Grateful Dead

August 6 - August 12

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week, we have 15 years of Grateful Dead music for you, spanning a nice period from 1972 to 1987. August often found the band off tour, but performing interesting one-off shows, runs or mini-tours.

Our first stop on our weekly round-up of the Grateful Dead’s recorded history is on August 12, 1972, in Sacramento. This show falls in the middle of a great span of shows, from mid-July to the end of September. From this Sacramento show, we have the second set jam of He’s Gone>The Other One>Black Peter>The Other One>Truckin’. It’s definitely a cool way to end the jam, with the usual jam-starter, Truckin’. Also from 1972, by request, are a couple of second set songs from 4/7/72 in London, Ramble On Rose and Sugar Magnolia.

Moving ahead seven years to Red Rocks in Colorado on 8/12/79, we have a couple of gems. From the first set is this typically monstrous Lazy Lightning>Supplication, and to start the second set features this China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. This was meant to be a three night run at Red Rocks, but with a massive storm moving into the area, they moved the second and third shows to the indoor McNichols Arena in Denver. Certainly not quite the same ambience as Red Rocks, but the band pulled off some exceptional shows at McNichols. The second half of 1979 offers a renewed energy in the band’s playing, with the addition of Brent into the lineup, and the new Go To Heaven material into the repertoire.

Eight years later, also at Red Rocks, the band was at the start of their five night Colorado excursion, which included the famous Telluride shows. From 8/11/87, we have Tons of Steel-High Time from the first set, and the encore of Black Muddy River. And from the next night, we have the first set closing jam of My Brother Esau>Bird Song>The Music Never Stopped. These were drawn from the Beta PCM digital tapes.

Going back five years, to 1982, we have a couple of great bits from that Summer Tour. From Alpine on 8/8/82, the first set ended with Bobby delivering the gospel on this Sunday night in the form of this terrific Samson and Delilah, and to open the second set in Minnesota on 8/6/82, we’re pleased to bring you this excellent Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain.

Be sure to check back in next week, when we don’t know exactly what we’ll be playing aside from a nice collection of material from 1981, but we’re sure it’ll be enjoyable. As always, feel free to write with questions, comments or suggestions. Your input is always appreciated.

David Lemieux


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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
you might want to try

the In Search of People topic in the forums.

Joined: Apr 21 2010
Anyone seen Michael?...

Looking for Michael A. Walsh. Took me to my first show back in the 1980's when we were both in the navy serving onboard the USS. Tuscaloosa stationed in San Diego, CA. He's around 50 years (young) and lived in New York before 1984 and might now. He plays great guitar and can sing any Dead song known to man... Help me find my long lost deadhead friend!

Joined: Jun 17 2007

Anybody have the download files from this week August 6 - August 12? I was on vacation...thanks for the warning Rhino!

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Joined: Jul 4 2007

Thanks for the awesome songs! I'm pretty new to the site, so I'm really excited about this section...

Coconut Phil's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Just gets better.

What a goldmine of great music, many thanks David. Can you find me an early Brokedown palace? Keep jamming America.

Coconut Phil. 8/10/07

NTFDAWY's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
I'm Late

Man, Travelling w/out the Laptop sucks
Just got back in town and am actually suprised David didn't pull out a tribute of sorts to Jerry being the week it is and all.

With that being said and it being 8-9-07 Jerry, Rest In Peace and We Love You


Joined: Aug 9 2007
Diddy suggest for Aug. 13-19 selection


You may wish to consider posting "Friend of the Devil" from Aug. 16, 1981, for next week's offerings. Brent's keyboard work is superb -- and when I witnessed it from the front row of Mac Court, that particular number represented the first time I came to truly appreciate his playing talent.

Thanks for time and consideration, DL, and keep on rockin' us, friend.

Brett Pauly from Bothell, Wash.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
help on the way on how to download

For Windows
1. Highlight desired track with cursor
2. Right click to get menu
3. Select 'Save Link As' (in Firefox) or 'Save Target As' (Explorer)
4. Choose location for download (best make a folder in advance)
5. Go
6. Wait impatiently
7. When done, drag the folder into iTunes and it will create an album called Taper Section and put everything in it
8. Listen and enjoy
9. Send a big thank you to David L!

Or best of all for lazy people like me, if using Firefox, install the DownThemAll Add In, set it to filter MP3s and use it to download all the tracks on Tapers Section Page in one go

For Mac
Haven't a clue, but I'm told it's all intuitive :-)

Bonne chance Davey


Joined: Jul 9 2007


muchas garcias

Waverly P.'s picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
I love this web page

I never had the privledge to see the Band Live, because Jerry Passed, when i was 15, but I have been a big fan ever since I heard the guys in high school, I have seen Phish over 70 times, and widespread panic alot as well, Stringcheese is probaly my favorite concert to see at the present time (i thought), me and my wife took my two children to see Ratdog in charlottesville a few weeks ago and Bob Really put on a great show, Now i understand what a real Jam band concert is like he rocks he sounds just as good as he did in the early shows that are posted on this site, I know i was born 15 years to late, but this site helps keep it comming I love y"all


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