Grateful Dead

July 23 - July 29, 2012

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings. This week we have music spanning eight years of Grateful Dead history, 1973 to 1981.

Our first stop this week is in Evanston, IL, where we have the big jam featuring Morning Dew>Playing In The Band>Uncle John's Band>Playing In The Band. A week later, on 11/10/73, this would be tweaked to become Playing>UJB>Dew>UJB>Playing, which they'd again play on 11/17/73 and finally on 3/23/74.

Next up is the long sequence pre-Drums from 11/26/80 in Pembroke Pines, FL, the first show after the five week run of acoustic/electric shows at the Warfield and Radio City that ended on 10/31/80. From this show we have Cold Rain and Snow, Samson and Delilah, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Estimated Prophet>Eyes Of The World.

Lastly this week from 12/9/81 in Boulder, CO, we have the start of the second set, featuring Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain>Estimated Prophet>He's Gone>Jam. Although this is from the PA mix, you might notice the sound is a little more full and robust, and that's owing to the fact that this November-December, 1981 tour was recorded to reel-to-reel rather than cassette masters, the only tour aside from Fall Tour 1976 for which the PA feed was recorded to reel-to-reel (generally reels 1969-1979 were mixed specifically for the tape, not simply pulling a PA feed). There's a cut in the master reel during Scarlet Begonias.

Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux


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slo lettuce's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2012
simply amazed

I'm the new old guy here but have been a fan of the taper's section for what seems a long time. I have learned more about the history of these outstanding concerts from this incredible community and just wanted to say "thank you" to all. Thank you especially to Marye for your help and to the incredible efforts of Mr. Lemieux for this seemingly endless supply of beautiful music. Which brings me to the subject name; I am absolutely in awe at the incredible memory so many heads seem to have about dates and set lists. I've only been to a mere 5 concerts and until recently the best recollection I have is that they were at soldier field in the early 90's. My God if the dead community isn't the funnest group of people ever assembled on earth, I don't know who is. I got on the colorful bus in '79 but didn't get on the dead bus until early 90's. I took one look at the parking lot and knew that I was home. Only regret is that it wasn't sooner. I also have to say "thanks for being you" to sherbear for your incredibly upbeat and positive attitude for the dead. It's infectious and I always enjoy reading your posts. So glad to be here among fellow Dead headians.

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Joined: Jan 19 2012
Nice way to end the evening

Just back from a walk along the river. Nice way to cool down.....

Joshua_me's picture
Joined: Jun 24 2007
The More That You Give....

God bless...

That 12/9/81 clip is a revelation !

THIRTY ONE year-old magnetic tape without the slightest trace of hiss ??!!

Sweet holy hoo-ha !

Get this entire run into a boxed set as soon as possible ! As written above, we ain't getting any younger ! ;-)

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Starting Tuesday here in a Monday
evening way, in the EST Tuesday is
17 minutes old.

Thank you grateful prof! I loved your
'73 comment...magical indeed.

4th time thru on the '80 clip, TYDL!
The Jerry pre-party airwaves
are streaming in perfection right to the
speakers of my home.

To Jerry....clink.

Joined: Oct 1 2007
hey sherbear....

This old taper thanks you back...folks like you are why we taped! I did tape that '80 and '81 tour. Funny, noone has anything to say about Evanston '73, which goes down like honey tinged mead. I would trade the whole '80 tour to have been at almost any late '73 show. Those early 80's show are great rock, , '73, magical soul music that picks you up, and drops you in a new place, both strange and familiar. But today, I love it all!

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Joined: Oct 3 2008

What a year, Brent on Fire, love his vocals in these early days, hits those notes better than Donna ever did, and what harmony, Jerry on fire with those out of this world riffs, Phil thumping hard and fast, it's all so good...yes, box set please, that mini tour thru Fla for the gators homecomming game was just the best, better than the warfield/radio city shows, which aren't in the vault, so....what are you waiting for? There may be a little feedback here and there but the sound is excellent, hopefully, sooner than later, these gems will get the upgrade they deserve. We ain't getting any younger.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

I don't listen to nearly as much '81 Dead as I do '87-'90, but this recording sounds quite nice. Brents organ work here is a prime example of why he WAS the Deads perfect keyboardist, and he only got better from there on out. Genius!

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Joined: Feb 25 2012
anybody looking for 80s GD from rhino...

don't know if it's an indicator but the plug on this site for pictures from the 60s-70s tells me that they are going that direction for new releases. and then again - maybe not. don't hold your breath though...

Joined: Aug 3 2009
florida dead

Early 80s box set pembroke pines lakeland gainseville atlanta.What do ya think?

Joined: Jun 13 2007

3rd X through that '80 clip, Yeah!

Well, I missed a bunch of shows I so
much wanted to see, goes like that.
But this internet thing had me listening,
just like this, to the shows I wanted
to hear.

In the Taper's Section
I wish to send a big shout out
and heartfelt thanks to
Mr. Taper Rob and All of Them!

Ya'll brought some of the most
delectable music! I have
every excellent bit of gratitude,
I could possess, to sher.
Yeah, thanks!

I think I will throw a big thanks---
to ALL the tapers far and wide
that invested the time to
ensure this sensational music;
in priceless-recorded splendor,
will never fade away.

I have heard trillions of beats,
chords, notes, and the rests!
Wow, do I love a fast rest and
getting back in like a bull finding the
red cape.

From the beginning,
I have never stopped loving you,
ALL. My listening experience begins
with you, ever since ever has been or was. ----Mikes@
in the air are like a rose garden in
a field wild flowers. Even in a recording
that faced all obstacles, I found what
you left there...a gift and effort to capture
the essence of this music. Excellent!
I have heard so many crystal clear shows
that I got a miracle---a thing of beauty.

When I count my blessings, miracles and
good karma; I think in cap-lock. How can
I say thanks and really get it right, Idk
Thank you so much, so-so much!

My life could not be my life without You, All.

That is why...

Mr. David Lemieux is a favorite person of mine.
I dreamed of getting his job, knowing...
"Dreams are lies....It's the dreaming that's real"
and if it couldn't be me...
He was an excellent selection!
I could not imagine my weeks with no
Taper's Section!
There has not been a second I didn't
want to hear what you discovered, dusted-off,
sought out and ran through.
I am ever so grateful, God will have to explain
how much to you 'cause you'll never know.
And to mention...
how I battle to not envy you...
lucky duck! (+)
Cheers Mr. Lemieux, xo!
And, to never be forgotten...
Cheers, I Love You ALL

Keep on, rock on and love on-> never stop!

In humble regards,



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