Grateful Dead

August 24 - August 30, 2015

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have Grateful Dead music from 1977, and a double dose of 1980.

Our first stop this week is the end of the first set of the penultimate show of the great Spring Tour of 1977, on 5/26/77 in Baltimore. Tour listings amongst the band's business papers indicate the tour was scheduled to end on 5/22/77 in Pembroke Pines, FL, but sometime on the tour they added three final nights, on 5/25 in Richmond, this show, and the finale on 5/28 in Hartford. From Baltimore, we have Brown Eyed Women; Looks Like Rain ; Jack-A-Roe ; New Minglewood Blues ; Bertha.

Next up from 5/29/80 in Des Moines, we have the start of the second set featuring Feel Like A Stranger ; Ship Of Fools ; Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World.

Lastly this week, from 12/13/80 in Long Beach, CA, we have the entire first set, featuring Feel Like A Stranger> Sugaree > C C Rider ; To Lay Me Down ; New Minglewood Blues ; Ramble On Rose ; Lost Sailor > Saint Of Circumstance > Deal. We used to love labelling our cassette tapes with these final three songs of the set, accentuating the first letter of each song in our labelling.

Please stop by next week for more music from the vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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4/4/85

hey david, have you played the L>S>D 1st set ending from 4/4/85? the entire first set is worth a listen....2nd set too!

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Vuja De

Anyone else experiencing Vuja De? 2 of 3 are same as last week. Not that I care. I'm going to listen to them again and enjoy every second of it! Love you guys!

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12/13/80

Only the second electric To Lay Me Down since it was brought back, at first acoustic, for the Warfield/RCMH shows. I caught the first east coast performance at the Stanley in March 81 (heard it acoustic at a couple of the RCMH shows). It was a great version at the Stanley, marred only by a number of young, baseball cap wearing frat boy looking jock types yelling through the whole song, which could clearly hear in the small Stanley Theatre. Too bad this tape here sounds like the cassette was sitting on a dash board in the sun for too long before archived! I still think one of the great single day song-writing days ever is that day Hunter penned Ripple, Brokedown Palace and To Lay Me Down. I wanna have what he had that day!

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