Grateful Dead

April 11 - April 17, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover nice 13 year span in Grateful Dead history, from the magnificent Fall Tour of 1972 to the excellent and unpredictable Fall Tour of 1985, with a stop at the Warfield in 1980 for kicks.

Our first selection is from 11/19/71 in Houston, where we have this batch of first set tunes, Bertha, Me and My Uncle, Sugaree, BIODTL, Bird Song, BT Wind, Don't Ease, Mexicali, Box of Rain. The show-opening “Bertha” is missing a bit of the head of the song due to a recording glitch, but otherwise this is a mighty fine show. And quite a rare early Box Of Rain.

Next up is the second set opening sequence from 10/3/80 at the Warfield, featuring Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain, Samson and Delilah, Ship of Fools, Playing In The Band, drawn from the cassette master. There are multi-track (32 track, which is two 16 track machines running in sync) recordings of some of this run of shows, but unfortunately a good portion was recorded over in the early 1980s.

Lastly this week is the bulk of the second set from 11/2/85, featuring Estimated Prophet > Uncle John's Band > China Doll > Drums > Space > Morning Dew > Throwing Stones > Turn On Your Lovelight, It's All Over Now, Baby Blue. This is the second of two nights in Richmond, VA, and is every bit as good as the previous night, which was released as Dick's Picks Vol. 21.

Be sure to stop by next week for more great tunes from deep within the vault. And as always, we encourage you to write to use at the Tapers' Section, at the address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 9 2007
Why record over multitracks?

David, do you know why they would record over the multi-track masters of the Dead Set run? I'm highly disappointed because I truly do love the performances throughout the run. Also, its clear that they used a matrix style recording process to cull in the materials to form Dead Set and Reckonining. Do those Aud masters still exist and have you or anyone thought about doing custom mixes (like you see a few traders out there doing now)?

Straw's picture
Joined: Jun 15 2007
Fall Tour 1972

November of 72 would make a great release!

P.S. The date of the Houston show needs correction. (11/19/72)

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007

This show certainly is a good one: thanks for the tunes DL.

My download is playing okay this morning.

Meeko's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Houston...we have a problem

Bertha starts playing, fades out after a minute or so, then the file stops.



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