Grateful Dead

August 27 - September 2, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

I undertook the Taper's Section last November with a pretty simple vision: to have fun providing folks a regular opportunity to hear vault material that kept their interest in Grateful Dead music fresh.

Recently, I and others that work on became aware that certain fans had been regularly downloading the tracks offered in the Taper Section. From the very beginning, this program has always been intended to be a "for streaming only" service. Downloading was never announced, described or promoted in any manner. The situation that developed over the past months is very different than my original plan.

Where we’re at today requires us to step back, gather some information, do some thinking and get back to you. In the meantime, we ask that you all realize that's and GDP's commitment to the Dead Head community is unchanged. We’re very excited to be hard at work with Rhino on a number of very cool releases and programs that you’ll be hearing about soon. Please bear with us until then.

See you next week,

This week, we’re going to explore some cool moments from the Family Dog in 1969, as well as some great material from 1980 and a taste of 1972.

Although most shows in the Bay Area in the late 1960s were BGP-produced concerts, there was a very hip alternative promoter, namely Chet Helms and his Family Dog at the Great Highway. At the end of the summer of ’69 (no Bryan Adams jokes, please), the Grateful Dead played a few shows at Chet’s cool venue, and from those shows we have some interesting material. From 8/29/69, we have a nice Easy Wind, Me and My Uncle>High Time, as well as the show-closing Lovelight, and from the next night, 8/30/69, we have a very good Morning Dew from early in the show. Be sure to check back next week for another rare track from the Family Dog in 1969.

One thing we always get excited about is a great tour with consistently great performances, with highlights too numerous to list. The mid-August to early-September 1980 tour is one such stretch of shows, and we have a few examples of great material from this tour this week. Unfortunately, two of the best shows from the tour are not in the vault (9/6 at Lewiston and 9/2/80 at Rochester), but what does live in the vault is exceptional. From 8/27/80 at Pine Knob in Michigan, the second set opening trio of China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>C.C. Rider (or China>Rider>Rider, if you will) is as high energy as they come. From three nights later in Philadelphia we have the ending sequence of the show on 8/30/80, featuring Space>Not Fade Away>Black Peter>Sugar Magnolia, One More Saturday Night. A classic 1980 sequence if there ever was one. Unfortunately, the first set of this show is not in the vault. Finally from this tour, we have the show opener on 8/31/80 at the Capital Center in Landover, MD, with a rocking duo of Alabama Getaway>Promised Land. As the flipside to the Philly show above, the second set from this Cap Center show is not in the vault.

Lastly this week, we have a couple of tracks from the first night of the Europe 72 tour, the first two songs played on the tour, in fact. Both of these songs from 4/7/72 in London have a little extra something, as the band was clearly happy to be playing in Europe, a feeling that would evidently continue through the final show on 5/26/72 in London. Oh, yes, the songs: Greatest Story Ever Told and Sugaree. Enjoy.

Be sure to check back in next week when we’ll have some music from 1969, 1972, 1973 and 1985. It’s going to be a busy week. Feel free to write anytime with questions or comments.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 18 2007

controls this site and all of GDP's intellectual property, so I really can't imagine they wouldn't have known. I hope DL isn't in trouble. He's the only person I think really understands Deadhead's point of view. What I really hope is that praising DL won't lead to his dismissal. I mean, Deadheads universally love him (pretty much). Given Rhino's track record, if the fans want it, it must be bad for business, right?

Joined: Aug 24 2007
Veneta where? Sunshine what? A release of a 35 year old GD film?

Has anybody else noticed on this (ahem) auspicious 35th anniversary of a most important show in GD history, we hear not a peep out of DL? (DownLoad, David Lemieux..coincidence???) is also missing the show. Hmmmm. Is that good news? A portent of things to come, or am I just being overly optimistic?

I figured I'd bring up something germane to this week in GD history, rather than the standard piss and vinegar that's been sloshing about, lo, these 21 (60something including last week's) pages.

Come on folks lets start rumor mongering about something positive!

Joined: Aug 24 2007
Little Ben is right..

Discretion is, indeed, the better part of valor.

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
The Great Lemieuxski


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Joined: May 26 2007
Lily Allen fans...

Go here!

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Having thought about this a bit more...

...I have a horrible feeling that we all should have just kept our thoughts to ourselves. I believe this whole section was his way of sneaking out downloadable tidbits to keep us interested and keen. He's a fan - he knows what we want.

Now that the cat is out of the bag, he has been forced to deny any knowledge of this and instigate a change of format. Even so, he's still trying to get the stuff out there.

I can't help but feel it would have been better if we'd all just taken the hint (as some have suggested) rather than say that he must be faking it or that he and his people are naive because they should have known we could download the MP3s.

It's probably academic now, but I'm guessing that the quieter we were about this, the less chance there was of David being "found out" by the powers that be.

Hmmmmmmmm. I guess I'm just adding to it with this post.

Joined: Jun 18 2007
Lily Allen

Me likey.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
"aud. tapes are better" bumper stickers will be issued!

hey folks, there ain't nothing stopping you from networking with each other to trade shows. there's a plethora of sites out there to download music from.....

Joined: Aug 28 2007
This is comparable to Jerry

This is comparable to Jerry coming up to us after the show and wanting it was never about that...David, you have done a remarkable job of providing material unavailable to many. I can only hope that the goal of the current "powers that be" realize and appreciate the goal of the longtime fans - to enjoy it whereve we may be.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
another fan

Greg MacFarlane...don't think your little logo has gone unnoticed ;-)


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