Grateful Dead

September 26 - October 2, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hang out in the 1980s, with music from 1981, 1985 and 1988.

Our first selection this week is from 7/11/81 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, WI, where we have the start of the second set: Brent birthday joke, Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance, Ship Of Fools, He's Gone>Truckin'>Drums>Space>Other One. A good portion of this show is missing from the vault, but what is here is excellent. The Other One cuts off here, due to the master tape ending. It's quite a vocal treatment on The Other One, somewhat Dylan-esque.

Next up is one of the more famous bits of music from 1985, the start of the second set from 6/30/85 at Merriweather Post Pavillion, featuring Shakedown Street>Samson and Delilah, Gimme Some Lovin'>He's Gone>Cryptical Envelopment. Like many of you, this was one of my first tapes, received shortly after the show in later 1985.

Finally this week is the entire first set from the 6/26/88 show at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, PA, featuring. Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodleloo > Little Red Rooster ; When Push Comes To Shove ; Mama Tried > Big River ; Cumberland Blues ; Gentlemen Start Your Engines ; Big Railroad Blues ; The Music Never Stopped. This was the first and penultimate live version of Brent's Gentlemen Start Your Engines.

Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault. And as always, feel free to write to us at the email address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Sep 27 2011
Favorite Shakedown of all time!

The jam in the middle of Shakedown is epic. All-around great set, particularly for '85 imo. Thanks!

Joined: Jan 13 2010
"Gentlemen" could have been a really good song

lame-ish title; played twice; irritating refrain (g-g-g-g-g-g-g-gentlemen start)

HOWEVER I do like the feel of the song.

Oh well. Why am I analyzing something that happened in 1988?

ANOTHER 88 first set.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Pittsburgh '88

The riots were in the Spring of '89. This was summer '88, twixt Buckeye and SPAC and perfectly peaceful.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

If your could just see me smile!
You out do yourself all the time!
You amaze me!
Excellent tapes this week for sure!
AND I know you know
how much I love tapes and tapers!
The 80's were so awesome!
THANK YOU for being here with
my heart and souls memories.

6/30/85 was a Birthday Show for me!

"to us" ~always xo
Send my regards to eveyone!
Unbelieveable Listening Thanks!

Hot as Pistol but cool inside>>>>>>>


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Joined: Apr 28 2009
Merriweather 85

Glad to see this is in the vault! Hmmm....sounds like a great Road Trips! Oh, and how about those Greek 85s?

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Joined: Sep 4 2007
civic arena

remember this because of the riots outside crazy days, gentleman start your engines
dark outside, but darker within rip brent

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Draw Blood!

So this is the original/first time Gimme some Luvin' that I hadn't heard till
now.;-) Great set!! Had me howlin in the fall at the Richmond run.

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Joined: Oct 3 2008
Brent's birthday joke?

not really a joke is it? Two from Bob, Two from Jerry, lovin that Jam at the end of Truckin and always loved the drums>Space from these early 80's shows, too bad the other one is cut, would love to hear the rest of this. Thanks for the taste.

Joined: Aug 31 2009
Lovin Alpine!!

Thanks David!! was just jamming out to a similar sequence with friends yesterday, great to hear this stuff today ^_^
Jerry's just riffin on the lead into drums!!!


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