Grateful Dead

August 3 - August 9, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where we explore music from this week in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history. This week we have a couple of bits from 1971 and one big jam from 1989.

Our first stop this week is at the Terminal Island Correction Facility near LA, where the Grateful Dead were performing for their friend and longtime sound genius, Owsley, on 8/4/71. From that concert we have the Lovelight from the end of the show.

Next up, from the first night at the Hollywood Palladium, on 8/5/71, we have the big jam (plus two shorter song), which oddly was in the first set this night, consisting of That’s It For The Other One>Wharf Rat, Me and Bobby McGee, Casey Jones. The next night, 8/6/71, is a little more famous due to this stunning Hard To Handle, which is one of the finest versions of this song ever played.

Our last stop this week is to Cal Expo, for the start of the second set on 8/4/89, the first night of a three night run at this fine little venue in Sacramento. From that show, we have the very unique sequence of Truckin'>Wang Dang Doodle>Crazy Fingers>Cumberland>Eyes of the World. This really was a terrific run of shows, something that was quite common at Cal Expo.

Be sure to stop in next week for music from 1972, 1979 and 1982. It’s always great to see you here, and feel free to write with questions or comments to the email address below.

David Lemieux


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lamagonzo (not verified)
Wang dang doodle...

... all night long,

Joined: Jan 16 2009
Cal Expo

never made it to Cal Expo
Despite the best laid plans
Thankful as hell now
for this beautiful music

Benny Jakes's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
extra jumbo...........

Hollywood palladium 8/3/71:

God's gifts and all that........

Is that my glass? Can you see it? Understand me?

myeviltwin's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
71 Dead

The Dead took chances every gig they played; but the chances they took in 71 take my breath away. The amazing thing to me is that everyone in the group shared the same aesthetic daring. How did this band come together? The universe demanded it, maybe. I play that version of Hard to Handle over and over and it sounds better every time I hear it. The Vulcan mind meld is in full effect. Love that Other One Jam, too.

beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007
lot of po' man

got the cUmbahland bloooooozzze !!!

yah !!!


GRTUD's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Turn On Your Lovelight!

I don't always post here but I always love the TS... thanks David Lemieux!

"Truth is something you stumble into when you think you're going someplace else." ~ Jerry Garcia

Joined: Jun 10 2007
my last hurrah, summer 09...

this time next week, i'll be listening from my school computer ( i love my tech guy who keeps me dialed in!) , not here in my cozy house with a pot of coffee and peace and quiet.... but instead surrounded by 30 teenaged yahoos and noise and hormones and chaos....

summertime has come and gone... o me o my...

rock on, david! loving it! thanks for the picks-


marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
Cal Expo "little venue"?

Well, compared to a stadium maybe...

I did like it though. Once we lost the Greek and Frost and Henry J, it was about the best Northern California venue we had left.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Shorter Tapers Section

Is it me or are there less & lessselctions in each new tapers dection, great selection pls do not get me wrong, but I remember when it took up the whole page

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Hollywood Palladium

What a great 3 day run: good pick this week. I'll second that emotion on Pigpen's Hard 2 Handle


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