Grateful Dead

January 2- January 8, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back, and Happy New Year everyone! This week we cover almost 20 years in Grateful Dead history with music from 1970 to 1989.

Our first stop this week is 4/3/70 in Cincinnati, one of the few tapes we have in the vault from outside of California. Fortunately what we do have is mostly excellent (1/2&3 Fillmore East, the January tour, 2/13&14, 5/2, 5/15). From 4/3 we have Hard to Handle, Dancing In The Street, Me and My Uncle, Friend of the Devil, Deep Elem Blues, Candyman, with those last three songs being acoustic Dead.

Next is music from 4/1/86 in Providence, RI, the start of the second set featuring Shakedown Street>Estimated Prophet>Eyes Of The World. This was drawn from the Beta PCM digital master tape, which for the most part sound pretty good.

Lastly this week is the entire first set from 4/5/89 in Ann Arbor, MI, with Feel Like A Stranger > Franklin's Tower ; New Minglewood Blues ; Candyman ; Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ; Far From Me ; Dupree's Diamond Blues ; Let It Grow > U.S. Blues. A couple of rarities in this set are the Dupree's, which was not played too much at this time, and the U.S. Blues set-closer.

Be sure to join us next week for more tunes from the vault. And as always, we welcome and encourage your comments and questions, sent to the email address below.

David Lemieux


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Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007

The 80's were no where as good as the 70's or 60's . Jerry's drug use and it's effect on his vocals and guitar playing plus the inability of Brent to get it together detracted many of us Deadheads from enjoying the ride. Sorry , but that's the away it is. Gratefully, I did enjoy Bruce and Vince during the 90's.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Crisler Arena

The two shows the Dead played in Ann Arbor in '89, in which I was in attendance, not only saw the band playing at their absolute best in their entire 30 year career, but was one of my favorite memories of going to shows back in the day.

Joined: Aug 21 2007
86 again

Agree with dkeifer!
There were some spotty moments, but also many shining ones.
One of my favorite segments from 1986 is the China/Rider, Playin from Hampton. The Playin gets really far out at the end and goes on a long time.
Happy New Year to all.

Joined: Jul 17 2007
jerry before the coma

just wasn't the same as after the coma. Thanks for picking something from the vast choices that you have the amazing priviledge of choosing from and posting something before 1978.

Grateful Jeff's picture
Joined: Feb 1 2008
Far From Me Ann Arbor

My friend pete walked around behind the stage before the show when the boys were in their onstage "dressing rooms" and yelled at the top of his lungs, "Hey Brent, play Far From Me" several times before the show. Apparently brent heard him loud and clear.

Joined: Apr 13 2009

This 86 stuff is kind of a revelation. I always wrote that year off. But this is hot--as was the 86 set from a few weeks ago. Wow.


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