Grateful Dead

February 6 - February 12, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll cover 22 years of Grateful Dead history, starting in 1970 and running to 1992, with a huge gap in between.

Our first stop is for some acoustic/electric Dead at the Family Dog on 2/28/70, where we have Monkey and the Engineer, Little Sadie>Black Peter, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>High Time>Dire Wolf.

Next is the tour-opener from Spring 1991, on 3/17/91 at the Capital Center in Landover. This is an extremely long pre-Drums sequence, featuring China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Women Are Smarter, Crazy Fingers>Truckin'>New Speedway Boogie. Those of us running 100 minute cassettes at this show had a problem when we had to flip our cassettes at the 50 minute mark of this set.

Lastly this week is music from 3/20/92, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where we have the start of the second set, Shakedown Street, Women Are Smarter, Dark Star. This was the final Dark Star performed outside of the United States (and the penultimate show from outside the United States). Bruce does some particularly inventive things throughout this show.

Be sure to join us next week for more tunes.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 13 2007

What a long strange week I've had.

Still working but dropping in for a little
subliminal bliss.

Needed that...thanks.

It's a bitch over coming the human condition.

However, I indeed win daily.

Your kind assistance is priceless, and
for very generous comes
free. A million and a half thanks and
then square that and hit the repeat button
till your finger is broken and we'll be caught up!


Hope ya'll are just fine and that you too...
can hit bliss. No worries if get a 28er -
we are all only human, don't ya know!
Well kinda, extraterrestrial at times for sure!

Got to get work!

Thanks for the Jam O' the Week TOO!
The listening was so fine and very special.
Dropping a line there just wasn't possible
but um yeah....IT was AWESOME.

I love you! ALL!
Have a sweet night, xo!
All Around the World, xo!

Let Us Put Men and Women Together. XO

Joined: Nov 1 2010

so good. love the sadie

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Joined: Jul 29 2009
I've said it before...

...and I'll say it again. The setlist for 3/20/92 is great, but that's pretty much it. The next night was just plain dull. What does penultimate mean anyways? Spring 90 in Hammertown was much more enjoyable. The tapes prove this. Sorry David, I usually agree with your remarks about certain shows. Just not this one. Thanks for 2/28/70. I'm really enjoying that one.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
see here how everything lead up to this day....

Sweet, sweet acoustic gems... Thank you very much!

That's why I love these guys... They could lay it down soft and easy whenever they wanted to, but other times rock it just as hard, maybe even harder than anyone in the business.

Peace to all

Bach 2 Bach's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
You told me goodbye...

'High Time' always tugs at my heart strings for some reason. I guess because I have attached memories of my father, and now my mother, to it.

Beautiful... just beautiful.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Just poking around...

My work schedule is all different....
this week.

I don't know if I'm coming
or going.

So I'm just gonna poke around.

is shaking

That's right!

See ya in the dark..

Awww, sigh.
I'm on almost every road-------------------@
I love you, all, xo

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Joined: Dec 25 2009
Spring 91 opener!

Wow, I am just loving this China>Rider!! Makes me bummed I didn't see many East Coast shows. Like they used to say "The West is the Best but the East is the Beast!"

I know many will disagree, but really, the last year the GD played with Bill Grahm still alive was one of their most orgasmic. When Uncle BoBo died the air went out of Jerry's tire to a greater or lesser extent. Yeah, there were moments from the Polo Grounds to the last show but 89-91 was the last classic era of the Grateful Dead.

God bless the Grateful Dead!

This just keeps getting better and better!
Thanks David, nice pick.

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Joined: Sep 19 2007
ahhh, acoustic!

thanks david for the acoustic morsels! remember back when this all started you sometimes played some studio stuff, rehearsals, etc. any chance that some more cool stuff like that could find it's way back???

Joined: Jun 13 2007

I am, here.
And the tracks lead to my bliss.
1st time through and you know;
it just gets better and better from there.
That's right!

I love you! All!

Good Morning
and a
Great Week to Everyone, xo!

I'll come
for more
later On.

Have Us
a Toast
to Us, X!
Cheers at 10:10am EST

Joined: Jun 4 2007
A New Decade

Oftentimes, the first year of a new decade is lumped into the prior decade, but here in 1970, just one year after the Fillmore West show of 2/28/69, the acoustic songs, and songwriting, are quite a distance from Live Dead.

Just a nice breather, as we oftentimes forgot to breathe. Thanks, David.


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