Grateful Dead

August 20 - August 26, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

As we move toward the symbolic end of summer (Labour Day, of course), we have some great music to play spanning about 21 years of Grateful Dead music, from 1968 to 1989, two fine years with which to bookend this week’s offerings.

Our first entry this week is the encore from 8/21/68 at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, a nice, juicy Midnight Hour. Although not quite as prevalent at shows in 1968 as it had been in 1966, the Grateful Dead continued to play monster versions of this Pigpen vehicle.

Next we’ll stop into 1972, to the opening night of the rightfully famous Europe 72 tour, to 4/7/72 in London. From the middle of that night’s first set is a typically hot 1972 rendition of China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.

In 1976, at the end of their very successful summer of comeback shows, the Grateful Dead entered the studio and recorded a couple of the songs they’d been playing that summer. From one of those sessions on 8/29/76 is this bare-bones Dancing In The Street with only Donna on vocals. While we’re in mid-1970s mode, we also have this terrific Samson and Delilah from 5/12/77 in Chicago. Despite the frequency that song was played in 1976-1977, they never seem to get tired of it, always offering up an inspired rendition.

Finally from the 1970s, on 4/22/78 in Nashville to be precise, we are pleased to bring you a couple of tracks from the second set, starting with the second set opening Lazy Lightning>Supplication and the pre-Drums Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World, both very nicely performed songs on this night.

Our last stop this week is in New Jersey on 7/10/89, a show that took place in and out of a massive thunderstorm. By request, we have the first set closer, The Music Never Stopped, and from the start of the second set, a great 1989 combination of Foolish Heart, Just a Little Light, Playing In The Band>Uncle John’s Band. What a great tour.

Be sure to check in next week, as we’ll be exploring some intriguing material from 1969 and 1980, and other material between those years, and likely after. We try to surprise even ourselves. Feel free to write with questions or comments.

Please note that beginning today all Taper’s Section audio streams are served via a new media player in both Windows Media Audio and QuickTime Audio formats.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jan 11 2008
i allways wondered about

i allways wondered about hthe guys complaining they could not listen to the DEAD at work.well,either they do not work or they dont hear the music."hey mr.fender,since you work with this earphones all our clients were sentenced to death...!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Foolish Light

Wow, thanks David L that was awesome.

"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."

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Joined: Jun 8 2007

The Russian Judges are giving this performance a VERY low score. 3.4 3.5 2.1 and 3.1! It looks like a great routine has been marred by a technicality, I'm sure they're not taking this well back Stateside!
Back to you, Brian.

See ya Monday, Bobstopper

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Stream to MP3

You can snag all the streams here using WM Recorder to grab the streams as .ASF files. These files play ok on the desktop "as is" anytime you want. If you need them in MP3 for your iPod you can use FOOBAR2000 to convert the ASF files to MP3. If you need it on CD for your car you can use BurnAtOnce. All these WinPC software packages are obtained easily online and are free or inexpensive shareware.

Before everyone dumps all over me for the conversion from one lossy format to another lossy format (ASF to MP3), if the name of the game is solely to grab the music for playback later, this approach works fairly well albeit the audio quality is lower than before. If you are listening to it in your car you probably wont notice the difference anyway.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
miles and miles and miles

umm, craigeyler ... why would DL continue to sift through miles of vault tape?! Who of us wouldn't, pro bono even!! Anyway, that said, I agree with the gist of your post... in fact a little birdy told me recently that Rhino actually has a ton of good stuff coming our way through the next couple of years. So I suppose good things will come to those of us who wait, and in the meantime I've got my streaming laptop hooked into my stereo which is hooked into my tape player which makes the tapes that can play on my outdated-ass old taped decked-out Honda...

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Joined: Jun 11 2007
Whats the deal?

I can't download and listen while i travel anymore? What is the deal? What would Jerry do? Thanks a lot guys you really know how to kill a good thing. Don't let that deal go down.

Joined: Jun 9 2007
Tomorrow never knows

Hey now,
Tomorrow will possibly anser some questions.

I am sure that the bulk of the vault is not digitized, at least that's the information according to David L. from an e-mail a few months ago. Sadly, he has not answered any e-mails this week, and for those of you that have e-mailed him- he typically responds very quickly. I hope his role is not being down graded. He's got great ears and knows how to use them.

Maybe tomorrow we'll get some really cool stuff to download- if not, oh well.

Thanks for everything David, even for the streams.

Joined: Jul 9 2007
The From The Vault 2 remaster

This might not be the appropriate place to post this, but I've got a question. I read at this site that the remastered version of FTV2 has extra material - material that's a bonus on one of the remastered CD's. Any good reason to spend the extra cash if I have the original FTV2 disc and the Rhino remasters? Anything different.

The completest in me begs for a response.

Tomorrow's Monday, btw. Think we'll get any info about the Streamers Section?

Just want to give a big hug to David L from cyberspace. We love you, man. Even though you are probably younger than 75% of us. We await your words ...

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Let's see: an interactive

Let's see: an interactive website is designed to build a sense of community where fans share stories, love of music etc. It attracts many folks with free mp3s and gains numerous expressions of thanks every Monday morning. Having successfully built a fan base, the free service is abruptly cancelled with no explanaition. Similar logic is shown by irate phans who want it reinstated thru language that should get them sent to time out. This all sounds like my boss and her boss must be consulting on the side and my coworkers have logged in here unbeknownst to me. Gee where can I find some GD on the web? Given the fact that used GD cds/dvds can be inexpensively obtained from Amazon, why should I exhibit brand loyalty to Rhino? Alas, I would love to ponder this predicament longer and perhaps pontificate a bit but I have to share this computer with my family. Cheers to all the humor here and may the mp3s return but I won't be holding my breath.

Joined: Jun 20 2007
One more thing...

All these little bits and pieces of tape and weird and one-off shows and studio sessions are seeing the light of day now because it looks like the majority of the material has been digitized and we're down to the 'dregs' now (as if anything in there could really be considered a 'dreg'). Looking forward to hearing some kind of official statement from GDP/Rhino as to what happens next...


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