Grateful Dead

December 22 - December 28, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, and happy holidays to everyone. This week we have three big jams, two post-Drums sequences and one pre-Drums sequence.

Our first big jam is drawn from the magnificent Dick’s Picks Vol. 5, from 12/26/79 at the Oakland Auditorium Arena, later to be renamed the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center. After the Closing of Winterland, this venue became the Grateful Dead’s primary smallish hometown venue (capacity around 8,000), and this particular concert has plenty of great stuff. From the second set, we have the pre-Drums jam of Uncle John’s Band>Estimated Prophet>He’s Gone>The One, all of which are played exceptionally well. A fun little thing to note: during the guitar solo in Estimated after the bridge, Bobby comes in a little early on the vocals, aborts this vocal attempt, and they keep jamming with Jerry shredding his solo until the proper time to come back in with the “my time coming…” vocals. Then a little while later during The Other One, Jerry gets back at Weir by coming in early on the “coming, coming, coming around…” vocals, a very subtle little jab that demonstrates the great sense of humour of these guys even when in the middle of an intense jam. Or maybe Jerry just made a plain old mistake by coming in early, but I prefer to think not.

Next up from ten years later on 12/27/89 at the Dead’s final new primary hometown venue, the Oakland Coliseum Arena, we have this tasty post-Drums sequence of The Wheel>I Need A Miracle>Morning Dew, Johnny B. Goode>Black Muddy River. That saxophone you hear is none other than the Big Man himself, Clarence Clemons. This was a particularly fine New Year’s run of four concerts that featured the same confident, inspired playing that was typical of mid-1989 through 1990. Fortunately, most of the concerts between June 1989 and April 1990 were captured by John Cutler on 24 track analog tape, the results of which are heard on albums such as Without A Net, Dozin’ at the Knick and Nightfall of Diamonds.

We had so much fun putting together that previous selection, we’re now going to play you the next night’s post-Drums sequence, from 12/28/89 at the same venue, featuring Gimme Some Lovin’>All Along The Watchtower>Stella Blue>Lovelight. Each of these four concerts were exciting, and this sequence is certainly no exception to the high quality of playing.

Be sure to stop back next week here at the Tapers’ Section, where we’ll ring in the New Year with music from 1977, 1978 and 1989.

David Lemieux


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Benny Jakes's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
do NOT stop on the ....................

.......Like a steel locamotive rolling down the track.......CowboyNealattheWheel......and again!

encdead's picture
Joined: Nov 7 2008
happy holidays!

great selection this week. UJB is kickin'! hope everyone has a great holiday.

Terrapin_Tommy's picture
Joined: Jun 15 2007
Couldn't Wait for X-mas to be Over !!

Every year, about this time, I just couldn't wait for Christmas to hurry up and be over !! Jerry brought my holiday cheer the last week of December!! Christmas is oh-so melancholy for me Jerry to brighten the holidays.

I'm grateful for all the wonderful year-end shows I shared with my tribe and hope everyone has a healthy, happy holiday!!

"like a steam locomotive.........rollin' down the track.........he's gone........and nothin's gonna' bring him back"

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
when life looks like easy street there danger at your door?

Thanks for the weekly tunes and the opportunity to expore this great interactive website!
Regards and Happy holidays to all! Gr8ful in cold KC

Joined: Jul 20 2007
There you go.....

Sweet way to start the monday off....
Uncle John's Band...Hell Yeah!!
Diggin it :)
Thanks David!

gdradio's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
thanks David!

for all you do!
Streaming Grateful Dead and more


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