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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wow... what a number of my fav pieces.. love those year end show

I always loved staying up all night east coast to catch the west coast shows.. i think it was 89 that had the jerry garcia Father Guido Sarducci interview.. midpoint of the show.. jer talking about everything from the the catholic church...he liked latin masses for the wow factor but really only ever dropped in once in a while... to xtra terrestrials..up in the mountains in marin with starships greatest songwriter and jer's best bud Paul Kantner.. a green "i don't know WHAT it was.. thing.. in the woods...."
ahhh fond NON road trip 70s 80s stuff.. but so good to be a dead head those nights...

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Released Material

I continually have to apologise for being new into the Dead. Find Tapers Section a grate way to be made aware of what music is out there. Thanks for the snippets you provide and the pointers to official releases.

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Feel the Love

Dead Forever

I was actually surprised to see animosity about the Dead and their free offering of music.

As far as the boring comment, I listen to GD everywhere I go, car, work, home. It doesn't matter. I have my particular favorites and have heard nearly every song in their rep. Sure some of it gets repetitive but never boring. With some of the other groups I enjoy you can point to a particular song as your favorite but with the Dead it becomes a particular version and that is what makes them "Grate"r than any other act to come along.

Spent the christmas holiday working in a toy store and playing Pig's version of Run, Run, Rudolph on PA system. Offered anyone who could tell me the artist performing the song their purchase for free and no-one got it right.

Were have all the Heads gone??

April 28th in New Jersey, I will be there

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just in case anyone missed the announcement

it's here.

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It's Official, THEY ARE BACK: The DEAD 2009 Tour

Happy New Year, everybody!! Hope and change are in the air! So what better way to kick off 2009 than to confirm what’s been buzzing in the rumor mill for some time: The Dead will be touring for the first time in more than four years, with nearly twenty shows spread across a month from mid-April through mid-May! Details will be announced here soon, so keep your eyes on dead.net!

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Funny

The funny part about all you Deadheads that complained so much over the years is what almost drove me from the scene!! I couldn't run fast enough from you people, always finding something to complain about!! Guess you just can't really be happy anywhere. Well, you can all huddle in your huts and keep on complaining amongst yourselves. The other positive Deadheads are welcome into my camp anytime. Yes, there are often complaints and disagreements, but you constant complainers bring nothing positive to the table except bringing others down!!!

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me too!

well put!

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pomo1, Truth revealed & well spoken!

That made me smile. Thanks!

The Truth is realized in an instant, the act is practiced step by step.

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There is nothing wrong with being critical.

Deadheads have been critical and bitchin for decades. In its in our blood. I remember the complaints about Donna, Bobby's playin the same cowboy songs, Keith is sleeping through entire tours, can't get tickets, gate-crashers, too many newbies, etc.

Its what makes us special, because we loved the band and the music. We wanted everything to be perfect.

That said, there is no need and no room for personal attacks or infantile language.

Keep up the good work DL. You will never please all of us, but that is OK. And all of you complainers, keep complaining! It is your duty as Deadheads, and it makes for lively discussions.

"Let there be songs to fill the air."

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HeyNow Happy Hippy New Year

Just like at home, "kids, kids, what are we bickering for?" I mean looky here, this is an absolutely FREE amenity that the DEAD are providing us for OUR listening pleasure. Sure, we could all come on here and bitch that we get too much of one song, but PLEASE remember we are not paying a dime and they provide us some history along with excellent music. Sure, a lot of this material is already available, actually most of all the Grateful Dead material is "out" there already for your listening enjoyment. Don't hate on a web site or person which actually gives us fresh new music adventures EVERY week. That's 52 weeks on new musical adventure, served up for YOU for FREE. This is ALL done for the LOVE of music and what the Grateful Dead offered which no other band will ever be able to duplicate!! Now, put on your headphones and crankup this end-of-year bounty of fine tunes and drink a holiday beer or wine or hot chocolate and have yourself a Happy Hippy New Year!! Keep on Growing!! For all you do this Buds for you!!!

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