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: Aug 31 2007


What a loss and complete bunch of BS when you can go to archive or many other places to seed shows.

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Joined: Jul 2 2007

Your tie-in between Ed's hairball and the "Great Lily Allen" is absolutely brilliant! Oh Ed, PLEASE PLEASE put your hairball in the Lily Allen thread too! Then we can continue developing her setlist of caterwauling great hits. Perhaps Rhino should sign HER, then she'd get over 500 posts about how it sucks, and thus some publicity.

Joined: Aug 30 2007
some thoughts

it's all a grey area, and it's important to keep that in mind,

Truth is, the recordings are so valued to us fans. And we feel the need to collect, simply for preservation, as well as enjoyment. Thank god album releases such as shakedown and terrapin are not the only record of the band in the late 70's because frankly, there might be a lot less fans if so! The shows were an outlet for the band to create the music that best described them, and there is clearly an apitite for it, even in 2007.
Found in the Liner notes of DP4, (correct me if I am wrong) Dick Latvala writes, in february of 1970, the band would record and listen to the shows after playing them, providing feedback, and playing an integral part of the growth of the changing sound of the time. Who is to say, allowing access to the music now, couldn't contribute to a new successful artist that could touch us all?

there is enough negitivity out there, lets not due it to our selves.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
super hot hairball

I, too, must profess my guilt. I downloaded the hairball when I should've been streaming it. I just wanna be able to listen to the hairball on my iPod or my home stereo system! Maybe I can find someone with AUD tapes for trade...

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Joined: Jun 15 2007
wow rhino, wow

i dont believe they took off the downloads, and blamed it on them being oblivious to it
i mean yeah they probably blaze since this is and all, but they knew....and it wasnt a big deal

im all for a (stupid) weekly subscription service though as others have mentioned

what a JOke the musics off,.,,,ive got a good cpu so im fine with streaming for now, though building a collection is always a good time

watchin' out for all the heads that enjoyed the dls


I can tell your future
Look what's in your hand
But I can't stop for nothing
I'm just playing in the band

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

First off thanks for all your hard work David.

I, for one, would never download here or anywhere, but I thank you for your dilegance in this matter. Let's keep this site safe! Amazing, when you think of it, the forsight these musicians had. Instead of being tied up in courts like many bands, their music is as available as ever. I can't imagine anyone could ever make money off these sessions, but if they are trying; they, nor their buyers, just don't get it do they? Anyway, thanks so much for providing some selections even in the middle of all this...

Patiently yours, seco

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Who plays lead ?

So Ed, which cat plays that killer solo on that cut? Intoduce the band. Looking forward to tommorows show, looks like a great set! They sound like they may have been influenced by the great Lily Allen. Laughing is good for all. Viva the Hairball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Aug 30 2007
This is a great addition to Dead Net


Thanks very much for the efforts and putting this timeless stuff up here for us all to enjoy.

Many blessings,


Joined: Jun 7 2007

I would suggest that if Rhino were ever to consider appeasing this restless crowd here, then then why not do so in a way that would be no skin whatsoever off Rhino's teeth. The simplest solution I can think of would be to only post downloads from the scrap heap of the vault, ones that will never, ever find themselves on any future releases. For example, only post show fragments that are the only surviving fragments from a particular show (with the rest of the tape destroyed, for example), or fragments that have reel switches in them, or ones that are only hissy cassette masters, or beta recordings that have major glitches in them ... ah! you get the picture: only post as downloads the defective stuff.

Greg SC

Joined: Aug 29 2007
Greatest Story > Sugaree 4/7/72

Ugh - Sugaree seems to be missing from the stream. Is it me?

Thanks for all your efforts David - when you fold away all of the politics and business, the music is what we all share !!


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