Grateful Dead

July 20 - July 26, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where we’ve got some excellent Grateful Dead music for from 1974 and 1987 this week.

Our first selection this week is from 7/24/87 at Oakland Stadium in beautiful Oakland, CA, with the end of the Grateful Dead’s portion of the show featuring Uncle John's Band>Dear Mr. Fantasy>I Need A Miracle>Bertha>Sugar Magnolia. I say “the end of the Grateful Dead’s portion of the show” because the band would then play an entire 3rd set as Bob Dylan’s backing band. The 1987 Grateful Dead was a high-energy band, and although they might have lacked a bit of the exploratory sensibility of the 1973 band, or even the 1989-1990 band that would again stretch out on certain songs, they definitely came ready to play, and completely inspired.

Next up is music from the very next show on 7/26/87 in Anaheim, another Dylan and the Dead affairs, the finale of the six shows featuring this pairing. From the end of that mighty fine concert, we have The Other One>Stella Blue>Throwing Stones>Not Fade Away. Again, it is perhaps not the most jammed out material, but it was incredibly powerful nonetheless. This jam and the one above can be heard and seen on the DVD/CD View from the Vault, which contains two entire Grateful Dead concerts (in 5.1 on the DVD).

Finally this week, from Chicago on 7/25/74, we have the big second set jam of Dark Star>Stella Blue. Between the two songs, you’ll hear a very early jam of Slipknot!, which would be recorded in early 1975 and attached to Help On The Way and Franklin’s Tower from then onward with very few exceptions. It’s always fun to hear the beginnings of a song that would become such a big part of the band’s repertoire.

Be sure to stop back next week for music from 1966, 1973, 1982 and 1988, a good mix of old and, well, not so old. And feel free to email the address below if you have any comments or questions about the Tapers’ Section.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 6 2007
Thanks David!!!

As a huge '74 fan, I'm really enjoying the 'Dark Star>Stella Blue', which I have never heard before!!! I own the View from the Vault from the 87' shows and have always been impressed with energy of these performances. It's nice to see them highlighted here. Awesome!!!!

'In fact your salvation is within yourself, in your own essence of mind, it is not to be gotten grasping at external people like me.' ~ Jack Kerouac

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Joined: Sep 16 2008
There were days, and there

There were days, and there were days
And there were days between
Summer flies and August dies
The world grows dark and mean
Comes the shimmer of the moon
On black infested trees
The singing man is at his song
The holy on their knees
The reckless are out wrecking
The timid plead their pleas
No one knows much more of this
Than anyone can see
Anyone can see

There were days, and there were days
And there were days besides
When phantom ships with phantom sails
Set to sea on phantom tides
Comes the lightning of the sun
On bright unfocused eyes
The blue of yet another day
A springtime wet with sighs
A hopeful candle lingers
In the land of lullabies
Where headless horsemen vanish
With wild and lonely cries
Lonely cries

There were days, and there were days
And there were days I know
When all we ever wanted
Was to learn and love and grow
Once we grew into our shoes
We told them where to go
Walked halfway around the world
On promise of the glow
Stood upon a mountain top
Walked barefoot in the snow
Gave the best we had to give
How much we'll never know
We'll never know

There were days, and there were days
And there were days between
Polished like a golden bowl
The finest ever seen
Hearts of Summer held in trust
Still tender young and green
Left on shelves collecting dust
Not knowing what they mean
Valentines of flesh and blood
As soft as velveteen
Hoping love would not forsake
The days that lie between
Lie between

DoDa Man ;^ )

Without love in the dream it'll never come true
Robert Hunter, Jerry Garcia

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Joined: Feb 8 2009
Eighty seven ay

Memories of the Dead jefferson and traffic back in the day,Yeah go on in with the doctor man everyting gonna be Irie.

Joined: Nov 21 2007
1974 shows

Remember back in the mid to late 80's no one had the Chicago Amphitheatre and the Atlanta Omni shows??? Or am i just dating myself.. Thanks David for the Chicago songs..

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Joined: Jul 19 2009
loving it!

I'm so glad that I decided to play on the computer last night! If not, I would've never stumbled across this web site! See, miracles do happen! Thanks for making such a gnarly site! Much appreciation! *hoohey*

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Nice little run-through by Garcia I've never heard that before. Thanks!

Joined: Dec 31 2008
The Dog Days

Nice to start this lazy summer morning off with some hearty 87' jams. Thanks David!

Joined: Oct 24 2008
Starting my shift at the

Starting my shift at the mine with Dark Star and a beverage. Nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile . . .
Have a grateful day everyone.

Joined: Jun 6 2007

Thanks, David, for making a miserable Monday morning a lot more bearable! Nothing like a big cup o' joe and the taper's section to get the blood moving.

Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams
to another land


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