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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Joined: Jul 9 2007
amen, lookatitright

"If you think about it, this whole brouhaha is quite extraordinary for a band that hasn't played together as itself in 12 years and has 45% deceased membership."

It really IS extraordinary, isn't it? The Beatles were a recording entity for just 7 or 8 years. The GD has been GONE longer than that (physically, anyway.)

Joined: Aug 25 2007
Player doesn't work on Linux

Hey now,

This is my letter to the feedback link. Posted here to share.


Dear Grateful Dead,

While you and now Rhino have the right to do what you want with the vault, I'd like to point out a few things. (Trying not to be redundant).

1. The streams aren't implemented well. I am running a well configured Ubuntu linux system. Neither stream option will play on my system.

2. The streams aren't convienent. I can't listen at work. I can't listen on the bus. If I'm at home, I've got a gazillion Dick's Picks, vault releases, and my collection of fan recorded shows.

3. You've removed the main reason for me to visit the site weekly. Think of all those featured merchandise ads I'm missing.

A band that has broad love from a narrow fanbase, can't afford to alienate the fans. Hopefully you will remember this.

Peace, Love, and Family

Lay it down dirty, play it back clean.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

I hate the smell of patchouli also, everything else I am guilty of. Am I a Deadhead? People have called me that most of my life, I guess I'm kindof used to it now!! Please, everyone get real and just enjoy the music and the way it makes you feel when you listen to it. The rest will take care of itself.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
New Audio Format

I actually signed in to leave a comment about how the new system sucks but then I read a couple comments and I see the subject has already been covered.
Like some others I felt the afterlife dead was moving forward with this version of o well.
Long ago I paraphrased Bill Graham's famous statement:
The Grateful Dead are the worst at what they do. Irresponsible. Lazy. Dull witted. Unfortunately they are the only ones in modern history who actually tried to DO what they are doing.
At the end of this strange history we can see it was really all about Jerry and his power to make it seem like it was about everybody else as well. He had me fooled.
Phil, Mickey and Bobby are now a part of what everybody else also does and they are among the best. Brilliant, dedicated, inspired: Unfortunately the whole field has very little meaning or value to the higher mind.
It's worse than that. Excellence within the field of normal entertainment bears the greatest responsibility for the dumbing down of the world population and the political repression that has turned once great america into a police state. The Phils and George Lucases and Johnny Depps and Paris Hiltons of the world are the enabling force that allows the central bank to enslave the well entertained masses.
It's a ancient Roman Empire trick, Caesar invented the NFL.
Because the Grateful Dead did at one time exist those of us who experienced the power of the Magic Moment merging performer audience and music into a single greater entity hold to a higher standard. So the new streaming format sucks in that context.
probably not worth mentioning. Fuck the pope. Fuck the roman empire. Regicide is now the only answer.
And Jerry, if you read this crap in heaven, thanks for trying. Sorry I wasn't more help.

Joined: Jun 8 2007

If you think about it, this whole brouhaha is quite extraordinary for a band that hasn't played together as itself in 12 years and has 45% deceased membership.

Joined: Jul 9 2007
Oh my. Perhaps I don't belong here!

On page 46 (46!) of this set of posts, sixstringsmoreorLesh stated:

"my thniking is that most of the posters here are NOT dead head...oh! they enjoy the music and stuff but have not climbed on board the bus ... it takes more than just a downloader or attndee to gigs..the deadhead thing goes deeper entering one's's spiritua's approach to the denizon's of this planet....listenning and enjoying the sounds of 'the boys' does not qualify for being a dead head. it's not limited to a few but rather the qualifier is special w/ an application of brotherly love and tolerance of other's and their defect of character and short coming's. things's part of the yin/yang..failure to accept create's inner tormoil and dis-harmony"

Hmmm. Trying to understand this. To be a deadhead or not to be, that is my question.

Let's see. I'll make a list (tongue planted firmly in cheek) of non-deadhead like characteristics for myself:

1. I hate the smell of patchouli. (not good, so far)

2. I attended just one GD show. (major negative points)

3. I didn't miss work/school/other obligations to attend said show. (ouch!)

4. I don't have a ponytail - i'm male, btw - , nor do i have facial hair. (nuts)

5. I do not ingest/smoke/inject any illicit substances. tried "the pot" once, but apparently i'm allergic. (crushing)

6. I can't stand tie-dyes. (shoot me now)

7. I've never traded a tape in my life. (it's all over)

8. I can spell and feel I have a relatively good grasp of English grammar. (see above quote)

9. "it's not limited to a few but rather the qualifier is special w/ an application of brotherly love and tolerance of other's and their defect of character and short coming's." i'm agnostic. this piece of the quote seems somewhat less-than-vaguely like Christianity to me. (the horror)

10. I don't attempt to define the term "deadhead" and make it sound like some sort of exclusive club. Membership is open to anyone who wants one, in my humble opinion. Who cares about terminology? I thought it was about music! (stick a fork in me; i'm done)

Please don't take away my certificate of membership in the Deadhead club for this post that was granted to me by the Grand Poo-bah of Deadheads himself (to speak his name would bring a fate worse than death.)

Joined: Jun 25 2007
merrily merrily merrily

life is but a stream.....this week could be the best yet....stellar UJB...midnite hour...absolutely incredible....sound quality and performance...OUTSTANDING .....!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
dave's/vault choice(s)

tj crowley

i too was dismayed by the choice of product to release (vault III) and have already put it away for MAYBE future reference..there's so much (this is obvious) to choose from that has not been OFFICIALLY released to send this out as a 'to pay for ' product but this is just MY opinion..for those angered by the decision to nix the avaiability to download (as i am as well) there's alot that had been allowed..hope you saved to your site to re-shuffle selections..after weeding out songs that i'd rather not hear again (and again..and again...and again) there's still enough to keep this traveler busy while on the hi-ways to/from employment (50 minute ride). go back to your already downloaded selections and mix differently ie..china/ryder create a altered state of consciousness. the 'ggod book' states to remain childlike..this dosen't mean impulsively but rather to view the world from a aweness place..each day brings something cannot step into the same river twice..this will improve your attitude

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

tj crowley

i'll admit that despite my catholic (i'm a recovering irish catholic) my master of the language is poor...but to add to this delima, my laziness to check is even poorer....rather than re-read, i'll just hastily post and then say to self 'wow! that was pretty poorly written' but alas to no avail posted anyway....figured most of us are injured from the massive substances taken and damage to the neuro-transmitter's would be realized....

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Let me try again

Let's see if this one gets removed if I alter the tone. I am dismayed at the sudden change with no explanation as it recalls many past events that were distressing as well (lack of musical product since Rhino took over as DPs, vault releases or official downloads which were going very well and like clock work with Lemieux & Norman at the helm, not to mention the archive fiasco and Bobby's tone, or the '73 Box Set snafu). I am a patient man though, and my love of the music of The Grateful Dead keeps me hanging in and checking in from time to time. I loved the Taper's Section because it was the only regularly updated place that showed the lights were still on and there may be some hope for the actual selling of products again in the future. I'd like to thank David Lemieux for that, and thank him as I have many other times for all he and Jeffrey have done in carrying the torch and always trying to choose the best music.

What I don't understand is that if I surf to Rhino's site at there are lots of other bands being marketed regularly with new releases, great looking and expanded re-issues, box sets and DVDs. Why are they not capable of more here with a whole site dedicated to The Grateful Dead and access to the vault? It makes me sad and frustrated. In addition, what the heck is happening with the Garcia estate? So much more music and possibility and nothing happening at all.

I don't need a big explanation, just some sign that there is intent to market the music that has and continues to be a major part of and inspiration for my life.

Over and Out.


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