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

tj crowley

you have a right to your beliefs and opinions but i think to think that 'the boys' are(have been) in it for 'the gold' is really far fetched. i don't see it necessar to support my point but think ablout it for a little bit. i can understand your anger (based on dis-appoinment, entitlement, pride/ego) and if you review additional post's for this week and last you'll see that your not alone. it is obvious that musician's play for enjoyment but it comes to a point where those that also enjoy and want to hear more, the musician(s) ask for financial support to permit such a pleasure ('...used to play for silver, now we play for life...'). going to 1000 shows was a choice you made but to expect something more than the good time(s), memories, higher-consciousness (hopefully you achieved some of that along the way) is an irrational mind set.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
6-24-70 Request

Hi David~

First off, nice work! Either downloading or streaming, this stuff is classic.

I am wondering if you have crisper version of the NFA> Easy Wind from 6-24-70. This is a great sequence (and a one-timer if I'm not mistaken). The only recording I can find is and AUD and, while good, this sequence would sound much better w/o the audience.

The rest of the show is fantastic, too!


Joined: Jun 20 2007
thats crap

once again you guys have done it......i really dont understand why a few songs a week cant be downloaded.... i mean come on....i have been to well over 1000 dead shows dont you think i have paid enough money guys are all about making money

Joined: Jul 9 2007
Better rethink that one, Ed ...

I don't think it would be a good idea to post that MP3 hairball clip. We all know that MP3's aren't allowed on this site. Fluffy might sue you for copyright infringement ...

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Joined: Jun 13 2007

Nuggets……? Rafts ? Whirlpools…? What’s got into you Hal man? Some of us are trying to deal with some serious shit on this forum and these fairy stories just aren’t helping. Now as I was saying, I think the real reason behind all this is that …………………… ……………………….

I love these moments when I am the only user me an irrational sense of power!!

Hal R's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Hey Ed

Could you hook up a MIDI to that hairball ?

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself

Joined: Jun 25 2007
Still looking...

for that hairball mp3. When I find it, I'll post it!

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Ed, ABSOULUTLY PHUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! BEST POST EVER AND I'M NOMINATING YOU FOR AN AWARD. CHEERS!!! I asked Gans last week if he taped his poor cat horking up a hairball and that it should be this weeks GD hour. You did me one better!

Joined: Jun 25 2007

There ya go!

I tried to find an mp3 of a cat horking up a hairball to embed in the picture, but no luck.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Bridgeof sighs

Nice one itsburnsy, a little old and sounds like a mess to deal with, but hey....ya can't beat the price. Maybe we can use it to make a bridge between Rhino and us freedownloaders. OOOOOOHHHHHH!!!!! Sorry had to get that one in there. Now who has a hairball to sell? And still waiting for a Capernicus reference. Someone, please make my day!!!


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