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


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Joined: Aug 21 2007

I was there, but in the hallway, so I have no recollection of Jerry throwing the mic down. I do remember thinking, "Why is Jerry choosing Black Peter? His voice is ALREADY shot?"
I did not have a good time at this show and sold my tix to the rest of the run.

Joined: Aug 24 2007

For those of you curious about Jerry's tossing the mic, check out the Black Peter from the second set, when it all goes down.

This ironic song choice is as subtle as a hammer to the head; though its nonetheless a pleasure to hear the crowd's reaction to it all. Listen to it. The following Lovelight is blissfully ridiculous in its Bobbyness. Listen to that too.

The comments are overwhelmingly negative. I disagree.

David, I appreciate that you put this stuff together every week. Even though most of it is out there, its a real treat to have it organized in the way it is. You're the ideal curator for the Grateful Dead.

Peace and happiness to all who've come this way!

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Joined: Apr 12 2008
Spike The Mic Night 4/3/88

I can vouch for DL on this one.That whole Mic thing was a screech(not for Garcia)!
Ah memories...
Also Diggin' the Non-Cali '70 Dead.Thanks for providing

Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Jun 27 2007
Taper's :) PigPen got me

Taper's :) PigPen got me going today! BayAYby!

round and round


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