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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oscar713's picture
Joined: Jun 11 2007

greed is all this point s towards, now the taper's sections is going the weay of the almighty dollar, now you are gonna make up greatest hits selction and sell them right?
streaming sounds we are all up the creek with out a paddle and free music, and by the way it was intended that way the last time i checked! free

Joined: Jun 16 2007
Cant get new format 2 work

Help cant get new songs 2 stream.

Joined: Jun 19 2007
David, Thank you for your

David, Thank you for your efforts! I am sure this was another stupid move by Rhino. You gave us something when Rhino gave us crap (12/31/76 & 2/19/71)! Give us the two-tracks Rhino! Release the Winterland Box Set!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

tj crowley

i wasn't sure what iminpa meant by his posting but now i do.....i'm lost..i took me a while to figure out how to download initially the previous way..NOW!? i'm lost...but hey! glad your ok dave....

Joined: Jun 16 2007
" new " format ?

Please bring back the MP3 format , it was faster in every practical sense , Time is Gold !

Thanx for ALL the music anyway .

DeadFreaks united !

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Joined: May 26 2007

Let me just suggest, mod-ishly speaking, that whereas it is fine to post here and far be it from me to discourage you from doing so, please note the fine Feedback button at the bottom of your screen. And use it. Thank you.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
oil change

Oil change my ass it was more like a lube job.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Stone drag


Thanks Lemmy for all you could do for as long as you did

Joined: Aug 20 2007
Please consider going back to downloadable mp3's

Many of us cannot stream audio at work or simply don't want to listen to music on a computer. The downloadable mp3 was a great option that provided enormous flexibility to users. I can't believe that there is any substantial business reasons that require stream-only listening.

Please consider going back to the downloadable mp3 option.

Joined: Jun 15 2007
Deeply Disappointed

I have to add my voice to the long line of those who were deeply dissappointed todaya to find that the downloadable mp3's have been taken away.

After the debacle, I vowed to cease doing business with 'the dead' in terms of buying things like Dicks Picks or Vault Releases etc. When this feature popped up on the new site I was just plain thrilled and immediately purchased a couple of remasters and started making plans for future purchases. Indeed, I was just a week away from a planned purchase of more official release material. I don't think I will be making those purchases now.

Truely a sad change. I won't even bother to listen to these streams, The entire advantage of the downloadable mp3's was that I could take them, remix them together, and burn them to CD's and listen to them on the road, or while camping etc.

Rhino, you really yanked our chains, and for me, I think this WILL be the last time.


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