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 20 2007

bring back the MP3s Please!!!!

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Joined: Aug 20 2007
Please bring back the MP3s

I don't have an internet connection at home and I can't stream at work. Please bring back the Mp3 files. Otherwise, I cannot listen to these anymore. I would be very grateful if you returned to posting Mp3s.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
It figures...

The old bait and switch. It was great to gome here every week and get new tunes, and now the bigwigs have shut it off. Another Archive-gate, isn't it?



Joined: Jun 15 2007
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Joined: Jun 5 2007

It was too good to be true ... very worse descision ... but even the Dead ???

Joined: Jun 5 2007
If you gave us something new to buy ...

... I would not be so upset about no more Taper's Section downloads.

I come to the Dead website for new music that I can take home and enjoy as I wish. But now, since I have every Dick's Picks that I want (every one from 1968 to 1981), and I have every Download that I want (every one from 1968 to 1980), and I own nearly every studio album, most every live album, plus Garcia CDs and Ace, Digga, etc. etc. there is no reason for me to come back.

Clearly, as you can see from my purchasing history, the free Taper's Section downloads were not stopping me from spending money with you guys. On the contrary, those downloads opened my eyes to the great music played during the Dead's later years. Those downloads also brought me to this website every single Monday morning, nosing around for music.

So here's some basic marketing advice. In order to make money you need to:
1. Entice people to your website. How? Free downloads every Monday!
2. Give people something new to buy. Not beltbuckles or babybibs but your core product -- music! So restart the Dick's Picks series, restart the Downloads, improve the Vault Releases and watch us spend, spend, spend! And, because the Dead have always been about spreading the music, toss us a bone and restart the Taper's Section downloads.

You'll be glad you did.

Scott Shindell

Joined: Aug 20 2007

Hi David,

Drew from Toronto checking in. Is there a good (real) explanation as to why this unfortunate news has come about. My Players won't play, and its Monday, and its raining and....

I'm sure you get the just of it.

Oh yeah, I forgot to say thanks for all the hardwork you've put in.


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Joined: Jul 16 2007
New Format?

What does this mean? I was hoping that more of 4-7-72 would be delivered as promised, but I can't convert this "China>Rider" to wav format in order to burn CD's? Is this yet another ripple from the debacle? Say it ain't so, Dave!?

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Joined: Jun 23 2007

Hey Dave, Webb here from Ottawa, I was really enjoying these Monday's . Say it ain't over!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
This is the problem...

Your company creates the problem by making it hard on fans by doing little things like this. I come here every Monday and dl the tunes and it makes my day. My computer won't even load the tunes now. I don't feel I am owed anything, but what is up with this corporate nonsense. You think people are burning all of the mp3's and making profit? Most everything in the vault is already out there anyways and Aud recordings--before you learn how to fuck those people--are still abundant. One of the previous comments said we will soon see 'Truckin' on a Ford commercial. I am sure it will get even worse than that. I don't see anything getting better in this organization anytime soon.


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