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: Aug 6 2007
yes, please bring back

yes, please bring back downloadable songs.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Mixed feelings

First of all, thanks for all the music. I listen to the Dead every day, and the Taper's Section simply increased my insatiable desire for GD music. I can see where this decision might have originated, and I have to accept it. It's the Dead's music, and it's how they make a living. It's their perogative to do this, and I certainly have plenty of music to get by with. However, I couldn't wait to get on the 'Net each Monday morning to get the new tunes. As I said earlier, I listen to the Dead daily, and I couldn't get enough of the new tunes. This got me buying merch, whether it be music, threads, or stickers, and generally thinking about the Dead quite often. The streaming function is not practical for me, as my iPod is my central music device (made playlists for each "era" of Dead music, each to my own personal tastes). I do hope that the brains behind this decision reconsider, but if they don't, I still love the Dead and will get by. Thanks to David for his work. Keep the vault downloads coming.

Joined: Jun 25 2007

Well, it was nice while it lasted.

This means that I have to listen to the music in real time, not when I want to. I used to download the music to a folder and then arbitrarily chose songs to listen to. No more.

This is a bad decision, and breaks faith with Dead Heads, and forum users.

I am not at all pleased!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
mov's vs. mp3's

Thanks for the music, David Lemieux!

Streaming is no fun compared with mp3's...bring 'em back if you can...if you can't, thanks for the music.

Listen to the Music Stream...

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Joined: Jun 15 2007

I can't wait to see if the Dead Hour downloads are passe' as well.

Brian Michaelson

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
Following a previous post - The music can't be free.....

.....Every one has to eat.

However, I'm with you in that I'm suffering severe disappointment and total lack of respect for Rhino, not something new, something they have been working at for a while. They don't seem to have a focus on their customer base and their current action suggests they want no customers at all.

Sad day.

Joined: Jun 15 2007

Keep in mind that Rhino part of the Warner Music Group:

Lyor Cohen
Chairman and CEO, U.S. Recorded Music, Warner Music Group
75 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10019

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Joined: Jun 12 2007
new format


Joined: Jun 5 2007
Streaming only...

Desperately disappointing news about the dropping of the mp3s. What's even more disappointing is the 'oh by the way, we are now streaming only' communication (or lack of it). A sad step backwards.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Well, it's asking for a password. And it's not the one I use for the site. LAME!


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