Grateful Dead

October 4 - October 10 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll have music from a 19 year span of Grateful Dead history 1970 and 1989, plus a taste of 1988 for good measure.

Our first selection is from 1970, on 4/3/70 in Cincinnati, OH. There aren't a lot of tapes from 1970 from outside of California, particularly after March, 1970, owing to the band's primary recordist not doing too much traveling out of California at this time. But, fortunately, some of the non-California shows were recorded, and most of them are excellent (Harpur College 5/2/70, Fillmore East 5/15/70 come to mind…). From Cincinnati, we have Hard to Handle, Dancing in the Street, Me and My Uncle, Friend of the Devil, Deep Elem Blues, Candyman, with these last three songs being acoustic Dead.

Next up, from East Sunday on 4/3/88 in Hartford, CT, we have the first set in its entirety, featuring Promised Land > Greatest Story Ever Told; Althea ; Little Red Rooster ; Cold Rain & Snow; Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ; Box Of Rain ; Don't Ease Me In. Two Bobby tunes in a row to open the show (with Biblical titles, for Easter, you know…) also look ahead to later in the show when Jerry had lost his voice, leading to the infamous grabbing of the mic, ripping it from the stand, and throwing it to the ground (I was 5th row center for this show and saw it clearly, so, yes, this really did happen). Cool to see the slightly-later-in-the-set-than-usual placement of Cold Rain and Snow.

Finally this week, we have another complete first set, from 4/5/89 in Ann Arbor, MI, made up of Feel Like A Stranger > Franklin's Tower ; New Minglewood Blues ; Candyman ; Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ; Far From Me ; Dupree's Diamond Blues ; Let It Grow > U.S. Blues. This was a rare-for-the-time Dupree's Diamond Blues, and even more rare was the first set closing U.S. Blues. This tour began a twelve month period of Dead excellence, running through the Atlanta shows in April, 1990. Consistently good, fresh, inspired playing.

Be sure to come back next week for more deep tracks from the vault, and as always, we encourage you to write to us here at the Tapers' Section with questions or comments, to the email address below. Please be sure to put “Grateful Dead” in your subject heading to make sure it busts through our state-of-the-art spam filters.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Pig Pen

Classic Pig-Pen... I just love it!!.

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what about your...

..."I was there & have printed info from the SIU-E school paper to confirm" sentence in your previous post. Do you have the printed info. anymore? That's what you should post if you have it. Cool to hear you made it...Did it rain? I heard it did in 1980.

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Hey Jeff...

as I mentioned I really don't have anything to report on my 7-8-70 show. Didn't know the band at that time so I don't really know the songs I heard. I know they did do an acoustic set to open, and played until the midnight curfew. Besides that I need help...my thank you now to any & all who have any information.

Peace, Steve

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hey ststephen49

Why don't you post the printed info you have on the Mississippi River Festival 1970 so it appears in the 'Shows and Lyrics' section of this site? I'd love to see it and it might be helpful in correcting the historical record. Was it a good show? You seem to be passionate about it. My supposition is the soundboard doesn't exist for the reason DL commonly states in his postings as he has again this week (see above). An well-recorded audience tape would be a great find.
By the way, just whose job is it to update the 'Shows and Lyrics' section of the site? It's a mess with obvious inaccuracies and fixable errors. Even items posted in the 'corrections' section of the forums are seemingly not reviewed as indicated. I picked up on the MIT show error where it states the show was in response to the Kent State and Jackson State killings, even though the Jackson State killings didn't happen until a week later. C'mon, this site is getting stale. It really can be great with some more attention to detail. I am now stepping down from the soapbox but it has been a bugaboo of mine.

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My 1st show...

The comments here from David bring up my sad story once more. My 1st show was at the Mississippi River Festival on the campus of Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Il on July 8, 1970. I was young & inexperienced at that point in my life, didn't know the songs or the band, and went because my older brother John worked backstage and said I should get up there. Had a real good time but the memories are as vague as they get, just the remembered sense of experience. There is no evidence anywhere about this show, which was one they dropped in to do right after the Festival Express ride across Canada, and right before a trip to New York for a show on 7-10-70 (7-9-70 NY listed in places didn't happen). I've checked everywhere I know & have found no setlist, tapes, anything to bring this show back to the front of my mind. If anyone knows anything about info on this show, please let me know. Some sites have a ? by this date but I was there & have printed info from the SIU-E school paper to confirm. Help on the way?

Peace, Steve

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Spacebrother, we have similar taste. I posted a 4 show best of spring '89 vine a little while back, and both Ann Arbor shows are included, as is 4/15 Milwaukee. Check out in the vineyard if you are interested. All 4 shows are Charlie Miller SBDs.

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I am so grateful @ this Eleventh hour of the day!
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10-4 - 10-10

was looking forward to some Oct. dead, birthday week and all, but got April shows instead, that's cool, it's all good, perhaps next week some Oct. dead. Thanks last week for the drums and space, not enough of that played here IMHO. Thanks for all you do David, you are the best at what you do cause you are the only one who does what you do. :)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACK

Jack, cant believe you are 14 today!! You are a great kid and KEEP ON TRUCKIN!!! Love Dad..

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I attended these shows and remember them being excellent, well played and all around fun. These happened the week that U of M won, the Hash Bash plus a riot at the shows immediately preceeding as adding a wierd energy to the scene. The shows themselves were great in that the first night was a rocker while the second night was exploratory.

These two shows from Ann Arbor, Rosemont and Milwaukee would all make great releases.

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