Grateful Dead

December 11 - December 17, 2006

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

December moves along in the Grateful Dead recorded-history world to the tune of some outstanding shows. The 1973 and 1979 tours continue, as well as short three night run in Southern California on December 12, 13 and 14, 1980, all of which reside in the vault on cassette masters.

The 1980 shows were on the heels of the 11/30/80 show in Atlanta (see entry for that week to hear the first electric “Bird Song” in years), and the band brought that same energy they always seemed to bring out to Southern California. The version of “Feel Like A Stranger” heard here is another of the early versions of this song that stretched out to a good, meaty jam. Fast-forward ten years, and the band played the identical three nights, this time at McNichols Arena in Denver, which was widely considered to be one of the best of the runs early in the Vince-and-Bruce era. The DAT masters of these shows sound outstanding, and the performances match the sound quality.

The December 10, 11 and 12, 1972 run at Winterland was to have been a double bill with the Allman Brothers, but a death in the band prevented the Allmans from being on the bill. The Dead, though, followed the creed that the show must go on, and they turned in three excellent performances (capping them off with a great show on 12/15/72 in Long Beach, CA). Amongst the many highlights of the three nights at Winterland was this version of “Playing In The Band” from 12/11, a song that by this time had really hit its stride as the extended improvisational vehicle it was destined to become.

Feel free to get in touch with questions or comments, or if there is any particular show about which you’re curious about the vault source (if any), don’t hesitate to ask. We’ll try to address your curiosity in future entries, date-appropriate, of course.

David Lemieux

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GratefulGooner's picture
Joined: Oct 15 2007
Another fine sampling...splendid, keep 'em coming!

"Feel Like a Stranger"...bob's voice and the band are right on
with power and precision.

"Playing in the Band" of my favs. This is an excellent
take for the gang.

New to the Dead, raisin' little Deadheads and even the wife is coming around!

Joined: Jul 20 2007

Back in 86 jerry went into a diabetic coma for a while when he got out of the hospital the dead played three shows at the oakland coliseum i call them the return of jerry shows and I believe phil does box of rain one nite but the shows were unbelieveable is there anything from these shows in the tapers section?


Joined: Jun 25 2007

Hey now
love the new format of the website. I'm crazy about the taper's section. WOW. since I'm able to listen to music @ work all day it's nice to have access to these killer nuggets from the vault. just got finished listening to the Stranger & playing here. Incredible stuff.

Question: When are future DP's & vault releases coming????? I'm also very curious about if there are any plans for future View from the Vault releases particularly the late 80's. In the meantime I'll be patiently waiting & enjoying the website. Great job as always guys.


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