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


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shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
Hey D.L.,

Hey D.L.,
Thanks once more for sharing the music.
Enjoyed very much the" inspired playing" from 9/11/82.
This East Coast run did indeed have some fine passages of music
all along the way.
Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Interesting "Masterpiece"

That's a really interesting version of "When I Paint My Masterpiece" -- there seem to be some additional lyrics that I've not heard in any other Grateful Dead/Jerry Garcia Band version. Was that unique to the Richfield show?'s picture
Joined: Sep 3 2009

Hey David,

Thank you for sharing the the music that keeps on giving. I was not even aware of Vince sitting in, thanks for the education. Anyone know how many shows he actually sat in with the band?

Building your family one festival at a time.

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Joined: Jun 25 2007

Very cool to here an entire set. My first time seein Vince was the 3 night run at the Philly Spectrum. Didnt know what to expect. He got my approval after that! Thanx Dave,keep the excellent music coming!!

lamagonzo (not verified)
One More Labor Day Weekend --

Lovely to hear an entire first set. Keep'em coming!

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Joined: Jan 15 2009
Thanks for the local fare!

N Millner

Palm Beach County!FL

Joined: Jun 10 2007
thanks, david!

lovely choices-
i can -and will- listen all afternoon!
vince sounds great- it's a thrill to hear his first set in its entirety- a real treat--

thank you, david-

Joined: Jun 4 2007
West Palm Beach

9/11/82 is just an awesome show, and this pre-Drums segment shows why. One of my favorite Scarlet>Fire renditions ever, and I would actually say that this is the most definitive Sailor>Saint that I've ever heard.

Joined: Jun 27 2007
Happy Labor Day Taper's

9-7-1990 Vince's first concert with the Grateful Dead! WOW! The whole first set even, cool.

I was into THE TUBES long before i ever heard of Grateful Dead, so i knew Vince for awhile. Vince did his best playing for Grateful Dead, he must have been special musician and person to be asked to play with them.
David, thank you for sharing the music and documentary. Interesting.

round and round

Joined: Feb 4 2008
The New Guy

I didn't see the Richfield shows, but I saw all six shows at MSG. Truly magical in every sense of the word, the best run of shows I saw during the time I was on the bus ('83-'95). It was strange (in the best way possible) hearing Vince's keyboard playing after so many years of Brent, but he was a welcome member of the band from the beginning to the end. I hope he is playing that "Great Gig In The Sky" with Pigpen, Keith, Brent and Jerry. R.I.P., you guys. We truly miss you. And thanks, David, for some great music to listen to on Labor Day.


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