Grateful Dead

August 12 - August 18, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have tunes spanning 17 years of Grateful Dead history, some excellent Summer Dead tunes.

Our first selection is from 7/16/72 at Dillon Stadium in Hartford, the first Grateful Dead show after Pigpen's final Dead show on 6/17/72, the start of a new era for the Grateful Dead. From this show, we have the big second set jam of Truckin'>The Other One>He's Gone>The Other One>Looks Like Rain.

From nine years later in Kansas City, we have the start of the second set on 7/7/81, featuring Man Smart, Woman Smarter, Candyman, Estimated Prophet>Eyes Of The World. Man Smart had debuted just a few days earlier, on 7/2/81 in Houston. I'm a big fan of slight tweaks in song position, so this second set Candyman is a nice addition to the pre-Drums sequence.

Our final selection this week is from the second night of a two night run at RFK Stadium on 7/13/89, and from this show we have the start of the second set, featuring He's Gone>Looks Like Rain>Terrapin Station. It was a huge surprise to the audience when they opened their second set with He's Gone, a rarity.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to join us here next week.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Aug 17 2007
Hartford '72

This performance from Hartford in 1972 is terrific! I haven't heard any of it before this. They really rough up "The Other One" some, no? Then the first time out without Pigpen (or the final first time out), "He's Gone" (its first American performance). And an emphatic "Looks Like Rain" (the first with six-string guitar and not pedal steel?), mainly and quite emphatically by Phil (which might have sounded pretty tremendous at the stadium).

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Joined: Jan 13 2010
Hi marye

My first show was in 82, and 7/13/84 was/is SPECIAL. I also love 10/15/83, and 10/11/83...wish I would have been there for Veneta 82, for certain.

"It's just that IIIIII, IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII" find GD72 so much more interesting to listen to on recorded media than later stuff.

now that i have said that, let's listen to jerry's voice (paraphrased) as it applies to me and later GD:

"we were playing the Carousel (2/14/68), and the music was f'd...then we listened to the tapes months later, and the music was crackling with energy."

I understand, jerry.

so in a month I might be singing the praises of some show from 90 or 89, but it just isn't as compelling as, say, 7/26/72.

when I think of later GD, I think of "samsonwenttoseedon'tworryHAeyesdrumspacespanishladydocksoftheshippingpowdersnotfadeaway" end of show!

or (heaven help this fool) gimme some lovin.

listen to what to what you like, people. I am but one Deadhead in a sea of many.

truly, truly i say to you, enjoy the GD in peace and comfort, whichever shows you choose.

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Joined: May 26 2007
but stolzfus...

If it was the '81 music that got one on the bus, one gravitates to that era.

It's not, e.g., that we don't love Veneta '72 and rejoice in its long-awaited release, but we were THERE for Veneta '82 and still pine for it.

I think it's the same for all the eras. Which is good, given that there are millions of us and it would be kind of a drag if we all liked the same thing.

Joined: Jan 13 2010

With all due respect to my fellow Deadheads:

with shows like this, how can you take the time to listen to anything from the 80s or 90s?

I tried to listen to 8/14/81 the other day...Flaaaaaaacid.

you like what you like what you like.

I REALLY like GD72.

to me: GD72 is a gourmet meal. GD92 is a tic-tac.

Just trying to express myself,

a fellow Deadhead

Joined: Aug 13 2013

Does anyone know where I can find a copy of the JGB playing Chrysler Hall in Norfolk, VA on 11-5-82? It was one of the best Jerry shows I have ever seen. Thanks for any leads!

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love this '72 Olympics selection...

"Fortunately, I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug, uh, regiment to keep my mind, you know, limber."

-the Dude :)))))))))))

Joined: Aug 12 2013
My first Dead show

The Kansas City show in 1981 was my first Dead concert. My friends barely survived driving back to Omaha after the show. The driver dozed off and veered into a ditch but woke up in time to lurch back onto the highway. Everyone else had been asleep, but suddenly they were wide awake and more than willing to take over driving.

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taper's section archive

All the tunes, including the 'Sugaree' (click the bottom bullet, it's acting weird for me) you mentioned are available for repeated listenings. Just click back and check 'em out. I do all the time!

7-12-89 Sugaree - 7/9/07

7-12-89 I Need a Miracle>Dear Mr Fantasy>Black Peter>Lovelight - 7/7/08

7-13-89 I Will Take You Home>Other One>Wharf Rat>Throwing Stones>Good Lovin' - 7/13/09

7-13-89 Hell In A Bucket, Cold Rain and Snow, Little Red Rooster, Tennessee Jed, Memphis Blues, To Lay Me Down, Let It Grow - 1/18/10

7-13-89 He's Gone>Looks Like Rain>Terrapin Station - 4/23/12

Joined: Dec 17 2011

A most iconic year. I was always big on Fall '72 I just started tapping into Summer '72. This one is a good one indeed. Hot fun summer in the city... you get the idea. SUMMER DEAD woo-hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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