Grateful Dead

May 11 - May 17, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Hello, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some excellent music from 1970, 1973 and 1978, all of which took place during this week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history.

Our first stop is on 5/14/70 in Kirkwood, MO, where the band would be playing less than two weeks after the famous show at Harpur College show in Binghamton, NY. Although hard to match, they do a fine job of continuing that energy, with the spectacular sequence of New Speedway Boogie>Nobody's Jam> New Speedway Boogie>St. Stephen>Not Fade Away>Lovelight The next night the band would appear in New York for another magical Fillmore East concert.

From Des Moines, IA, on 5/13/73, we have the second set jam featuring He's Gone>Truckin'>Drums>The Other One>Eyes of the World>China Doll. This would begin the run of three shows over the next two weekends, with 5/20/73 in Santa Barbara, and 5/26/73 at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco.

Next up, from about five years later on 5/10/78 in New Haven, CT, and part of the terrific Dick's Picks 25, we have a run of songs that straddles the first and second sets, featuring Me and My Uncle>Big River, Peggy-O, Let It Grow>Deal, Bertha>Good Lovin'. This is truly one of the most fun Picks out there. To really demonstrate how much fun this Pick is, we have this wonderfully comical Dancing In The Street from 5/11/78 in Springfield. You can feel the party dripping through the speakers.

Stop in next week, when we'll hear music from the aforementioned 5/20/73 show in Santa Barbara, as well as tunes from 1977 and 1981. As always, we welcome you to write us here at the Tapers' Section at the email address below. Please be sure to include the words Grateful Dead in your subject so that it gets through our near impenetrable spam barriers.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Ballcheese, ha ha

Laughing completely out loud over the "ballcheese" comment!! Highly risible....

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Beggarspay

Is this guy for real? Hey man, are you puttin' us on? No one's really that much of a ballcheese.
Anyway, Thanks DL for the selections as always, I'm checkin' in late cause, see, there's this band I've been out seeing...

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The Show on Thursday May 14th..

was fantastic! The boys just kicked a** all night. Everyone was on their feet all night. I was blown away in total joy and movement. I was a bit worried that the absence of Jerry would affect me but I was in the moment and Warren was wonderful. The New Potatoe Caboose and Born Cross-Eyed was raging! I am hoping for another tour real soon.
Love listening to the treats here. Nothing left to do but Smile, Smile Smile!
Peace to one and all!

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Metrics Geek

DL, great Taper's Section this week and every week. Love the latest official releases too.

Did you know that they played Shakedown 21 times in '81? Not a coincidence, that's a difference of 60, which is how many times they played in their best year, 1977!! So how about some more '81 Shakedowns and '77 anythings.

Keep up the good work, and don't let the Bobby McGee's get ya' down. Man that song blows.

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Not fair......

pickin' on David the exact week where he's NOT playing PITB.

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Fine job David, Have fun

Reponding to beggarspay,

Not everyone who enjoys this site is so deeply knowledgeable in the Grateful Dead canon (one may say obsessed) that we are unable to appreciate what is presented here every week for free, just because it may not be what we ourselves would select. I think the host could be forgiven for not finding the exact number of times "He's Gone" was sung in a particular performance to be worthy of mention. I imagine the Grateful Dead themselves would be somewhat dismayed to thinking someone is counting them and attaching some esoteric significance to it. What is this, "Music Appreciation 407 - Numerical Symbology in Post-Beat Popular Music in the Late Twentieth Century?" Somebody needs to get a life.

As to PITB, while I can agree that it is sometimes over represented on this page, expecially selections from the era of Donna the buzzkill, there is reason to believe that the Grateful Dead found reason enough to weave it in and around so many great jams. Maybe they just played it to kill time in the middle of a show, but to me you could even say it is like a theme song for them. I prefer to take Grateful Dead music in the spirit it is given - let's be happy and have fun.
You go David. Keep them coming (I'm a '73 kind of guy myself).

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Beggarspay

I appreciate the information; not the negativity.

While on the one hand you sound very knowledgeable, on the other hand you also sound like a whiny, two-year old.

"One watch by night, one watch by day
If you get confused, listen to the music play"

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He's Gone. As am I. Well Almost

Just about finished listening to the 73 He's Gone-Truckin'-Eyes-China set and, well I agree with Scottishlass. Superb. They played like one person. They really did. That is beautiful music.What was it Phil Lesh said? "Sometimes I feel like a finger on a hand" Well, something like that, you get the analogy.

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A comment by Scottishlass cought my attention. Not for what she said, though listening to He's Gone, and those plaintive Garcia tones I can see (hear) where she is coming from. No, it was the name, Scottishlass, just glad to hear (see) there is more than one Scots person on the planet that's into the Dead, well, enough to comment on line. Nice to know, that's all. Wishin' you well Scottishlass.

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Springfield May '78

I was at that show, my second Dead show. The rumor, and I have heard it a lot since then, and I guess because I'm posting it here, it will continue to spread, was that the band was on mescaline that night. I can see that. The "Werewolves" encore from that night has become legendary as well. THe Cold Rain and Snow opener was very special for me, as I was starting to feel pretty good, if you know what I mean, right as the show was starting (timing of the drop) and there was somehow, as I remember it, SUNLIGHT streaming in from up near the top of the seats. A nice May evening in Springfield....

And I'd like to indicate a chuckle for beggerspay's chiding of DL. One chuckle.

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