Grateful Dead

December 28, 2009 - January 3, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to our year-ending Tapers' Section. We'd like to take this opportunity to wholeheartedly thank you for stopping in here every week throughout 2009 and checking out what we're doing. You're the reason we do the Tapers' Section, and your enthusiasm for our work is such great motivation to keep us inspired and excited about making some of the Grateful Dead's musical history accessible to you on a weekly basis. Again, a huge thanks.

As you might recall, last year we played the post-Drums sequence from 12/28/89, so this year we're going to play you the pre-Drums sequence, featuring Foolish Heart>Looks Like Rain>Eyes of the World. This was a terrific New Year's run in Oakland, and was all captured to 24-track analog tape by John Cutler in the Le Mobile recording truck. Hopefully some day we'll see a nice CD release drawn from these concerts.

From the very next show, on 12/30/89 in Oakland, we have the pre-Drums sequence again, this time consisting of Jack Straw>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet>Terrapin Station. tThis was a very rare second set Jack Straw, and the way it barrels right into China>Rider is pretty darn cool.

We'll slip into some 1977 Grateful Dead now before we get into our main big piece of New Year's music. From 12/29/77 at Winterland, we have several of the first set's songs, specifically Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, New Minglewood Blues, Sugaree.

Lastly this week, to ring in the New Year, we have the entire first set from 12/31/89 in Oakland, which featured Sugar Magnolia>Touch of Grey>Women Are Smarter, Big Boss Man, Memphis Blues, Shakedown Street. Just about everything in this set was a little out of place, in a good way, aside from the Dylan track, making it one of the oddest, and coolest, first sets of the late 1980s. That's Bonnie Raitt sitting in on Big Boss Man, lending her slide guitar skills.

Have a great end to 2009 and an even better start to 2010. It's been great seeing you here weekly and getting to know some of you. As always, we welcome and encourage your comments and questions, sent to the email address below my name.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Aug 6 2007
Bill and Mickey!

Frickin' drums on Shakedown. Epic.

Joined: Dec 30 2009
new years run 1989-1990

This was my first trek to Oakland for the new year's run and man what a great time was had by all. remember these shoes vividely, the 12/30 was the best of the four.

Only real bummer was waking up on 12/31 at the Motel 6 and some one died over night at the hotel of an overdose.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
one more from the peanut gallery

Big D. -
Thanx for the great NYE trax and the whole years worth!

Happy Holidaze and a merry nude year to all.


All The Children Learning From Books They Were Burning
( the more you know; the more it hurts )

Tom Cat's picture
Joined: Mar 11 2009
What they said.

Yes Dave, I don't know how you read all the fan mail, but another Great Job this year. You must Love your job!!!!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
gooma goo

We must thank our sweet lord for what we have heard today.

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

lamagonzo (not verified)
another whole one!

Sets, that is. Keep em' coming!

Joined: Nov 21 2009
Many Thanks!

A wonderful set of tunes here as usual. Many Many thanks for keeping the music coming at us; the 89 shows bring back some wonderful memories! Have a great New Year.

Joined: Aug 21 2009

I was at that show, sitting up above Jerry's side of the stage. I can tell you that Bonnie Raitt *wanted* to join in on "Women are Smarter." She appeared back stage, and was obviously going, "give me my guitar!" But the roadies wouldn't let her hook up and go out on stage in the middle of a song.
BTW, it was at this show that I realized she would make an excellent replacement for Garcia, should he ever leave us (which he did a few years later.) But I guess that wasn't to be...too bad. She's one fine guitarist in her own right!

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Joined: Apr 12 2008
Auld Lang Syne (days gone by)

Hey Man,
Another year of great reliable music at TS.Ain't it crazy?
This '89 New Years run really cooks. Thanks as always for providing-what a gift!

Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Jun 10 2007

along with the chance to hear stuff i'd not get to hear otherwise, i get the chance to sample the many guests who played with the dead- and this week bonnie raitt?! i have to listen to it first (even with a tleo sitting there waiting for me!!!)- and it sounds marvelous!

so thanks, david, and YEAH!
happy new year!


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