Grateful Dead

June 13 - June 19, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week at the Tapers' Section we're going to do a similar format to last week, with an even shorter spam of 1980s Grateful Dead music: 1986 to 1989.

Our first selction is from RFK Stadium in Washington DC. Last week we played you the post-drums segment of the show, so this week we have decided to play the pre-drums segment from the 7/6/86 show, featuring: Saint of Circumstance>Iko Iko, Looks Like Rain, He's Gone. There are a couple of minor drop-outs during the music due to the fragility of the Beta PCM format (digital audio recorded on the video track of a betamax video tape), but overall these mid-80s PCMs mostly sound quite clean.

Next is more music from the excellent Laguna Seca run in 1988, with the end of he second set of the middle show, on 7/30/88, made up of Smokestack Lightnin' > Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad > Wharf Rat > Throwing Stones > One More Saturday Night. I can't think of too many shows in which Smokestack comes out of Space. Very cool.

Lastly this week is music from the final night at Alpine '89, on 7/19/89, with the start of the second set: Box Of Rain, Foolish Heart, Looks Like Rain, Terrapin Station. This was an exceptional run of shows, and unfortunately was the last time the Grateful Dead ever performed at Alpine. It rained at these shows. A lot.

Be sure to stop by next week to check out what we dig out of the vault for your enjoyment.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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this week's intro

i prefer an even longer spam of 1970's grateful dead, m'self YMMV

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More GD76, please.

That year has amazing material. their overall sound that year is unique.

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danc...I agree. I referred to Oxford in a previous post.

The 7/2 show is chock full of happy.

I've been advocating for Oxford as a RT for quite a while. They'd be perfect. The vast majority of those in attendance would have had to make a road trip to attend.

As a RT, they would get me to shut up my griping about GD88 in general.

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1988? Let's not forget Maine

Oxford town. I don't know if comes through on tape, but that was some great mood the band was feeling and projecting. I did love those Laguna Seca tapes, I must say. Same vibe.

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is there a bad 89 show

I haven't heard one yet, and this Alpine run is great. The interplay between Jerry and Brent and Phil is pretty damn good, this was the year for the band with Brent in the hotseat, they killed it at every show, thanks David, got any more?

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alpine

Would like to see an expanded Downhill From Here release with all three shows someday. Please, David. That third show was wet, but excellent shows. I vividly recall watching from the front/center of the lawn the dancers high-stepping in the mud down on the far left side of the lawn. It was a crazy good run of music at Alpine-- sad that they were subsequently banned from the venue after that run.

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Alpine 89......The Mud, The Mud

Oh sweet jesus the freakin' mud!

Spent A Little Time On The Mountain, Spent A Little Time On The Hill

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SSL out of space is a GOOD MOVE.

here's another vote for 7/2/88 and 7/3/88 being a Road Trips release. GD88 is not my favorite, but those two shows massage my GD muscles nicely.

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GD86...rubbery fun, but not much amazingness

How about a whole bunch of GD76 Orpheum Theater??????????????? That stuff is amazing. Variety in spades, exploratory, improv, tribalness...Box set? I'll get it.

Kvetch McButtmunch wants to shed a tear over GD86...yes I know that it was an almost loss of Jer...but it just sits there like a broken shell that used to be an egg pulsating and glowing with life.

On to Laguna Seca...a healthier Jer is a livelier Jer.

And Alpine89 is indeed nice. One of these days I'm going to experience DHFH again.

8/2/76 + 8/4/76 = more winners.

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alpine 89 run

... is stunning. 7/17 is, IMO, one of the top 5 of the late 80s-90s. Every song is played with a combination of perfection and energy that you just didn't hear that often. The other 2 shows are damn good too. Doesn't hurt that the recordings circulating are some of the finest healy ever made.

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