Grateful Dead

November 29 - December 5, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll roll into December with music from 1970 and 1987.

Our first stop is on 2/28/70 at the Family Dog in San Francisco, where we have the big, unique set-closing jam made up of Alligator>Drums>Other One>Mason's Children>Lovelight Reprise. That Lovelight Reprise was the closing of the song that had opened the show earlier.

Next up is more music from the Family Dog, this time the very next night, on 3/1/70, featuring a trio of tunes: Uncle John's band, Dancing In The Street>Baby Blue. This is one of the mellowest UJB's I can think of. Please note there is a master reel change on the Baby Blue, so our apologies for the brief cut.

Finally this week is the entire first set from 7/8/87 in Roanoke, VA: Hell In A Bucket > Sugaree; It's All Over Now ; Dupree's Diamond Blues ; Never Trust A Woman ; When I Paint My Masterpiece ; Big Railroad Blues ; Let It Grow. This show took place the day after the release of In The Dark, and features some high-energy playing, and rare (for 1987) versions of Dupree's and Big Railroad Blues. It's a nice, bluesy version of Brent's Never Trust A Woman, too.

Be sure to join us next week as we'll have more great Grateful Dead music for you to enjoy. As always, you're encouraged to write to us with questions or comments to email address belo

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
just in case you have...

...a hankering for some 'date specific' 1973 stuff:

11-30-73 Playing in the Band - 11/26/07
12-1-73 Playing in the Band>Uncle John’s Band>Playing in the Band - 1/8/07
12-1-73 China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Big River, Brokedown Palace, Weather Report Suite - 12/1/08
12-1-73 Around & Around, They Love Each Other, Me and My Uncle, Don't Ease, Me and Bobby McGee, Mississippi Half-Step - 11/30/09
12-4-73 Eyes Of The World - 6/7/10

The second date for each entry is when is was posted in previous editions of the Taper's Section.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
12/2/73: listen to it NOW

it's on a dixpix, right?

Joined: Jan 13 2010
that 2/28/70 looks mouthwatering, but...

is a little thin. Alligator peters out into drums, the other one says hi and then melts into Mason's which suddenly morphs into pig's libido journal.

so much potential so little return.

I really think I have been listening to this band too long (28 years).

Joined: Jun 13 2007
It took til Thursday, December 2, 2010

to get to the
Ending Feb
Starting March
I SHould get caught up with
the other ones too but
I am still working on that.
Telephone Poles are like that.
Love you... ALL and
hope the weekend
isn't a kick in YOUR ass.
Thanks for always making it
ok to be HOME on Saturday Night.
See ya for seconds xo later,

Joined: Aug 31 2009
UJB via SaintSteveg

...but how about that Dancin jam? THAT's the sound i got into big time, unfortunately the day Jerry died. There's something about the jams with beats like that, or Hard to Handle that in 70-71 epitomize the raw essence of the Grateful Dead. Truly unpolished, yes, but i go for that vitality of forward momentum Jerry has compounded by rhythmic and tonal support from all directions!!
Such joy and energy *-*
So Grateful to you, David and Company!

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
Are You Kind ?

Those "family dog" cuts were recorded before I was even born. (Although, technically I was gestating... :-) )

That's a Dead I never knew. That UJB, to me, sounds kind of boring and mellow to the point of unconsciousness. I'm sure that sounds like blasphemy to some folks, but I'm just being honest.

These are just the confessions of a "younger" Head, who went to his first shows hoping for a "Shakedown" or a "Victim"

It's all good.

It's amazing how long the boys lasted.....

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Joined: Nov 19 2008
didn't get it back then

I'll probably get flamed by the old guard, but those Family Dog cuts remind me of why I was not into the Grateful Dead at that time. I was much more into the polish and power of groups like the Who, the Stones and Led Zeppelin, etc. I started to come around hearing the Skull and Roses album and Europe '72, saw my first live show in '73 and have been head over heels on the bus ever since. But even now I don't hear the appeal in these sessions. The harmonies are just atrocious, the singing in general is not very good, and while I'm sure the band knows what they're doing, it is just hard for me to hear it. I imagine if I were in that room sky high I would get it, but it's tough to listen to now. I totally came to love Live Dead, Anthem of the Sun, and Aoxomoxoa, but sorry, this material doesn't do it for me.

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

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Joined: Apr 12 2008
'70 DEAD

Wonderful to hear this UJB on the heels of the nearly flawless Workingman's
sessions.I have always thought of this body of material as a revisitation
of the early folk/bluegrass jug band days.Particularly with the harmonic
vocal layering as well as the the Workingman's concept in general.
Truly a great piece of overlooked Americana.
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Aug 25 2008
Singing vs playing

This UJB was performed literally within days of the Workingman's Dead sessions that produced that version. It is very obviously an attempt to perform the studio arrangement on stage. At the time the vocals were getting the most focus and energy. It wouldn't be long before they'd shift to the playing as the focal point of priority.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
It really said

I love you so much.
we could...
have ~Us~
aww shucks ---
and probally someother things too.

Well, I hoped you would,
how's that.
I thought it was cool and
that well it was...
Who knows?


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