Grateful Dead

May 17 - May 23, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

As we roll through May, we have a good batch of music covering the Grateful Dead’s first 17 years or so, with music from 1967, 1970 and 1982.

Our first stop this week is at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on 4/11/82. There were loads of excellent shows on this tour, and our selection today includes the first half of the first set, featuring Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo > Franklin's Tower > El Paso ; Candyman > Little Red Rooster, the final song of which has some great Brent scat singing. Just less three years into his tenure with the band, Brent was as much a lead player as anyone else on certain songs.

Next up, from a dozen years earlier at the Warehouse in New Orleans on 1/31/70, we have this powerful Morning Dew, rough and raw as so much early 1970 music was, but very solid nonetheless. It was at this stop in New Orleans where the band was, famously, “busted down on Bourbon Street.”

From the very next day, at the same venue, we have music the Grateful Dead performed as part of their bust show benefit (the bust had taken place after 1/31/70’s show when the band got back to their hotel). From this show we have the opening Beat It On Down The Line, featuring an introduction that alludes to the bust, and a nifty China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.

Lastly this week, we have a bit more 1967 Dead for you, after a good response to last week’s double dose from August, 1967. From Winterland on 3/18/67, the day after the band released their first studio album, The Grateful Dead, we have this great Viola Lee Blues.

Next week be sure to join us for a nice batch of 1967 Dead. We tend to get into grooves around here in which we check out a lot of music from a specific era, and it ends up here on the Tapers’ Section. And, right now, we happen to be in a bit of a 1967 groove. And feel free to write to us with questions or comments about the Tapers’ Section. Please put “Grateful Dead” in your subject so that it will break through the spam filters.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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'67 is my year!

I love '67. Saw them for the first time August 6, 1967 at Place Ville Marie, (Montreal) in the square. 5000 hippies there. Was there with my hippie friends, and saw Jefferson Airplane too. Free concert. Bill Graham was there yelling at miscreants in the audience!!! They played, among other songs, New Potato Caboose, Viola, Alligator, Dancin', Morning Dew, and nascent versions of Other One, and Cryptical.

What a show. That was it. Never looked back.

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P.S.> D.L.

Hey,
That 1970 NOLA Dew ain't too bad either
Rough,Raw,Powerful,Solid.
You,sir, are correct on all these words...

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MORE '67? YESSAH!

Hey Man,
Diggin' the '67 Groove.
2 consecutive weeks of a Viola Lee freakout.My backbone slipped.
I may need to take Monday off!
Call in well...
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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Uhmm

Forgive me. David, Nice, nice....like those friends
who seemed to always bring the great tapes.

Is that my glass? Can you see it? Understand me?

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Here's one of those remarkably self-indulgent stories.

Her name was Beth. She owned a green early 70's volvo wagon: just charming--She, like
remarkably so many others at the time; Did not like the Grateful Dead. However, she had a fun story.
Her brother lived in NY,NY. He lived there,somewhere near "The Village," in the late 70s
and early 80s. He told Beth that he could hear "The Grateful Dead," in a building nearby; practicing, often. T's it. Thanks Beth!

Is that my glass? Can you see it? Understand me?

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Morning Dew had always been

Morning Dew had always been 1 of my favorites.

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thanks for the tunes!

Lovin it!

peace and low stress

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Thanks David!

OUTTASITE!!!

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1967

Yes, i totally agree w/ DancingBear.dk about a 1967 Road Trips release...

67 is one of the most under represented years we have in the releases...

Come to think of it though, the band, to the best of my knowledge, did not tour much at this point.

So, it may be weird as a Road Trips Release, maybe a good stand alone release..

Though if we had more from the Toronto shows..those have been my favorite for years..

I read in Phil's book about one of the Toronto shows they were playing Viola Lee Blues..and there were too many people, lots of young people, and lots of old people..and police everywhere...

and the band just kept blaring Viola Lee - and Bill Graham made them stop!!! Bill was afraid people were gonna get crushed in the crowd..

Wow!! i don't know why, but i love to think about that...

the Raw Psychedelic Energy - that was still young .. and breaking it loose in a public place where most of the people i'm sure haven't heard of these guys...

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Grateful Dead

At the Lyceum, London, on the final night of the four nights 'back by popular demand' when the band finished the early 80's European tour, they encored a Sugar Magnolia that blew my soxs off, through my ears, did that night get recorded? If so, any chance? If not, an Eyes of the World from about then would be nice, if possible.

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