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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He is awesomely funny, isn't he

are a couple of guys here who have real author potential, and cosmicbadger is certainly one.

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we're not worthy...

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"Richer donors, Inc." - badger, YOU are the evil genius around here! I am in awe.

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thanks David

Lovin' it, even though I am too having some streaming issues...sometimes after playing a track or two, the next one won't start. Again....a request for a "one-click stream 'em all" option.

Would love to hear something from Buffalo, 9/26/81!

Keep up the good work!

What I want to know is are you kind?

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Oh we do remember laughter

enjoying the ride! Plenty of us do. Look at cosmicbadger's posts in this thread, for example. Or Sunshine Daydream talking about repeating himself. Are people valiantly trying to get comments back on track and within reason.

I think you are 900% correct with this statement "but shouldn't we simply discussing the music offered here instead of harping on every other subject under the sun" Applause!

Harping can be done in other threads, so long as we are not insulting anybody directly. And THAT was meant to be a joke, just so nobody is confused.

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hey, red8sox ...

you wrote:

"I am sorry that you think the Grateful Dead suck....you obviously have very little taste in music, but if you feel that way, you should be able to post that sentiment or any other feelings you have. That is the point. The Dead blew me away over 100 times in live shows all over this country and others, and nothing I have posted has ever said anything negative about the Dead. They probably have very little to do with this site or the "heads" running it. Censoring ideas and opinions is wrong. Also, to call this the "taper's section" is close to being offensive. I again will share with anyone and everyone the hundreds and hundreds of hours of soundboard that I have. This section has very little to do with the actual spirit that once existed amongst tapers and heads in general."

if i really thought the gd sucked, why on earth would i be at this website? and to state that i have very little taste in music is an unnecessary insult. my post was meant to be very much ironic, especially since i requested more music and complimented david l after my 'suck' comment.

does anybody here remember laughter?

i'm not sure that this is the area for any negativity. the downloads are gone. the streaming works just fine. there are even ways to record the streaming. it isn't a great situation, but it is better than NOTHING, which is what i fear we will have soon. get over it. move on. find a friend who can help you with the streaming if you are having difficulties. find a place with a wifi connection and have a cup of coffee as you listen. relax!

but shouldn't we simply be discussing the music offered here instead of harping on every other subject under the sun?

let's get back to some simplicity. and some reality.

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missing the downloads....

I absolutely love the weekly selection of music from Taper Section...it had become a Monday morning tradition before work to download some key tunes and hit the road. The fact that it was free of course made it especially kind. I suppose I too would agree to pay an annual subscription to continue to download the Taper Section, if that's what needed to happen.

Any chance of this?

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couldn't resist it...

Since the end is never told, we pay the teller off in gold,
In hopes he will return, but he cannot be bought or sold!

I'm going to try to listen to these streams again 'cos I love early 70's Dead and I love WRS (it seems to inspire Keith especially) and I love my weekly PITB, but if you hear a crashing noise around the world it will be my laptop going out the window as the stream goes down again!

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and then?

does the story continue, badger, or does it stop there?

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..the story continues

the man at the onyx table raises a finger and a power dressed personal assistant rushes to his side

'.... just make sure you send that Sirius Receiver to Boston'

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