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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I think csmiller just insulted GW.

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utter contempt

We're never going to get an explanation. Ever. The contempt for the fans that Rhino and its minions at GDP display is nauseating. The "explanation" previously offered was an insult to every living Deadhead with an IQ larger than his shoe size. The arrogance and incompetence just blows my mind. It's like the fucking Bush administration has taken over the vault.

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Seems to be....

The way this site seems set up, you have several wonderful ladies sort of running / policing it, then when the going gets a bit too rough with the comments, PatRhino swoops down and tries to interject. This same cycle seems to be how the entire business is now run.....no foresight or proactivity, just firefighting.

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The only posts ever taken down were a handful of below-the-belt personal insults.

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this streaming format is sub-optimal there's no question but it's quirks seem manageable you basically can't stop it for more than a second or two or it will stop, and ask you some stupid shit about a password and then you just have to quit it and start the link over, if your not too pissed off by then, if you don't stop it it's cool

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Streaming Ain't Streamin'

Streaming should work fluidly, but yours doesn't. I pause my player to do something else for a short second, and it won't log back in. It asks for user name and password. Try linking to something else from the site, and the streaming buffers or stops completely...

I have to admit to being one of the many who downloaded the MP3. They went right into my iPOD, and I listened each week enjoying the many snippets of shows that I wish I had been at. A real pleasure.

But this streaming is for the birds. Dave, I'm really sorry you got stuck in the middle of this. It was a wonderful service. the discussions were super. Now it's anger and frustration.

I guess the end was inevitable.....I miss jerry.

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line in the sand -- tell us david

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i have every single taper section song since the beginning it's easy everyone shouldn't cry so bad you can do it

since they don't seem to be taking away dirty posts any more that's cool like all these people telling rhino to go fuck off, it's great, it does greatly compound the lameosity of removing the downloadables by giving the crock of shit non-explanation it's hard to swallow, like most shit, I HEREBY CHALLENGE YOU DAVID LEMIEUX TELL US WHAT HAPPENED AND ACKNOWLEDGE THAT IT WAS CRAP TO SAY NOBODY THOUGHT THE MP3S WOULD BE DOWNLOADED THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE FOR. just tell us the truth, go out on a limb, and i ask others to join in one voice in this seeking of redress of our grievance, and our grievance is not the loss of the downloads but the bullshit, make peace with us by speaking to us, all join in this call to david ..... right now jerry's screaming 'COME ON IN WHEN IT'S RAININ' GO ON OUT WHEN IT'S GONE ........ '70, from a tapers section ..... it's awesome. peace

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No more downloads!

I bought the dead studio albums when they were crappy. I went to dead shows when Jerry fell asleep. I bought all of the dicks picks. I am still waiting for the final studio album, David, but I know that the dead will never release it. I bought all, I mean all, of the dead videos and movies. It's not you David- I know that Debra Koons is pulling the strings. What would Rex Jackson think of all of this? I never sold a bootleg. I bought only dead tie dies, none in the parking lot. And now- you all are getting cheap about a few downloads that I already have copies of. I guess that corporate greed has finally hit the dead empire, after 29 years of supporting the band. Tooooooo bad. The ideals that supported the band have finally undone them. Freedoms just another word for nothing left to lose. David, keep your day job! My great memories of the band are still free-

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I've been ignoring this site for a little while and now that I've returned for a visit, I see absolutely nothing has changed. No news on new releases, no plausible explanation for why the mp3s were removed. Nothing.

Fuck Rhino and everyone who has anything whatsoever to do with it. You are all pathetic corporate dipshits who wouldn't know how to run a record company if Ahmet Ertegun himself walked up and kicked you in the fucking nuts. Fucking morons. All of you.

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