Grateful Dead

October 18 - October 24 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section where this week's we'll hear a batch of springtime Dead spanning 21 years in Grateful Dead history.

Our first selection is from 3/28/69 in Modesto, CA, a month to the day after one of the finest Grateful Dead shows ever played (2/28/69 at the Fillmore West). This sequence is the classic from 1969, with the addition of a Death Don't Have No Mercy before the band breaks into Lovelight. Dark Star>Stephen>The Eleven>Death Don't Have No Mercy>Lovelight.

Next we have music from three years later on 3/27/72 at the Academy of Music in New York, just before the band left for the two month trip to Europe. From the middle of the first set, we have China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Me And Bobby McGee ; Mr. Charlie ; Looks Like Rain ; Deal ; It Hurts Me Too ; Cumberland Blues, featuring Jerry's tasteful (and rare) pedal steel playing on Looks Like Rain, which he'd do a few more time in Europe before packing up the instrument until he broke it out a few times on the 1987 Dylan-Dead tour.

Lastly this week, a sequence of music that needs no introduction: 3/29/90 at Nassau Coliseum, featuring the start of the second set: Eyes of the World>Estimated Prophet>Dark Star>Drums. Branford Marsalis is arguably the most perfectly-suited guest to ever sit in the Grateful Dead.

Join us next week for more great music from the vault. And as always, feel free to write to us with questions, comments, suggestions, or whatever you want, at the email address below. Please be sure to include the words “Grateful Dead” in your email subject so your message busts through our state-of-the-art spam filters.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Aug 31 2009
'69... it's been a while!

Thanks David!!
I haven't taken time to listen to '69 in months, or more! this is a real treat of a clip here. Pretty much what the doctor ordered, in my case.

Much love for this here Taper's Section ^_^

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
Gotta love the William Tell Bridge too

Usually happens between St. Stephen>The, good times in 69. They didn't do it often, but when they did...pure magic.

Recents (the Dead and Ratdog) have brought this verse back...but man you can't ever say you don't love Jerry when you hear em.

Here's the Hunter lyrics.
St. Stephen Lyrics

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Joined: Jun 27 2007
Looks Like Rain

TOTALLY awesome performance of this song.
Sweet peddle steel from Jerry.


"This is but a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago."

Box of Rain
Lyrics by Robert Hunter Music by Phil Lesh

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
the man

Branford is the man , talk about a vehicle !%@##%$^&^%&^*(
Branford , The Who , Traffic , Allman Brothers just to name a few thank you , thank you , thank you .
How lucky are we

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Joined: May 26 2007

I am listening to it now and it's bringing tears to my eyes. In a good way. And he just propels the band to a really high level. It doesn't get better than this in my book. Thank you David L!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
on Branford's contribution to 3-29-90

The thing I've always loved about that show were his licks on 'Eyes of the World'. I haven't listened to it recently, even though it's included here, but his contributions were so memorable and melodious that it doesn't take me long to recall the imprint they left on my brain. I can hear them in my mind's ear and I don't even need to try that hard. Now to me, that is the mark of a master artist. Plus, the band obviously thought highly enough of his contribution on the piece that they chose it for inclusion on their live album 'Without a Net'. Count me in the pro-Branford camp.

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Joined: May 26 2007
I'm definitely in the pro-Branford camp

and I'm not such a jazz person. The big problem, if you can call it that, with a lot of guests over the years is that since they and the Dead had very little common repertoire they wound up playing classics like Mona and Johnny B. Goode. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, Branford having the chops and the grasp of the idiom to leap right off the cliff with the guys on their own material is pretty great in my book, and I've always just loved this.

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
I'm ready for some New Orleans

I was expecting a short run from either 10/18 or 10/19/80, but, not this week!
DL: When you're diggin' thru the vault can you reveal whether a sbd of 7/5/78 exists? The audience master on XM is a real sizzler....

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

Not "to". I swear that was a typo, not bad grammar...

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

Hey, I apologize in advance here, my purpose is not to offend anyone but just for the sake of discourse (I know I'm in the tiny minority here):
I've never been crazy about the Branford collaboration. To these ears his tone is waaaaayy to smoothe-jazz, and most of the time during Eyes he sounds lost. He picks it up a bit in Estimated and really starts to come into it on Dark Star, playing with a little harder tone and a lot more "out". He's a professional musician and I'm sure he knew exactly what he was doing, so it's probably more a function of his perception of the music being played and what kind of contribution he deemed appropriate, but for me this Eyes is way too cheesed up. But I do think he's really pushing the band to some interesting heights on Dark Star, so that's a plus. As Phil said about these shows, "We didn't want to bore him."

Anyway, for me, the contributions of David Murray on 9/22/93 are much more satisfying:

But, that's just me. Thanks again DL for the great selections this and every week!!


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