Grateful Dead

August 23 - August 29, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to our weekly installment of Grateful Dead music drawn from the vault's master tapes. You might not always like what we play here, but you certainly can't complain about the cost...

Our first selection this week is music from 5/1/81 at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia, site of many fine Grateful Dead shows, most famous of which were the magnificent Warlocks show in October, 1989. From the 1981 stop at the Coliseum, we have the first set closing trio of Tennessee Jed>Let It Grow>Deal, drawn from the cassette master.

From about a year later, on 5/23/82 at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, we have two parts of the show, made up of Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Moutain, Satisfaction>Brokedown Palace. The first combination is the second set opener, and the second combination is the encore, a somewhat rare-in-1982 double encore.

Lastly this week, from a decade after the Greek selection above, we have the end of the show from 5/24/92 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, featuring The Last Time>Morning Dew, Johnny B. Goode, the last track being the encore. We don't play too much 1992 Dead here, so when we find some good stuff from that year, it's always fun to play it for you. This show was suggested to me for a listen by a good friend of Dick Latvala's. The Dead in 1992 were more hit-and-miss than they'd been in a long time, but there certainly were some decent shows.

Join us here next week for more Grateful Dead music. We don't know what we'll play, but it'll be something good from the vault we expect. As always, feel free to write the address below with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section, or anything else Dead-related.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jan 13 2010
OCD says, FOR, not or.


Joined: Jan 13 2010
a plug or a book i happened upon

it's called "Growing Up Dead" by Peter Conners. He details his experiences as a tourhead from 87 on. much of it is extremely close to my experience with the GD, although i was never a tourhead.

i checked it out from the library. Worth reading.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
anyone buying the vinyl release?

Road Trips at ~ $25 I can do. vinyl albums for $135? sorry, too many sheckels. Anthem I would get solo, i guess. my old vinyl is much better mixed than the CD i bought back in 87.

noble idea, the vinyl. but it's not something that has me salivating like all the RT releases. for $135, i could get 5 RTs. FIVE!

Please keep RT on the front burner for releases. i'll buy 'em immediately.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
sure i kvetch from time to time, but...

I DO appreciate the material posted weekly. Makes for happy mondays and subsequent weeks.

I also appreciate that there are no 88 first sets this week (wink wink, nudge nudge).

GREEK 82!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! three great shows.

my big fat Greek soundboards.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Another good '92

What happened with Vince's keyboard sound? This tour he had a sweet, old time barroom piano sound and a credible organ sound. Then it all went back to cheesville by the spring tour of '93. Go figure...poor guy.

Joined: Jun 10 2007
gaga but no jt??!!

please please please--
don't give lady gaga the green light but give justin timberlake hell! he's got more to bring to the game than she does and he's helluva lot better looking! at least he wore the shirt! didn't anyone see-- much less hear-- him on the haitian flood relief concert belting out leonard cohen? the kid's got chops and talent.

so, come on- just because a dude was in a boy band and has a doll in his likeness doesn't mean he's all manufactured--

in the words of the cosmicbadger: there, i said it.

btw- still diggin this week's taper's--

Joined: Aug 31 2009
english major peeved! my own entry! -that was meant to be 'your...critiques..'

the modern day english major does not care about all other grammar no-no's though...

Joined: Aug 31 2009
thanks Gprof!

that did make me smile... and you're reasonable critiques of GD are ok by me, even if i fall a bit more into the 'all GD is good' camp.

i just tend to liken the group to a couple dudes barreling down the median with many 'accessories'... just doin what they can to be present; where circumstances prevail and sometimes there's a good break. my standards for listening to the GD are like the standards of loving one's family. i just do, even on their bad days/months/years. but when i apply the same standards as i would for other music, i agree with most statements you've made in the past which others have held contention towards.

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Joined: May 26 2007

now THAT's cosmic deliverance!

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great story!

~ g * d * t * r * f * b ~


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