Grateful Dead

October 24- October 30, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week at the Tapers' Section we have a similar time spam as last week, extended by four years earlier to 1984, and running to 1992.

Our first selection this week is the show-opening quartet of songs from 4/23/84 at New Haven Coliseum in CT, former home to the New Haven Night Hawks and other AHL hockey teams. This is a classic 1984 opening sequence, made up of Jack Straw, Sugaree, Cassidy, Dupree's Diamond Blues.

Next up is the post-drums sequence from the middle night at Cal Expo in June, 1990, from 6/9/90, featuring. Dear Mr. Fantasy > Hey Jude > All Along The Watchtower > Stella Blue > Turn On Your Lovelight, Black Muddy River. As I mentioned last week, this is a great run of shows, and is part of a very solid first half of 1990, featuring Brent's final time with the Grateful Dead.

Lastly this week is the second set opening sequence from 6/12/92 in Albany, NY, featuring Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain ; Way To Go Home ; Truckin' > Smokestack Lightnin. Aside from 1994, the Grateful Dead hit the Knickerbocker every year 1990-1995, where they played loads of great shows.

Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Wake it up now, Sugaree....

Jerry just stirrin' up the lyrics a bit ;)

That sounds like MIDI trumpet that Jerry toys with during the Dupree's tuning...

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Providence Civic 4-27-84

I saw Rochester and Niagara Falls on Spring Tour 84, and then City Island in Harrisburg PA in June...wish I had seen Providence and Philly though, they're the best of the bunch IMO...

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Phil...

once Phil enters the mix, it sounds great - never heard the Day Tripper tease before - cool!

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4/23/84

I guess that shows to go ya that one man gathers...blahblahblah.

I loved the pre-drums on 4/23/84. The UJB was really mellow but epic. The jam between the verses was really, really *long* and sweet. I thought it was a really good show overall. The next night was even better. One the best '80s Other Ones. Phil was a monster.

It's hard to believe anyone into the Dead didn't like the Philly shows. Those were the Dead at their '80s best.

BTW, I just listened to the 4/23/84 Jack Straw on this page. It's great. 1984 was a great year for Jack Straw, and this one compares pretty well.

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daves picks

was at this new haven was at ever show on spring tour 84 so much fun any of these shows from spring 84 would make a nice dave picks or how about boise idaho 83 or the hult center 83 or the sportitorium pembroke pines 80 or gainsville 80 so good old dead or how about 85 spring tour or summer tour 85 or new years 83 with etta james and the tower of power or miami dec.78 just some suggestions daves picks!

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Bobby!

GLAD Bobby didn't leave the band back in 71.

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intolerable Dead

4-23-84 was the only show I ever quit on, left midway through the second set. Garcia was out to lunch, not headed back for a stretch I guess. On the Spring 84 tour, friends had similar impulses during the sets to bolt Hampton and Philly (though I didn't agree) and going forward I cut back my manic tour obsession (to expensive hobby), pretty much for good.

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No David, Don't create it!

We don't need a "time spam" in this feature. We have plenty of spam!

Thanks for the latter year picks this week.

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