Grateful Dead

January 04 - January 10, 2016

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section and our first full week of 2016 music offerings from the Grateful Dead's vault.

Our first stop this week is on 8/12/81 in Salt Lake City, where we have the music coming out of Space, although we're missing the final two songs of the set (Around and Around>Good Lovin'). From this fine show, we have Space>Spanish Jam>Truckin'>Morning Dew.

Next is the start of the second set from my first Grateful Dead show on 3/26/87 in Hartford. Even though I was virtually last row of the building, I remember everything about this show so vividly. Enjoy this batch of very high energy Dead: China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Looks Like Rain>He's Gone.

Lastly this week is the entire first set from 7/31/88 at Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, where we have Mississippi Half-Step, Little Red Rooster, West LA Fadeaway, Me and My Uncle>Big River, Ramble On Rose, Gentlemen Start Your Engines, Masterpiece, Bird Song.

Be sure to join us here next week with more music from the vault.

David Lemieux


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wilfredtjones's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
guest artists

Jerry thanks David Hidalgo after the songs.

shiney mike's picture
Joined: Feb 8 2008
Who were the Guest Guitarists at Laguna Seca?

I am guessing they were David Hidalgo and/or Cesar Rosas from Los Lobos, and listening more I am becoming quite certain.

Listen to Little Red Rooster and maybe West La Fadeaway and you will hear some electric guitars not played by Jerry or Bob... Better list 'em...

Thanks, Shiney...

Joined: Jan 11 2016
Salt Lake City

will try to bethere in Salt Lake City :)

olddeadhead_NFA's picture
Joined: Mar 28 2011
an 88 first set

Or maybe somewhere in San Francisco, on a back porch in July.
I'm on a back porch in San Francisco in January. 65 Degrees(F)
That's winter.....

Joined: Jan 13 2010
time again for


That would have to include 9/12/81, mbarilla's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Hope You Enjoy

Out of about 500 versions, only a very few times this occured

mbarilla's picture
Joined: Aug 8 2013
August 1981

When is one these smoking sets from August getting released? Quite a few are circulating from Audience recordings.

2nd set of 8.14.81 is pretty interesting opening with 6 songs before drums including Playing in the Band. Also Baby Blue encore, seems to be 1st in a while. Bring on more 1981, how about 9.12.81 if in vault ??

deadheadland's picture
Joined: Aug 21 2007
Grate space > Spanish

Excellent way to start the year, thanks Dave!

Joined: Nov 21 2014
Yay '87's!

Loved this show! The whole thing was great. So much good energy from the '87 ones. Especially like that dramatic burst at the end of He's Gone... Thanks, Dave!

Joined: Jan 13 2010
somewhere in the China Rider transition

someone seems to say (non-verbally) "kick up the energy a little".

the audience sounds happy about it.

oh to live on, grateful mountain, with the deadheads and the colored balloons.

i can't be twenty on grateful mountain. That was 32 years ago, 4fuxsayk.

on a nooooorrththhbound train

not a big fan of LLR

love Jerry, but his voice in 88 is squeaky creaky. ish.

just sayin'


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