Grateful Dead

November 8 - November 14, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings! This week at the Tapers' Section we have music from Spring Tours of 1990 and 1991.

Our first selection was recorded on 3/19/90 in Hartford, CT, and features the post-Drums segment of the show, Space>China Doll>Gimme Some Lovin'>Around and Around, Brokedown Palace. This is one of the first versions of this new arrangement of Around and Around, and it was a real trip to see them slow it down like this before building it back up to a rocking crescendo.

From a year later, we have the long pre-Drums sequence from 3/17/91 at the Capital Center in Landover, MD, made up of , China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Women Are Smarter, Crazy Fingers>Truckin'>New Speedway Boogie. This was one of the first versions of the re-born New Speedway Boogie, the first East Coast version in 21 years, and it absolutely blew the roof off the place. Coming as the sixth song of the set, it was completely unexpected.

Finally this week, we have music from the very next night at the Cap Center on 3/18/91, and we're pleased to play the entire first set, featuring Touch of Grey, Minglewood Blues, Ramble On Rose, Me and My Uncle>Maggie's Farm, Row Jimmy, Picasso Moon, Don't Ease. Please note there are some minor sound problems during Touch, on the master recording, but nothing too serious. Also check out all 5 singers taking a verse on Maggie's Farm.

Drop by next week for more great Dead from the archives. It's always a pleasure to see you, so don't be shy. And feel free to write anytime with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 15 2010

The music you provide triggers such good memories for those that grew up listening to this amazing group. Thanks for sharing !

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
I was thinking...

isn't it
AMazing H
In the Head

A friend just recently got 15 pounds out of one 'em.
Said he roasted them and then salted 'em.
And then enjoyed them while he watched
the baseball game.

I rang a silent bell....

Loved it ALL, thanks xo

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Joined: Feb 3 2009
Magical Moments!

Good stuff. I haven't listened to the Hartford yet, as I have had a primo copy for years. I usually think of shows out west for my best moments -Telluride, Mountain Aire, or the Kaiser - Alpine in the mid-west - or Hampton (hard to beat that Warlocks' Dark Star), still, the old civic center in Hartford has seen some great shows, and I should give it props. Just saw The Wall there recently - truly amazing.
The Tapers' Section has given me a new perspective on post-Brent Dead. I bailed from The Bus after he passed, only seeing them once on the final tour (Summer '95 of course). I really enjoyed that first-half-of-2nd-set at the Cap. On that documentary about Deadheads filmed in '94, Truckin' seems to be the clear winner in the favorite song category, and I love breakouts. Even though the audience isn't too forward in the mix, you can hear the excitement during New Speedway, and it comes through loud and clear in Jerry's voice. I do miss that guy. Peace!

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Joined: Jun 24 2007

The Best part of the D/S from Hartford is missing from this clip.....

When the mood stirkes, listen to the entire thing sometime....

Joshua_me's picture
Joined: Jun 24 2007
Tell me what you done it for....

Ahh, yes...

That Hartford 3/19/90 show will always hold a special place in my heart.

In a Spring '90 tour filled with amazing shows, THIS one was something special. *Listen* to that "space", there is not another one like it... In all of my shows I had never seen EVERYONE sitting down during the D/S segment, sitting quietly, amazed by the quality of the sound, the lights that even by Dead standards were astounding, and the "tolling church bells" that Jerry came up with before China Doll. It was beautiful, it was terrifying, and above all it was unforgettable. Without exaggeration, that was the most magical Dead moment that I ever witnessed. Thank goodness a gorgeous matrix recording is easily available. GET IT.

Joined: Jun 9 2007
More 91 Cap Center, Please

Like asking for more porridge, that Cap Center run was great! The 3-20-91 night was my favorite with the huge second set. Could you please play Eyes->Drums! Would make my day!

Joined: Aug 31 2009
little surprise :)

There be a GDTRFB sneaking around in that '90 clip....

Yee haw!!
Thanks David ^_^

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Joined: Oct 3 2008
space is the place

David, thanx for the grate tunes, anything from 90>91 is ok with me. Thanx for the space, not much of that here often, so always a pleasure to hear one on the tapers section. Love that new speedway boogie, and I know I'm in the minority, but I always liked Picasso Moon.
"pop my mirror sunglasses on", sunny and cold here in the mts. this am.


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