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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Joined: Aug 20 2007
Please Bring Back the MP3s

I have regstered just now so I could post my protest over the removal of the downloadble mp3s. These treats have beena pleasure to listen to on my ipod while exercising, in the car, or relaxing at home. These releases will be useless to me if I can only listen while online. All of us have been saddened by the fact that live releases from the archive for purchase have come to an almost standstill - that goes for the pure jerry stuff as well. Please don't bury these treasures - I'll die before I get to listen to some of these sweet hidden jems from the archive! And to do this during August when we reflect on Jerrys life is just horrible. Jerry we need you now more then ever!!

Yours truly - a sad deadhead - please give us something!!

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A knife in the back and more of the same

A month or so ago I posted on this site urging Rhino to take some action against bootleg Grateful Dead Videos being sold by Amazon in Europe in the guise of new material. In fact these DVDs are hacked together compilations from existing releases. I blew the whistle on this because I was pissed off that someone was trying to callously rip off Deadheads desperate for new material. I also felt positive about this site because they did get their act together over the online store and because of the gift of tapers section. Guess what folks ...I even got a special message that the Rhino legal department was grateful for the information and was investigating. What a good boy!!

And now this is the payback for all that good faith ...should have seen it coming really..what a naive idiot .....

Sorry everyone!

Lost one round but the price wasn't anything
A knife in the back and more of the same

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BRING BACK MP3s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have regstered just now so I could post my protest over the removal of the downloadble mp3s. These treats have been a pleasure to listen to on my ipod while exercising, in the car, or relaxing at home. These releases will be useless to me if I can only listen while online. All of us have been saddened by the fact that live releases from the archive for purchase or not have come to an almost standstill - that goes for the pure jerry stuff as well. Please don't bury these treasures - I'll die before I get to listen to some of these sweet hidden jems from the archive! And to do this during August when we reflect on Jerrys life is just horrible. Jerry we need you now more then ever!!

Yours truly - a sad deadhead - please give us something!!

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all a friend can say is ain't it a shame

thought i'd join the line of upset folks. if this new non-downloadable policy isn't reversed, it looks as though the ride is over for me. i've bought every damn gd release offered (sometimes re-bought), and now i feel screwed and depressed.

won't be buying anything gd anymore. and NOTHING from any rhino artist ... at all ... anymore. slammed the door in our faces. hope a new one will open.

i know this isn't your fault, david, but perhaps you should start sending out resumes. you still enjoying working for this organization?

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Sad

I was talking to my wife this weekend about the Taper's section and my excitement each week for the great 'downloadable' music. She was extremely surprised that it was offered free and I told her it was probably the result of kindness and a desire to give something back to us. How ironic. D

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What he said

I've been sitting here trying to put my thoughts into words without just screaming and tearing my hair out. I think fenario80 said it pretty well.
Despite corporate efforts to kill it, the Dead vibe will live on. I refuse to believe that profiteering and extortion have any rightful place in the Grateful Dead legacy.

I guess I'll go underground.

Peace,
Richard

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PS Amen, Dr. Funky!

Well said, sir, well said.

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New format

Ursus
Dear Mr. Lemieux. First I want to thank you for all the music, you have presented so far. It has been delightful and enriching to hear all these different tracks. I have especially enjoyed listening to the only dead-show I ever saw live - in Århus, Denmank on the 16. of april 1972. The new format, you have chosen, doesn't work for me however. I don't normally have the time to listen to it on the computer, but as MP3-files - e.g. in the bus on my way to work. And even if I did want to listen to it on the computer, I can't make the new format work - I just don't get to hear a thing. I don't know what your problems were with the Mp3-files, so who am I to judge, but I'm going to miss them.
Yours
Poul Berg

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downloadable files, please...

1. Quicktime player doesn't work on my Mac
2. Even if it did I can't listen at work (whereas I used to be able to listen to the downloaded file on my iPod)
3. No explanation for the change
4. Are Deadheads that evil - you think we'll download the files and sell CD's of them?

When times are good, you know it's bound to change.

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new format

Yep, I agree, the new format stinks. I can't listen at work, either.

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