Grateful Dead

May 04 - May 10, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back, as we continue our ride through the month of May in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, with stops in 1972, 1977 and 1978.

This week we’ll start our voyage in Paris, France, on the first night of the two night stand in the city of lights. From the second set, we have this magnificent, typical-of-Europe-’72 jam featuring Jam>The Other One>Drums>The Other One>Me and Bobby McGee>The Other One>Wharf Rat. These two Paris shows were loaded with good music, with some if it making it onto the Europe ’72 album. Hopefully some day we’ll see a France ’72 album released featuring music from these two shows, plus Lille on 5/13/72.

Next up, from five years plus a day later on 5/4/77 at the Palladium in New York City (check out last week’s Tapers’ Section for more music from this run), we have this very tight, very inspired second set jam of Terrapin Station>Playing In The Band>Comes A Time>Playing In The Band. As I mentioned last week, this run of shows, and the entire tour, featured a very unique jam/song sequence virtually every night, and this one is no exception.

From a year and a day later in Hanover, NH, we have the second set closing jam from 5/5/78 featuring Not Fade Away>Stella Blue>Around and Around, Werewolves of London. This was the first night of the second half of a very good tour, with the first half taking place 4/6/78 to 4/24/78 and the second half taking place 5/5/78 to 5/17/78, with plenty of great stuff during these five weeks, including the 5/10&11/78 shows that have been immortalized as Dick’s Picks Vol. 25.

Lastly this week, from the next night on 5/6/78 in Burlington, VT, we have the show-opening quintet of songs, consisting of Sugaree, Minglewood Blues, Beggy-O, BIODTL, Loser.

Stop in next week for more great music, from 1970, 1973 and 1978. Some very good stuff coming up.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Bon Appetite

Hey,
The Paris '72 stuff is quite tasty.Wicked Good!
Nice Drum Break...which ,of course, is always welcome in this house.
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

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Europe '72 box set

I think there should be an uber-Europe '72 box set that would include every show from the tour (every one that exists in the vault at least.) Or least put all the shows on itunes or deadstore.net and allow people to buy what they wanted. (I'm old-fashioned, though, and like the idea of a box set with essays and photos.)

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Sweet

Since I mitched and boaned about the missing Werewolves last week, I feel it's my obligation to thank David for its inclusion this week. Favorite line: "Little ol' lady got mutilated late last night". So alliterative. And so horrible! No wonder Jerry loved it. I understand he dug all the classic monster movies and everybody in the Dead had/has a pretty dark sense of humor.

Speaking of Beggy-O, if my old friend Betsy-O is out there, Hey Now!

And thanks to Sirius for broadcasting the Philly show last Saturday. I got caught up in it, and though the Samson and Delilah closer was no big surprise (since they are tearing that whole building down) it was pretty cool to have the expectation validated. And it didn't hurt that it came after a Help -> Slip -> Franklins.

Random plug: I'm watching a recently (officially!) released Jorma Kaukonen and Vital Parts 1980 DVD from the German TV show Rockpalast. While not exactly Metal Years Hot Tuna, it's quite the obscure treat. Check it out! How often have you seen Jorma play with the Stench brothers? (Whatta family name.)

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Nice. I'm just listening to nugget two now and love it. Comes a Time! I'm in heaven. sweet. Donna is doing all right here too.
Awesomellow.

Thank you, David. You the man.

(lol @ type O Beggy-O) I hope it's a typeo

round and round

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GREAT TUNES

WHAT A WAY TO START THE DAY!! A FRESH CUP O JOE AND SOME CLASSIC GRATEFUL DEAD!! KEEP ON TRUCKIN DOWN TO CHICAGO THE NEXT 2 NIGHTS, WWWWWOOOOHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

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