Grateful Dead

May 24 - 30, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where, as we mentioned last week, we're on a bit of a 1967 kick right now. We hope you don't mind, but considering the dearth of 1967 Dead here over the years, we feel we're making up for a bit of lost time.

Like last week, this week we'll play some music from Winterland on 3/18/67, specifically Smokestack Lightning and Dancing In The Street. These were two of the longer jamming songs for the Grateful Dead in early 1967, clocking in at around 10 minutes each. Aside from Viola Lee Blues, these two plus a couple of other were the only songs on which the Dead stretched out, as tunes like Alligator, Dark Star and The Other One had not yet appeared in the reportoire, so it was more a case of finding a classic blues, folk or Motown song and Grateful Dead-izing it.

To bust us out of the 1967 mode, we have this heartfelt early Days Between, recorded in the studio in 1993 and included as part of the magnificent So Many Roads boxed set.

And now back to our regularly scheduled programming from 1967, with this bluesy Good Morning Little Schoolgirl from the Shrine in LA in November, 1967. Way back in my tape trading days, these were some of the first (and only!) decent quality 1967 tapes I ever got, and it's always nice to revisit some of the music that got me hooked in the first place.

Next week we're going to check out a batch 'o Jerry, so don't miss it. See you then.

David Lemieux


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Joshua_me's picture
Joined: Jun 24 2007
Valentines of Flesh and Blood....

The studio version of "Days Between" is haunting....

If "SOTM" hinted of Jerry's end, DB spelled it out quite clearly....

"Hoping love will not foresake... the days that lie between..."

Take a look at the BP spill, the Korea's, and the stock markets and see what about to happen...."

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
No question about who the band director is during this Era: Pig!
You have really outdone yourself in the last few weeks with this
'67 material! My first case of 10 Maxell UD XLII cassettes contained
the well circulated Shrine Nov.'67 stuff as well. Ah,memories...
Thanks for providing.
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Magnificant tunes this week...

thank you for keeping me,
so many days on,
smiling way, ok.
Cool Breezes to ALL.

PS thanks again Canyon Critter
I saved it, hope that's ok with you.

Joined: Aug 31 2009

This version is resetting the musical clocks in my brain... JAH BLESSS!!! what a treat it is, super groovy 67 feel, and a splendid example of Jerry opening this thing up like a fractal can opener! nothing stale at any point, not a second of it, so much creativity and energy...

Thanks David!!!

lamagonzo (not verified)
When you get to 1970 again

Could you play St. Stephen>NFA>St. Stephen>NFA from the Cap. Theater, Port Arthur (late show) 3/21/70. As far as I know, this is unique. Feel free to put the whole set in! The Dead always jammed on the solstice or equinox.

Thanks for considering it.

Nolan's picture
Joined: Aug 1 2009
I especially like the uncut

I especially like the uncut version of Days between in this link:
its nice to hear some interacting with the band

It's all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago

Benny Jakes's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
40 years ago today.........That is the Beatles!!


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

Joined: Jun 4 2007
It was 40 years ago today.........

..........right about now.

Shame that one got missed this week :-(

cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007

Couldn't sleep. Zombie-walking around the house at 4am. Thanks DL for the perfect brew to put my s.i.b. (swelling itching brain) at ease.


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