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: Jun 4 2007
no sounds

after 10 min no sounds in the plugin
this is the end.

Joined: Aug 9 2007
New Format=Ughh...

Yep this streaming sucks.... Can't do it at work... Mp3s were very very nice..I know it's not you David..

However I want Davids Picks vol 1!!!! WTF Rhino I'm ready to pay for good music..

Sorry just cranky without new Dead on a rainy Monday....

Joined: Jun 5 2007

Why the change$$$$$$.Many of us look forward to Mondays with GREAT ANTICIPATION! Millions of hours music are out there.If it ain't broke why fix it.Whats next TRUCKIN as the background music to a Ford commercial.

Greg Macfarlane's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Reinstatement of the 192kmp3 downloadable links would be good...

...Otherwise the music I've enjoyed every Monday will be no more :-(

Streaming is contrary to work policy and I am not inclined to sit at the PC at home.

Thanks for the shows to date, nice selection. I'll miss them but will no doubt visit to read David's review.......and hopefully to find a reconsideration to format.

Cheers, Greg

Joined: Jun 5 2007
not working at all for me

window pops up but nothing plays :(

Joined: Jul 19 2007
Thank you, of course, for a real good time

gespacho is absolutely right. I feel like a kid at his mother's teet - I know that I need to be grateful for what I have been given and blessed with. Yet, this is a loss and another disappointment to the Grateful Dead Community. If this falls to the right ears, with humility and respect, PLEASE know that we are purchasers of GD products, not moochers. We are supporters of all of the DVD releases, dead family cd's (between Dick's Picks, studio releases, Phil Lesh and Friends CD's, JGB, Kingfish, Robert Hunter, Rat Dog official releases I have purchased over 70 discs - not to mention the albums and cassettes) and having these downloads available is not keeping us from supporting the bands. If there is anyway to keep the OLD WAY rolling, I swear that my continued support is guaranteed. If we are unable to maintain this giving-tree in a responsible manner that will allow the Dead to continue to flourish, you have my understanding. But if at all possible, let us know if there is anything that we can do to keep this taper section rolling as it had. It means a lot to me, how much we'll never know....never know.
Bless you all!!

iGrateful's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Why ?

Why did you have to do this?

... Jerry would definately NOT be happy with this move.........

Joined: Aug 20 2007
Streaming only ?

Well sorta sucks ...

Oh well as gespacho said, it was good while it lasted, doubt I'll be back though unless the format changes back OR even better, have both formats ...

Joined: Jun 7 2007


This was something to look forward to, now it is a has been. We all cherished these weekly treats and now they have become nothing more than a picture in the window that we can see let alone taker home.

This is meant to the powers that be and not specifically you!

Please let them hear our pleas to bring back this tasty little treat.

lethedoom's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
lethedoom--I tried to use

lethedoom--I tried to use the wma format choice and it won't play im my FX browser or in IE 7.The Quicktime format works--is this my problem or DeadNet's?

I join the line of supplicants requesting you to reinstate the 192kmp3 downloadable links--they provided delicacies with a quality rarely matched by any other source.


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