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 4 2007
By the way....

New messages posted to this forum should be placed above older ones. Otherwise, the messages we see on page one are those from the people who get up earliest. Yikes!

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Joined: Jun 8 2007

Thank you for doing what you could before the man caught on... I will treasure the tapers section mp3's that I did download, but the streaming just doesn't fit in with my life/schedule. But no biggie! There's plenty of good things that don't fit in with my schedule!
I'm sorry that I was such a bad person and downloaded those mp3's and put them on my ipod and enjoyed them... Luckily I'm a recovering Catholic, so guilt is something that I can relate to... I plan on punishing myself later for my downloading atrocities.
Is it wrong to listen to the taper's section mp3's while I punish myself for the downloading of said files?
Meanwhile, I'm afraid the taper's section is closed for me.
I would echo the sentiments of a couple of other poster though: I will happilly pay $5 a month for the right to download these little gems, even in lossy format!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Seems a common way to go.....

I know, I know. It's all about the dollar. No free lunch.

I must say, however, that the reason The Dead as an institution is/was so successful, was the unrivaled access to the music and the band. While other bands were whining about people enjoying their music for free, The Dead promoted it. Consequently, more people were exposed, more fans when to more concerts, and everyone bought everything offically and unofficially released.

Complimentary MP3s is actually a brilliant idea. It keeps us all connected and re-energizes people to play more Dead music. Then, when something like Live at the Cow Palace gets released, we all buy it. Economics is a fishey business to begin with, but The Dead proved long ago that a free taste will generate a butt-load of money.

I encourage the powers that be in the Taper's Section to GET BACK ON THE BUS. Us Deadheads ain't dead enough yet to recognize a good idea becoming a bad one!


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Joined: Jun 30 2007
Hot China Rider Rider !

One click streaming working on my 'pute.

Joined: Jun 25 2007
Gotta smile...

Oh, boy!
I love a good soap opera! ;-)

Now, I can't even access the player window! This just get's worse and worse!
I'll let the web boffins figure it out. I'll be back tonight, when hopefully, it will have all been solved.

I'm just shaking my head at the incompetance!

Joined: Jun 11 2007
Free sample, buy the rest!

Duh!!!! If I sample some "free/tasty" food in the grocery isle, and I like it, I probably will buy the package.

Joined: Jun 8 2007
Thanks Dave

Sucks to work for a big corporation. Spin is e-v-i-l. At least they could have written up something plausible. Speculation on this board last week was more believable than this explanation. I'll be trying the stream now....hope it works.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
streams not working?

Seriously -- are these streams working at all? For anybody? I can't get them to work no matter what I do.

Joined: Jun 2 2007
shaking head here

it's painfully obvious to me that David didn't write that statement, and I feel bad for him to have to be the public face of this mess.

when i go to the bakery, and they give me a sample of something to try, it doesn't make me not want to buy something too. same thing applies here. anyone who believes that these mp3's were going to cut into their revenues doesn't understand this business - but especially this market segment - the Deadhead community - at all. i won't bother repeating what has already been said about mp3's, we all know their degraded quality is not what we're all interested in. pity TPTB at Rhino obviously don't get it. after all these years, it's mind boggling to me.

never a good idea in any business to bite the hand that feeds you. never a good idea in any business to try to make up for it later with an explanation that is so lame nobody buys it.

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Joined: Jun 14 2007
No more downloads for freeloaders

Seems to me that y'all could afford to throw us a few bones now and then just to keep some goodwill going on. Who do you think buys the music and all the GD shirts and hats in your store? I've been a DeadHead since 1967 and I make at least a couple of purchases a year for myself and I tell my friends and relatives to go to your site when they want to buy me a Birthday or Christmas present every year. So what is it that you think you are losing by shutting down the downloads of the Tapers selections? Could be you are losing my future business and I'll bet I'm not the only one who feels this way. Oh well, have a Grateful Day anyway.


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