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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Grateful Dead

The Lyric in China Cat announces to the world that this band don't march to the beat of a regular drummer.
A leaf of all colours plays...... Did not or did words form from a silk trombone? If those lines don't clue a body in, well, what else is to be said? Thank you....Again!

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Get in the groove

I'm sure nobody here would mind if the 1967 groove ended up as a 'Road Trips' release. Keep up the good work, David!

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David, You pulled out all the stops this week!

Sweeeet brother, thanks!!!!!
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Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

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