Grateful Dead

February 25 - March 2, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

We’re going to do another Taper’s Section this week that focuses on one year in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history, and we felt 1989 would be a good year to look into.

Virtually the entire year was excellent in 1989, and fortunately John Cutler and Le Mobile recording truck was present for a good portion of the shows (starting with June 18 at Shoreline) to record most of the shows in the second half of the year to 24 track analog tape. This, of course, allowed excellent live albums to be produced, such as Without A Net and Nightfall of Diamonds, not to mention to the DVDs Truckin’ Up To Buffalo and Downhill From Here.

Speaking of Downhill From Here, from the middle night of that fine, muddy three night stand at Alpine Valley, on 7/18/89, we have the end of the first set, Memphis Blues, Bird Song>Promised Land. This night is often overshadowed by the previous and following shows, but there was plenty of great stuff played on 7/18 including this nifty trio of tunes.

While we’re checking out the summer of 1989, we have this excellent show-opening combination from 7/10/89 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, Feel Like A Stranger>Franklin’s Tower. This show was delayed due to some nasty weather, but once it got rolling, the band delivered a great show. This was one of the final versions of this pairing, for starting on 10/8/89, Franklin’s Tower would be henceforth rejoined exclusively with its original family, Help On The Way>Slipknot! Check out the guitar part Jerry lays down in Stranger; some great moments there.

We’ll now check in with some music from the Spring Tour of 1989, specifically from 4/16/89 at the Mecca in Milwaukee. This pre-Drums sequence of Saint of Circumstance>Truckin’ was a unique one. Saint was rather rare at the time, so it’s understandable that Bobby has a little trouble with the lyrics. This was drawn from the VHS digital master tape.

Jumping forward a few months, we’ll check into the magnificent Fall Tour of 1989. From the third and final night in Philadelphia, 10/20/89, we have the three songs that opened the second set, Hey Pocky Way, Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain. That makes two outstanding Scarlet>Fires played in Philadelphia in 1989, this one following on the heels of the 7/7/89 version played at JFK Stadium.

Finally, from the middle night of the Philly run in October, 10/19/89, we have a few songs from early in the first set, West LA Fadeaway, Victim or the Crime, Built To Last, Blow Away. This tour kept rolling after these shows with two great shows in Charlotte and ending with two nights in Miami, which featured one of the darkest and spaciest of the later-day Dark Stars.

Be sure to stop back next Monday for more great music from the vault. We always encourage you to write the email address below with questions or comments.

David Lemieux
vault [at] dead.net

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Hey Jaime, I agree with you

Hey Jaime,
I agree with you on your point above. The official releases, like the recent Road Trips series, should represent high-grade performances with near-flawless execution where they really go out and take the big chances and most often succeed. You know, that "ragged but right" concept. Here in the Taper's Section, I like to have the opportunity to hear the stuff that, while maybe not containing enough consistently good playing within or around it to warrant commercial engagement, is unique in it's own right, whether because it's from a special occasion, location, tour, or time frame.

Also Jaime, to aid in your search for a Row Jimmy, look no further to last week's selections which include a fine version from Hartford '77.

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Thoughts

Dear friends ,

I want to ask your opinion on the following ' thing '

Recently , much has been said about Road trips , and if they should be whole shows , or if it is fine to release parts of shows .

I think that D Lemieux clearly is stating to us since last weeks TS , that there are moments in shows where the band ' messes up ' , or doesnt play the way it should . And that could not go on an official commercial release . I think its good that we think and take these thoughts to mind , and contemplate this as we should be seen as a serious band following - an exigent one . And not one that will accept or allow any fumbled product or concert for us to check out .

Thanks Dave L for letting us also see the fumbled times of the band. These are details that to some , they may not see or hear . But there are folks who after listenting 1 ,2 or three times they could see those flaws . Thanx for the space

J

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Not the First Time

This isn't the first time we've seen 7/10/89 here on the Taper's Section! It was my 2nd show and just a memorable experience all the way around. There is more 7/10/89 goodness here:

http://www.dead.net/features/tapers-section/august-20-august-26-2007

Great stuff as always!

| I'm just a, well...porpoise. |

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Feel Like a Stranger

Okay, Jerry plays great on the end of this . . . but Phil should not be missed throughout.
Thanks for sharing, boys!

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Great selections this week.

Great selections this week. That Scarlet > Fire from Philly is dangerously hot, and the Stranger > Franklin's is indeed excellent. On another note, how one say that there is a ">" between Saint and Truckin'? There is clearly a few seconds of pause before Truckin' starts up. This is a big pet peave of mine with Dead setlists; I see it all too commonly. As keeper of the Vault, can't you do something about this inaccuracy???

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posting again friends

The Franklins you pinned up this week took me back to my first and only Franklins live , Deer Creek 7 21 94 . Thanks for the space

That night at deer creek - in 94 - was sonically perfect

Thanks GD , and thanx family . It sure is true how we miss jammin out at ' the shows ' . Such special and never forgetting memories

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May the four winds .. = )

Great numbers this week DL . here s an informal request for you friend . A good Row Jimmy . We trust your expertise in bringing out a good version of the song from a good year

The MIami show definitely would be a nice Vault release - NIghtfall of diamonds II . Silly things we speak out here sometimes . What would be of the Hampton show then , hey ?? = ) ( What a great show that Oct 9 ]

Jaime Andres Gomez

p.s. The Stranger audio this week into Franklins is HOT , SMOKIN = ) = )

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2004 Cleveland

hey now John, 2004 shows are availible for purchase from munckmix.com, actually all new shows are availible either through munckmix (Dead and Ratdog) or Instant Live and Livenation? (Phil)
check it out, I buy every show I go to these days...it's great!
Ben

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Thanks for more from my first show!

I love '89! Thanks so much David!

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1st show--10/19

I had AUD tapes of both sets, but lost them a long time ago. It took a few years after this performance before I realized just how good this show really was, and how lucky I was to see it.
Thanks!

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