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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The Woodcutters Daughter's picture
Joined: Jan 4 2009
And like a desert spring...

While WRS remains a favorite of mine to this day, I'm reminded here of how much I miss hearing Jerry's voice float in and out of part 1. You're right David... great extended jam on this version from 74

...and the Let It Grow from 82 (just 22 days prior to my first Show) was exactly what I'd hoped I'd hear on that night, but didn't... so this was a nice treat.

Thanks : )

"Night comes so quiet, it's close on the heels of the day"

Joined: Jun 5 2007

I clearly hear Dear Prudence

Joined: Nov 23 2007

Yeah Lucy in the sky was my first thought. I know Jerry's band did Dear Prudence (it's on the 'Live at the Shoreline DVD) and I know the Dead did Lucy in the sky.

Joined: Feb 10 2008
I hear both Lucy in the Sky

I hear both Lucy in the Sky and Dear Prudence.

Joined: Feb 10 2008

Love that 82 and I never met a 74 I didn't like. Hey, Any word on a new release soon? I am really itching for something new. Gotta be soon. Gotta be soon.

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
Another fine week of music! Classic '74 and some wonderful examples of
the energized playing of 1982.
Recall the return of Dupree's that year along with a wellspring of much new
material. Stoltzfus... that Space>Other one 9/17/82 is a screech!(Dew too!)
myeviltwin are close.Sounds like Dear Prudence to me.

Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

myeviltwin's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
the tease

The tease I hear between The Other One and Black Peter is Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
The Early 80's

The early 80's.....The yrs of the best Altha's ever played

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
I remember that Davis show!

One of my earliest.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
WOW. listen for it. BEAUTIFUL.

a few moments of brand new bliss between TOO and BP.


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