Grateful Dead

August 5 - August 11, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music from 1969, 1984 and 1988.

Our first selection this week is from 7/5/69 in Chicago, featuring Morning Dew, Dark Star. Unfortunately, there are no reel master tapes from most of the shows in the summer of 1969, but there are thankfully cassettes. They don't sound quite as robust as the reels, but they do sound pretty good.

From Alpine Valley on 7/6/84, the first of two nights at Alpine, we have the end of the show featuring Space>Dear Mr. Fantasy>The Other One>Black Peter>Why Don't We Do It In The Road >Sugar Magnolia, Touch Of Grey. It's a very unique, and high-energy sequence, with a couple of cover tunes that were new to the repertoire, Dear Mr. Fantasy and Do It In The Road. You'll notice a cool little tease of Around and Around as they head into Sugar Magnolia, too.

Lastly this week, from 6/25/88 at Buckeye Lake in Ohio, we have the end of the second set, Space > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Throwing Stones > Not Fade Away. This is a very common sequence from 1988, and usually played really well, as it was here.

Be sure to come back here next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Apr 10 2008
must be getting early...

... Wow! Just found this Section and now completely understand the 1984 Heads. What a show! Here's to a Dave's Pick's, or misc. box set to highlight this GD sound.

Thanks to all who contribute on these pages!

I will get by...

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Awesome stuff from 1969

a long, long way from 3/25/66.

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The Days Between clips have been
awesome! I am looking forward to
Another Monday Taper's Section;
it's all so appreciated, to be sure.
Thanks, one of the greatest places
on earth and beyond is right here!
I could laud you all day, xo!

This Dark Star so unique like the
other songs of the Grateful Dead
each song has it's own set
of fingerprints...oh yeah! This
is real groovy.

You are loved, xo!

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re. Why Don't We Do It In The Road

Never a fan of the original or the cover. Always wondered how the next song on The White Album, I Will, would have sounded if they decided to bust it out. A much better song IMO.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

The Days Between
hath been here and
so many other roads,
each so viable and

Pristine, pristine...

Ahhh, amore, xo.

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searchlight casting

thank you

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Thanks for the links wilfredjones!

The show was good. The venue was a clusterf**k. The parking lot scene was the biggest I'd ever seen. We arrived early to park and were put right in the middle of one of the main vending spots, buried about 8 cars deep. We were basically forced to pull an all nighter, but it was fun and jam packed.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

The show was great, the venue was awful.

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buckeye '88
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wow, was that a tease or a complete halt!? it sounded like something may have gone awry.

happy for you, spacebrother


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