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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sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
selected gem's

tj crowley

seems there's alot of heavy Phil...are you adjusting the level's? sometime's Phil is a little to loud drowning out the rest....if you have that advantage..bring up bobby...oh! don't forget that gem...10 31 70 (s u n y stoney brook) viola lee>cumberland thnaks for your work (?)
six srings...more or Lesh fried-days 6pm - midnite (e.s.t.)

Joined: Jun 30 2007
nothin to do but smile smile

nothin to do but smile smile smile!!!!!!!!

BarefootMechanic's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Re: Poster

The quality on the tapers section is x a million that of archives.

davey concepcion for hall of fame's picture
Joined: Aug 7 2007
Help on the way?

Hola -

I'm technically challenged. I'd like to download some of these to my iPod. DOes anyone know how to download these MP3s?

Thanks -


PS - Great job DL2! You da man ;^ )

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Hey Now

Hey David-thanks for this for sure.

What do you say to Revolutionary Hamstrung from 4/86 Portland and any rarities like the rehearsals I believe in 1985, So Far shoots etc.-Home On The Range, etc.

Also I would suggest 4/25/83 Philly-many crazy killer moments and the best Brent era Goin Down The Road hands down.

All the best

Scott from Boulder

PikesPeak's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Dire Wolf Please

Dont murder me


bigbeahner's picture
Joined: Aug 6 2007
thanx for the deadication =)

Im truly loving all the great stuff from the early 80's n 79'. My more favorable years, early 70's is wonderful too, but hey ive got alot of great sounding stuff from that era already...

The Birdsong from 11-30-80 was a nice treat, maybe you can find the time to share the deal and scarlet>fire from that show as well. Im sure their would be little disapointment around here =)

release the JGB reels!!!

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Joined: Jun 8 2007

I took my almost 3-year-old daughter to the 5th annual Jerry Day at Excelsior park in SF yesterday. The weather is as it always is during the summer: foggy and misty. But the music was smokin' hot. The highlight was Workingman's Ed. Check them out sometime.

As for the request of Help>Slip>Frank, Ed opened their set with it, and it was on fire!

You missed the opportunity to put up the great trio from Winterland on 6-9-77, so how about the classic 8-13-75 opener? That would be a pleasure to hear for many. Thanks.

Zaorish's picture
Joined: Jun 21 2007

Really sweet picks as usual..I love the stuff from yearrs like 82 and 74, I don't hear those years that often.

Only comment is that a Help-Slip-Franklin's would be nice to see on this board.

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Joined: Aug 6 2007
Live concerts

Can you please tell me the main difference between live concerts on Internet archive,and the taper's section.They both have great stuff.Is it that Internet Archive has full shows?


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