Grateful Dead

November 15 - November 21, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have a very healthy dose of 1973, 1974 and 1990 Dead.

Our first stop this week is on 3/16/73 at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. We have a good portion of the first set made up of China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Jack Straw ; Wave That Flag; Looks Like Rain ; Ramble On Rose ; Box Of Rain; Beat It On Down The Line ; They Love Each Other ; El Paso ; Row Jimmy. That's a rare first-set opening China>Rider, the U.S. Blues-precursor Wave That Flag, and a great early Box of Rain, a song Phil would soon put away until 1986.

Next is music from 6/30/74 in Springfield, MA, featuring China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Big River, Scarlet Begonias, El Paso. We hope you don't mind a couple of repeats from our first selection; that's always been one of the pleasures of Grateful Dead music, every version is so different. These 1974 Scarlet Begonias are always fun, extremely jammed out, with no Fire On The Mountain to lead into for three years.

Finally this week we have music from one of my favourite, and aside from the middle night, mostly overlooked three-night runs of shows from the late-Brent era. From 3/14/90 at the Cap Center in Landover, MD, we have the end of the show, made up of Space>Dear Mr. Fantasy>I Need A Miracle>Black Peter>Lovelight, Black Muddy River. This is the first night, with the second show having been released in its entirety as the Terrapin Limited CD. The third show is also worth seeking out.

Be sure to stop by next week for more great tunes from the vault. As always, we welcome and encourage you to write to the email address below with questions, comments or anything else that's on your mind related to the Tapers' Section or the Grateful Dead.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jan 7 2011
Two shows I was at.! Nassau

Two shows I was at.! Nassau was amazing w/the BG intro into Cat & then the killer Dark Star/Truckin/Dew to end. We were in 10th grade & got away w/chartering a School bus & filling it w/30 kids from our HS. My Best friend & I thought we were Cassidy & Kesey! Dosed everyone as Nassau approached and put a sign that said "Lost Rabbit, Master Cylinder & Friends" on the bus folks could find their way back. Every one of those kids has NEVER forgotten that night. I know I haven't...I also went to Mondays' show. Right after Pig died.

Then there was 6/30 w/ big PA. I commented on that one the week David put up the Playin/UJB/Playin. David, the quality you've got is such an improvement over everyones' copy in tapeland.... this would make a great release...nudge, nudge, no what I mean, say no more?

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Joined: Jul 9 2007

This audience recording gives you a great feeling of being there again for the Scarlet openner!

Joined: Nov 18 2010
4/15/88 rosemont chicago

how do I go about getting a copy of this show? PLEASE

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Space had a little Crazy Fingers

feel before the Fantasy started...


We were right there, ROCKIN!
Please don't be sad xoxoxo xxx
Ok just listening for a few as I AM
finishing getting ready.

The candle is burning BLUE!
HA! Takes dynamite, OWWWWWW.

Thanks for being here, with such a nice, miracle...
~as always, love you. xo
.....Higher higher----Feel Alright
Shine on shine on Let IT shine.

Ok I AM ready.
See ya Monday.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Ah, Cap Center '90....

All the breakouts. Cool, David, that you chose some lesser-known stuff to enjoy here.
Funny, at the time, I thought the middle night was the off night (with a few gems), and the other two were stellar!...go figure. Great stand, great tour ~ we traded some extra tickets for 3rd night Nassau on a whim in the Cap Center parking lot before 3rd we got to see another great show! When is THAT second set coming out.... My brother got to the Copps, stand, as well.

This tour were my final shows with Brent, as it turned out. Was up close for 3rd night, for the wild Blow Away, which nearly overshadowed (but couldn't, for me) the Black-Throated breakout. What a Brent memory, though. My friend Larry and I were NOT clappers during songs...(oh, the heinous Morning Dew clap)......but when even JERRY (who was clearly loving it) asked us to clap to Brent's sermon, we obeyed.

Joined: Nov 12 2007
@ Gr8fulTed

Thanks. I have the Europe 72 album on vinyl, great album. Will check out the other CDs you mentioned and look around in the Vinyard!

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Joined: May 26 2007

if you look at the comments in today's 30 Days topic (follow the link from the homepage) you'll find that several kind souls have posted links to previous days' tunes.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Overlooked late era Brent runs.

I like the first night of the Cap Center '90 run about as much or even a little more than the second night. The Omni 4/1-3/90 run is also overlooked. Theere were/are penty of highlights all around from the three nights with the middle show being superb from top to bottom.

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Joined: Jul 12 2007
Cap Centre Always ...

The Cap Centre always rocked...try the first nite, first set of 9/97 with the rocker Scarlet/Fire. This clip isn't even the tip of the ice berg for the venue, but it's a nice start. :D

Joined: Nov 16 2010
30 Days Of Dead

I missed the downloads for the first 15 days, is anyone willing to share?

Thank you


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