Grateful Dead

September 17 - September 23, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

We’ve got some outstanding music for you this week, covering a rather limited span in the Grateful Dead’s performing history, but it’s a span that includes some of the best years.

First up in our mid-September journey is Paris in 1974, where the Grateful Dead closed out their short tour of the continent. From 9/20/74, we have this very good Weather Report Suite>Stella Blue, and from the next night, 9/21/74, we have the second set jam featuring Seastones>Playing In The Band. It was rather rare for the band to join Phil and Ned during Seastones, but this jam works very well, and hits some remarkably deep spaces. One quick digression: while going through the Grateful Dead Movie’s outtakes in preparation for the DVD production, we came across some footage of the band getting together in a dressing room before the show on 10/16/74, the first night at Winterland. Evidently, they hadn’t seen each other since the end of the Europe tour, and while talking about the excellent music on that tour, Billy begins raving about the high quality of the recordings from the Europe tour, to which the rest of the band responds that they found the recordings equally impressive. Certainly some of Kidd’s best 2-track work.

Going back a few years, we are pleased to play a couple of jams from 9/21/68. This material is drawn from a very interesting tape, in that it features Phil, Jerry and Mickey, plus a couple of guest musicians, in a studio jam right in the midst of the period in which the Mickey and the Hartbeats shows were being performed without Bobby and Pigpen. From this studio session, we have a nice Clementine Jam and another very interesting Jam.

We’re going to take a detour away from our featured week and head off to May, 1973, specifically 5/13/73 in Des Moines, Iowa. From that excellent, long show (the first of three consecutive long shows in May, with 5/20 in Santa Barbara and 5/26 in San Francisco being the others), we have Here Comes Sunshine and a nice, long and spacey Playing In The Band from the second set, and from the first set we have the rocking combination of Don’t Ease Me In>Around and Around.

Finally this week, and in memory of Corinne Crawford from Berkeley and Vermont, is the mournful Death Don’t Have No Mercy from 2/28/69.

As always, we welcome your comments and questions. Feel free to write about anything. And be sure to check back in next week when we’ll have some stellar music from 1972, 1976 and 1981.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

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we had heard

and i repeat myself

Bob

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Spanish Jam

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we had heard

and i repeat myself

Bob

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Spanish Jam

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we had heard

and i repeat myself

Bob

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Spanish Jam

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we had heard

and i repeat myself

Bob

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Spanish Jam

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sixstrings

actually didn't wanna admit it to the world, but am actually telepathic :-)

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That was a Joke - Right?

tj said:

"...that's what king george the 'W" did with that instrumental (cia organized) incident in nyc w/ the twin towers."

Where are the moderators when someone gets accused of murdering 3,000+ people?

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hey, red8sox ...

could you try posting the gist of your censored comments again? now i'm all curious as to what they were, since i read the following posts after it was taken down.

i'm going to experiment here. maybe they'll take this down, too: THE GRATEFUL DEAD SUCK. THEY SUCKED IN 1967 AND THEY SUCK NOW.

there that should do it. now, please, keep giving us more music.

thanks for the good work, lemieux. but i'm still trying to hear that 'sugaree' from the aug 27th section.

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The 1990 MSG run to close

The 1990 MSG run to close out that fall tour was amazing.....the last night they played just an insane China-Rider and everything post-space rocks. It would be great to hear something from that last night at MSG of the 1990 fall tour. Hornsby and Garcia just get off on each other on those tapes.

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How sad....

Can you believe that they are actually taking down negative posts on here....only leaving the nicer ones up? How pathetically sad is it that the Dead have their name tied to a site that would do this? I agree with a lot of what several people have said, and I guess it is up to this Izzie character to decide for everyone what we get to read and what we never get to see. How closed-minded and terrible is that type of censorship.....wow.

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A wise woman once said that

A wise woman once said that we only make things worse by taking something negative and building on it.

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