Grateful Dead

April 30 - May 6, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some fine Grateful Dead from 1981, 1984 and 1989.

Our first stop this week is the opening of the second set in Kansas City on 7/7/81, where we have Man Smart, Woman Smarter, Candyman, Estimated Prophet>Eyes Of The World. That was the second-ever version of Man Smart, debuted a few days earlier on 7/2/81. It's also cool to hear a rare second set Candyman.

Next up is the end of the first set from Akron, OH, on 6/29/84, with a couple of quite-new songs (1983 and 1982) followed by a couple of older tunes: Hell In A Bucket ; West L.A. Fadeaway ; The Music Never Stopped > Don't Ease Me In.

Lastly this week, from the tour-opening show on 7/2/89 in Foxboro, MA, we have the end of the second set, featuring The Wheel>Dear Mr. Fantasy>Hey Jude>Sugar Magnolia, Mighty Quinn. the show had few major surprises, specifically the show-opening playing>Crazy Finger, and the second set-opening Friend Of The Devil.

Join us here next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux


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Joined: May 1 2012

I love the little clip of Huey Lewis at the "end" of the 1984 segment - was this the house music for the night? Thanks, David, for another great batch of music this week - by the way, the last Jam of the Week was HEAVY.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Damn straight Spacebrother....

...though 88 for the most part doesnt do it for me. Some of that is the funky SBD mixes on a lot of the tapes.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Stopped in for the, Don't Ease Me In.
Saving the rest for later, xo! Y idk
Thank you 4 these excellent picks!
That Women Smarter was a great ride into
the others, my appreciation is immense.

Well, in just minutes.....
Cruelty to Animals Awareness Month
will end and I think the FDA missed it.
Guess there is always next year.
Must be an American Calendar thing,
as others may need some awareness too.

Well, Goodbye April and Hello May!
Going to start off May with that 1st set on
6/29/84 and think of the day after it.

Thanks for all your gifts and sher-ing.
Send all the best to all of the all that's
the all, that's all, xo!

Joined: May 12 2008
It's great hearing the '81 KC

It's great hearing the '81 KC show the last three weeks. I look forward to the final installment next week. My three-month pregnant wife and I lived outside Sabetha, KS, at the time, were poor as dirt, and we made the two-hour drive over and back for the show that evening. Truckin' down I-29 (literally, 77 Chevy with dancing skeleton on one window vent and a cyclops skull on the other) we passed a classic auto with Nebraska plates that said BERTHA. They caught up with us at the next rest stop, and it turned out they had a big tank of nitrous in the back seat, from which they generously shared. We all did some weird stuff once didn't we, except my pregnant wife, who was being good and healthy on this occasion? I thought this was a good show at the time, and looking at the setlist over the years brought back memories that have only been reinforced by these listenings. As always, keep it coming because we love live Grateful Dead music. The Estimated is shredding my brain right now. Adios.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Great Picks!

Whats not to love about '89 Dead? I happen to think it's one of their very best years. I find myself listening to more '87-'90 than any other era.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
I WANT to like GD89...

there's just something lacking.

In MY opinion of course.

I didn't attend any shows that year...maybe that has something to do with it.

The Might Quinn is welcome ANYTIME.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
the raisin box says...


heheh heheh heheheheh.

nahanhanahanahnahanah hey jude.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
lovin' that KC show

MSWS: earlier versions have a different feel than later ones... always preferred the earlier ones.

I first realized there is something SPECIAL about the GD during this song at my first show 7/18/82. The rhythm, my neighbors' generosity, the guy walking up the stands smiling and clapping...



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