Grateful Dead

October 26 - November 1, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out music from throughout the 1980s, and a bit of 1973 for good measure.

First stop this week is on 10/27/73 in Indianapolis, where the Grateful Dead were in the midst of a great two month tour that featured some of the finest, most inspired, most consistently good playing of their history. From the end of the first set, we have El Paso, Brown Eyed Women, Greatest Story Ever Told, Loose Lucy, BIODTL, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. We've played so many big jams from Fall 1973 here at the Tapers' Section (and we'll continue to do so…) that we thought it'd be nice to highlight some of the shorter, first set material here occasionally.

Our next selection this week is from 10/31/84 at Berkeley Community Theatre, during the Grateful Dead six night run at BCT. These shows were the first concerts at which the Grateful Dead officially allowed taping, providing the tapers with a section of seats from which they could make their recordings. For that, we thank both the band for allowing it, and we thank the tapers for creating the world's greatest public archive of live concert recordings. From the end of the second set, we have Morning Dew>Around and Around>One More Halloween Night, Satisfaction.

From one year later, on 10/31/85 in Columbia, SC, we have the show opening sequence of Funiculi Funicula>Space>Werewolves of London>Music Never Stopped. Those sounds during Space were a downright scary way to open the concert. Weeeeeeeeird….

Finally this week, we have the show closing sequence from the final show on the band's amazing Fall Tour of 1989, from 10/26/89 in Miami. We've played the pre-Drums sequence here before, including that spooky Dark Star, but the post-Drums sequence is equally cool, featuring The Wheel>All Along The Watchower>Stella Blue>Not Fade Away, We Bid You Goodnight.

Don't forget to stop in next week for more great music. Feel free to write to the email address below with any questions or comments about the Tapers' Section, or anything else you might want to know.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 15 2009
Its been a long time since

Its been a long time since ive actually sat back and jammed to the dead! It really feels good! After jerry passed one of my best friends took his own life and it messed me up reall bad! everytime i listened to jerry it took me back to a time where we hung out in reno and ripped bong hits of the kind! And i just couldnt listen to the dead anymore! That was 1995! its been almost 15 years since ive listened to any jerry! i can deal with it now and this tapers section is truley a blessing to me! thank you! ive needed jerry back in my life more than i realized!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
no 10-27-73 china>rider as advertised

As a previous poster had observed, we are left wondering how hot this China>Rider could have been. Perhaps I'll surf on over to the llama.

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
A mystery, indeed

I like your analysis, wilfredtjones.
Here's another website with a photo from Madison, WI on 10/25/73 by Rich Zimmermann >>
Jerry's playing the Alligator guitar, a Strat that Graham Nash gave to him as a gift.
The Irwin Wolf did appear in 1974, but Jerry was beardless during the late spring & summer.
Looks like Phil is wearing the same cowboy shirt in the Madison photo as well as the Jack Seaman photo displayed on the 10/27 Indy page. I'll support the logic that Bobby, with the dark shirt, is the correct Indy '73 photo, from Bob Morris.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
re: Gr8fulTed said

Hey now: Curiosity led me to check out the photos of 10-27-73 in the 'Shows & Lyrics' after your observations on Bobby's shirt. Notice Jerry's also playing a different guitar in one of the pics too. My guess is the Fender/Dark Bobby shirt is from the 'correct' show and the one where Jerry's got the Wolf and Bobby's wearing the light colored shirt is from '74. Either way, that's awesome that all this stuff is available to browse.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

One of the best Greatest Storys I've ever heard. Keith's piano roll intro is timed perfectly with Bobby's vocal intro. Such high energy in these early versions.

I enjoy reading all you Heads' re-visitations to past shows that appear here in the TS. I'm envious, having never seen the Grateful Dead live (only The Dead). Keep the show memories coming, please. It's fun for me to try and picture in my mind's eye the scene back then and how it evolved over the decades - in different cities and locations - and how it compares to today's scene.

Thanks again for another great week in the Taper's Section, DL.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Morning Dew

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

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Joined: Nov 19 2008
heavy sighs under gray skies

Oh my, it happened to me again listening to the Taper's Section. Without warning, I find myself weeping, this time listening to the guitar coda of Morning Dew. I weep for lost ideals, lost innocence, lost energy. I weep for the jaded sense of what constitutes music in the present age. Most of all I weep for the loss of the beauty that was inside Jerry Garcia and the utterly unique magic of how he let it show for us. Morning Dew is such a terrifying story, yet Garcia reveals how peace, love and the human spirit will triumph even in the face of that catastrophe. I guess it doesn't matter anyway...

Then as usual, the Grateful Dead come to my rescue with a fun filled Round n Round. I sure do love riding this roller coaster. Thanks again, man.

Joined: Jul 3 2007
Without A Net Pt 2!!!

Love the '89-'90 Runs - Alpine Valley, Omni, etc. The band was definitely inspired. Would love to see some more of those multi-tracked shows mixed and released. Keep up the great work!

Joined: Jun 11 2007
10-27 - a nice birthday present

Thanks guys for a day early, generous October 27th 54th birthday present. Always a delight visiting each Monday. I graduated high school in Trumbull, CT in '73, but was by then already on the bus I feel I'm still on. I got American Beauty and Workingman's Dead for my birthday that previous fall. Wore out my copy of Europe '72. An inspired set!!!

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
Formless reflections...

Great Halloween choices this week !!

Although, I'm beginning to think I'm not going to live long enough to hear that "spooky Dark Star" from Miami professionally released... OR the Help/Slip from Charlotte a few days earlier...

But, far be it from me to complain. :-)


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