Grateful Dead

December 8 - December 14, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to our second week of December here at the Tapers' Section, where we’ll check in on some excellent music from 1969, 1973 and 1979.

Our first stop this week will be at the tail end of 1969, 12/12/69 at the Thelma Theatre in Los Angeles. There are plenty of justifiably famous 1969 concerts, including the four nights at the Fillmore West in February-March, and of course 11/8/69 at the Fillmore Auditorium. This jam from 12/12/69, however, deserves a place right up there with the best of 1969, featuring Alligator>Caution>Feedback>We Bid You Goodnight, a classic 1969 jam.

Next up, from 12/8/73 at Duke University in Durham, NC, we have a great sequence of tunes, Candyman, Weather Report Suite, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. Candyman was quite rare in 1973, with this being one of only four versions for the year.

About six years later, the Grateful Dead would find themselves in St. Louis, at the Kiel Auditorium on 12/9/79, where they would play this great post-Drums sequence featuring Black Peter>I Need A Miracle>Bertha>Good Lovin’. This tour featured so much excellent music, from about the end of October through the end of 1979, that it's always a pleasure to play it here for you.

Speaking of the Fall Tour of 1979, we also have music from two nights later, on 12/11/79 in Kansas City, KS, featuring Easy To Love You>Minglewood Blues, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.

Be sure to stop back next week for music from 1969 and 1973 exclusively. We'll be getting into some late 80s Grateful Dead in a couple of weeks, but until then, loads of earlier material coming up.

David Lemieux


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Barak's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
That 1969 jam - WOW!

It started just o.k but then turned into a spectacular jam.
Towards the end, Mickey (probably) is grooving on the precussions and Jerry's shooting acid drenched licks that just made my day much much better.

Thanks Mr. D.L!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
still waiting...

Hey Now:

When is my much awaited compilation of Bobby jokes finally going to make it on this here Taper's Section? How about for my literal birthday next week, 12-17-1978? According to my recollection, there were quite a few kneeslappers that evening at the Fox in Hotlanta. (The alligator pit!? Hmmmm...) My vote for the next RT is the southern swing in mid Dec. '78. Thanks DL for all the nugs!

P.S. Has anyone else noticed the absolute dearth of Candymans on the official releases. It makes this weeks an even more savory morsel. Happy Holidays all.

josh e bear's picture
Joined: Feb 29 2008
I'd shine my light...

Always love the China > Ryder !

great tunes for a holiday month ~ always love the 69 stuff, they were so young and on fire there ,, a whole other beast then......

peace !

Josh E Bear !!

Joined: Jun 6 2007

Superb Alliagator- they are all special in demonstrating the versitilty of all the band members. Always a treat!!

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Great tenor action in Durham

Phil does a real good job with the back-up vocals on Candyman and in Weather Report Suite.
Can't wait for China > Rider to come around..
Thanks for the sounds, David

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007

Thanks David for the goodies. Listening to the 1973 bit right now - the rare '73 Candyman, what a treat. Garcia's '73 sound was perfect for the watery solo (which begs the question - why only played 4 times that year? Oh well, that can be said about other songs too - e.g., why no HCS in '77, when it would have sounded perfect). Just damn glad they had the foresight to tape these shows.


deadheadkeith's picture
Joined: Jun 9 2007

Thanks David, you always make Monday more enjoyable. This week you're the headlight on our northbound train. Enjoy the Holidays.

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
fine music

Another week of exceptionally fine music for us. Thanks a lot! The St. Louis sequence from 12/9 is FIRE.

Joined: Jun 10 2007
a bonus just for me, david?

china-rider starts with easy to love you-minglewood....

love it!


Joined: Jun 10 2007

i wish my students would do their homework like you do yours!
thanks for the treats-
hope you have a great week-


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