Grateful Dead

December 08 - December 14, 2014

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll check out some Grateful Dead music Chicago (well, and Rosemont, IL) in a three year span from 1978 to 1981.

Our first selection this week is from 11/18/78 in Chicago, where we have a great second set sequence of I Need A Miracle>He's Gone>The Other One, featuring an early version of I Need A Miracle (the 12th live version) and a couple of older, great Grateful Dead songs.

Next is the end of the show from 12/4/79 in Chicago, featuring Space > Not Fade Away > Stella Blue> Sugar Magnolia Encore U.S. Blues. A few years later, Not Fade Away would be (mostly) linked with Throwing Stones and would become a show-closer, but these out-of-space versions really flow beautifully, a perfect song coming out of Space.

Lastly this week, from 12/6/81 in Rosemont, IL, we have the end of the show featuring yet another out-of-Space version of NFA, with the full sequence we have being Space>Not Fade Away>Wharf Rat>Good Lovin', Brokedown Palace. This is from a rare PA stereo recording that was recorded to reel-to-reel and not cassette, and helps explain why it sounds so clear and robust.

Be sure to join us here next week for more great music from the vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

Comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
mbarilla's picture
Offline
Joined: Aug 8 2013
Nice bit of info

The link that you provided. Yesterday, I heard on Sirius 12-9-81. It was just the tail end of what he has featured. End of Estimated > He's Gone. It sounded great !! And the rest of the show will be on today at 7pm. November-December 81 has some really good stuff. Lots of Shakedown Street, Sailor > Saint, encore from New Years 81 is also very cool.

12-5-81 has a very interesting combo CC Rider, Cumberland Blues. And a 2nd set Big Railroad Blues

fourwindsblow's picture
Offline
Joined: Oct 13 2008
12/6/81 NFA

The goods were left out of NFA. Saving it for the official release? ;.

Offline
Joined: Jan 13 2010
I Need a Miracle with an honest to goodness JAM

not that 2.5 minute tripe they put out from 87 > 95

Nice TOO, too.

Offline
Joined: Jun 4 2007
mbarilla

Taken from a primary source: "this November-December, 1981 tour was recorded to reel-to-reel rather than cassette masters, the only tour aside from Fall Tour 1976 for which the PA feed was recorded to reel-to-reel (generally reels 1969-1979 were mixed specifically for the tape, not simply pulling a PA feed)."
Source: http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/july-23-july-29-2012

mbarilla's picture
Offline
Joined: Aug 8 2013
12-6-81 will be sampled with the new Bose headset

Very interesting note about the rare PA Stereo reel to reel recording. Other tapes would be an excellent question for one of those web chats with Dave L.

.5 mi from tucson's picture
Offline
Joined: Feb 17 2012
what's become of the...

drumz? drumz/space is more than a place to flip your tape, dagggnabbbbit! curating drumz/space in this fashion diminishes the creative zeitgeist. lets hope for better in the future.

Offline
Joined: Jan 13 2010
Space>NFA

what a surprise

no complaints, tho

Offline
Joined: Apr 7 2014
12/6/81

Is the entire show from 12/6/81 in the vault? And are there other PA stereo recordings from this era?

Comments

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.