Grateful Dead

May 31 - June 6, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This is a week devoted only to Jerry's solo material as we roll into June here at the Tapers' Section.

In the summer of 1977, the Grateful Dead had one of their longest stretches without any shows in the years after the big 1974-1976 hiatus, going three full months without any concerts (6/9/77 to 9/3/77). Mickey was recuperating from an accident, and Jerry kept busy with his own band, the JGB, playing a lot of dates, and otherwise resting after a busy six months with the Grateful Dead, and the release of the Grateful Dead Movie on June 1, 1977. From the end of July, we have a couple of tunes from the shows at Theatre 1839, produced into the very first (and some say best!) Pure Jerry CD release. From the first show on 7/29/77, we have the ripping Mystery Train and this long, way out there Don't Let Go, and from the second night, on 7/30/77, we have Tangled Up In Blue, played much more slowly than the JGB would play it in the 1980s and 1990s.

From 1975, we figured we'd play some Legion of Mary, Jerry's primary musical outlet while the Grateful Dead were on hiatus in the first half of 1975. Featuring Jerry, John Kahn on bass, Merl Saunders on keyboards, Ron Tutt on drums and Martin Fierro on saxophone, we have this meaty Neighbor, Neighbor from the excellent Legion of Mary album released a few years ago.

Lastly this week we have Run For The Roses from 9/1/89 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. This was from the first of two nights at Merriweather to start Jerry's big tour of 1989 that played mostly Grateful Dead-sized venues (Philly Spectrum, Hartford Civic, MSG, etc), and featured opening act Bob Weir and Rob Wasserman.

Be sure to join us next week for some Grateful Dead from 1970, 1973, 1974 and 1988. Good stuff coming up this summer here at the Tapers' Section. And as always, we encourage you to write to us with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section, or anything related to our favourite band.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 9 2010

I was at the Merriwhether Post second night show. very hot show. great to hear something from the first night.

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Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
Diggin' the JGB change-up this week.That second guitar break on
Mystery train is cool.
Now recalling Some JGB shows/memories of the past.
A 2 night stand at the Casino in Hampton NH in the summer of '84
sticks out.A good time was had by all...
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

Donna didn't have her own monitor for years. Soon as she did, no problem. Her '72 PITB Playing howls could have you diving for the floor, hands clasped to the ears, bless her :-)

She popped up with Bobby at The Beacon in 2007 I think. I hadn't seen her since 1972. Really good to see her still looking fine and singing well.

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Joined: Sep 16 2008
Great to hear JGB

All I can say is WOW!!!! Thanks Jerry!!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

Joined: Jun 13 2007
This was so special...

I saved listening to it until
Oooowww weeeeeeee
I love you so.
I'm grinning from ear to ear.
Have a wonderful weekend---

Joined: Jun 3 2010

Rob Wolfson:

Speaking of JGB, is there a soundboard of the amazing Tough Mama from 10/24/75 at Boston Orpheum Theater?

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Joined: Jun 24 2007

Ahh, the 9'1'89 Merriweather...

I didn't want to go, (too much to study). I was literally carried from my bed to the waiting car... And off we drove from Florida ! Good times....

Joined: Jun 3 2010
I've been looking for some

I've been looking for some of these full JGB shows from the Warner Theater for years. Specifically a show that had an acoustic Simple Twist of Fate. Been driving me crazy as no one seems to have these shows any more.

Nice Tangled Up in Blue.

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Joined: Nov 19 2008

I love the Grateful Dead and can (and often do) listen to them day and night from all different periods of their career. But I have often noted that if you want to hear Jerry Garcia at his best, it is often as leader of his own band. IMO that is where he is rockinest, jazziest and most soulful. Of course the Dead gave him plenty of room, but I think in the Garcia band he had all the space and freedom he needed to let it all unwind. Props also to John Kahn. My favorite configuration was with Keith and Donna (sometimes with Maria Muldaur). Jerry and Keith were telepathic together. And gratefulbob above is word up re: Donna. She just was not meant to project over the power of the Grateful Dead, which led to her familiar screeching noises (I cannot imagine how they put up with it), but her singing with the JGB was nothing short of angelic.

Thanks for these unusual choices this week.

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

lamagonzo (not verified)
Jerry Band

The fat man rocks. Saw'em at the Keystone, Palo Alto in 83. Jerry did a Deal that wouldn't quit. I think that show was the hardest I've ever heard Jerry ROCK.

Thanks for the ear candy this week!


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