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.

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David Lemieux
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Hal R's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
thanks David Gans

David Gans has done so much to get the music out through his show and much more. He just helped raise an incredible amount of money in a short time for Mark Karan to help him with his cancer fight. Do you think he does this out of greed? Come on people.

David is the only with with a connection with Rhino who has responded at length here and he gets attacked on a personal level, not just for what he says. Talk about killing the messenger. He is caught in a place like someone in middle management, trying to find common ground. You ever been there? It's tough, let me tell you.

Rhino is a big corporation and I am dissappointed in them, however they have brought me lots of great music through the years (non-Dead), so I would like to hope for the best.

Right now there is a war in Iraq, global warming, loss of wild nature, disparity of income in the U. S. is growing etc., etc. Those are things to be really pissed off about and do something about.

Put this in perspective, please.

I think I am starting to get a hairball now, so I will stop.

Peace now!

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself

neddles's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007

Gans and Lemieux do NOT deserve the vitriol of the fans.
They are on our side...
Shame on the posters here who have called them out.

it's getting to be re-goddamn-diculous...

jjjbaggins's picture
Joined: Jul 16 2007
Gaining perspective

I'm here for the first time since Monday morning and I'm amazed by the enormous number of comments. I knew this was going to happen sooner or later (similar to GDLive) and it even started to feel like David Lemieux was pulling one over on the suits by slowly releasing tune after tune until we had the complete show (like NH '78) It's curious, however, because in the past few months there were never this many posts, and I had even wondered why so few people were participating in the give and take that David encouraged. I personally did not discover that this was going on until May, and thankfully I combed past entries to flesh out any incomplete shows in my collection. I began posting my requests and praise to let David know that his efforts were appreciated, and he responded by releasing more from the shows that people were writing about (see NH '78). Now that people are angry and afraid of losing something that they took for granted, they are coming out of the woodwork to be heard, and some it is nasty (attacking David Gans?!) Where were all these people when things were going well? The same thing happened after changed, where you might see a dozen people commenting about a show's merits, but hundreds complaining about losing the same show. If you don't support something when times are good, you may find it's too late to help when times go bad.

hippie_pat's picture
Joined: Aug 24 2007
Geeze Louise

This shit is like crack, take it away for a sec and everyone starts withdraws. Everyone needs to chill out. It seems kind of obvious that Rhino went and made a change and left EVERYBODY in the dark, that's why we're not hearing anything from the higher ups, they're still debating it with themselves and Rhino, give them a little time to work this out. How do any of you know this new format is permanent? Even if it is, up until a year ago, this section didn't even exist. If you really want the music so bad why not start trading with your friends, like in the "old" days (probably 99% of the music posted on here can be found that way ya just gotta poke around). Remember this is a privilege, not a right. They don't have to post anything. Just be happy for what we already have. I think we need to lay off the Davids and crew.
P.S. I don't know what what would be happening if Jerry was still alive, but I do know that Jerry's death is one of the main causes for the current state of insanity in the Dead world. Jerry's death(loss of revenue from touring)+ high overhead(large staff pulling decent salaries[meaning they make enough to have a roof over their heads, send kids to college, ect.]/other costs[not gonna get into them now])=lack of cash flow=layoff of employees and sale to Rhino=current situation.

izzie's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
personal attacks...

will stop right fucking now, or risk being Moderated.

Really. There's no call for it, and it stops right now.


Sunshine-daydream1951's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
What is the point in Attacking David?

He is not responsible for what has happened and also before downloads he was responsible for more GOGD music getting out to us than anyone.

The odd gem still appears

You haven't got 7th Aptril 72 have you David, or the missing Lyceum show


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DrFunky's picture
Joined: Aug 20 2007
Goodnight y'all. See y'all later...

OK. Enough already!
I've been returning here daily because I'm interested in the phenomena of this discussion and the "official" communciation as it relates to questions of music and collective spiritual experience vs. corporate greed.
But this is getting a little boring.
Don't really care about the streams or downloads any more.
I do care a lot about the LACK OF RESPECT AND COMMUNICATION from the "Official Grateful Dead" site. I've been checking back in morbid fascination to see if there will be an apology or clarification or even a defensive explanation or ANYTHING!

But the damage is done, and this has become a waste of time.

I got so much great live dead. I love it I love it I love it and I get more for free whenever I want.
I appreciate the way the brief flowering of this site, like Haight Ashbury before the Summer of Love, re-awakened the passionate Dead Head in me. But hanging around here now is a buzz kill.
Lets move up to Marin and hang on the hills and beaches!

Never actually listened to Gans' show and, given his smugness here, doubt I ever will.

This whole thing has little to do with the true Dead experience. Thats OK. But I am offended when they pretend to care about our community as a marketing tactic.

Feel free to respond to this, if you got nothing better to do, but I won't see it as I will not be returning here.

Can't wait til the Phil show at Red Rocks next month!
See you there, and lets keep all the gorgeous free music (that, if anyone cares, we already paid for many times over long ago...) flowing flowing flowing. Websites come and go but that river roll roll roll.


Dr. Funky

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

tj crowley

1st i'm not sure why "WE" have decided to believe that king rhino has something to do with this

2nd as the smartest animal on the planet (allegedly) "WE" seem to always want to scapegoat someont/something to justify our anger

3rd why are "WE" attacking and holding david gans responsible for the decision to operate from a different machine

4th some of us need to review our part in this and the one that i'm responsible for is 'entittlement'. I EXPECT things, especially to go my way

5th accepting this decision will releive a lot of inner tension genertaed by one's expectations (demands)

6th there's been enough music already supplied to keep us listenning (dancing) for a long time w/o having to have "MORE". go back to your old already downloaded gifts from 'the boys' and enjoy life

and 7th nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile......

Joined: May 26 2007
Why in the world would I

Why in the world would I bother trying to respond substantively to your character assassination, Alpine89?

GD Hour blog
Station list

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Or maybe Jerry was just

Or maybe Jerry was just paranoid...


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