• July 30, 2007
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    July 30 - August 5
    We have more than 20 years of Grateful Dead music for you this week, spanning many great eras. Hopefully we’ll have something for everyone.

    Like last week, we have some of the excellent music from the band’s first-ever concerts outside of California, in a foreign country no less (or, as Homer Simpson calls Canada, America Junior). From 7/30/66 at the PNE in Vancouver is this nifty twosome of the quintessential 1966 jamming vehicles, Cream Puff War-Viola Lee Blues. As it turns out, the band stayed in British Columbia for a week, where they then played the Afterthought in Vancouver on August 5 and 6, 1966. Sharing the bill at those shows was the Vancouver band the United Empire Loyalists. Jeff Ridley, a member of the United Empire Loyalists, shares this interesting anecdote about the Grateful Dead’s first Canadian visit: “The UEL shared the bill with the Grateful Dead for the first time at the Afterthought in the Pender Auditorium the week after the PNE gig. Our manager, Jerry Kruz, had gone to the PNE 'trips festival' and saw Big Brother & the Holding Co. with Janis, and the Grateful Dead. Jerry thought the Dead had potential and asked them if they'd like to play at his club the following week which they agreed to do. Jerry put them up in a motel for the week. The Dead wanted to do something to publicize the upcoming Afterthought gig. While driving around Vancouver they saw the bandstand at English Bay so they got all their equipment, set up in the bandstand and played a concert. Traffic stopped; it hit the papers; it was quite an event. The Afterthought gig went really well; the place was packed. It was supposed to stop at midnight but at midnight the Dead were playing, coincidentally, In the Midnight Hour. The police came and said to Jerry: 'you have to shut this down.' But Jerry said: 'you want to stop it, you go in there.' But they declined and the Dead played into the wee hours.”

    Our next stop this week is in 1974, at Dillon Stadium in Hartford on July 31, one of the longest Grateful Dead performances on record. From the third set, we have the big jam featuring Truckin’>Jam>Mind Left Body Jam>Spanish Jam>Wharf Rat. There is plenty of interesting music in this 40 minute piece. And from the first set, an interesting and quite common combination performed in the summer of 1974: Mississippi Half-Step>It Must’ve Been The Roses.

    Moving out of our date-appropriate week, we have the mid-first set songs from 5/5/78 in New Hampshire, El Paso and a nice, mellow They Love Each Other, along with the encore of Werewolves of London.

    And, getting back into the groove of the week, we have the first set closing trio from 7/31/82 at Manor Downs in Austin, TX, Brown-Eyed Woman>The Music Never Stopped>Deal. This is drawn from the cassette master, as 1982 fell in the interregnum between the reel-to-reel recordings (end of 1979) and the Beta PCM digital recordings (end of 1982).

    Next we’ll go forward seven years, to the excellent Cal Expo run in August, 1989. These shows are often overlooked due to the three-night runs of shows that sandwich them (Alpine in July, and the Greek shortly after), but there was plenty of great music played at Cal Expo. First up we have the very unique pre-Drums sequence featuring Truckin’>Wang Dang Doodle>Crazy Fingers>Cumberland Blues>Eyes of the World>Drums. Very cool indeed. And from the next night, an equally intriguing pre-Drums sequence of Hey Pocky Way, Playing In The Band>I Know You Rider>Terrapin Station. Nobody saw that Playing>Rider segue coming, I’m sure. These Cal Expo 1989 recordings were drawn from the VHS PCM digital masters, as the crew switched from recording to Beta PCM to VHS PCM in 1989. So far, these VHS PCMs have proven to be more robust and reliable than their Beta counterparts.

    Finally this week, by special request, we have a Pigpen song from 4/7/72 at Wembley Empire Pool (later Wembley Arena) in London: Mr. Charlie from the first set. As we’ve mentioned, some of the multi-track master of this show has severe technical problems, but as evidenced here and on the wonderful Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead album, there is plenty of great material.

    Check back next week when we’ll have more August Grateful Dead material. Feel free to write with questions, comments or suggestions for the Tapers Section.

    David Lemieux
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We have more than 20 years of Grateful Dead music for you this week, spanning many great eras. Hopefully we’ll have something for everyone.

Like last week, we have some of the excellent music from the band’s first-ever concerts outside of California, in a foreign country no less (or, as Homer Simpson calls Canada, America Junior). From 7/30/66 at the PNE in Vancouver is this nifty twosome of the quintessential 1966 jamming vehicles, Cream Puff War-Viola Lee Blues. As it turns out, the band stayed in British Columbia for a week, where they then played the Afterthought in Vancouver on August 5 and 6, 1966. Sharing the bill at those shows was the Vancouver band the United Empire Loyalists. Jeff Ridley, a member of the United Empire Loyalists, shares this interesting anecdote about the Grateful Dead’s first Canadian visit: “The UEL shared the bill with the Grateful Dead for the first time at the Afterthought in the Pender Auditorium the week after the PNE gig. Our manager, Jerry Kruz, had gone to the PNE 'trips festival' and saw Big Brother & the Holding Co. with Janis, and the Grateful Dead. Jerry thought the Dead had potential and asked them if they'd like to play at his club the following week which they agreed to do. Jerry put them up in a motel for the week. The Dead wanted to do something to publicize the upcoming Afterthought gig. While driving around Vancouver they saw the bandstand at English Bay so they got all their equipment, set up in the bandstand and played a concert. Traffic stopped; it hit the papers; it was quite an event. The Afterthought gig went really well; the place was packed. It was supposed to stop at midnight but at midnight the Dead were playing, coincidentally, In the Midnight Hour. The police came and said to Jerry: 'you have to shut this down.' But Jerry said: 'you want to stop it, you go in there.' But they declined and the Dead played into the wee hours.”

Our next stop this week is in 1974, at Dillon Stadium in Hartford on July 31, one of the longest Grateful Dead performances on record. From the third set, we have the big jam featuring Truckin’>Jam>Mind Left Body Jam>Spanish Jam>Wharf Rat. There is plenty of interesting music in this 40 minute piece. And from the first set, an interesting and quite common combination performed in the summer of 1974: Mississippi Half-Step>It Must’ve Been The Roses.

Moving out of our date-appropriate week, we have the mid-first set songs from 5/5/78 in New Hampshire, El Paso and a nice, mellow They Love Each Other, along with the encore of Werewolves of London.

And, getting back into the groove of the week, we have the first set closing trio from 7/31/82 at Manor Downs in Austin, TX, Brown-Eyed Woman>The Music Never Stopped>Deal. This is drawn from the cassette master, as 1982 fell in the interregnum between the reel-to-reel recordings (end of 1979) and the Beta PCM digital recordings (end of 1982).

Next we’ll go forward seven years, to the excellent Cal Expo run in August, 1989. These shows are often overlooked due to the three-night runs of shows that sandwich them (Alpine in July, and the Greek shortly after), but there was plenty of great music played at Cal Expo. First up we have the very unique pre-Drums sequence featuring Truckin’>Wang Dang Doodle>Crazy Fingers>Cumberland Blues>Eyes of the World>Drums. Very cool indeed. And from the next night, an equally intriguing pre-Drums sequence of Hey Pocky Way, Playing In The Band>I Know You Rider>Terrapin Station. Nobody saw that Playing>Rider segue coming, I’m sure. These Cal Expo 1989 recordings were drawn from the VHS PCM digital masters, as the crew switched from recording to Beta PCM to VHS PCM in 1989. So far, these VHS PCMs have proven to be more robust and reliable than their Beta counterparts.

Finally this week, by special request, we have a Pigpen song from 4/7/72 at Wembley Empire Pool (later Wembley Arena) in London: Mr. Charlie from the first set. As we’ve mentioned, some of the multi-track master of this show has severe technical problems, but as evidenced here and on the wonderful Steppin’ Out with the Grateful Dead album, there is plenty of great material.

Check back next week when we’ll have more August Grateful Dead material. Feel free to write with questions, comments or suggestions for the Tapers Section.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net
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lesh6595David, Thanks so much for all the great music every monday.
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fabulous version FROM PIGPEN LET HIS MEMORY SHINE ! Juju
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Thanks this week for a great selection and for the remainder of the 5-5-78 jigsaw. On that note; please keep dropping in from time to time some more of the missing tunes from various Dicks Picks and other live releases (as you did a while back with the fantastic Half-Step>Me and Bobby McGee from DP1). Now we are all getting digital it would be great to be able to complete some of those sets or shows! Thanks
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Many thanks David for the music. I really dig reading about the history of the music I'm jamming to. So glad they had the vision to tape and achive all this music. This thing seems like it will never end. Will the day come when you tell us that there is no more music to put out? Keep jamming, Happy Birthday Jerry.Phil.
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This site works, as several of us continued to praise 5-5-78 and ask for more and here is the response, the complete show direct from the vault! Therefore, may I request 8-6-74 from Jersey, the last show of the Summer tour before the boys went to Europe, please?
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Thanks for some wonderful music David. I want to ask you to kindly put in some highlights from the only GD show I attended: 10-13-90 Stockholm, SwedenIt would be so nice, please? Regards from Norway!
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Too cool! They were one of the hippest bands of Vancouver's psychedelic era, and their early relationship with the Dead left an indelible stamp on their sound. Their "hit" single, "No, No, No," was a re-working of Pigpen's take on "You Don't Love Me" (yes, the same one that ABB did years later), which UEL heard on one these early visits the Dead made to Vancouver. Another UEL tune, "Lookin' and Searchin'," is very closely related to "The Other One." Any band whose principal influence is "Primal Dead" is obviously very cool. They have a disc, "Notes from the Underground," that may be a bit difficult to track down, but worth the effort.
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hey david. i beginning to really like mondays as well, thanks so much. but.... what about jerry's birthday? i know he played some shows on his birthday. (one at a zoo, if i remember), there's nothing anywhere on this sight about his 65th. anyway, keep up the good work. peace, and Happy Birthday, Jerry, we miss you.
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yippee!!! i love mr charlie! i even had a dog named mr charlie (r-i-p, doggie!)thanks for the tunes! i have a looooooong drive ahead, and you will make the hours go faster and more beautifully than i could ever hope! thank you! have a great week- caroline
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tj crowley try to get in that incredible viola lee > cumberland 10 31 70 gig thta's magic!!
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Dude you are the man and you are definitely looking out for us heads. Way to go with stealthily putting out the whole 5/5/78 show week by week. Nicely done under the radar (somewhat). That is too cool. Made my week. This section is one of the greatest things to come along and the ipod loves it!! We appreciate all your work on this. Keep it up! ~Mike
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Hey DL,Thanks for all the crunchy sandwiches dude. More, more, more! I love any crazy transitions you can throw our way. Say hi to RGL.
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David, Just love the Cream Puff War-Viola Lee Blues from 1966. I just love the old stuff! Please send more! :-D
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Multitudes of thanks for releasing all of these raw gems. I love to see something from the 7/28/73 encores, 5/30/80, Estimated from Alaska, or the 1st "I want to Tell You". It's been a while Just wondering about any available rehearsals or takes of Jerry's work on film soundtracks "Zabriski Point" or "Smoke"???
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Thank you kindly David. Pigpen's in good voice here. Chooba Chooba!. Is this concert the most under-rated in GD history?. For the first show of the Europe 72 tour the boys hit the ground running. Looking forward to other gems from the jewel box. Cheers!
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Another great list of songs to listen to. My favorite Dead was from 72-82. Thanks for spending the time and finding some quality songs. This also encourages me to buy from the store. I like hearing from the different years caus i mainly listen to 70's Grateful Dead. But if you have any January to early February 1980 Dead I'd love to hear some of that. For this weeks picks i really enjoyed the Truckin>Jam>Mind Left Body Jam at Dillon Stadium.
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First, just a word of heart felt thanks. Your weekly selections are a real treat! I'm wondering if you could share some insight as to why the band switched from reel to reel to cassette. I'm assuming the cassettes ran at 1 7/8 ips while most reel to reels were recorded at 7 1/2 ips. Seems like the drop off in quality would be prohibitive.
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...shall we go, you and I while we can... It would really be so cool to know what's really in there. Why not post the database here so we can all know? Thanks for giving it so thought!
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Awesome week! Thanks for the music that helps me get through my tough days.
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round and round Let it Grow from 82 mid west tour. It was great, but I don't which show it was in for sure. That would be a treat. yeah, Jerry's birthday 82 at the zoo. There was a valiant effort to sing happy birthday to him. it was so hot Dave, thank you for your valiant effort to bring the good stuff to us. <3
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Brown Eyed Women smokes! Can't wait for the Viola Lee from 66 - I'll often take a good Viola Lee over a Dark Star. "Folk rock for groovin families!" myspace.com/chipwithrow chipwithrow.com
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It's Jerry Garcia's 65th B-day today. Just a sweet feel in the air today. This weeks songs are a treat to listen to. Hopefully we get to hear some "Althea" songs next week. Jerry really has some unique solo's on "Althea". Cool Werewolves of London on this weeks songs. I always wondered which songs are the most favorite to play for the band members. I think Bobby really gets a kick out of Around, Around songs. I've never heard him sound like he wasn't into it on that song. Jerry's U.S. Blues, Deal of course but I wonder what other songs are favs. Thanks again David for great songs and hopefully you can find me the best "Althea". Peace.
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round and round Deadsongs, strange you should say that, i was thinking Althea AND my sig is "round and round" because of a soundbite I got from Bobby on the third floor of some hotel. My friend Marion and I were shlepping/spying on the boys and we were in the hall way with Bobby. He was right next to us and he said it, "ROUND AND ROUND" It was wild and I willnever forget it lol
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i would love to hear the post-space portion of the 94 richfield show. I think it was space>watchtower>stella blue. I remember this being the most heart wrenching stella blue of all time. THANK YOU! D
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Really enjoyed the Mr. Charlie. Many thanks for posting all these great tunes! Would love to hear something from 07/18/1972, the day I was born! Take Care, Dan
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Anything from this killer show would be appreciated next week. Keep up the great work. Thanks.
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Thank you, David, for the outstanding tune selections! I have enjoyed the songs spanning the years-- including several shows at which I danced it up. Recently, I purchased an underwater MP3 player (the SwiMP3) and both my swimming and Dead-listening experiences are forever changed. As for requests... I would enjoy material from Phil and Ned's electronic interplay from '74. I also recall hearing Bobby tell the story of a hunter who was caught poaching-- a fine joke indeed.
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I was there ! thank you to who ever taped this concert !! what a treat !! cant say enough !
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Thanks for a complete show! With the Ship of Fools released as a solo file, the entire show fits neatly on 2 CDs. Great stuff!
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hey nowhave to recomend the the eyes from 10/29/77. one of the truly unique and inspired versons from 77.
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Great 60's rock beat going into the 2 measures of jazz 6/8 for a break in there
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I heard Jerry singing 'Werewolves' and his hair was perfect. HAAaaaah! Great song seemingly written for Jer, and a nice performance here to boot. What a treat.
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This is the best line up that I've ever heard/seen in hear. Older Dead was the best stuff I think they did. I've been searching your previous taper files for a line up like this since I got on this site. Awesome stuff. Wish I wasn't at work.
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    I'm Blown away
    This is the best line up that I've ever heard/seen in hear. Older Dead was the best stuff I think they did. I've been searching your previous taper files for a line up like this since I got on this site. Awesome stuff. Wish I wasn't at work.
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    Pina Colada's @ Trader Vic's
    I heard Jerry singing 'Werewolves' and his hair was perfect. HAAaaaah! Great song seemingly written for Jer, and a nice performance here to boot. What a treat.
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    Cream Puff War
    Great 60's rock beat going into the 2 measures of jazz 6/8 for a break in there