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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checking this board....and then Hal R's parable appeared. It seems that no matter how much bullsh*t there is, one can always find a golden nugget!!!!
What was it like with MP3s before RHINOgate???
Brilliant MOVe Rhino...!!!
We're counting on you to keep at it. You've been doing a fine job, and boy do I envy what you do for a living! All this sounding off, in case the powers that be don't quite understand, is because we still care.
There seems to be a void in pulling the tarp off the real issue, and my PR counsel to the boardroom is that transparency and honest, rapid response will win the day. It's called crisis communications, and often the good will leads to increased sales as well.
I doubt this has involved substantial copyright or royalty issues, but I might be wrong. Or perhaps it's the dreaded Coons factor.
In the meantime, it sure is fun poking at Rhino, and I guess everybody's going to keep at it until the label wakes up and shows us that someone's sitting behind the wheel. Their shareholders at least would expect that there is a professional in charge of responding to consumer concerns related to corporate reputation. If not, I'm available.
Thanks again for the treats and commentary. If this streaming thing gets too complicated, you can simply send the MP3s directly to me every Monday. I'll take care of getting them to everybody else. Have a great day.
By GOLLY I SPELLLED GRATEFUL WRONG!!!!! SORRY FOLKS......Been a REEEEEEEEAAAAALLLLLLLLYYYYYY LOOOOOOOOONG DAY. Sorry everyone, hope this doesn't end up getting me put in the BOX. Long Live the Hairball!!!!
"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."
That statement is self-serving. If you had meant it to be streaming only, why didn't you format it that way from the beginning? You really expect us to believe that no-one at dead.net knew that people could right-click your MP3 links and download them? Your comments sound like someone covering their ass.
You want to be honest with the visitors to this site, or continue to bullshit them?
Hey Fred, like the post, check this out, a real bridge for sale!
So starting Sept 7 the Dead will have their own channel on Sirus satillite radio. Apparently the new channel will launch with the Hollywood Bowl show from 1974. Also according to what I read in an article today in the NY Post the "Greatful Dead channel will also feature unreleased live performances" Hmmmmm OK so now things are making a little sense here. Now, my question is can I record these live performances or do I need permission. Of course I can, but alas, I won't because I get XM radio which also carries the GD Hour or used to unlesss something changed there. So there is your pay per show concept right there. Unfortunatly I think they would reach a bigger audience if they just charged us for the downloads, and let us subscribe to their own radio ( Tapers section ) But if you think folks aren't gonna record shows off the radio, then there is a certain bridge I'd like to sell for cheap.
On August 29th, 2007 Steve-O said:
Maybe if everyone put this much anger into politics, maybe just maybe we might be able to save this planet!!
Steve-O, trust me, some of us do. (Just not the way you might like.)
Hal R, I'd just like to let you know that that has been my favourite post so far in this morass.