Grateful Dead

December 10 - December 16, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from a short, but very sweet, period in Grateful Dead history, 1978-1981.

As you may have noticed the past couple of weeks, we've played some music from 4/21/78 in Lexington, KY, and this week we're pleased to continue with more from that same fine show, with the start of the second set, featuring Samson and Delilah, Ship Of Fools, Playing In the Band>Rhythm Devils. This was the tour during which Drums became The Rhythm Devils portion of the show, from short five minute drum duets to massive 15-20 minute percussion extravaganzas, during which other band and crew members would join in on the fun.

In 1980, the Grateful Dead performed a two night run at the Long Beach Arena, where they would continue to play occasionally until 1988. The opener from the first night in 1980, on 12/13/80, featured Feel Like A Stranger>Sugaree, CC Rider, To Lay me Down. The Stranger>Sugaree is a bit of a rare opening combination, and To Lay Me Down had just returned to the repertoire as part of the Warfield-Radio City acoustic sets earlier in the fall. This is the second electric version since its return (the first was 11/28/80).

For the December 1981 tour, the Grateful Dead's concert recordings are on reel-to-reel, the first reel recordings since 1979. These were not mixed specifically for tape (Betty Boards were mixed specifically for tape, i.e. for listening), but are PA mixes, i.e. the sound that came through the PA. Nonetheless, these reels sound much more robust than the cassettes that are coming for 1980-1982. From 12/9/81 in Boulder, we have The Other One>Stella Blue>Around and Around>Good Lovin'; U.S. Blues>Satisfaction. The head of The Other One is clipped, owing to a reel change from when the band was coming out of Space, but the batch of tunes here is epic.

Thanks for stopping by, and we'll look forward to seeing you here next week with more tunes from the vault. As always, please feel free to email us at the address below, with questions, comments or suggestions.

David Lemieux


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shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
Right On!

Hey Man,
Drums Always Welcome
In This House
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

michihippie's picture
Joined: Jan 6 2009
if this were love ? I need more cowbell

,78 rhythm devils ....... love that evry body plays !!!! > river music ,up steam thanx for the Beast/////// try 4/11/78 !!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Jun 13 2007

the 81 clip healed me and
the neighbors, to be sure.

The internet has reached a
new level of awesomeness,
to me.

It has been wonderful to
have all of these and recent
shows with me being sher'd
here and out there. I am so
grateful there just isn't a word
that will describe it, to be sure.

There never has been a day
that it ain't been that way tho.
But um Yeah!
Cheers from NY!
~with a beautiful, dry red wine, xo!

I love you, all, xo!

May your dayz be merry and bright...

Joined: Nov 5 2010
Check this out!!!

just like "30 days of dead", check out "I Beg You Call The Tune" on FB. awesome!!!

bruno14's picture
Joined: Sep 18 2007
Bolder Bol-dah

That Boulder show was one of the Grate Dead experiences (and a pretty fine show too). THANK YOU

Joined: Jun 13 2007


Glad to have made it here,


Thanks, xo!

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
Hate to disagree with you DL

But the last full two set show without drumz was at Providence Civic Center on 1/18/79. Therefore, the first entire tour without at least one show w/o drumz,, and all subsequent tours to follow, would have been the Midwest swing that started at the Detroit Masonic Temple on 1/21/79 and ending on 2/11 at the Kiel in St.Louis. This was Keith & Donna's last tour, ending with the Coliseum Arena show on 2/17.

I made a point of finding out this particular factoid 30 years ago. I know if I had your job I'd want to be correct about such things. Of couse I'm sure for every one I got right you got ten thousand more correct without trying too hard.

falcstubs's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
tasty tapers music for this week

Thank you for the very sweet tasty music it helps me get over going back to work after the nice weekends!


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