Grateful Dead

January 31 - February 6, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning three decades of Grateful Dead history, the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s

Our first selections this week is from 3/18/71 in St. Louis, where the band always seemed to play great shows. From that show, we have the end of the set, featuring Greatest Story Ever Told>Johnny B. Goode, Not Fade Away>GDTRFB>Jam>Caution>Feedback, Uncle John's Band. There's a cut toward the end of GDTRFB, a master reel flip, but the standout here is the Caution, the first in a very long time. They'd again shelve it after this show, to revive it again in March-May, 1972 before putting it away for good.

Next up is music from 3/14/81 in Hartford, a bit of an underrated show, owing largely to being surrounded by so many exceptional shows on this tour, many of which circulate in great quality. From the first set, we have Feel Like A Stranger, Sugaree, Me and My Uncle>Big River.

Lastly this week is the entire first set from 3/10/93 at Rosemont, IL, on a very good tour. The 1990s are often maligned, but the spring tour, through the May shows, featured some great music, and very inspired shows. In the hopes that you don't mind two versions of Stranger this week, here is Feel Like A Stranger ; Stagger Lee ; The Same Thing ; Peggy-O ; Queen Jane Approximately ; Ramble On Rose ; Let It Grow.

Be sure to stop in next week for more great Grateful Dead music. And please feel free to write to us at the address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
I Have To Agree

These links not working are just not right. A major website like this should not have these consistent issues.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
More Disappointment

The third clip lasts for just 33 seconds and dies.

Following last week's unresolved problem today is a signal that this site is having grave difficulty competently accomplishing its' self defined tasks. I hope you find this as embarrassing as the deadheads find it distressing and disappointing.


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Joined: Jul 9 2007
March hat trick!

Thanks for the tunes: The Caution is good, as is Pigpen's vocal contribution, in the St. Louie performance. I especially enjoy the early version of the Greatest Story Ever Told.
The links for the 2 other shows end before all the tunes are played. The Rosemont Stranger stops before the vocals begin.

Joined: Mar 18 2010

Thanks for the positive vibe "Grateful" Bob. I always look forward to the Taper's Section, and always will when DL is picking the tunes. He is a master of the GD. Thanks David!

Joined: Mar 12 2009
additional comment concerning CAUTION

Dicks picks created a selection from Nassau Coliseum in the early 80's; whereby, the DEAD teased CAUTION. This was a version with no verses, yet it is credited on the CD. A very strange trippy show. I rushed the stage to get some GOOD LOVE @ the end of the second set and was escoted out by the ushers/police.

When the police knocked, them ol doors flew back

Joined: Jun 5 2007
I always look forward to

I always look forward to Mondays to see whats here & its just been so much crap lately.

Also this site use to be full w/selections, now always so small. Not wasting my time anymore.


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