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 5 2007
JGB 1977

For any Donna bashers, pls listen to , or actually buy the Theatre 1839 cd...its pure Donna at her best, the Stir it up , Dont let go, Let me roll it, are some of the most beautiful harmonies
between Donna & Jerry that I have ever heard.

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Joined: Jun 11 2007
Thank You !!!!!

Thanks for the killer JGB it is a very nice treat for start of summer!

Joined: Jan 13 2010
haven't heard any Jerry band for quite a while

sounds good.

has anyone out there heard JGB 5/18/84? I have an ancient tape of that with some HOT (no, really; that's not hyperbole) music on it. I would love to see that released someday. "Tangled" is like a runaway freight train.


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