Grateful Dead

December 29, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to our continuing holiday editions of the Tapers’ Section. This week we have some New Year’s themed music, although not all from New Year’s Eve, but from the time around then.

Our first stop will be the magnificent concert on 12/29/77, a life-changing night for a lot of Dead Heads with whom we’ve spoken. This, of course, featured the return of China>Rider after a three-plus year absence. From that magical night, we have the centerpiece of the night, Playing In The Band>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>China Doll>Jam. The rest of this concert is certainly worth seeking out, so do find yourself a copy of Dick’s Picks Vol. 10 and enjoy it.

Next up, from 10 years plus a day later on 12/30/89, we have the post-Drums sequence of I Will Take You Home>The Other One>Standing On The Moon>One More Saturday Night, Baby Blue, which is every bit the equal of the post-Drums sequences from 12/27&28/89 that we played for you last week here at the Tapers’ Section. Dynamite stuff indeed.

Finally this week, to get you all in the mood for the big New Year’s Eve festivities, we have my all time favourite midnight piece of music from a New Year’s Eve concert, Sugar Magnolia>Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain from 12/31/78, the famous Closing of Winterland concert. This was the concert that went on and on and on, filled with surprises throughout.

Happy New Year everyone!

Be sure to stop back next week when we’ll properly ring in 2009 with some excellent material from 1968, 1972 and 1977. See you then.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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grateful

Friends , we all need to behave a bit better . I don t think that the host of this weekly space appreciates the discontrolled - small - bursts of uneducated and vulgar criticism that is received here . Criticism has to be done with honesty on both parts . And hurting another person , insulting is very far from what is expected here as ' seasoned ' music fans , right ?

We hope DL - from the ones that appreciate your work completely - that the next TS appears soon , and that the inharmonious behaviour seen here early last week will not refloat once again

a concerned g d fan

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truckin get s to wearing thin

so Peace
Love above love and lots of light
(sarvastivardins)

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peace

sooooooooo many times lets see around 350 shows GD probably 300 playing in the bands ya that sounds right hope they play it again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!&^%^%#%$#@^*&(*&)

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standing on the moon

Thanks again, David.

I don't have tapes/haven't heard too many version of Standing on the Moon, and appreciate the post of another one. it's also nice to hear it in context with IWTYH and the Other One, which brings me right back to '89. Keep up the good work for 2009.

btw all - sorry to exhume a dead thread, but for about 20 years, I confess that used to consistently fast forward/skip through Playing in The Band on all my tapes...

But since David started putting it again and again on the taper section, I wondered to myself, well...well...well...what for? So over time I gave each of them a listen, and realized it was actually quite a vehicle for the band, to let loose, and lay down some wild jams. Be patient, put your ears in the years. I offer as example, one of the pre-75 PITBs from the taper section, that slips in and out of SLIPKNOT. Can you find it?

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AS HAPPY AS A MONKEY IN A CAGE WITH BUCHES OF BANANAS

I WAS READING SOME OF THE POSTS AND I AM JUST AS HAPPY AS A MONKEY... THAT THIS MEDIUM EVEN EXISTS TO HEAR THE STUFF RECENTLY RELEASED OR NOT.
I REMEMBER BACK IN THE SUMMER OF NINTY WE WERE AT DEERCREEK, I BELIEVE, NEVER THE LESS WE WERE SPEAKING TO MY FRIEND AND HE JUST PULLED IN FROM THE WEST COAST SHOWS THAT STARTED OFF THAT TOUR. I THINK THEY PLAYED AUTZEN STADIUM WITH A HELP-SLIP-FRANKLINS AND MY FRIEND SEEMED BORED WITH IT AND MY OTHER FRIEND SAID "ARE YOU NUTS, THOSE ARE REAL NUGGETS".
FOR MYSELF I HAVE MORE OF AN APPRECIATION OF THEIR MUSIC NOW THEN EVER BEFORE. SOMETIMES IT'S ALMOST LIKE I HAVENT HEARD ANY OF THE STUFF BEFORE. WHAT I MEAN IS I AM ACTUALLY HEARING ALL OF THE INTRICACIES AND DETAILS MAYBE MORE NOW THAN WHEN I ACTUALLY HEARD IT. LET'S JUST CALL IT EVOLUTION, WHICH IS GREAT BECAUSE I AM REALLY LIKE THAT LITTLE MONKEY I MENTIONED EARLIER. "THANK YOU FOR A REAL GOOD TIME" WOULD BE IN STORE.
IN THE WORDS OF FORREST GUMP "AND THAT'S ALL I GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT".
HAVE A GREAT AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR AND LET'S ALL SMILE BECAUSE "THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN".
SINCERELY,
JOE

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hmmm

round and round

I'm a wondering if all this shanking and trembling might be from anticipated ticket prices ehhh
I beg for mercy. remember boys, there's a recession.

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new years show

Did anyone else hear the new years show from this year on sirius or xm? killer stuff!!! The boys sounded grate! and I can"t wait for the tour. hope to see you all there! if not, have a grateful new year
peace

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cannot wait for the next tour

these shows will be great!
Larry
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round and round

Oh WOW! What a wonderful new year promise. I shake and tremble and get the chills when I read about DEAD tour. woohoo! I hope all is well forf the tour. *rolls out red carpet*

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ooops

i meant Marty Balin... fried circuits..or age.. lol

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