Grateful Dead

December 12- December 18, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover a relatively short period in Grateful Dead history, 1978 to 1986.

Our first stop this week is on 4/22/78 in Nashville, where we have the start of the second set, featuring Lazy Lightning>Supplication, It Must Have Been The Roses, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World>Rhythm Devils. This was the tour on which the standard drum duet in the middle of the second set became the huge Rhythm Devils portion of the show. By the next leg of the tour in May, it had become a huge highlight. Check out Dick's Picks 25 for some wild segments.

Next up from 4/19/83 in Orono, ME, we have the bulk of the second, featuring Sugaree>Samson and Delilah, He's Gone>Drums>Space>Spanish Jam>Truckin'>Wharf Rat. This was draw from the Beta PCM digital master recording.

Lastly this week, from 4/19/86 at the Berkeley Community Theatre, we have the entire second set, featuring Crazy Fingers>Playing In The Band>Drums>Space>The Other One>China Doll >Playing In The Band>Sugar Magnolia; The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo). This run had plenty of good, and unique, music played. We'll play some more soon here, we hope.

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

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 6 2007
Pets changed...

Bobby must've been watching "The Price Is Right", and heard Bob Barker say, "Remember to have your pets spayed and neutered..." ;)

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Joined: Sep 5 2007
Ever since she went out and had all her pets changed....

I don't recall ever hearing Bobby sing Truckin' with those lyrics before. Instead of "livin' on reds, vitamin C and cocaine" or "ever since she went and had a sex change," Bobby sang "ever since she went out and had all her pets changed."


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Joined: May 12 2011

the rest of the set is quite nice! Thanks again! :)

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Joined: May 12 2011
Tired of Lazy...

As always, thanks for all of the effort that goes into putting these out every week, (and all of the other work that you all do over there!),... no other band site would care half as much!

That being said.... I must say that I am underwhelmed by the number of times Lazy>Supp has been featured here lately. Twice on 30 Days of Dead and now here. I mean, it isn't "Samba in the Rain," but it is, in my opinion, one of their weaker songs.

I don't know what it is about the song,.. but it sounds so 70's hippie-dippy, which the Dead rarely do to me. Liquid loop of lightning? Sounds like something moe. or String Cheese would write. Plus, there is the odd time signature that Bobby uses... worked so well for Estimated... just makes this one tough for me to really groove to.

I love the site and the chance to stream free music! Please don't take my opinion to mean that I am not appreciative... just I prefer a different cup of tea.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
The lesser discussed years

As far as 1978 goes . The music was either on or not

In the very early part of the year - winter - the band rose to the ocassion in January , and th short midwest run in Feb . Fans should amass the music from that period .... As the vault archivist said a year or more ago . A certain GD ended in early 78 , after the sharp and contrastive 1977 . And a new one , perhaps different , and worth deep examination came aferwards .

Every year after that period , 1979 , 1980 , 1981 etc ., is worth its respectful analisis ....

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Joined: Apr 12 2008
Give the Drummer"s some...

Hey Man,
The Devil is in the Drums.
Right on!
Diggin" the Orono show. We were happy to get Spanish Jam that night.
That is exactly what we cheered about as we careened through the night over the Oxford hills and into the Whites of NH.
And now we cheer again today for this sequence.
Ain't life grand! Yessah!
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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Joined: Oct 3 2008

for the drums/space, don't get alot of those here, especially entire second sets, you the man David.


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