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: Jun 16 2007
The " new " format

" The more Dead you listen to , the more you want . Simple as that "


Same for Duke Ellington , LCD Soundsystem , Keith Jarrett , Os Mutantes , Radiohead ,
Frank Zappa , Bobby McFerrin , Underworld , Allman Bros. , Esbjörn Svensson ,
Miles Davis , Phish , Jaco Pastorius , Jimi Hendrix , Can , Pat Metheny ... and
Jerry Garcia .

Freaks like improvisation , so we paid for it , bring back the mp3´s Taper´s Section and
EVERYBODY would be happy $ happy in the future , it´s simple , thank you .

1973 BoxSet is done , i´m waiting moneyhand , come on !


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Joined: Aug 23 2007
~ 'The Enemy' - #2 ~

On August 24th, 2007 dgans said:

re: "First off, if jerry was still with us, this would never have happened!!"

Here's something to think about. What do you suppose it meant when Jerry had a sticker on his guitar that said THE ENEMY IS LISTENING?
I don't know David, what does it mean? It could have several meanings. It could be Jerry being serious. I could be Jerry being sarcastic or simply wanting to f@#k with people. I could be referring to the government, the crowd his bandmates, the record companies or simply the guys at the soundboard listening to the mix. So instead of being all cryptic, why don't YOU tell us what YOU think it means - maybe YOU should try taking a stand one way or the other instead of going with that 'it's much more complicated' nonsense - OR, just maybe, you feel, deep down, that Jerry's reference to the 'enemy' might have been referring to people like you - that say one thing but whose actions say just the opposite? Just a thought.

In the meantime however, how 'bout you head to Starbucks, grab one of their overpriced coffees, make sure that your 'pet music project' is prominently displayed for sale next to the muffins and compose an informative, straightforward, non-profane response/explanation.

...I won't be holding my breath though as I don't think you have the character/integrity/ or balls for that matter to do the right thing - but who knows...sometimes you can get shown the light in the strangest of places...

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
If Jerry Were Alive...

Whew! That is one big IF!

But I think someone hit it right on the head. IF Jerry were alive, THIS would never have happened.

So true! I can't think of one time while Jerry was alive that music recorded via soundboard and kept in "the vault" was offered freely. Someone correct me if I'm wrong here.

I think if Jerry were alive, this crowd might just give him a hairball.

| I'm just a, well...porpoise. |

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Total Recorder / TRADING!

Total Recorders really good. Been using it for years. Damned if I am going to stream these files tho' and hang around recording them. Most of 'em I've got anyway, and theo others I don't want - low interest years.

But - I don't like what Rhino are doing, but all the soundboards are out there already; who's to stop anyone trading for them? And many amongst us torrent ....

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Corporate Bamboozlement

I will also state that I appreciate David Lemeiux's role as the Deads vaultmeister and that he communicates with everyone who inquires. I will also state my belief that this was'nt his decision. In an earlier post I wrote that Rhino/Warner Brothers/Wea ect has a long standing reputation for questionable business practices. I also observe that when Etree, and related sights made the soundboard material streaming coincided with the sale of the Deads catalog/vault to WB/Rhino. This leads me to believe that these decisions were not made by anybody within the Dead organization.

Rhino could redeem themselves to many fans by stepping up the amount of product released and not rehashing previously released material with a couple extra tracks ala the recent box sets of the albums. It's interesting that there has'nt been anything exclusively new since the Fillmore box set a couple years ago and that only an extreme limited number of those were produced further alienating the fans. One upside has been the incentive of preordering by offering bonus discs or the Dicks Dex. I personally found the bonus stuff better than the actual releases themselves.

Simply - increase the output of new material then the streaming won't matter because that is essentially what most everyone wants. The streaming should be utilized as a preview for new releases and should be offered at a minimum of on a quartely schedule much like the old GD Almanac days.

Joined: May 26 2007
If Jerry were alive...

Re "First off, if jerry was still with us, this would never have happened!!"

Here's something to think about. What do you suppose it meant when Jerry had a sticker on his guitar that said THE ENEMY IS LISTENING?

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
Ship of Fools

It's amazing to me how hunters's lyrics always seem to sum it up...

First off, if jerry was still with us, this would never have happened!!
Second, If have listened to the tapers section all this time,, and have not burned one CD
Just Knowing I could was enough for me...
I think they should rename it as the Streaming Section. At this point that would be a far more truthfull description. Tapers section at shows always implied you could take the music home with you, and share it with whomever you pleased...
I too am thankful for all the work you did David
I would like to hear from you, about this decision that has upset so many people

The free music was a great selling point to turn on others to the kindness of The Grateful Dead
Don't lend a hand, to raise no flag

Joined: Jun 25 2007
the answer


Joined: May 26 2007
"The Enemy"

"We have met the enemy and he is us" is from Pogo, a great comic strip by Walt Kelly.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Man this streaming is terrible. hunched over in front of the computer is no way to listen to the dead! bring back the mp3s so we can do these shows right and blast this music properly.


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