Grateful Dead

May 12 - May 18, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we have some nice music from 1970, 1972, 1977, 1978 and 1981, so without further ado, on to the music.

Our first stop this week will be in Kirkwood, MO, on 5/14/70. This show took place the night before a great show at the Fillmore East in New York City, and less than two weeks after the famous Harpur College show, and although perhaps a little under the radar compared to those two shows, the 5/14/70 show certainly does offer some excellent music. From the start of the electric set, we have the quintet of songs Casey Jones, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Mama Tried>High Time. The Rider is interesting as this was a time when it was played both in electric sets as part of China>Rider, as well as a stand-alone number in the acoustic sets in a different arrangement.

Our next stop this week is in Lille, France, to a free outdoor concert that was the makeup date for the cancelled concert a week earlier, at which, as the story goes, the band narrowly escaped with their lives after having to cancel the gig at the last moment due to the equipment truck's failure to arrive on time for the show. But, the Grateful Dead being the righteous bunch they are, returned to Lille to play a free concert in the public square in the center of town. There are some great photos of this concert in the booklet for Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead. So, from 5/13/72 in Lille, we are happy to play the opening trio of songs, Bertha, Black-Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, Loser.

Next up, in continuing this week's trend of playing the show-openers, we have another taste of the Spring Tour of 1977. We hope you don't mind, but from what we hear through your always-welcome feedback, until every note of that magnificent tour is released, some of you will never get enough of this tour. I'm with you. From 5/17/77 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, we have the show-opening trio of tunes Minglewood Blues, Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo>El Paso. This Half-Step has one of those powerful endings typical of the song in 1977-1978. Great stuff.

While we're in the show-opening groove this week, we have the show-opening from 5/14/78 in Providence, RI. Last year here, we played that monster Let It Grow that ended the first set, but this opening sequence songs is every bit its equal: Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Cassidy, They Love Each Other.

Finally this week, to complete our format of playing show-openers from this week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history, we have the show-opening quartet of songs from 5/16/81 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. From the cassette soundboard master, Feel Like A Stranger, Friend of the Devil, Me and My Uncle>Big River.

Be sure to check back next week for more great tunes. Feel free to write the email address below with questions and comments. It's always great to hear from you.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

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Still amazing

Dave:

Gotta tell you that I think the Halfstep from 5/14/78 in Providence, RI is awesome. When I need to get a Dead fix I always come back to this section of the tapers section. Thanks

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Nice week & Roll Tide. Love the shows from Bama, one of my all-time favs. Fall out from Philzone has the Jack-A-roe. Thanks for makin the day KIND >>

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Black Throated Wind

Dave:

If there are any real cool recordings of Black Throated Wind in the archve can you throw them on here one week. I think Dick's picks 20something has a real cool one but man that is such a soulful song at least in my mind and would love to get to know it a little better.

Many thanks

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Wow, great music, been

Wow, great music, been cruzin' in the '67 Beetle listening to the Dead this weekend so I can now say that summer has officially started. Great stuff for a Monday, still wish that it was mp3 so I could listen to these great shows all the time. Appreciate what you do! Keep on Truckin'

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Wow, great music, been

Wow, great music, been cruzin' in the '67 Beetle listening to the Dead this weekend so I can now say that summer has officially started. Great stuff for a Monday, still wish that it was mp3 so I could listen to these great shows all the time. Appreciate what you do! Keep on Truckin'

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My Tape player Ate my Kirkwood, Mo show a few years back~

Hey Now GD Crew.. been bz up here in Oregon this week, finally gettin a chance to see & hear what music is posted this week !!! yehaw ~

yippie ~ I used to have this Kirkwood show on Cassette, but gosh dang it, the Tape Monster ate it ,, boo !!!

who dosent hate the tape monster ?? i have lost a small handful of great shows due to shitty & old tape players ,, dang it !

i do recall the whole Kirkwood show ...it's thumping,, OF COURSE !! GD !!

I wish i could get this show on CD !!! I wish I could get all of 69-72 on CD !! HAHAHA

ANYBODY GOT THIS SHOW ON CD , SAY HI TO ME... I need more GD on CD !!

HAHA ,,, thanks for the GD NUGGETS, DAVID ~ KEEP EM COMING ~

PLEASE POST SOME 92-95 MUSIC SOON .. like those 'Unbroken chains' ' Broken arrows' , Help > Scarlett > Fire ? > Franklins From Boston 91 ?

and such !

Josh E Bear !!

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Can it get any better than this

Dave thanks so much.....I'm on the road for business and Memphis in May and was sitting around listening to my new CD Winterland 78 final show by the Dead last night and noticed that in the 4 discs there was no Black Thoated Wind and I was thinking what a pain it was going to be to go through all of the old tappers sections to find one that you put on a previous run and to my amazement it was on this weeks run along with some otehr really awesome songs. Truly awesome. Thanks alot

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They Love Each Other...

Lord you can see that's it true!

"You know what the trouble about real life is? There's no danger music."

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Kirkwood

Alright! Kirkwood on the Map! I also attended Merremac CC, every time i had gym class i imagined what it would have been like to see the boys, in my back yard durring a real peak period. i also heard that the boys left some reels under the stage that night, including the famed 5/2! thank jerry we got that one back

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Okay, I just have to give a shout out to my home town of Kirkwood, MO. Thanks for bringing it home David!

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