Grateful Dead

April 9 - April 15, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1969, 1979 and 1980.

Our first selection this week is from the Fillmore Auditorium on 12/20/69, where we have classic batch of 1969 Dead: Mason's Children, China>Rider, High Time. please note that the head and the of the first song and tail of the last are cut, just an occupational hazard of working with the older recordings, where the tape was often paused between songs.

Next is the first set from 12/9/79 in St. Louis, featuring Alabama Getaway > The Promised Land ; Brown Eyed Women ; Cassidy ; Row Jimmy ; New Minglewood Blues ; Candyman; Lazy Lightning> Supplication ; Deal. This was drawn from the cassette master, recorded from the PA board mix.

Lastly this week is the third set closing sequence of I Need A Miracle>Bertha>Johnny B. Goode, Casey Jones on 10/27/80 at Radio City Music Hall. I've always been a huge fan of the post-Drums Bertha, such a rocking way to keep people dancing in the slot usually reserved for the night's ballad.

Join us next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jan 13 2010
Look for, look for ...

Lazy Lightning!

my lightnin', too!

Joined: Jun 4 2007

interesting comment about Brent. It's incredible how much detail Deadheads get into over the band's sound etc. An incredible have to wonder if the band truly understood how good they had it from that perspective?

With regard to the specific keyboard sound, I am one who really liked the very loud "lead piano" sound Brent had going there right at the end. Loved that particular MIDI piano sound...seemed like they were going in a direction where that was the lead instrumental voice in the group. Check out the jam between "Scarlet" and "Fire" 6-15-90 for some of the incredible color Brent was adding with that sound.

In terms of his piano sound, the '85 era sound was my other favorite. '82 being my least favorite (the stock Yamaha electronic piano that was becoming prevalent ....think of U2 "New Year's Day" the Who "Eminence Front" for example etc.).

Blair Jackson (I think?) wrote a decent book about the Band's gear over the years. (Though I felt the drummers were woefully neglected . . . for us drummer/gear heads.).

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Joined: Jul 20 2007
1980 release?

I'm trying not to get too excited by all these Fall 1980 Warfield / Radio City clips, but golly... wouldn't it be cool if this means they've been putting together a Dave's Picks 3 from those shows? Or Saenger? Maybe there is more usable stuff hiding in the Vault than I thought (?)

My original "prediction" (read: hope) was for DaP 2, 3, and 4 to be from: 1974, 1984, and 1967. But, if the 1984 is replaced by a complete Warfield show with a bunch of "filler" I won't complain :-)

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Joined: Nov 4 2010
Fall of 1979

I could hang if a time machine could take me back to late October
'79 and "re-catch" that tour thru early December. That would be some
time well spent! It was awesome enough the first time around ...

Joined: Jan 13 2010
GD79 = HOT

also...a shout-out to Brent.

His keys in GD83 are so good. Listen to 10/11/83 St. Stephen. He added so much during that era.

Later his keys tended to jar me, and his vo-vo-vo-vo-cal stylings were a bit over the top.


I dig his GD83 keys.

I also like him during GD79.

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Joined: Feb 25 2012
"...the slot usually reserved for the night's ballad."

I keep loving these picks from approximately the 70-80 era. To me, it is most of the band's best work.

Fans of this era know that before the band clicked into it's mature form of two sets with a drums>space sequence (the last show w/o drums being in Jan. '79), there really was no seriously predictable ballad in among the 4 last songs of any show.

Nor were there any first set and second set songs. The band was much more spontaneous from 1970 to 1980. The songs that crossed the Rubicon of the set break were very few in the 80s -- Looks Like Rain, High Time, It Must Have Been The Roses, Franklin's Tower were the only regular ones that I can remember. Of course, there were many more that made it a few times or less.

The 70s were truly a time of inspired playing for the band and while 95% of the shows I saw were in the 80s, and I thought many were very worthy, I sure would like to step into a time machine and go back to more than few, in retrospect...

Perhaps that would be a good topic for Blair Jackson's Golden Road. If you could, which 5 that you missed would you go back to see?


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