Grateful Dead

May 10 - May 16, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’re mostly going to be checking out Grateful Dead music from the late 1960s, with a dose of 1990 Dead to round things out.

Our first stop this week is on 6/5/69 when the band was playing a four night run at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. This is the venue also know as the Carousel Ballroom, not be confused with the Fillmore Auditorium. From this night, we have a typically hot and lengthy Lovelight, with Pigpen doing what he does best, bringing the crowd to the point of frenzy while the band behind him keeps things rolling.

Moving back about two years, we have music from the O’Keefe Center in Toronto, when the Grateful Dead were playing a week of shows at the venue as part of the “Bill Graham Presents the San Francisco Scene” production. These shows featured the Dead, the Airplane, and Luke & the Apostles. From the Dead show on 8/4/67, we have this tight Viola Lee Blues, and from a day later we have Alligator from 8/5/67. Unfortunately there are reels in the vault clearly marked with the date and venue of some of these shows, which has been scratched out, as the tapes were recorded over. Bummer. But, what does exist is pretty sweet. And it’s always cool to have some Canadian Dead to hear.

Finally this week, from the Without a Net album, released just before the Europe 1990 tour, we have this great version of Help On The Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower, recorded live at Nassau Coliseum on 3/30/90. This show often gets overlooked due to the 3/29/90 show, aka the Branford show, but both 3/28 and 3/30 at Nassau are filled excellent music.

Be sure to stop by next week for music from 1967, 1970 and 1982. A good week coming up for certain. And as always, we encourage you to write with questions, comments or suggestions, to the e-mail address below. Please put “Grateful Dead” in your subject line so it busts through our state-of-the-art spam filters.

David Lemieux


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enlightend rogue's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
March 90 in Nassau

I loved that run at Nassau The only show I could attend was 3/28. I still can remember Jerry reaching around his stack to hit a switch for his distortion during LLR [wich is also on Without a Net] and my buddy telling me during the opening notes of The Weight that he knew they were gonna play that that night.Even tho' they had never done so b4. The Friday show on 3/30 was a radio broadcast and I spent the night taping it. When Jerry pulled out the MIDI during his lead on Slipknot I had chill's down my spine from the radio. Oh those were great day's indeed!! I actually thought about 3/28 the other day. I was listening to The Other one from Phil's BDay show and remebered a smoke machine on the stage for that particular song and was blown away by how good the band sounded on that tour. Nothing Like A Grateful Dead concert!

Joined: Nov 8 2007
New Haven 5/11/81

Was hoping for New Haven 5-11-81: my first show. Didn't have a clue -- learned someone by the name of Phil Lesh played the bass; horrified when some guy asked my friend and me if we wanted some LSD for the show; could not understand why the guy in the middle kept trying to steal the show and wondered why Garcia hung back and off to the side depsite being the lead guitarist (and the only guy's name that I knew); knew sugaree, scarlet/fire good lovin and satisfaction; could not understand why the audience seemed to cheer at the most peculiar of times. Thought drums/space (when everyone else left the stage) meant the show was over and that the songs that followed were encores (plural --a lot of them - like 5 or 6!); got a ticket at the window for face value of like $12; dropped off by my dad in the ole blue el camino who commented something to the effect upon seeing the scene: "Oh, I dunno about this." By the following spring I "got it" and when I did I knew from the get go that this WHOLE DEAL was for me -- oh yeah -- it still is. "The bus come by and I got on [and I won't leave]."

lamagonzo (not verified)
Expo 67 reel existrs or not?

Is there a recording of the Expo 67 show anywhere?
Loved the Nassau Help>Slip>Frank.

PonchoBill's picture
Joined: Jul 29 2009
canadian dead....

Yes please
It's hard to believe they only played Montreal in 67. After all everyone knows it's only the wildest city in Canada. Anything goes... anyhoo thanks David.

Go Habs!!!!

Joined: Oct 1 2007

Thanks, David,
Anything in the vault from the Montreal shows later that week, which were, alas, they only time they played my fair city!


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