Grateful Dead

August 4 - August 10, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we have a whole bunch of great music from the Grateful Dead's recorded history from 1971 to 1989, with a couple of stops in between.

Our first selection is the excellent Lovelight from 8/4/71, from a show located at the jail at which Bear was then residing, Terminal Island Correctional Facility. Bear was away from July, 1970 to July, 1972, and in his absence, Rex Jackson made some mighty fine tapes, as heard here. Little was known of this concert until the tape surfaced in 2006. We're sure glad it did, as it's always great to find another great Pigpen Lovelight that we didn't know much about before. The next two nights, 8/5&6/71 in Hollywood, would continue more great Grateful Dead music, not to mention the excellent 8/7/71 in San Diego.

Our next stop is to Alpine Valley in 1982, the first of two nights at Alpine, on 8/7/82. This show was made into Dick's Picks 32, and from that classic night of 1982 Grateful Dead, we have two first set songs, C.C. Rider and Let It Grow. This is such a powerful Let It Grow, one of my favourites from the era.

From a few nights later on 8/10/82 in Iowa City, Iowa, we have the pre-Drums sequence of Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Eyes of the World. This was a rather rare Eyes for this era that was not attached to Estimated Prophet, and it works nicely here. This show featured less-than-stellar acoustics by all accounts, but the shows is really great overall.

Lastly this week, from 1989, we have the exceptional sequence of pre-Drums music from 8/4/89, the first show of an excellent three night run of shows at Cal Expo in Sacramento, featuring Truckin'>Wang Dang Doodle>Crazy Fingers>Cumberland Blues>Eyes of the World. A very unique sequence indeed. This recording was drawn from the VHS PCM, tapes that have proven to be much more robust than their Beta PCM counterparts.

Thanks for stopping in. We really appreciate your visits to the Tapers Section. Be sure to check back in next week for more great music from the Grateful Dead's recorded history.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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VHS Tapes?

Any chance of seeing video of that Sacramento show? I was there and would love to see it again.

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Lost>St>Eyes

This was one of my favorite tapes for the longest time. Nice to see this jam pop up here. Thank you for this sweet nugget!

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its my birthday! and cal expo is my birthday show!

thanks for posting the boys tearing up Cal Expo on my 17th Birthday! I am 36 today and looking back makes my head spin and my mouth grin. Happy Jerry Week!!
Does God look down on the boys in the barroom
Mainly forsaken but surely not judged?
Jacks, kings, and aces, their faces in wine
Do Lord deliver our kind

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its my birthday! and cal expo is my birthday show!

thanks for posting the boys tearing up Cal Expo on my 17th Birthday....i am 36 today and looking back it has truly been a long, strange...well you all know. Happy Jerry Week all!

Does God look down on the boys in the barroom
Mainly forsaken but surely not judged?
Jacks, kings, and aces, their faces in wine
Do Lord deliver our kind

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Bear

As always great selections to start my work week off right!! Thanks David. Of all the lovelights posted on this site, this may be the best yet & that's saying something. By the way, anyone have any updates on Bear's health? The last that I heard he was diagnosed w/ throat cancer & was being treated but that was a few years back. I know he's still w/ us, but I am interested in hearing any new info. Bear, you're in my thoughts & prayers. A true genius in his time.

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Sweet :)

Thanks David for a grate week of music!!

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lovelight!

Nice lovelight David! It was great yesterday also when you played it on 'today in Grateful Dead History' on Sirius!

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