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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darkstar's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
And Now, A Few Words About The Music

The end of Uncle John's Band leads into segments used on Riverside Rhapsody for Infrared Roses. Cool!

Thanks for the music this week David.

brewster boy's picture
Joined: Jul 23 2007
Everybody just take it easy.

It's sad to see the way things are progressing here on this site. I have read every post and have come to the conclusion that 90% of the people here are upset for all the wrong reasons, I mean it's been 5 days and people are freaking about every possible chaotic situation imaginable. You'd think this was Armageddon and a meteor was about to KILL us all.
To be honest, I think everyone should just chill out and give this some time before the walls come tumbling down.
Patience and thought make for clear decisions and calm review of any situation. No one REALLY knows what transpired and until it has been clarified, take a deep breath and relax. You may very well be surprised at the outcome of all this hullabaloo. This kind of speculation in the real world starts wars, collapse governments and generally sucks in the long run. Be grateful for what we already have and thankful to those who had the foresight to (TAPE Etc.) take us on this journey in the first place.
I enjoyed the Mp3's while they were available and miss them but it's not going to ruin my days.
I have made purchases from the store and was satisfied with the products.
Andy-Dead since '76

Sequoia420's picture
Joined: Jun 18 2007
R U Kind?

Good Deadheads vs. Bad Deadheads. Celeb Heads vs. Wannabes. Who is going to say the next stupid thing and how many wise comments will follow? The new hippy crack... Oh, by the way, crack is not a good thing.

"How does this song go?"

darkstar's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Ungrateful Deadheads

Wow. What a bunch of ungrateful crybabies.

I wonder if Rhino knew who their customer base was going to be when the leased the vault? Making a change without an explanation was definitely not a good move, but apparently they have a good reason. Here are some possibilities:

1) Their agreement with Bobby, Phil, Mickey, Billy and the Garcia Estate might prohibit Rhino from allowing free downloads.

2) There might be a concern with distributing songs that Ice Nine does not hold the copyright. Phish will no longer sell downloads from their vault where the publisher will not allow their songs to be sold over the internet. Hence, if you want the complete show, you have to buy the CDs (which I prefer anyway). Check out for more info.

3) The sales of NYE 1976 and Three From the Vault might suck. If we aren't giving back why should we get free music. How many people bitching and moaning about no more downloads have bought at least one of these releases? If you have, particularly if you have bought everything, then this change in policy does not apply to you and you should instead be pissed off at all those here taking and not giving back.

The Grateful Dead made a big mistake that most of us have benefited from; they did not have a policy of keeping their vault airtight. Subsequent bands like Phish, Widespread Panic, String Cheese Incident and moe. leaked enough soundboards early on in their careers to spark interest, but for the most part, their vaults are sealed as are the Allman Brothers Band's. This is a two way street. The Dead allowed taping and even trading of soundboards. We're supposed to buy their official releases. Rhino and Grateful Dead Productions do/did not exist to provide you with free music. They exist to provide you with high quality products; soundboards of Grateful Dead shows of the best possible quality and on the best storage medium possible. The music on your CDs is a lot more secure than those on hard drives, iPods, CDRs, DATs and cassettes. My fear is that with so many soundboards in circulation and so many ungrateful deadheads expressing their selfish opinions or not buying CDs that demand is too low to allow Rhino to release more shows.

Here's a couple of Jerry comments. When he said, "When we're done with the music, our fans can have it", he may have only been referring to audience tapes. Their are Jerry Band soundboards out their from the 70's, but even Jerry and Steve Parish kept the Jerry vault relatively sealed after the 70's. This tells me a lot of what Jerry might have thought about this issue today.

Secondly, when people say that if Jerry were alive today, this would not be a problem, they forget that Jerry was really tired of all the parasites in the parking lot in the 90's. What do you think he would have thought about this issue?

deadeasy's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Looking for scapegoats

I'm not at all happy about the way the decision to stop the MP3s and change to streaming was implemented, but I think that a lot of the responses have been counter-productive.

There's no point in blaming David Gans or David Lemieux (well, I've got no reason to as I've not seen any evidence that they've done anything wrong). Moreover, to David Gans' credit he has at least joined the discussion. But you ain't going to win friends and influence people by calling them names or making potentially libellous allegations.

It would be nice if those who actually were responsible for the decision gave us a reason, and it might be a good idea if some of the ranters took some time out to grow up a little, and it would also be beneficial if Rhino rolled out some CDs a little more regularly. And, if they wanted to save costs (and make them cheaper too), they could use slimline triple cases and dispense with costly inserts (how many people read the liner notes, anyway? If they want to provide info, put a link to a website).

Oh, and it would help some of us if Rhino could get their postal prices right for packages to Europe.


Joined: Jun 4 2007
Sad to see "deadheads" behave this way

"This whole things smacks of the same attitudes that led to the gate-crashing at Deer Creek.. and it makes me feel sick, the same way it did in '95.

So may self-rightous (sic), selfish, whinning babies... gimme, gimme, gimme... mine, mine, mine... free, free, free."

Totally agree. Very sad to see the state that this has declined to. It's become a platform to idiots to pump their own agenda.

Olompali's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
OthrOne is Wise

..and Pogo Lives!

Joined: Jun 18 2007
"If I was incharge, I'd cut it off"

I don't think the shareholders of Rhino's parent company would like that too much. I doubt they would be happy with the current stewardship of the vault if they knew just how incompetently it is being handled. There is so much value to be realized, yet the folks who are running things clearly have no idea who they're customers are.

Speaking of Rhino and the powers that be - their silence over this is deafening. Here we have 40+ pages of comments over their latest boneheaded move and not a peep from them explaining what the hell is going on. I guess this shouldn't be surprising given the obvious contempt they have for GD fans everywhere. Well, apparently the feeling is becoming increasingly mutual.

richard's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
I'm so embarrassed....

My apologies to Walt Kelly for attributing his genius to someone else. (Although I swear I have a picture in my head of Sir Rodney standing before the little short king and reporting the "enemy" remark. Damn, this getting old sucks.)
David, thanks for setting the record straight.
Journalism 101 - If your going to quote someone, make sure you get it right. DOH! (That sound you just heard is me slapping myself in the forehead. I do that a lot these days.)

One final remark - Looking back through the last five days of this thread it is easy for me to understand how civil wars get started and progress to the point where nobody can even remember what they are fighting about.
I really am ashamed of myself.
I'm sorry.

I'll slink off in the corner be quiet now.

OthrOne's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Deer Creek '95

This whole things smacks of the same attitudes that led to the gate-crashing at Deer Creek.. and it makes me feel sick, the same way it did in '95.

So may self-rightous, selfish, whinning babies... gimme, gimme, gimme... mine, mine, mine... free, free, free...

If I was incharge, I'd cut it off.. ya'll should be glad I'm not.
You people need to re-read the "Water of Life" stories and put your petty little egos aside.
Some great examples of being Grateful shown here lately.

(appearently not) All The Children Learning From Books They Were Burning


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