Grateful Dead

August 6 - August 12, 2012

Tapers Section By David LemieuxWeek of August 6 - August 12, 2012

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover an 11 year span in Grateful Dead history, 1977-1988.

Our first stop is 11/4/77 in Hamilton, NY, at Colgate University, where we have the end of the second set, featuring Iko Iko>Stella Blue>Playing In The Band; Johnny B. Goode.

Next up is the entire first set from 10/5/84 in Charlotte, NC, with a classic setlist from the ere: Bertha > The Promised Land, West L.A. Fadeaway, Little Red Rooster, Dupree's Diamond Blues, My Brother Esau, Brown Eyed Women, Feel Like A Stranger, Might As Well. I've always enjoyed those oddly-placed Feel Like A Strangers, out of their usual first-song slot. This recording is from the PCM master and might have a couple of minor digital dropouts.

Lastly this week is the start of the second set from 9/5/88, the third of a four night run at the Capital Center in Landover, MD. From that show we have China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Playing In The Band>Uncle John's Band>Playing In The Band.

Thanks for stopping by, and we look forward to seeing you next week.

David Lemieux


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Good Morning :)

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I recall this set being played for Today in Grateful Dead
History and it just sounds great! Beefy and full of Phil.
Sure would like to hear this after Jeffery Norman could
get ahold of it.

The Stranger went down as it did largley becuase Bob
could not remember the words and the audience lovingly
jumped all over him. Garcia's response was more jamming
and yes, kinging Bobby's pawn with a rousing Might as Well.

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Joined: Feb 25 2012
Not many Strangers

Were out of sequence. I suspect in this case Bobby put up a set-ender and Jerry trumped him with Might As Well. I always liked Stranger at the end of the first set. They could turn up the ending a notch or two when they wanted to.

You could always tell a show had a lot of energy when Jerry trumped. Especially, it seems, those shows where Bob would do Let It Grow and Jerry would come back with Deal (Nightfall of Diamonds, for one). Of course, it's impossible to know which endings were spontaneous and which planned. It was interesting to recently hear that they planned the endings and worked back from there in a lot of cases.


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