Grateful Dead

January 14 - January 20, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from 1978, 1980 and 1989, a good batch of music from some prime eras.

You might remember we recently played some music from Nashville on 4/22/78, and this week we're happy to continue with more of the first set from this excellent show, with Jack Straw, Peggy-O, New Minglewood Blues, Deal. This, as well as the next show on 4/24 in Normal, IL, is a terrific show, with both sets being equally hot.

In 1980, after the extensive runs of shows at the Warfield and Radio City Music Hall, the Grateful Dead hit the road again in late November for some short runs of shows in the South, followed by a short run in California, including this show on 12/30/80 in Long Beach: Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain, Playing In The Band. The start of Scarlet is missing due to the cassette master not containing it, but what is here is excellent.

In 1989, the band did their traditional New Year's run in the Bay Area, with four shows, which were all excellent for the most part. These capped one of the most satisfying years of Grateful Dead touring, with a consistency going back to Spring 1989 that would continue through Spring of 1990. From the first night, we are pleased to have the entire first set, and a terrific one it is: Cold Rain And Snow,Greatest Story Ever Told, Never Trust A Woman, Althea, Me And My Uncle > Big River, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Bird Song, Promised Land. This is one incredibly hot show, and although occasionally (and minorly) flawed, it is crackling with energy and inspiration. Later in the show, Clarence Clemons joined the band for Iko Iko and some late-second set tunes.

Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault, and as always, feel free to write with questions or comments, to the email address below.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Long Beach was rocking! Wish

Long Beach was rocking! Wish I could have been there!

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Cold Rain And Snow

Lead off with this and the show will then smoke. Althea, Big River, Let's see what happens!

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For SpaceBro.

Check out DL's comments about the New Year's '89 run. You may have seen this, but it no doubt will whet your appetite...

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New Years Run '89 - '90

If you release it, I'll buy it!

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12/27/89

This starts a bit rough with CR&S but picks up rather quickly. There are some quirky effects from the board. By the time Althea rolls around Jerry starts to roll, Bob chips in with Big River and Phil get really creative rapping TTBs (Was it the Colombians?) "I'm going back to San Anselmo. I do believe I've had enough!" Agree about Jerry's Birdsong!

Nice selection to begin my morning, thank DL!

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Zuck - for your ears...

...from a previous installment of Taper's Section. 4-22-78 pt. set II
P.S. You're velcome..ah-ah-ah...

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Right on Wilfred

Thanks for the correct date on the 1980 selection this week. 4/24/78- DL is certainly praising this show in recent weeks. I would love to see a combo release of 4/22 and 4/24- It would make a great companion to Dick's Picks 25. The quality of the copies of 4/24 on the archive are good but not great. All the more reason a copy of this show, in all it's Normanized Glory, would be a thrilling choice. Speaking of the archive, a soundboard of the second set to 4/22 doesn't circulate at all. Should we be so lucky to continue on with this show in future Taper's Sections...

p.s. Thanks for the link Wilfred!

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Long Beach

No doubt the segment is from 12-13 and not 12-30 as the setlists and venue would corroborate. It's nice nonetheless. Have a grateful day and thanks Dead.net!
P.S. Not only is the beginning of the Scarlet>Fire cut, the end is too...
P.S.S. Is it just me, or does DL seems enamored with 4-24-78? (I'm not saying overly enamored or unjustifiably so - - it's just an observation...perhaps he's queueing it up for a release??)

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12-27-89

Gorgeous bird song. Jerry is feelin it

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