Grateful Dead

December 2 - December 8, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from a 10 year span in Grateful Dead history, from 1973, 1982 and 1983.

We'll first make a stop on the East Coast with music from the second night of a two night at Nassau Coliseum on 9/8/73, with music from the first set featuring Jack Straw, Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite. This is the first-ever live WRS Part 1, and first complete Weather Report Suite, with the Let It Grow portion debuting the night before at Nassau.

Next is the first set from 8/29/82 in Seattle, the night after the 10 year anniversary of Veneta '72 show in Oregon. From Seattle, we have Jack Straw > Big Railroad Blues ; Mama Tried > Mexicali Blues ; West L.A. Fadeaway ; Little Red Rooster ; Loser ; Cassidy ; It Must Have Been The Roses ; Let It Grow. This is the second West L.A. Fadeaway, with the song debuting the night before in Veneta.

From Eugene, Oregon on 8/30/83, we have the end of the second set from the middle night of a very hot three night run at the Hult, featuring Space>Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away>Wharf Rat>Sugar Magnolia. There is plenty of great music in this three night stand.

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

David Lemieux


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morloquehamhoquewarloque's picture
Joined: Nov 20 2013

A great show. Extremely crowded with obnoxious drugged out metro area types pushing forward the entire night, as per usual with the GA shows.
Taped by me and recently posted to lossless legs, apparently the only audience tape of that night.

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
15 rooms?

For all you Deadhead trivia buffs out there, when did Jerry change the lyric in West LA Fadeaway from "15 rooms" to "21 rooms"? Also, there is a lost verse here that I've never heard.

Anyway, thanks for the great tunes yet again this week! Love hearing the first-ever WRS in its entirety. It sounded pretty good overall.

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008

Yup, sounds like a cassette source alright. I have always liked this source as they got a rough grit to them.
That's just a personal preference. Guess the band had a rough edge going on as well.
Recall Dick's Picks Vol 32 Alpine Valley along his tour. Check J. Norman's Caveat, "...this mix is bass instrument shy". Seems to have been an issue during these shows.
I can say, for me, with fondness, that this issue was cleared up by the time the band rolled into Portland Maine for the Fall East coast swing in '82
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in NH

wilfredtjones's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

I'm assuming this is a cassette source. Sounds alright, although Phil is low in the mix you can still hear him. Thanks for the hearty clips as always!


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