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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To the disgruntled

I am responsible for there being no more downloads available here. I Blew up th Dam.

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Golden Road

I think this may be more of a FREE HAT issue now.

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Austin Powers aka cosmicbadger

AP, er cb has made the claim that all the chaos (here) is the direct result of Dr. Evil's desire to gain free marketing advice, measured by the decibel level of horror and outrage to the absence of free downloads (probably planted, imo). Evil's poor henchmen silenced by the menacing Mr. Bigglesworth, as he lay in wait for defectors, at the edge of various trust funds. Dave Gans and marye have touched their noses, in a stinging cue of defiance of their evil master. Perhaps my grandmother and aunt were correct after all when they would say (yell over the punches), "Silence is golden!" I just can't figure out who gets the gold, there isn't anything for sale yet. Silence is certainly a valuable weapon, at this point. Evil has employed it and I urge we all take note. "A word to the wise is sufficient".

"Viva la Resistance!"

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it's too bad, however...

we can support our habit by listening to the streams from archive, which are easier to use, about the only thing here to stream is the GD hour, nice long stream, and streams can be recorded, if desired. It's to bad that GDP doesn't know how to make things work correctly, that's their loss. BTW, tried to listen to some of the songs from the download section to see if I wanted to buy them, wouldn't work (surprise?) but on the CD versions, the preview (if that what you would call it) worked just fine, go figure...

"If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise." - --Johann von Goethe--

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Streaming Rippers

OK, I'll try that but only if I can get one via a free download. Viva la Resistance!!

"We were led to believe there would be punch and pie."

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asleep at the wheel

tj crowley

isn't it referred to as 'nodding'

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Hey Steve-O

It's called "being facetious". I believe he was using it to illustrate a point.

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rhino or not rhino

tj crowley

again....i've been apart of this blog(ing) and as most are angry (dis-appointed) so to am i...i utilized the acces to downloading to make the ride to/fro work (45 mins. one way) as well any other time in the car (while at home there's no music..just listenning to the wind and tress atop this mountain). i too struggled w/ learning to stream (very computor inept). not only do/did i lack computoer savvy to do the stream had i learned my place of business (addictions specialist in a long term in-patient treatment center for the rich/famous) wouldn't permit BUT..where have/has any one seen where this switch in policy/availability is by the hand(s) of rhino. trust me, i'm the last to support and/or advocate for corporate ameriKa but no where have i seen this was a rhino position. i have tho seen mulitple attacks on not just king rhino but the two Dave's who have a hand in the filtering of the music that runs thru our veins.SO..why the attacks on who "WE" don't know IS responsible? i too would like to get a clearer answer from dave L but obviously his response is restricted (either by his choosing or corporate ameriKa). relax...trade...listen to the shows already downloaded...switch the tunes around to make new cd's interesting...don't lable the cd and surprise yourself as to waht tunes you burned..relax..our time on the planet is too short to be hostile with each other.."WE" all breath the same air

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Asleep

Did this really happen, Jerry falling asleep on stage? I find this very hard to swallow. Which in turn makes your post worthless. If I'm wrong here please inform me !!

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Built to Last?

C’mon David Lemieux…

WE LOVE YOUR WORK!

You can’t be enjoying this. You can’t be ignoring this.
Just give us some truth.
We can be a very forgiving bunch.
Drop us a line. Show us a sign.
It can be discreet, subtle, cryptic.
Maybe its not safe for you here -you can post it somewhere else and we will find it.

Just a little light?

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