Grateful Dead

February 15 - February 21, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and a giant welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear music from 1974 and 1982, two distinct yet excellent years in Grateful Dead history.

Our first stop this week is at Winterland on 2/23/74, the middle night of a three night stand at the band's then-Bay Area home. We've played some music from this show's big second set jam previously, but we're very pleased to have some of the music from earlier in the second set, specifically Weather Report Suite>Stella Blue. This is one of the longer WRS sequences I've heard, and it's really great, too.

Our next stop is in Reno, Nevada on 3/13/82, when the Grateful Dead were doing a super mini tour consisting of two cities, Reno and Davis, CA, the only two March shows in 1982 for the band. This sequence features the end of the second set, The Other One>Black Peter>Around and Around>Good Lovin'. Pay special attention to the transition between Other One and Black Peter for a definite tease of a very famous song. This sequence was drawn from the cassette master tapes, demonstrating that some cassette masters sound pretty darn good.

Next up, from the aforementioned Davis show on 3/14/82, we have the first part of the first set, consisting of One More Saturday Night>Sugaree, Me and My Uncle>Mexicali Blues, Bird Song>Little Red Rooster, followed by the second half of the first set, featuring Ramble On Rose, Looks Like Rain, Althea, Let It Grow. You can tell by the amazing guitar runs Jerry plays on the opening OMSN that this was going to be a first cabin concert, and the rest of the set shows this to be true. Killer Let It Grow to end it all.

Be sure to stop in next week for some tasty tunes from 1972, 1984 and 1987. As always, we welcome and encourage you to write to us at the email address below. Please put “Grateful Dead” in your subject line to make sure it breaks through the spam barriers.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 7 2007
re: 7/7/89 DVD

Very nice! Will there be an accompanying road trips release, I wonder.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
7/7/89 DVD

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Joined: Aug 21 2007
7-7-89 DVD

Hmmm. I can't seem to find any info on it. I would sure love to see this be an official release. Howza 'bout posting some links?

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Hey, Bodiddley

Your wish is our command. Check out the home page for information on a new release AND a DVD complete show.

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Joined: Nov 19 2008
WRS - Let it Grow

First time I heard Weather Report Suite, man I didn't get it at all. I'm sure I was among those clods back then shouting "Casey Jones!" Next time I heard it, maybe I was under the influence of a better dose, but I did get it. After all these years it still knocks me out, and to hear it followed by a sweet "Stella" just has me floating.

I think I've got something in my eye...

Joined: Aug 21 2007
3-13-82; I Hope we get the rest someday.

The best part of the 3-13-82 show is the absolutley insane "Franklin's", amazing "Eyes" and over the top "Estimated". I hope we can hear a clean copy of that someday as the current circulating copy is pretty low quality.

When are we going to get a new release? More Europe '72 (Box set would be nice) and more DVD's of complete shows please!!

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Joined: May 1 2008

Awsome summer tour !!!!
Red Rocks, Mannor Downs and the Oklahoma Zoo both shows were played during Jerrys 40th B-Day.... Steller show at Starlite Theatre KC.... Ah the memories what a Summer!!!!!

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Joined: Jan 13 2009

thanks dl an early bday tune the actual day will be 36 next tuesday..furthur on down the road to radio city music hall 2.23/2.24 enjoy all who will be there..

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Joined: Feb 16 2010
Grateful Dead -Crimson White & Indigo July 7 1989 JFK Stadium CD

I like listening to these '82 offerings in the TS and do enjoy the fall '82.

Hey now DL2, could use a offical up date on this NEW release that's listed on CD Universe, DeepDiscount, & Amazon ~ Grateful Dead -Crimson White & Indigo July 7 1989 JFK Stadium (3 CD/ 1 DVD) - 03/30/10 release date from Rhino.
Nothing on Dead Net yet, why is that ? Shouldn't this be first place Dead music news happens ?

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
hang on

Personally I think that late 82 is soooo much better than early 82, which for me really sucks. Don’t you folks raving about these March shows get that? I mean if you can’t figure that out I am wondering if you are real deadheads... etc etc etc etc blah blah blah

sorry..just kidding :-P


the thing is that I have such low bandwidth it is almost impossible for me to stream this stuff so all I can do is hang around outside the venue, drink and make trouble! Have a good week everyone ;-)


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