Grateful Dead

December 27, 2010-January 2, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Hello! We hope your holidays are going well and that you're as excited as we are about 2011. At least, in the GD world there is plenty of upcoming activity to be excited about!

Our first selection this week is from 1/24/70 in Honolulu, HI, featuring Cumberland Blues, Cold Rain and Snow, Me and My Uncle, King Bee, Mason's Children, Black Peter. This is Tom Constanten's final show as an official member of the Grateful Dead. The Hawaii shows were part of a great month of January, 1970 for the Grateful Dead, a month that began with two wonderful shows at the Fillmore East on January 2 and 3, and ended with the New Orleans bust. OK, maybe that last event wasn't so great, but it did inspire one of the most famous the band's lyrics.

Our next selection is from 9/6/88 at Capital Center in Landover, MD, and features the entire second set jam and encore, made up of Estimated Prophet > He's Gone > Drums > Space > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Throwing Stones > Not Fade Away; Brokedown Palace. This was the fourth and final night of the Cap Center '88 run, made most famous by 9/3/88 performance of Ripple as the second encore.

Lastly this week, and appropriate as we end 2010, we have New Year's music from 12/31/89 in Oakland, featuring the midnight jam of Space/Balloon Drop>Iko Iko, Victim or the Crime>Dark Star. This was the first California Dark Star since 7/13/84, and the place went wild, as you can hear. This run of shows was recorded to 24-track tape, so a proper live album can be mixed and produced from these shows someday, hopefully.

Be sure to stop by next week for more great tunes. And have a Happy New Year! May your 2011 be a great year!

David Lemieux


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skenisahen's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

w o w

Joined: Jan 2 2011
Happy new year

I can't think of a better way to ring in the new year than by listening to these tracks. Thank you once again for providing them along with a bit of history and I can't wait to see what 2011 brings.

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Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
More Gold from 1970!
Diggin' that.Thanks also for the complete 2nd set from Landover '88.
Drums always welcome in this house! Looking forward to another year
of vault selections.Or any source you see fit,DL

Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Nov 3 2010

Tapers section won't play for me this week...anyone else? I listen every week...

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
formless reflections...

I've always thought that NYE '89 show didn't get enough "respect".

To my ears, that's one of the best Victim's, *ever*, and when Jerry turns that "Victim riff" into an "Other One riff" as it melts it's midi'd self into DS.... *whew*

Good and scary moment for me....

Joined: Jan 13 2010
12/31/89 sounds good

i am not a big fan of post 1979 GD. But this is ok. Yes, i do know about 10/26/89's Dark Star, and NOD, and 10/9/89.

it is especially welcome today because i am doing some writing, and i am visiting my inlaws, with extended family present. Sometimes I feel like the dude at the end of Metallica's "one' video, with the clip from "Johnny got his Gun." (

orange roses for everyone!

Joined: Jun 4 2007

.....contrary I mean....

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Cap Center & NYE '89

Yep. NYE '89 needs to be released period.

The '88 Cap Center run should dispell any notion of '88 being a weak year. On the cotrary, I happen to think it was one of their best years being highly underrated and grossly under represented release wise.

The Hawaii stuff is pretty good too.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

In The House!
Love To You, All

Joined: Jun 6 2007
New Grass!

I love that you left the post-show PA playing - sounds like New Grass Revival...?

thanks DL - nice choices this week :)



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