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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Barak's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
All good things come to an end.

I'm just happy that I downloaded all the previous taper's sections. Still a lot of good stuff to enjoy in there.

And now we shall move on.

JackStrawfromOttawa's picture
Joined: Jun 23 2007

Hey Dave, j.Webb here from Elginstreet Ottawa, hope all is well. What happened today, I'm gonna miss Mondays.

mcthwait's picture
Joined: Jul 2 2007

Used to be able to play the tapers section and now I can't...
makes me wonder why you changed... it had been part of starting the work week on
happy feet but not today

Joined: Aug 20 2007
New Format

Thank you for the immense amount of music that we all have enjoyed along with details and stories that we have looked forward to every week. I have personally directed friends to this site and helped to share this music with sympathetic souls. Although I am very grateful for the last year of music I am joining together to ask if there can be an arrangement to continue to export the music. I buy every release that is made available, I listen at home, in the car, and at work. The only sacrifice I cannot make is to listen on computer speakers. It is sacrilegious.
Thanks again.

Olompali's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007

Advise taken
Message delivered to "Feedback."

click link below and formally request and/or protest, freaky friends

Joined: Jun 20 2007
Tell me why I don't like Mondays (anymore)

This blows.
Right when you (Rhino) make this change, I also can no longer stream at work.
What's a brother supposed to do?

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

tj crowley

"WE" have to pay for it now? that's a drag...i work in a field (addiction's) where the pay in not so much financial and now have to pay for music that was initially determined to be free...where was it written 'after it's played, it's theirs'? really sad about i guess a decision to change the posted previously i had difficulty grasping the inital way to this?!

Joined: Jun 16 2007
Please tell me this is a

Please tell me this is a joke. Please reconsider on the side of music and what the Dead stand for!

Joined: Jun 27 2007
help me

round and round

I'm jonezin here =...(

simonrob's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Streaming only???

I fail to see the logic behind this bizarre decision, especially after 38 weeks of bliss. I really looked forward to Mondays, now it's like the old days again, just: "Monday - back to work" Bad move imho Dave. Loved it while it lasted, though, and I am very grateful for those 38 weeks. It is (was) rare to have one's anticipation so richly rewarded. You may rest assured that your labour of love was appreciated.


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