Grateful Dead

October 27 - November 2, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers Section, where this week we have more great music spanning about 18 years, including selection from 1973, 1979, 1989 and 1991.

Our first selection this week is from 10/29/73, the first of two nights at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, on the tour that immediately followed the release of Wake of the Flood. From the end of the first set, we have the terrific trio of songs: Eyes of the World>China Doll, Around and Around. I really love these two shows in St. Louis, as I do most of the two month span between October 19 and December 19, 1973. We've already seen plenty of great releases from this period (DP 1, DP 14, DP 19, Winterland 1973), but I can foresee future releases coming from this period. San Diego, LA and Denver spring to mind…

Next up, from six years later, we're going to check in to music from the Cape Cod Coliseum, two magnificent concerts on an amazing tour. From the first night, 10/27/79, we have the very famous, and justifiably so, second set jam featuring He's Gone>Caution Jam>The Other One. Wow! And from the second night on 10/28/79, we have some tasty first set material consisting of Althea, Passenger, Ramble On Rose, The Music Never Stopped. Both of these selections from cape Cod are drawn from the cassette master tapes from the PA mix.

We'll now go forward ten years to 10/26/89 in Miami, Florida, where the Grateful Dead would warp up their most highly regarded tour of the decade. This tour featured all sorts noteworthy moments, from the Warlocks concerts in Hampton to Bobby's Birthday show in New Jersey, but to my ears, the lasting impression of these concerts is the downright scary, deep and dark version of Dark Star played at the final show of the tour. Simply mind-blowing. Sounds like it darn near shook the roof off the arena.

By special request from last week, we have this excellent version of Easy To Love You recorded live on Phil's 50th birthday at the Capital Centre in Landover, MD, on 3/15/90. This concert was released as the Terrapin Limited album, and this version was the first live Grateful Dead version of the song since 9/3/80.

Lastly this week, from 10/31/91, just a few days after the passing of Bill Graham, we have the second set jam of Truckin'>Spoonful>Dark Star, with the last song including a special farewell-to-Bill reading by Ken Kesey. This is one of the most emotional moments I can think of that took place at a Grateful Dead concert. Also featured on guitar is Gary Duncan.

Check back next week for more great music.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Great selections

The Kiel Opera house is great, the spider is all over the fret board. Listen to Phil's arrival at China Doll. The Arounds from this period have Bobby going off and screaming his brains out. I have to say the most moving was the Oakland pick. We were all shocked at the loss of BG and the Dead and Kesey rose to the occasion, it will bring you to tears. It would be cool to hear some more choices from the other nites to honor Bill's memory. 10/27 is my favorite of the run.
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Kesey Dark Star

The Kesey reading of e e cummings poem has to be one of those thunder crack, spine tingling glimpses into forever that simultaneously terrifies and enlightens. Thanks for sharing a moment that returns and informs patterns of falling leaves swirled by that "hand reaching across".

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Miami 89

I was at that show and WOWEE WOW WOW WOW - I remember it like it was yesterday. THe lead in songs - Estimated and Blow Away are intense but the DS was INTERSTELLAR. It gives me goosebumps today. Anyone who hasn't heard this gem - GET IT - sit back and melt.

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Miami 89

I was at that show and WOWEE WOW WOW WOW - I remember it like it was yesterday. THe lead in songs - Estimated and Blow Away are intense but the DS was INTERSTELLAR. It gives me goosebumps today. Anyone who hasn't heard this gem - GET IT - sit back and melt.

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Different mix

But I did notice that the Miami 89 Dark Star is mixed differently in this version here. In the post-verse meltdown, the intense swirls and bursts of white noise are absent here.

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12.10.73

When bringing up great releases from 73 we can't forget the download series show from 73. 12.10.73. Hearing these picks from 73 today has made me decide to dig into the collection from that era. Currently listening to 12.10.73. DP 19 tommorow. Thanks for the great picks this week.

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That Miami 89 Dark Star is

That Miami 89 Dark Star is the most *hardcore* piece of music I ever heard played by them in concert, and it was scary to be there, yet exhilarating at the same time. If you listen to it, everybody in the band is absorbed. Phil is off the charts. This was a Dark Star in the truest sense, because it taps into that primal essence that Dark Star was all about. Not for newbies, this is for hardcore Heads only.

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cape cod

Thanks for the Cape Cod shows. I was there, they were great. I vividly recall Phil hiding behind his on stage speakers, then jumping out to thunderously open The Other One. Crowd was mellow, if we only hadn't camped out on that golf course green.....!

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official releases

The 73 shows David mentions as candidates to officially release, SD, LA and Denver, are INDEED great shows, but already circulate as A SBDs. I would much rather see Rhino officially release shows that either don't circulate in SBD (like the Summer '71 RT, great release) or don't circulate in A quality SBD (Fillmore West '69 AWESOME).

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Man that's a smokin Music

Man that's a smokin Music Never Stopped. You KNOW I'm gonna have to listen to it again!

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