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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Joined: Aug 20 2007
I agree - this feature prompted me to buy more music

I have purchased more new material in the past 12 months since the tapers section opened up than I had ever purchased in the past 30 years combined. Ii really, really enjoyed getting a small dose of free Dead samples each week and it kept me coming back for more. More Dick's Pick's, more Vaults, more downloads, more DVD's - hell even books, tee-shirts and mouse pads.

I know that this new policy will have a negative impact. I have absolutely no good reason to visit this site 5 times per week (at least). Bad form guys.

Keep the suits away from this site.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Bring Back MP3's

Man, what a major bummer. Sure I can capture them as I stream them. But as said by others , many work places are stopped all streaming media. Come on, I'm pretty sure the bandwidth is costly. But we all have spent alot of money on the Dead and will most likely do it again, but this makes me a bit reluctant.

Joined: Aug 6 2007
Well, forget that......

I'm an old time Deadhead, having started going to concerts back in about 1970.
For the longest time, besides trading tapes of shows, I bought EVERY commercial release. Then I got laid off from work and couldn't afford to spend the money. I had bought lots of shows that I already had on tape to support the musicians.
Got a job and so I started to put together a list of what CDs I wanted to fill out my collection, and the total was about $400 worth.
I haven't bought many CDs lately because the "Big Business" record companies have just pissed me off by going after their customers, and now RHINO has joined that set. Dead CDs were the exception and now they are getting as bad as all the rest.

RHINO can simply kiss any future sales goodbye.

Record companies whine and cry about losing sales but cannot understand that the historical actions of bands like the Dead were exactly why they were so popular.

Joined: Aug 20 2007
bring back the file download options or rename the page

Bring back the downloadable options for mp3 files, streaming doesn't work, isn't useful. If we can't do that we should rename the website, Tapers wouldn't approve of this, it's not a Taper's section with restrictions like this. I can stream from, use to be able to download there too.

bittorrent and trading will continue, as will usenet, go to alt.binaries.gdead groups, keep the music free, the Grateful Dead are done with it, it's our's (deadheads) to enjoy,

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

tj crowley and all previous weeks have been converted????? NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! retaliate! strike! move away! buy no more!! wave the freak flag(s) and let all know..that in the land of the nite the ship of the sun is drawn by RHINO....nnnnooooo!!!!!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
You Rhino Guys Don't Get it...

You are not cannibalizing your sales by posting the mp3's. You are keeping folks like me with money in my pocket coming back once a week to:

1) Check out some new music;

2) See if you clowns have gotten a clue as to how to release new material.

So far since you took over the vault, we've seen nothing other than something that was already ready to go (the packaging sucked, btw). The Mp3s added value to me as a customer. Now that they are gone, you will see the hits here take a nosedive. That will mean less sales in the store. You would be wise to learn how music today adds value as well. They got $800 for my disposible income last year. GDP released about 10-12 releases in 2005? You guys, .5.

I can get plenty of free GD music. You guys are doing a horrible job.

Joined: Aug 13 2007
What's the matter with you guys???

Seriously, I don't want to sound whiny and greedy, but pulling away the downloading capacity like that (ESPECIALLY WITHOUT AT LEAST AN EXPLANATION) is just plain cheap, cheesy, cruel, nasty, and sucky. There are plenty of lousy corporations in America these you folks at Rhino really feel like joining the list?

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Thank you GD Family...WTF Rhino?

David and the Grateful Dead family, a most sincere thank you for bringing this wonderful music into my life. It continues to be a blessing.

Rhino, I thought you had figured it out, but I guess not. You see, by making these gems available in a format that is shareable I could turn my friends on and they would buy music from you...which they have in great quantity! Sharing = Sales for you. That is the equation you need to embrace.

Just ask the GD family...they will tell you how it really it's always worked.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

I originally saw this section of the new site as a great way to make amends for the fiasco, but now are you kidding me? Who thought this was a good idea? I am really disappointed. Thanks David. It was fun while it lasted.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
No MP3 = LAME!

Appreciate all the fine tunes, but not being able to download them is just plain lame. What a bummer of a way to start off the week.



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