Grateful Dead

August 20 - August 26, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover nine years of Grateful Dead music featuring tunes from 1976, 1982 and 1985.

Our first stop is in Detroit on 10/3/76, where we have the end of the first set featuring El Paso, Scarlet Begonias, The Music Never Stopped. This has long been a favorite version of Scarlet Begonias, with a very tight jam.

Next up is music from Lakeland, FL, on the excellent Fall Tour of 1982. From 9/11/82 we have the end of the second set, with a classic and great sequence of The Wheel>Not Fade Away>Morning Dew>Sugar Magnolia, Don't Ease Me In. Lakeland, FL

Lastly this week is another batch of post-Space music, this time from 11/7/85 in Rochester, NY, the final Grateful Dead run at the Rochester War Memorial. They'd go on two play two more shows in Rochester in 1987 and 1988 at Silver Stadium, and after that western New York shows were limited to Rich Stadium in Buffalo. From this first show of the Rochester '85 run we have Gimme Some Lovin'>Stella Blue>Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away, Midnight Hour.

Be sure to join us next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Mar 2 2010

Should've went to whole bunch of them. Didn't! Am kicking myself for not doing so. Well, did see them at cow expo in Sacto in june of 84. Great shows! both of them. sounded like europe 72, they really did!

Joined: Mar 2 2010
Band that matters...

...well ok, however the Pusy Riot Band of Russia gots my vote now! They're in a Russian jail for protesting Putin. 2 Years jail time. So they are now THE BAND THE MATTERS!

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Far out

October 1976. What a great time to follow the Grateful Dead, fresh off a touring break and hot to trot. Scarlet Begonias rocks! Thanks David. I'm all for release of more tunes from this time period.

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
Still tripping on how well Donna Sings

I wonder what that would have been like. I've seen her recently, and always knew she was pure soul. She blew my mind at Gathering of the Vibes.

Wow, haven't heard this show in a'wh(eeping willow)ile. I know multitudes of people got sick of it, as sometimes I did just listening, but she's Smoothy Miss Smootherson here, with some real belting melodies on this first track.

A penny for my thoughts, is what grams always sayed.

I still want to know, will Donna Jean ever show up besides Jerry's Bday (which was awesome listenin' by the way) again with some members?

Inquiring minds want to know.

Love is real. It'll never fade away.

As always thanks Mr. Lemiuex for the sweet tunes.

On to the '82, let me guess...tempo is up there on this one>

Joined: Sep 11 2007

Hooray for that 10/3 bit, still hoping for a '76 mutha release, with as much amazing Blues For Allah, Reflections, and Mars Hotel material you can fit. Paradise and some astounding Slipknot waits.... Thanks!

Joined: Nov 8 2007
Rochester '85 -- Fantastic show

I was at that Rochester show -- awesome show. Small, small, small joint -- minor league (ancient) hockey arena -- general admission, no seats on the floor.

Touch of Greay to open 2nd set and when the chorus switched to "We will survive . . ." that great GD '85 patriot banner is envailed, rolling down to the roar of the crowd; toward the end of Samson, the drummers pull one of those magical "screw-ups" and keep going to the audible laughter of Billy & Mickey; "Let it Grow" pre-drums isone of those subtle curve-balls that was just fantastic; drums -- Billy & Mickey have the (maybe) 7,000 heads clapping to this not-so-simple rhythm and as the audience percusions begins to fade, Billy says into one of the drum microphones, "C'mon, you can play louder than that" which getst he audience back on rhythm w/ the devils of rhythm -- a really magical show. Midnight Hour encore has a '50's flare to it and Jerry is right on w/ the background vocals. As was the case in many a mid-80's show, but especially at this show, the audience is all over the "Not fade away" chant.

This is one show I'll never forget. Came on the heels of another great show -- Richmond 11/1/85. Trouble ahead; Jerry in Red!

Joined: Feb 4 2008

Well Dave,
think it is really time for a Dave´s Picks from the 80s ...
for example from "the excellent Fall Tour of 1982".
Before or after one from 1968.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

In one word...

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Joined: Jul 20 2012
"The Grateful Dead are truly the only band that matters"........

once in a while you can get shown the light stoltzfus, in the strangest of places if you look at it right. I's love dat '76 GD too.............lots 'an lots

Joined: Jan 13 2010
The Grateful Dead are truly the only band that matters.

Wow. Scarlet Begonias! I love a good Scarlet > Fire as much as anyone (11/1/79...3/10/81...), but when Scarlet is played as Scarlet...YEAH!!! It reaches new heights.


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