Grateful Dead

May 3 - May 9, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back, and we hope you're in the mood to hear some excellent Grateful Dead music from May, 1991. If not, I'm sure there's some music to your liking to be found in the older, archived entries in the Tapers' Section series. But, the music below is really good!

From the start of the second set of the first night of a three night stand at Cal Expo on 5/3/91 we have China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Estimated Prophet>He's Gone. Bruce Hornsby was absent from these shows, giving Vince a rare solo spotlight during his first year in the Grateful Dead.

From the same slot in the show the next night on 5/4/91, we have the start of the second set, featuring Victim Or The Crime> Crazy Fingers >Playing In The Band >Uncle John's Band. This is a fairly typical, and very well-played, batch of songs from this era. All of these Cal Expo bits are drawn from the DAT soundboard master tapes, with some good audience blended in.

From the final Cal Expo show during this run, on 5/5/91 we once again have the start of the second set, Eyes Of The World>Man Smart (Woman Smarter) ; Ship Of Fools ; Truckin' >Terrapin Station. The Eyes is of that early-1990s, slow and laid back variety, much more similar in tempo to the 1974 versions than the mid-1980s super speedy versions that often clocked in at 6 minutes.

We'll have more great music for you here next week, so be sure to stop in. And as always, feel free to write with questions or comments to the email address below.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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NICE TOUCH

Hey DL,
Bits of Percussion trails off at the end of each piece that you put up this week...
Nice Touch!
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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90s dead

Thanks for playing 90s dead. I have the DVD view from the vault 2, which has both Vince and Bruce H but it's good to hear Vince. I especially like the Eyes of the world from this week's stuff. Thank you again.

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SOME BRIGHT SPOTS IN '91

Hey ,
This Cal Expo run is enjoyable.Diggin' the 5/5/91 Terrapin for instance...
And the drums tacked on to the end of it.As you all may well know:
Drums always welcome in this house!
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh
p.s. As DL mentions above,a treasure trove of
music awaits any listener in previously
posted TS. certainly one of my ol' standby's...

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5/91

Thanks for the prodigious dose Dead this week, David. I'll enjoy delving into these tasty nuggets all week long. These shows are new to these ears.

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given a chance

As a confirmed early '70s guy, I've really never got into much '90s GD, and never gave Vince much appreciation. But I'm enjoying this CalExpo stuff very much, and Wellnick is kicking butt! Very cool sound and plenty of it.

90's Grateful Dead sure lacked the fire and creative exploration of back in the day (as do we all), but (to paraphrase Bill Graham) they're were still the best at what they do because they're the only ones doing what they do. That still goes. Thanks for keeping the music flowing.

~ I'll meet you some morning in the sweet by and by

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to derivative25 and michihippie-26 years

When I was in my mid-teens I also put all my trust in the Grateful Dead. They did let me down, because they are only human. My totallic and absolutist belief in GD as saviors doesn't hold up. However, I found other outlets in directions they were pointing to that I was interested in, but I still love and follow the music and believe in its power as an agent of change, a catalyst.
I once met an early friend/associate of the GD who is quoted in various books. I asked him which came first, his spiritual pursuits or the music. He pointed at the stage. For me it is no longer the end-all be-all, but a beautiful link in a chain I am still feeling my way along.

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they might be ragged , but they're right

same as the above comment, 23 yrs and i still fuck up the lyric's, hear em my way or the day's way ,but i know it come out right ............. trust that the unsung song must tell > love you all!

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Grateful Dead

Got ready to step off the train at Terrapin and was surprised by Drums. Hmmmm.

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Grateful Dead

I once felt sure that I could place all my trust in the Grateful Dead, I did, and they didn't let me down. That was when I was 18 years of age, I am now 55 and still think the Dead are the best band on the planet. I remained true to the Dead and they remained true to the music I love so much. Thank you. I mean, is there another band who's music is played, free of charge, no hastle, 24/7? Again I say.... Thank you.

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EXPO SHOWS !! EARLY 90S !!

Hey Now David and all GD Fans

Happy May 2010 ~ I have been enjoying all the music posts for weeks now..
just wanted to say hello and thanks...
I was at the 92 may expo run,,, my 1st west coast shows !! what a trip, and oh so diffrent than Madison Square Garden.. a whole other ballgame out west.. haha
those were the shows were they did " The Whos " Baba O Riely & John Lennons " Tomorrow Never Knows " ... for the 1st time,,, amazing... please post some nuggets from that run some time ...
I know those shows and many other were all Filmed... I am patiently waiting for the GD Family to RELEASE those shows on DVD,,, I mean, cmon, Lets SEE THE FOOTAGE !!

my friend has on a VCR tape , a show about Phil/ GD donating $$ to some Music school in europe, and on this taped show, there is small amounts of footage from those EXPO 92 shows.. so,, I have seen the proof !! Please Release these shows on DVD !!

Anyway,, I myself have been enjoying shows from 80-83 era lately, there is some incredible music from that time ... LOVE IT ALL

GD FOR EVAH !!

Josh E Bear !!

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