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


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Joined: Jun 5 2007

Same stuff we have all heard ssoooo many times

Joined: Dec 29 2008

At the risk of committing heresy, while the return of China/Rider on 12/29/77 must have been dramatic, in itself, for me, it doesn't match any one of a number of them from any previous year. Conversely, the beginning of the non-vocal portion of Playing In the Band gives a rare and brief taste of what stunning direction it might have gone if Mickey had been there between 72 and 74. In any case, to my ears, the real highlight of the show is an absolutely tears-to-the-eyes ecstatic Bertha, and Good Lovin' ain't too bad either

Joined: Jun 10 2007
i understand why--


i understand why you say that last sequence is your favorite! i'm loving it!

i still remember when i 'got it'- after jack straw, it was a china>rider sequence that secured the deal-- thank goodness for the europe 72 lp-- it got me through high school and college! i wish i'd had some of today's listening opportunities back then!

here's to 2009-


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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Hip hip hooray for the Tapers Section!!

Happy New Year to y'all and be sure to catch a balloon 'round midnight.


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