August 27 - September 2, 2007
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 dead.net 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 dead.net'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.
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The cat's are done with it... you can have it! (The .wav file, that is. The hairball too, if you like)
Tomorrow's set list:
Cat meowing > Cat puking> Cat purring.
i have to admit and make an amends...i too had downloaded week after week available (or so "WE" thought) music and NOW i need to say..i did click the hairball....since coming into recovery and a stricter application of the 4 noble truths and 8 foldpath i need to say..i'm sorry...my desitnation is harmony but occassionally get traped into ego driven states of mind and pleasure seeking behavior(s)...I'M SORRY
as I watch eagles fly and deer prance gracefully past my window at work, I am thrilled that I am able to enjoy the great mix of music that we are privelaged to enjoy for free. Please do not muck it up. Enjoy it for what it is, a treat for us all. Let's keep it available for all of us. Thanks David for the great music.
Dude, I'm laughing so hard right now!!! How the Hell did it come to this? We now have a great download for all .......of cat Horking. So Ed is it ok to trade this or are the cats holding onto the rights. I'm hoping that once they're done with it they will let us enjoy the music. So now we can date this 8/30/07 Set 1: Cat Vomit . I hope the boys decide to change up the set list for tommorrows download. Maybe Cat Vomit > Cat Scratching!!!!
I think we're onto something BIG now. Get them tore up on some good catnip and tape that... ala the acid trips shows. Maybe a trip to Egypt where they can hork up one in front of the Sphinx!!!! Think of it, T-shirts, programs,sold out arenas,a new parking lot scene. Just remember Ed, don't let it go to their heads.....it should always be about the music man.
Streaming GD music through computer speakers is an insult to the music. I want to hear it REAL LOUD over the best quality system I can find.
The Dead explored the boundries between music and noise in their shows. Now the boundry is explored in a different way. Just how crappy a sound system can we tollerate?
dave what is going on? can you say? lot's of chatter w/o much added helpful direction....tom
Well as I suspected, the GD hour is no longer on XM satillite. If I'm wrong please except my apologies, but I haven't heard it on the sat/radio for a few weeks. Thought maybe they changed the time or day and I was just missing it so I went to the XM site today and there is no mention of the show, so I'm assuming it's gone.
HEY GUYS!!!!!!!!! How about a show of good faith! Realease a show with all proceeds going to Katrina relief. Those folks down there are STILL going thru hell. So if Rhino were to do something like that, then maybe we can put all this bad blood behind us, help some folks out, get new music out and get back to THIS THING OF OURS . VIVA the HAIRBALL!!!
now it (kinda) makes cents. with the additional frequency to air the 'dead' via satellite, shutting down a free access would hinder the demand for purchase of that style radio.for me tho, i'm still in favour of free radio (listenning to mostly college stations/npr/bbc ) and find it difficult to put $$$ into something i wouldn't utilize often. i mean, how much time are "WE" in the car? my personal time is to/fro employment = 1 1/2 hour x5 days, shopping (other than the stop coming home for milk bread - when it snow up here 'we' could be stuck in homebound for 1 - 3 days) 45 minutes( monthly). attendance to 12 step meeting 2 hours (weekly)...that's where the cd's comes in as i choose to liten to WHAT i want to hear (even w/ the dead). so it goes...what i've noticed (as a reaction to decision made to now tream) is a gathering of friends (newly made as a result of this) and increased trading. the karma is good