overall the music certainly does shine through. The Dancing in particular finds the band gelling in perfect sync, with Phil and the drummers laying down the groove while Bobby and Jerry danced circles in and around the melody, with Pigpen filling the space with his organ playing. I love this Dancing In The Street. This show was just a month before the massive, justifiably famous Harpur College show from 5/2/70. If you haven't heard THAT one recently, we encourage you to pull out Dick's Picks Vol. 8 and give it a listen.

Three years less a day later, the Grateful Dead would find themselves at the venerable Boston Garden for a great show to end a great start to the year. From 2/9/73 through to this 4/2/73 show, the Grateful Dead toured with nary a break aside from two weeks at the start of March (during which time Pigpen passed away), and this concert in Boston has the band playing with a fire that shows no signs of fatigue. From the first set, we are pleased to play China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man.

Heading next to the early 1980s, 4/6/82 in Philadelphia to be specific, we are very pleased to play the opening foursome from this great show. This sequence of Cold Rain and Snow>Promised Land, Candyman>CC Rider was played exceptionally well, and was a portent of things to come in what is one of my favourite second sets from 1982. We played some of that second set last year here, so be sure to go back through the Tapers Section archives found on these pages and listen to that blistering second set material.

Finally this week, from 4/1/90 in Atlanta, we have the first set's closing sequence of Althea, Victim or the Crime>To Lay Me Down>The Music Never Stopped. lots of great music was played at this three night run of shows, including a shakedown street that you can hear by going back through these archives to a year ago. check it out.

Due to my occasional lapse in thought, last week I accidentally put up some music from 1991 when I'd mentioned a terrific jam from 1990. Sorry about that. It's now been corrected, so please go back to last week's Tapers Section to hear the stunning jam from 3/30/90 at Nassau Coliseum featuring Playing In The Band>China Doll>Uncle John's Band>Terrapin Station. With a Garcia trimvirate like that, you don't want to miss it.

Thanks for stopping in. it's always great to hear from you, so feel free to write with questions, comments or suggestions. the email address below will get to me directly, and i try to respond to all emails.

david lemieux
vault@dead.net

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You ain't woman enough

Thanks for this all too rare nugget. Personally I always thought this Lorretta Lynne staple was perfect for Donna's voice - female yet gritty - & could never figure out why they stopped doing it. The china>rider is pretty hot too. Typical for 73 & one of my favorite years. So much energy onstage.

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release

ok, i see. but is any of this stuff planned for release, or does posting it here make that out of the question? i've been going through it, there's some pretty impressive jams here...

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recommendation.

Hi David, I wanted to recommend a set that I had on tape in the 80s
and i now have on CD. It remains a regular listen for me and I would love
to hear the rest of the show. I think it has the definitive West LA fade away.
6-14-85 Greek Theatre. Benny

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welcome, samuel!

Alas, the answer to your question is sorry, but no.

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the tapers section is really

the tapers section is really an awsome thing to have (i'm new here...), i'm just wondering if it's possible to download the songs? and how?

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April snowstorm

Glad to hear the comments from David on what a good show this was.It was my very first Dead show and despite it snowing all day,we drove out from the Jersey shore to Philly and I've been driving to see these guys in their various incarnations for the 26 years since that date. Who would've thunk... God bless the soul of Jerry Garcia and may the rest of the guys keep cranking it out for as long as they feel they can. Just saw Ratdog two nights ago at the Tower in Upper Darby and even if it's not the Dead, Bobby sung it best that night when he said "it's close enough to pretend" during Lost Sailor. Thanks for the Tapers section... I love it !!!

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Gotta agree with

Gotta agree with wilfredtjones about the juxtaposition of those 3 tunes from 4/1/90. What a great range of emotions to go through in 3 songs. That's one of my favorite overlooked chunks of music from '90. Fine selection.

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the 11

oh yea, I've spent the last 10 yrs trying to find an 11 better than that the one on Two From the Vault (8/23/68) with no luck. david/everyone how bout some suggestions? That one is beyond description, fluid, focused, forceful, shit you name is that is THE 11.

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tighten up, feeling groovy?

why doesn't anyone else label their tapes in this fashion? i've always consitered these portions of jams to be the finest parts. ie 5/2/70 Dancin>more cowbell tighten up jam> dancin, or 10/31/71 Dark Star>tighten up jam> sugar Mag. even 2/13/70 Star>Feeling Groovy>star. likewise my tapes from 73-74, china>groovy>rider. I am the only one? or do other people label this way?

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aha, long before my time...

but Donna Jean channeling Loretta, you gotta love it.

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