Grateful Dead

December 1 - December 7, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome to the start of our December run of great Grateful Dead music here at the Tapers’ Section. This week we have a couple of huge jams from 1971, plus some tasty material from 1973 and 1979.

Our first stop this week is at the Felt Forum in New York City, which is now known as the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, located on the ground floor of MSG, with the ice surface and basketball court a few stories above. From 12/4/71, we have the very unique jam featuring Me and My Uncle>The Other One>Jam>Mexicali Blues>Wharf Rat. What makes this jam so intriguing is that by late 1971, it was quite common to hear The Other One split by a cowboy song (the most common example of which was The Other One>Me and My Uncle>The Other One), whereas this version of the jam features two cowboy tunes sandwiching an Other One. Neato.

Next up, from the next night at the same venue, on 12/5/71, we have another stellar jam, this one featuring Dark Star Jam>Me and My Uncle>Dark Star Jam>Sitting On Top Of The World. By this time, Keith had already fully integrated himself into the band and was an essential part of the sound that would continue through the next few years. Add to this the return of Pigpen to the touring band, and you have a remarkably dynamic band.

From the middle night of the magical three night run at the Boston Music Hall on the Fall Tour of 1973, we have a quintet of tunes, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Big River, Brokedown Palace, Weather Report Suite from 12/1/73. WRS would be played at all three of these concerts, and all were exceptional.

Finally this week we jump forward to 1979, to 12/3/79 in Chicago. This very unique post-Drums sequence that ends the concert features Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Wharf Rat>Truckin’, with the latter tune being a very rare way to end a show in 1979.

Be sure to check back next week for some exceptional music from 1969 through 1979. It’s always great to see you here at the Tapers’ Section.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Dec 1 2008
Good Monday afternoon!!

It's good to find a Grateful Dead web site....the jams are grrrreat! I listened to the GD hour earlier and now I'm checking out the tappers section....everything is really great love it...thanks for helping to make my day brighter

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Joined: Jun 9 2007
Warming up WI

Some hot tunes to warm up this cold WI day. Thanks David.

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Joined: Oct 20 2008

Thanks Dave! You made me feel that much better about my day once again, and I'm sure I'll listen more than once as usual. I keep playing these nugs for some of the boys and girls out here in Illinois who haven't exactly seen the light. It's working....for some.

As for the multiple plays of the same song....I don't get what the deal is. I love hearing different versions of all the tunes. Isn't that what the Grateful Dead was all about, music. Not to mention that they played the same song a ton of times in the same set, it always rocked!

Good Lovin'
Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Cowboy Sandwich

A big thanks DL for the newest tunes this week! I'm lovin' the cowboy breakfast sandwich this AM. But shouldn't it read MAMU > TOO > Mexicali > TOO > Wharf Rat? The Other One is not completely inside the cowboy tunes; it sandwiches Mexicali. Kinda like a menage-a-trois where you can't really figure out who's doing whom ;^)

Anyway, it's all good no matter how you write it!

Joined: Apr 22 2008
Thanks from the freeze, DL!

Thanks from the freeze, DL! These are indeed some very tasty nuggets!

Joined: Aug 18 2008

Another stellar Taper's Section! I don't care what _ANYONE_ says, each week is a great selection, no matter what songs are in it, or what's duplicated! I am pleased to hear more variant song selection, although with there being no PITB, I feel that the terrorists have won, and that's not cool. Bring back PITB -- just only once per section! :-D

- delaney
* Think there is only be one of ANY song in ANY Section, ie: This week 'stinks' because of two Me and My Uncles, but that's just me...

"Don't be afraid to try something new.
Remember, a lone ameuter built the Arc.
A group of professionals built the Titanic."

Joined: Jun 10 2007
good morning!

hey, david-- thanks for the morning boost-- this is the first day back to school after a 5 day break... this helps me survive!!


Joined: Jul 2 2007
BIG THANKS from the east coast for the early MONDAY AM


what a great way to start the monday

and morning west coast

peace and tunes and COOL COWBOY SANDWICH



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