Grateful Dead

August 24 - August 30, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section as we make our way toward the end of August, 2009, with plenty of great music coming along for the ride, with selections this week from 1969, 1972 and 1980.

Our first stop this week is at the Family Dog at the Great Highway in San Francisco on 8/29/69, featuring one of the odder groupings of songs from 1969, consisting of New Orleans>Searchin'>Good Lovin', Dire Wolf, King Bee, Lovelight. The first two songs in the jam were quite rare, and ending with a Pigpen twofer like this not common either, so plenty of neat stuff to enjoy here.

Next up, from 8/25/72 at Berkeley Community Theatre, we have music from both the first set and second set. From the former we have Jack Straw, FOTD, Promised Land, Bird Song, Playing, Bertha and from the latter we have Truckin'>Jam>Bass>Other One>Jam. This was the last show before the big Veneta, Oregon event on 8/27/72, and this show was a pretty darn good warm-up, as was the whole week at BCT.

Lastly this week, from Pine Knob Music Theatre just outside of Detroit on 8/27/80, we have the end of the first set, featuring Althea, Looks Like Rain, Big RR Blues, Feel Like A Stranger.

Be sure to stop back in next week when we roll (into the semis…) into September with some music from 1969, 1977 and more of the excellent 1980 music you heard in our last selection this week. Feel free to write with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section to the email address below

David Lemieux


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Joined: Mar 27 2009
New Orleans> Searchin'

This is great rare, old stuff! I dont think I've ever heard that...thanks David! If you ever need any help at the vault....let me know, I'm local. Thanks again, man!

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Why the New Orleans didn't make Rare cuts & Oddities I'll never know. Thanks for putting it up this week David! Never heard it before, but it's classic! Lovin this week's tapers section!!

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Joined: Jun 27 2007
I miss Pig Pen! Amazing

I miss Pig Pen! Amazing stuff in '69.

Joined: Nov 23 2007
bass solo

I was at the 8/25/72 show. Thought I remembered a bass solo, but that doesn't seem like a Phil thing to do, so I wasn't sure. They did Black Peter at that show, too.

Joined: Jun 27 2007
Miracle of the day

Wow, it's working for me. I haven't had my Taper's in weeks, i'm gonna cry tears of joy. sweet.
TY, I missed my goldenuggets from here 1972 yeah, 69 too all riiiiiiight

round and round

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Joined: Sep 16 2008
wow- Althea and that clip is tasty, Thx ;- )


Lyrics By: Robert Hunter
Music By: Jerry Garcia

I told Althea I was feeling lost, lacking in some direction.
Althea told me upon scrutiny that my back might need protection.
I told Althea that treachery was tearing me limb from limb.
Althea told me better cool down boy, settle back, easy Jim.

You may be Saturday's child, all alone, moving with a tinge of grace.
You may be a clown in the burying ground, or just another pretty face.
You may meet the fate on Ophelia, sleeping and penchence to dream.
Honest to the point of recklessness, self-centered in the extreme.

Ain't nobody messing with you, but you, your friends are getting most concerned.
Loose with the truth, baby, it's your fire, but baby don't get burned.
When the smoke has cleared, she said, that's what she said to me.
Gonna want a bed to lay your head and a little sympathy.

There are things you can replace, and others you cannot.
The time has come to weigh those things.
This space is getting hot, you know this space is getting hot.

I told Althea I'm a roving son, and I was born to be a bachelor.
Althea told me, okay, that's fine, so now I'm trying to catch her.
Can't talk to you without talking to me, we're guilty of the same old thing.
Been talking alot about less and less and forgetting the love we bring.

DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Just enjoying your great selections .. ( =

Great pìcks this week DL .

1980 is s great year . They recorded Go to heaven that year . And i thini , although the material wasnt road tested too much : They recorded a sweet album . Which ive always liked quite a bit .

Recently i saw some footage from Dead ahead a RCMH . That video is the goods .

I wonder ive theres any more stuff in the video vault from 1980 . Or any other hot early 80s performance .

The great thing about this band is the enromous wealth of content in virtually every year they played ( from the beginning up to 1995 } .

Thanks for the tasty selections ; just enjoyig the pine knob 80 stuff way a lot


Joined: Dec 13 2007
Awesome line-up

I've never heard Jerry doin good lovin either. really awesome.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

New Orleans - that's a hoot and a half! I dunno if I've heard that before. If so it's been a minute. Thanks once again!

Joined: Nov 15 2007
Jerry/Good Lovin'

How about Jerry on the vocals for Good Lovin'? Nice.


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