Grateful Dead

May 25 - May 31, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to what we hope is another great and interesting week here at the Tapers' Section. This week we have two major jams from the Europe '72 tour, as well as a big, typically hot jam from the May 1977 tour.

First up this week is the big second set jam from 5/24/72, the third-to-last show of one of the greatest tours in Grateful Dead history. From this excellent show, we have Mexican Hat Dance, Truckin'>Drums>The Other One>Sing Me Back Home. Ditties like this Mexican Hat Dance are quite common, but this is definitely one of the most well-developed tuning ditties the band ever performed.

Next we have, from the very next show, the penultimate concert on the tour, a completely unique, and very well-played jam of Uncle John's Band>Wharf Rat>Dark Star>Sugar Magnolia from 5/25/72. When we put together the 4-CD set Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead in 2002, we'd considered doing it as a 5-CD set, and this jam would have been the centerpiece of Disc 5, but it ended up as a majestic 4-CD release, with which we were very happy.

Finally this week, from the very last night of ALSO one of the greatest tours in Grateful Dead history, we have the second set sequence from Hartford on 5/28/77 featuring Estimated Prophet>Playing In The Band>Terrapin Station>Not Fade Away>Wharf Rat>Playing In The Band. This tour, from its very first show on 4/22/77 to this night, is one of the finest periods in Grateful Dead history, up there with April-May, 1972 and October-December, 1973. Every night featured something completely unique and interesting and inspired. This is really one of those tours from which I can grab any show randomly and be happy with what I selected. This Hartford show, of course, was recently released as a full-show, 3-CD set titled To Terrapin-Hartford '77.

Be sure to stop in next week for music from 1970, 1974 and 1980. Lots of great coming up as we end May and start June. See you next Monday, we hope.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Mexican Hat Dance

My friend who speaks Spanish says the words don't make much sense. "Mom I'm not going to school today, I have a tooth-ache"- and then something about a sewing machine. She's remembering this off the top of her head. Fun stuff,though. Great jams. Thanks, David.

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wow, live and learn!

does it have words?

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Mexican Hat Dance

Awesome tunes!!!

By the way, for anyone who is interested, the actually name of the Mexican Hat Dance is: "El Jarabe Tapatío"

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positive vibrations

Nice to hear and feel a good vibe LOts of negativity lately

Keep the Faith Brothers and Sisters

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Best tours...

I love the concept of "best tours" or best runs, months, stands, whatever...

Certainly May 72 and 77 are up there...and David rightly includes the October-December 73...

I also love the concept of the Desert Island stash...what music would you bring with you on Giligan's Island.

So, putting those together, I started charting the numbers of shows per month and looking at what tour I would take to that Desert Isle or then it became, what month of shows would you take with you fro the whole history of the Dead? Would you give up May 72 and to gain October 73, 77, and say 89? It fascinates me to hear what other Deadheads would choose

I would probably choose the 249 shows from October over the 212 shows from May, but there are always arguments for most anything...June makes a fine argument for its 252 shows including so many great summer tours!

I'd love to read what you guys think...chime in.

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"Those who refuse military service are the pioneers of a warless world."
--Albert Einstein

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DRUMS ALWAYS WELCOME

Hey DL,
Thanks for another fine installment of Taper's.
Diggin' the Europe 72 stuff.Drums always welcome in this house.
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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wow.

Killer TS this week. The Mind Left Body hidden in the deep, dark recesses of that 5/25 Dark Star is a glittering jewel indeed.

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wow

Best taper's section in a while, that 5-24 other one jam is inspired and spacey. I agree with above posts, this should be out there for all to enjoy, release more europe 72 jams, especially if they are as good as this. Thanks for the grate tunes David. More please :)

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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!

HERE'S TO ALL THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO UPHOLD OUR BELIEFS OF LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS!! FREEDOM DOES NOT COME FREE!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

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Mexican Hat Dance

another great set of gems from the cre8tve minds they called The Grateful Dead!!

Who are the Grateful Dead and why do they keep follwoing me??!!!??!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

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