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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Hell...I 'm more angry that

Hell...I 'm more angry that Lesh won't hook up with Weir, Billy and Hart.
Now that would freak Jerry. After touring BlackJack to complete exhaustion these dudes couldn't keep the gig or the vibe together.
I know you Rider and I do miss you.

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Ya'snooze, ya' lose

Can't complain. I've been on the GD tippety tip for 30+years. I get 'em and I smoke 'em.
Thousands and thousands of hours. From early trading circles to Relix ads to GDHours to archive.org, to TOL, to the various open and invite only BT sites to all of the TS...LOL!!!
"No Brag, Just Fact." ~Will Sonnett.
Smug, Deader than Thou that never took anything for granted.
Ps..I love the official releases..even the LDBS ltd.

Gans, thanks for the airwaves.
DL2, thanks for the TS and the latter day Pks.

Hmmmm that GD /Taj Mahal Mushroom 1st pressing sure is fine on my Grateful Den wall.

Music, sweet music.. I wish I could caress..manic depression is a frustrating mess."
~Jimi Hendrix.

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whoah!

These posts are posting out of order!

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oh, i just wanted to reiterate, ...

the sound quality of this week's streams is absolutely dismal after recording it with Total Recorder. Don't bother, unless you want to hear much distortion and can enjoy that. Frankly, to me it sounds like a low quality bootleg.

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oh, i just wanted to reiterate, ...

the sound quality of this week's streams is absolutely dismal after recording it with Total Recorder. Don't bother, unless you want to hear much distortion and can enjoy that. Frankly, to me it sounds like a low quality bootleg.

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Rhino.

I guess the common thread in all of this is ... "we want more shows to purchase." Hopefully Rhino will get the message. Does anyone know what is scheduled to come out next?

I guess Rhino could be likened to a man who is sitting on 2000 gallons of bottled water in the desert, and then only dribbling out drops to the scorched throats that walk up asking for water. That is what I hear in these threads. Hey, open the floodgates.

Greg SC

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No need to apologize.

I'm not pissed off. I'm trying to be helpful, with only limited success.

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Who's attacking who?

Where are the posts attacking David Lemieux? I haven't seen any, unless I missed one somewhere. In a previous post I suggested that he put a resume together, tongue in cheek, because I wondered if he still enjoyed working for the organization. Personally, I would love it if GDP would start cranking out Dave's Picks and pick up where the Dick's Picks (sadly) left off. I never thought I'd actually collect all 36 of the latter, but I must feed my jones.

The posts attacking David Gans, however, (and I could be accused as writing one of them) have been sometimes fair, sometimes not. alpine89 disgusted me with his last post, and I doubt if anybody appreciates that sort of writing.

I, for one, will probably hop on down to Starbucks and check out the track list of said compilation. I probably won't buy it since I probably own all of it already, and I certainly won't be buying their coffee (since I think it tastes gross), but I have no problems with GD product being sold there. The Dylan "Live at the Gaslight" disc was spectacular. Paul McCartney's new album might be his best. Joni Mitchell just signed with the company.

I guess, in my case, a cooler head has prevailed. I WILL be coming back to this website. I WILL buy more GD stuff. And I WILL hope that downloads will return. Until they do, I'll just sit here in my disappointment and listen to the hundreds of hours of music I already have and value highly.

Mr. Gans, if I am one of the people who pissed you off, I apologize.

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As if on cue...

My dear cat Hugo horked up a hairball in the bedroom just before dawn this morning. That'll teach me to use that word.

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I am Glad people are supporting David

As i said earlier David has done more anyone, including DL, to our ears.

It was hard in England to Get anything but the stuff from GDH got through eventually, otherwise 28th March 81 would have been all i could listen to.

Thanks again David

Bob W

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