Grateful Dead

December 3 - December 9

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Like last week, we’re going to check into the fall tour of 1979, as there happened to be more great grateful dead shows played during this week in the band’s history in 1979, but we’ll also check out some great material from 1971.

We left off last week on 12/1/79 in pittsburgh, so this week we’ll pick right back up with the next show of that mighty little tour of the midwest. from 12/3/79, the first of three shows at the uptown theatre in chicago, we have the post-drums sequence of Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Wharf Rat>Truckin’ This set closing Truckin’ was quite rare at this time, as Truckin’ had found a home by this time largely as the song that would go into Drums or that would come out of Space.

With so much great music on this 1979 tour, we figured we should bring as much as possible to you, so from the next night in Chicago, 12/4/79, we have the first set closing trio of songs, featuring Stagger Lee, Passenger>Deal. Everything we’ve been playing for you this week and last from the Fall Tour of 1979 is drawn from cassette master tapes, using the PA mix, and they sound remarkably good. Not 15-ips-reels-good, but very, very listenable, and the mixes are often excellent.

Lastly on our little trip to the Fall Tour of 1979 this week, we’ll stop into the final show in Chicago on 12/5/79, with a few mid-first set tunes. From this mighty fine show, we have Me and My Uncle>Big River, Cold Rain and Snow, with the latter having a rare mid-set placement.

Also this week, because we haven’t played too much Europe 72 material lately, and even less Pigpen, it seems, we have this terrific Good Lovin’ from 4/29/72 in Hamburg. With the two previous West German shows already seeing official release in the form of Rockin’ The Rhein (4/24/72) Hundred Year Hall (4/26/72), let’s hope this one is the next of the fine crop of Europe shows to be tapped for official release.

Check back in next week for more great music. As always, we welcome you to email me at the address below with questions, comments or suggestions.

David Lemieux
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cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
Marvelous selections as

Marvelous selections as usual, DL, thanks again.

The new player works really nicely, though is anybody else having troubles playing selections from some of the old Tapers Sections? I've tried a few and the old Quicktime window pops up, and in the spot where you can usually see the progress of the tune, a little question mark sits there like it's not quite sure what to do. Maybe they're all being reformatted one by one?

Joined: Jun 4 2007
uncle>river, cr&s

Just got through listening to the closing trio of tunes from the Uptown, 12-4-79. I am loving this website offering. Before, I had to sift through all sorts of tunes in order to find nuggets like these. Lots of times (as in this case) it's the first time I've heard any of this stuff.

As for the Uncle>River, it sounds as fresh as ever. One can really sense what a change-maker Brent was on the group at this point in time. These must have been some exciting shows. Notice after Brent solos, they go through the chorus again like normal, and when it's Jerry's turn to solo he almost goes into the song ending! Then, he realizes "Oh, I'm supposed to take a solo!" and he proceeds to do so. Kind of humorous :-)

After the Uncle>River, they spend a little time deciding what to play next. Bobby's toying with Blackbird! Jerry plays a short snatch of 'Deal'. The idea is nixed. Then they proceed into a tasty CR&S, the one in which Garcia sings "a fatal tune", instead of "a fateful tune". Just a little dead trivia I finally was able to hear the origination of, thanks to the Taper's Section!

Thanks all! I'm Happily and Happy Listening!

Joined: Nov 21 2007
coffee and the Dead

ahhh it`s a beutiful day !!!!! Great selections this week .... Thank you !!!! folks having problmes, do you have vista ? that could be your problme, know lots of people with vista issuses ,my wife including , my 10 year old gateway windows xp works great . hav`nt had any problme with player...,

beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007
new player is way upgrade


good sounding stuff. sounds a lot like road trips 1, which is just aawwwweesoomme. Great period of grateful dead, incredible keyboard playing, almost think the very best might have been at the very beginning, well, yeah there's a price for being freeeeee like bobby's crooning drifting and dreamin' maybe goin' on a dream ..... what is that price for being free anyone know?

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

One suspects DL meant 1972.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
"......but we’ll also check out some great material from 1971"

Is it just me or is something missing?? :-)

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Great song selections, New

Great song selections, New player works great thanks, Keep it up, Have any North Carolina show to post.

Joined: Jun 24 2007
nice surprise

For some reason, sometimes, before with the other little player, I would get a blank page with a player. Although I had to close the small one to aviod an echo, I loved this and really didn't want to say anything because I was enjoying it very much.
When that disappeared (after the coffee break...) I found the player would load after a few tries, but always kicked me back to the main page.

This NEW one works awesome:
*** plays right away
*** keeps the page I was reading.

Nice Work and Thanks!

Joined: Jun 20 2007
Player is definitely quicker...

Thanks! Any chance on getting a single link to stream all the songs instead of having to click on each one?

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Joined: May 26 2007
folks who are having trouble

getting the new player to work, please let us know such details as what system software you're running (e.g., Windows, Mac, Linux...), whether the Flash player works on other stuff (if you happen to know), etc. Thanks!


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