Grateful Dead

September 29 - October 5, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Plenty of good music on the docket this week here at the Tapers Section, ranging from 1969 through to 1980, with plenty of good stuff in between.

Our first stop is to beautiful Santa Rosa, California, located in the heart of Sonoma County. If you ever find yourself passing through Santa Rosa, be sure to pack your ice skates and stop in to the Charles M. Schulz skating rink (and Snoopy museum!) in downtown Santa Rosa. The Grateful Dead performed two very good shows there in June 1969, and from the second night, on 6/28/69, we have the quintet of songs that ended the show, Doin' That Rag, High Time, King Bee, Sitting On Top of the World, Lovelight. All of it is played really well, so we figured we'd fill your ears with a nice chunk of the show.

Next up, because we recently got a request for a New Speedway Boogie, is this great version from 7/3/70 in Calgary, from the famous Festival Express tour across Canada. It's too bad they put this song away in 1970, but fortunately they brought it back in 1991.

From 1973, in Portland, Oregon, we have the meaty second set jam featuring Dark Star>Eyes of the World>China Doll from 6/24/73. This was part of a little tour of the west coast in 1973, with shows in Vancouver, Portland, Seattle and Universal City. It's a nice, long, exploratory Dark Star, with a great combination of the newer songs Eyes and China Doll following it.

We'll now move forward to the fall tour of 1976, when many great concerts were played. An interesting, unique second-set sequence was played at virtually every show on this tour, and this show from 9/30/76 in Columbus, Ohio is certainly no exception. From that show, we have St. Stephen>NFA>Wharf Rat>NFA>St. Stephen>Around and Around. There's lots of great jamming throughout this sequence.

Lastly this week, from the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco during the Grateful Dead's three week residency during which they performed three sets per show, we have the opening of the second set featuring Feel Like A Stranger>Franklin's Tower, Samson and Delilah. This was drawn from the cassette master, for although there were multi-track recordings made of all of these shows, unfortunately, many have since been erased. Fortunately, the entire run is documented on cassette masters for those shows for which multi-tracks don't exist.

Thanks for stopping by. We'll see you next week with more great music from the vault. As always, we welcome you to write the email address below with questions, comments, suggestions or requests.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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love this lovelight

Lot of rhythmic permutations in this version of Lovelight. Total spontaneity. Really takes you on a journey. One of the most interesting versions I've ever heard.

Bruce

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feels like a stranger

uh is that BRENT jammin w Jerry on feels like a stranger ? wow what a great version......

PCB
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Warfield multi-track masters

When I read David Lemieux's throwaway comment...
"This was drawn from the cassette master, for although there were multi-track recordings made of all of these shows, unfortunately, many have since been erased. Fortunately, the entire run is documented on cassette masters for those shows for which multi-tracks don't exist."
... I almost cried. How sad that such amazing music captured on multi-track is gone forever. Three weeks of the Grateful Dead providing amazing music. I hope the Radio City shows did not meet the same fate!

At least we have the cassette masters.
The 7/3/70 New Speedway Boogie has got to be one of the best I've heard in ages!!! THANK YOU!

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good tunes

maybe its just me but i would be very happy if everyweek the tapers section started out with a pigpen tune or two or three :)

if you wanted to a do 'theme' one week i would enjoy hearing just cover songs the dead did... just a thouht

in any case just keep the music coming! it brightens up my mondays and on crazy weeks like this one when i dont get to hear it all till wedensday it brightens up the whole week!

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6/24/73

YAAAAAAAHOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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p.s.

drums are always welcome in this house
give the drummer some
kind regards,shwack/nh

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PRIMAL DEAD

This stuff in the vault from1969 ALWAYS has a big payout,just fantastic!
primal,skullfull and downright correct!No typo there...I meant SKULLfull.
I got me a skullfull.
over&out, merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux
shwack in n.h.

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New Moon Music

Gotta love that 1973 vibe!
....waiting for that Rocking the Cradle package to arrive....

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Santa rosa is the kick down

Indeed there is good 1969 material in the vault .

Hollywood FL in May or June is a great show . And the early spring / year sets . With the typical Mtns of the moon > Dark s picks . And , pardon the redundancy - the December sets . One specifically that was masterfully Dead houred which is 12.26.69

There is a song that the band played a couple of times , and that i had on a muddy sounding audience tape which is called ' let me in ' . Weir sings it , and i dont know much about tis roots . But it was one heck of a beautiful country song

Again , thanks for the rare Tomorrow is forever las t week DL

p.s. Is TC on the organ in High time this week ? Its pretty organ playing

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mmmmm Tasty fall nuggets !! hello from Oregon !!

David, aloha from northern region ~ where the veggies and nugs are ripe and delicious ~

wow, cant wait to press play and see what i hear !! great selection of music this week,,

haha hahah

cant wait for oct 13th "obama" set-list ,, I hope Iclips.net streams this show live, like they did in back in Feb , in SF ...

OK,, MUCH LOVE AND SMILE !! Josh E Bear !!

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