Grateful Dead

December 19- December 25, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section. This week we'll cover a six year span in Grateful Dead history, 1983-1989.

Our first stop this week is on 4/12/83 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Coliseum, current home to the Calder Cup trophy for the AHL champions. From this show, we have the start of the second set, Help On The Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance.

Next up is the entire first set of 4/3/88, a show at which Jerry would completely lose his voice later in the show during Black Peter. From this first night of the Hartford run, we have Promised Land > Greatest Story Ever Told; Althea ; Little Red Rooster ; Cold Rain & Snow; Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ; Box Of Rain ; Don't Ease Me In.

Lastly this week is music from 4/16/89 in Milwaukee on the excellent Spring Tour of 1989, a tour filled with many great shows. From this show we have the start of the second set, Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain ; Saint Of Circumstance > Truckin' > Drums > Space.

Thanks for stopping by, and we hope to see you here next week. Have a great holiday season!

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 13 2007

Feeling "jolly" after a visit to the TRI
How lucky am I to be in>>>
>> CA & NY at the same time
at different times in the same day!
Now that's a Psychedelic Christmas!
I'm rockin out to this sweet Frankin'sTower
before going back to get "merry" at TRI
ah but this time in I will be in >>>>
CA & NY at the same time at
different times on different days.
Freaking cool! @smmmmmmmm
Okay just typing and listening and
loving- all at the same time, shucks,
I am laughing too.

Rain like fire if you lose your way.

Thanks for the half-time slot here at one
of my favorite places while I get ready
to go to another of my favorites places.

These are a few of my favorite things.


I always click on all your names and think about
yas too wondering if I was standing at a show
right next to you or eating a grilled chesse in the
lot with yas. So, I always just love ya ALL!

If you plant ice....

May the 4-winds Blow You Safely Home...


Yeah there's a $ for being FREE $0.00 CHECK OUT!
No place -------> LIke TRI Studios!
Thanks, Bob, Rob and Jay----I love you, all.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
a repost in case ya haven't seen this yet...

Subject: some missing TS posts are in the Forums, Vineyard, etc.

I was perusing the vineyard and the Forums and I stumbled upon some of the missing Old Taper's Section posts! Maybe some of you knew about this phenomenon. October 15-21 can be found under 'Technical Problems' under Home > Forums > Administration. Another one I've found is located in the vineyard under the heading '3 from '89 DVD Vine' on page 7, June 1-June 2009. July 26-August 2 2010 is just a few posts later under it's regular heading. It's good to know the old posts are not zapped entirely, but maybe it would help folks to get them in the correct place.

Benny Jakes's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Professor Hulllabaloooo

"Unadulterated fawning."!!! Yes!! The dark and light. It indeed was a decline from the wall of sound onward....Them 1990's terrapins though.

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

Smokin' sweet pics this week! Thanks for the April '80s love!!

Canyon Critter's picture
Joined: Oct 20 2008
Second Thoughts....Hmmm Maybe

Ok, so my ears are opening now....I now hear Sure don't' know what I'm going for and my thoughts go here....

I was washing dishes listening to this gem, and booom there's Brent's voice (although, still lower on the mix in 83 as we all know) and then the music starts getting intense.......ok, so how many albums do other bands put out in 83? 1 maybe 2 if your lucky, and you get to see them maybe once or twice if your even more lucky....One of the most amazing things why this band intrigues every part of my soul is that they put it out EVERY NIGHT, they played. Think about how you critique a "sophomore" album/vinyl/tape/recording of any other band....this was the canvass that the Dead put out there. They used the show to be the canvas...basically every night was an album "Rehearsal" session.....every night would be basically the band jammin a rehearsal to the crowd. This makes me think even deeper (Terrapin and David deliberately doesn't post that song, things that make you go hmmmmmmm) that if you really think about it....The Grateful Dead put out a new record every time they played a show. 'Cept there are no overdubs and do overs.....heck yeah, that's what I want to be.

Anyway, outside of my head. Yes this music is soothing my soul for sure!

Now for '88

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
Guess it ain't worth editing

I'll just post the sticky note I put up on the puter, after spewing thoughts on reading the posts and starting on the first song of Taper's you family! thanks David! (oh shnikey's I didn't edit, please don't Murder Me!)

Notes for Dec 19th to Dec 25th (merry Christmas) Taper's Section:

Help on the way...voices of Jer Bear wasn't the best, had some shining moments, but the keys were arranged too tight or something, something about the sound, I tend to think the "early" Brent years had quality, but not quanitity, like the later years....maybe it's because he wasn't singing to ease the voice of bobby and Jerry.

Yes this night Jerry was singing with his guitar, because he couldn't sing "properly" (what ever that means) with his voice. It's been said before, but even the shitty nights of this band, blow everyone but the top 10 (hmm I've been smoking let's say 5)preforming at the time away!

Another thing I like to do, is try to see where David is at on the mixing, i mean I try to get into his head and say, why would he put Help On The Way Broome County '83 on the list. Well, I'll at least give you my opinion after I finish another week of my favorite ME time (no work, no family, no girls, just me) far I'm just before Slipknot! and finally have some time to listen to the music.

Oh and Prof/Gonzo....I love you both and both your input on all these topics. I tend to agree with Gonzo on some aspects of the Depressing years (to me that was 94-95) but I also think that Prof is just stating what he feels which is enlightening. Either way, we are the most critical of any band that has ever been, because we have witnessed something AMAZING.

Sounds like the music is picking up....Roll Away the Spew/Smew/Few?/Lew/Cue/Poo


Love you all

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Joined: Sep 4 2007
totally agree, shit for

totally agree, shit for awhile they put it to rest

jeff bovee's picture
Joined: Sep 4 2007
hartford 88

good show my 1st time there, i was really surprised how steep the sides of the coliseum were it was a hard night navigating on my trip to say the least! I remember my man brent was literally on fire just listen to that promised land and you have the best keyboard player that ever played with the dead and any other incarnation the band has taken! love ya out there Jeff Bovee

Joined: Oct 1 2007
thanks Claney!

Yea, a little humor, a good thing. I know I can be cranky, I always trust the Dead Head community to call me to the mat, and slap me outside my head when I need it. The Broome County Slipknot, hey I like it, I might even have been there, I don't recall (must mean I was! : ) ). Don't get me wrong, you can find something depressing and still like it, and still wish you were there, and still have a good time, and still, what, where was I, lost, like a Sailor.......

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
Go Prof

Hey Prof, I always like your posts (even when you post the same one three times, heh). Reason: You have a sense of humor. Do I agree that these are "the depressing years?" - not entirely no. Do I like reading such comments? Sure! Why not - especially with a *dose* of humor.

My thought for the day: No one should ever need armor in a Grateful Dead discussion board.

Speaking of humor, I just noticed that my "Word Verification" letters are as follows: UGAYz.



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