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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sjbutler's picture
Joined: Nov 27 2007
Great start to December

It was a frigid walk to work this morning, but I'm warming up nicely now over a beautiful Wharf Rat. The lovely touches that Brent adds makes me realize that I just don't get enough of this era of the Dead in my diet. Over 90% of what I listen to is from '68-'77. Selections like this really make me realize that I need to expand my horizons.

And the new player works great!

FMLHRN's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Flash Player

The new player works well,although I had no problem with the old one. This does stream faster. Nice selections also. Thanks.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Spiffy player

Even upgrading doesn't work. Flash player won't play. Now I'm truly bummed.

barrie's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Back to Square One ...

Yeah baby! Another pot hole in the road for folks who want to put this stuff onto their mp3 players. Anyone have some (friendly) advise on how to get this new streaming flv stuff onto an mp3 player?

I had worked out a good method for the last streaming stuff but I am back to square one. I am not interested in catching the stream off of my sound card as I have all this stuff in SBD's already (at least all this weeks stuff.) Its just easier to go from David's selections directly to my player so I can enjoy it in the car during the week (can't really listen at work.)


smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Awesome new a

Awesome new a lot better. Thanks people! Oh, and the music this week is saweet as well. Love those nascent Sailor->Saints. Bobby doesn't have all the lyrics quite the way he wants yet, and the rest of the band is feeling their way carefully around the chord changes. Far different from the versions of late '80 onward, when the band attacked this duo with a confidence and swagger!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Good Monday Mornin',Good Coffee & Good Lovin',

And back on the '79 tour. These are some really cool jams with that Lake Shore Drive wind howlin' out there somewhere. You can feel it slinkin' through the night.
Nice ride David!

Joined: Jun 25 2007

A thousand thank you's for the new player. Finally I again have my reason for getting out of bed & off to work in the moring. Great selections for the week. I am a little curious about using the fall tour '79 so soon after the release of road trips, but no complaints as I always loved late 79 shows. just got road trips & it hasn't left my stereo. great stuff.
Keep up the great work guys.
On an unrelated note, anyone know the reasoning behind Phil only releasing 3 of the 9 Nokia theatre shows on his digital download site? If anyone knows please post.

Joined: Jul 2 2007

I finally have a monday morning routine i love

AND THE NEW SELECTIONS are the main ingredient lately

thanks loving the 79 stuff immensely

how about those amazing early 80 shows,

again thanks and keep em comin

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Thanks again!!

It's gonna be a grate one!!

Joined: Jun 8 2007

Thanks for the early am selections, always helps to have new jams for the morning ablutions. Love Brent's contributions to Wharf Rat. And, indeed, thanks for the "spiffyness."


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