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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BarefootMechanic's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Oh, just Wow

This section is my favorite place on the whole web, I swear! What lineup this week! It's like my birthday! (Actually, my birthday is NEXT week- so how bout more Brent then? as in "Just a little light"...? please...?)
Thank you so much for such great music, every damn week. Only the Grateful Dead could have such grate people. The music never stops!!!

paulmalonj's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007


Waiting for a good Help>Slip>Frank. I think we've only had 1 so far.

Thanks for the great work!!

richthephotog's picture
Joined: Jun 20 2007
More late 80's Early 90's stuff!

As always, great stuff! I swear between this and all the Dick's Picks, etc...I've almost filled up an 80 gig ipod with nothing but GD, JGB, Dead and RatDog!
Everyone has their favorite eras - mine was when I first started seeing them - 1985. My favorite era has gotta be the 87-90 runs, though {Berkeley, Ventura, Frost, Laguna Seca, Long Beach, Eugene, Calaveras...} Let's see some more of that!
Again, though - it's nice to come to work on Monday morning and start my week with something new!
"Once In A While You Can Get Shown The Light In The Strangest Of Places If You Look At It Right"

Joined: Jun 4 2007

simply beautiful, thank you.

Joined: Jun 15 2007
RFK Stadium through the years and VINCE!

Looking forward to the perspective of the vibe of tune selections for RFK through the runs that were done there over the years. babba o'reily/TNK there was a real barn burner. I recall how stunned the crowd was after they unleashed that one and Phil pounding out "same as it ever was, same as it ever was".
Hoping to see some features of Vince as well. We miss him to immeasurable depths. Does anyone know if the dead soundchecked or studio played Vince's song "White punks on dope"?
Thanks for the beautiful work.
Between this and SIRIUS 17, the music never stops.

Never gonna leave this Brokedown Palace.....

Bozo Bus's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

the Telluride cuts sound nice. Thanks for all the effort you put in.

izzie's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
telluride 87!

thanks David!!

Joined: Jun 13 2007
1981 next week

Hi David. Uhhhhh, 1981 next week, I can't wait until October, but I will be forever waiting for a good recording of the Copenhagen 1981 second set. That was a killer one.

Keep up the good mondays, you're great, thanks guys.

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
worth getting up for

Oh yeah ...... 4/7/72 coming along nicely (if you include Stepping Out.....) hope you're doing what I think you're doing!!

thanks as ever

johnnyg's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Nice Telluride cuts

excellent stuff for this week.
Got a little behind, need to catch up.

“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”


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