Grateful Dead

September 7 - September 13, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have loads of great music from 1974, 1982 and 1990.

Our first selection this week is from the Alexandra Palace in London, England on 9/9/74, a show that started the short but excellent European tour of 1974. This would be the final tour by the Grateful Dead until June of 1976, and the music was not only outstanding, but the tapes sounded great as well. Kudos to Kidd on his recording. From this show, we have Truckin>Jam>Wharf Rat, all played so well. this is part of the amazing dick's picks vol. 7, one of my favourites of the entire series of 36 picks.

Next we'll stop in to the second show on the fall tour of 1982, on 9/11/82 in West Palm Beach, FL, a show that took place on Mickey's 39th birthday. Happy birthday, Mickey! From this show, we have the start of the second set, which included Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Terrapin Station. This a very good tour, with some extremely inspired playing at a few of the shows.

We'll now take a listen to Vince Welnick's first-ever concert as the keyboardist and vocalist for the Grateful Dead, which took place on 9/7/90 at the Richfield Coliseum near Cleveland. Nobody in attendance knew what to expect, as not much was known of Vince, although anticipation was extremely high. From the beginning, from the first song, he fit in nicely, and although there were some growing pains, he filled in the hot seat nicely. Brent was very well-loved and missed by all, but the show must go on. We're pleased to play the entire first set from 9/7/90, featuring Cold Rain and Snow>Walkin' Blues, Ramble On Rose, Me and My Uncle>Big River, Althea, Masterpiece, Bird Song, Picasso Moon, US Blues. Midway through Cold Rain and Snow, Vince drops a little organ flourish, his first really audible moment as a member of the Grateful Dead, and the crowd welcomes him to the family with a giant roar of approval.

Lastly this week, we have the start of the second set of Vince's second show, on 9/8/90 in Richfield, featuring Eyes of the World>Estimated Prophet>Terrapin Station>Jam. Again, Vince fit right in from that start. Plenty more good music would follow in the near future, with four of the six Madison Square Garden shows a week later already represented by official releases (Dick's Picks Vol. 9 and Road Trips Vol. 2 No. 1).

Be sure to come back next week for more great music, with selections from 1972 and 1990 coming up in a week. As always, feel free to write with questions or comments about the Tapers Section to the email address below. Thanks for stopping by.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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SWEET

what a selection, thank you GRATEFUL DEAD ;-)

Happy Birthday Mickey!!

DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
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Sweet Terrapin Jam

I'm late to listen to these, and don't honestly always check these weekly offerings. Thank you for archiving! What a treat, like the Readers Digest condensed view of part of Garcia's stylistic progression, '74 to '82 to '90. The gem in the basket though is the jam out of Terrapin. So much of the later years' jamming seemed to me, well, unfocused is the kindest way I can put it. This is actually spontaneous composition. Having a new guy in the bunch forces everyone to listen, and it's paying off. I was sorry to hear it end, but all good things do.

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Thanks guys for that info.

Thanks guys for that info. Great sounds for my soul, kudos.

Building your family one festival at a time.

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thanks

Thanks for clearing that up, cactuswax. I suppose I should read all the posts beforehand in the future :^)

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oh and by the way

killer selections this week! thnx again!

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festivalfamily -> lamagonzo -> smallz

smallz, I believe lamagonzo was responding to festivalfamily's post. just to keep things clear around here, call me ocd...

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I don't know if you were replying to my post or not, but all I was saying is that, upon listening to these clips from the first two shows that Vince did with the Dead, it sounds like he had been playing with them for years. There's no denying the fact that he was THE keyboardist in the band after Brent died. Hornsby was sitting in to help with the transition between musicians. From what I understand, he's considered an honorary member.

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Vince Was Playing In The Band...

...From 1990 to 1995. He was the only keyboard player, besides Constanten, who didn't die while a member of the band or shortly thereafter. The keyboard seat was widely considered by many to be the "hot" seat. Although I too felt that he was sort of "sitting in" there is no denying that when you play with a band, every show, for 5 years, you are a member of the band. Bruce would have been the keyboard player most accurately described as sitting in though there are those who will say he was a member of the band from 90-92.

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Masterpiece

Original Dylan lyrics. "Sailin' 'round the world in a dirty gondola.
Oh, to be back in the land of Coca-Cola!" Msut've been stuck in Bobbys head when the were rehearsing with Vince

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Hell of a week!

Wow, can't stop listening to this week's selections! Thank you so much. Two Terrapin Stations!! Vince really fit in well from the start. It sounds like he had been playing in the band for years...

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