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


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josh e bear's picture
Joined: Feb 29 2008
Buffalo Bill is Ka-thunked ! God he was a Handsome Man,,

.... I have that "Boo Hoo" Halloweee Bill Graham Memorial show on DVD ~

and it give me shivers everytime i watch it ,,, It was downloaded for free off something called the "internet"... huh, go figure ~

only 1 camera,, from the soundboard, looking right at the boys ... nothing to fancy, but you see everybody... crystal clear ..

and when Kesey walks out, he is wearing a old time Pall Bearer outfit , old black top hat and all ,,, and when the Dead go into a "fusion jazz" backround sound, ,, its like...

whhhhhhhhhhhhhooooooooooooooooo weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee chills !!

Happy Halloween everybody from beautiful Oregon ~ Josh E Bear !!

wharfratmatty's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
The Other One

Among my friends and I, this Other One has always been referred to simply as "The Note"

Joined: Aug 30 2007

Funny, we listened to the Estimated.Blow Away>Dark Star yesterday on the long drive home from the pumpkin patch yesterday. The boys are on that nite. And the Dark Star is just...creepy.
Great posts...thanks for the Kesey Dark Star as well.

Does God look down on the boys in the barroom
Mainly forsaken but surely not judged?
Jacks, kings, and aces, their faces in wine
Do Lord deliver our kind

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
gen admission on the CAPE

those shows at the coliseum in south yahmith were a screech! Thanks for bringing out of
the vault-fantastic!
merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux
shwack in nh
p.s.ticket price:7.50 us dollars

Joined: Jul 20 2007

Thanks for the Easy to Love You,
you made my day alittle sweeter :)

gdradio's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
From 79

He's Gone>Caution Jam>The Other One is amazing! Thanks David!
Streaming Grateful Dead and more

Day Glo Louisville's picture
Joined: Mar 4 2008
Grate Stuff

Thanks for making Monday a little more easy, love the 79 selection, keep up the good work!

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
warping things up

Amazing week of jams yet again - thanks so much! I was listening to the first selection from Cape Cod '79 this morning and especially enjoying the short-but-sweet Caution jam when Phil's bass literally BURST out of my speakers...WOW indeed! It was like he said to himself, "enough of this noodling around 'The Other One', let's get down to it!".

I absolutely would love to see another fall '73 release. After the Winterland box set (which I had previously never heard), that era of Dead has become one of my favorites.

I dig the two Dark Stars this week. Very transcendental. There was a typo (or maybe it was intentional?!) in the paragraph about Miami, 1st sentence: "where the Grateful Dead would WARP up...". Had to chuckle when I read that one, lol. That Dark Star warped a lot of minds that night, I'm sure!

Oh, and thanks for the Capital Centre track. After 10 years, they really did that song justice! I love that version.


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