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
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Joined: Sep 5 2007
Wow, what a recording...

Thansk, izzie, for finding the recording I heard on youtube, this would be "Hard to Handle" from the 8/6/70 Hollywood Palladium, downloaded from Archive. This is a audience recording, and is excelelnt both sound, with a full, ambient sound, and performance. If anyone here knows of other such recordings, please let me know...thanks!

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

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Seastones > Playin is

Seastones > Playin is magic!

Happy Trails

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Joined: Sep 18 2007
Well said...

Well said Dr. Funky....nobody running this site seems to care, respond or give a crap...their loss in the long run. I am new on here, but I can sense the overall attitude and you are right on. Too bad....I had some optimism when I came in here. See you on the road....again, well said....

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Joined: Aug 20 2007
I cannot share your laughter

Checkin' in here for the first time in weeks.
I can do without the mp3s, though I do miss them.
from DL and/or Rhino.
For many of us, this just makes us feel disenfranchised.

This may be the "Official Site of the Grateful Dead" inc. LTD, all rights reserved, but it does not represent the soul legacy of the band we knew and still love.

There would be a way to do that and have it fly commercially, but it would take a much more tuned in sensibility than is being applied by whoever is in charge.

Oh well, have fun! I'll see you at the Phil Show at Red Rocks, at other shows down the line, and elsewhere online where Dead Heads congregate in places that are not transparent commercial ventures leaching off of our love... "KNOW OUR CASH COW WILL NOT FADE AWAY..... ...NO MATTER HOW WE TREAT THEM TODAY!"

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Joined: Jul 2 2007

My mother lives in Florida, on the Gulf. Hope Jerry takes it easy on her! Hadn't known about a hurricane there, thanks estimated, now will call her.

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Joined: Sep 18 2007
News Flash---Here Comes Hurricane Jerry!

Storms across Florida could develop into tropical storm in gulf

9:18 a.m. Forecasters say Hurricane Jerry could organize as early as late Thursday evening in the gulf coast off of the coast of Florida.

"May the four winds blow you safely home"-

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Joined: Sep 18 2007
It has all been said on here

It has all been said on here I guess, reading back over the comments left. It seems that this "shitstorm", as someone put it, all has to do with the fact that there still has been no real or honest communication from anyone running this site. The mistake Rhino is making is that a lot of their target audience for the Dead's music is getting older, most of us already have a ton of Dead and we can smell bullshit a mile away,,,,I do not think they understand their overall audience when it comes to the Grateful Dead's following. Most younger people think of the Dead less and would think Rhino would want to be firing up interest with a whole new generation who think the Dead is tie-dye shirt you buy at the mall. There are some great things they could do with the holdings they have.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Yes and No!

There has been plenty of good music on here!! But that doesn't help w/ Dead music where i need it!! Wich is in my car when i go visit my mom who is gravelly ill or in my MP3 player for my mom who love's the jerry tunes because that is all she heard coming from my room when i was a kid!! Look i said it before and i'll say i again i Love This Site!! But that being said Please release some nuggets on CD or for download we are willing pay for these things !! It seems to me there is an untapped market here that Rhino is foolishly overlooking!Rogue

Joined: Jun 20 2007
Have there been any good tunes on here lately?

I haven't been able to hear them, can't get 'em to stream. If anyone wants to know how to turn any song available in the from the Grateful Dead soundboard shows (and NOT by ripping streams, but from actual downloading) send me an e-mail and I'll tell you how to do it. Rhino can go fuck themselves if they want to buy this enormous block of music and seal it up in a cave somewhere without making it available to anyone. I also downloaded hundreds of shows before was essentially 'taken down'. I also traded for hundreds of shows before was 'put up'. Let's get trading again! E-mail me when you can...

Joined: Jun 13 2007
JeremyP is the man ...

for the first time in about 25 years, I feel like I have homework.

Thank you, thank you, thank you,


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