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
vault [at] dead.net

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It's ironic...

...how we were all upset that the flac/shn files of the sbds were pulled from the archive and we were left with only those 'crappy' MP3s, and now that whatever number of months have passed since then, we're all upset that the MP3s have been pulled from dead.net...
When the streams are shut down some time in the near future, I can't wait to hear the screaming start!
You all do know that it is still possible to download MP3 files of all the SBD shows on the archive, don't you? Oops, probably shouldn't have mentioned that. Maybe they'll go back and fuck with the archive.org site again?
I'm still absolutely at a loss as to how ANYONE could possibly have any beef with David Lemieux over this (or anything else for that matter...).
Another thought occurred to me, if there was no intention of releasing further GD archival material (and LOTS of it...), why would Mr. Lemieux remain an employee of GDP (and probably an outside contractor for Rhino) and continue to sift through thousands and thousands of hours of tape from thousands of concerts day in and day out? You do realize that he is going through absolutely EVERYTHING. Unlabeled reels of studio material from unknown locations and unknown dates from '68, a show recorded on somebody's farm in the summer of 1969, shows that have never been released (or even dubbed onto cassette) before, shows never even RUMORED before... Why would that Winterland 1973 boxed set have been pulled (even AFTER pre-orders were taken)? I'm tellin' you, a MASSIVE pay-per-download project will be unveiled soon and none of this will matter any more...

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This sucks

Ok, what gives?

How come these are no longer mp3's? I'm adding my voice to those who want mp3's back!!
I love this section. Now it's ruined!! Thanks a bunch!!

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Hairball

David G, any chance you recorded your cat throwing up the hairball? Maybe that should be next weeks stream, seems to me that is what a bunch of folks deserve to get next week! Crap if ya mixed it right I say it goes on some future release you could add it as a bonus track. I hope you're cat has recovered from all this ugliness.
Now can someone please make my day with a Capernicus reference!

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Bummer

I guess all good things must eventually come to an end, something we Deadheads are all too familiar with...

At least we enjoyed the ride! Thanx for the tunes...

http://www.thebughunters.com

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izzie

tj crowley

bumper sticker ..... this is one for those recovering (irish) catholics
'blessed are those that do not expect..for they shall not be disappointed'

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damned chronology issue!

enjoyingtheride, I'm posting this again, trying to get it to show up after your post....

I think your best bet there is to use the Feedback button, and just suck it up when you get the canned response. Pat (and the rest of the team there) hasn't said anything to anyone yet; you're bound for disappointment expecting to be The One to get The Word.

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Streaming

I'll add my $0.02. Much preferred the MP3 for most of the reasons already mentioned - can't stream at work, can't sit all day at the home computer, must share with wife & kids, pc speakers incorported into the moniter don't give the best sound, etc. Prefer to download, burn to cd, and listen in the car during commute, or at work on cd player.
Given all that, having this site has been a wonderful addition for as long as it has lasted. I enjoy the "X years ago today" aspect and the chance to be introduced to something new, or be reminded about something heard but forgotten.
I started getting into the Dead with the Wake of the Flood LP, (when if first came out and I was in High School, over 30 years ago) and buy most of the new releases, even the Vault box set, even though I already own One and Two, just to get Three, plus the Two bonus disc.
Anyway - if it must be streaming, how about a choice to stream the whole weeks selections continuously, so if I need to sit here at the computer, I don't have to keep starting a new track?

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contacting Rhino...

I think your best bet there is to use the Feedback button, and just suck it up when you get the canned response. Pat (and the rest of the team there) hasn't said anything to anyone yet; you're bound for disappointment expecting to be The One to get The Word.

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Hey!

Just sent a private message to PatRhino begging him to let us know what happened to the downloads. Anyone else try to contact him?

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Enjoyingtheride, it's all

Enjoyingtheride, it's all previously released live stuff, from Europe '72, Skull & Roses, Hundred Year Hall, Ladies and Gentlemen... and Dead Set.

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