Grateful Dead

July 26 - August 2, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and thanks for joining us again here at the Tapers' Section, where this week have some music from the summer tour of 1981, and a taste of 1985 Grateful Dead music.

Our first selection this week is music from the first and second set of 7/5/81 Oklahoma City, where we have the last song of the first set followed by the first four songs of the second set: Let It Grow; Samson and Delilah, Don't Ease Me In, The Music Never Stopped, Ship Of Fools. A couple of those second set tunes have an odd placement, which is always one of the cool things about GD shows, never knowing what's going to be where, despite expectations.

From two nights later on 7/7/81 in Kansas City, we have the start of the second set, featuring Women Are Smarter, Candyman, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World. This is the second-ever version of Women Are Smarter, the first being played on 7/2/81, and also note that the Eyes cuts here where the master cassette cuts.

Finally this week we have second set music from one of the most famous shows of 1985, from 6/30/85 at Merriweather Post Pavillion. Of course, the sequence that comes to mind for most people when they hear this show's date is the pre-Drums sequence with that interstellar Shakedown Street and the Cryptical (and the Samson, Gimme Some and He's Gone!), so today we're pleased to play you the post-Drums sequence of Other One>Stella Blue>Around and Around>Sugar Magnolia, which includes the Other One that completes the Cryptical. Good stuff on this tour.

Thanks for checking us out this week, and please do feel free to write to the address below with questions about anything Grateful Dead related. We respond to most everything that comes our way, so we do encourage you to reach out to say hi and ask anything about the tapes that you might want to know.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 5 2007

Killer Shakedown, had to go to archives & listen to whole show......ty David

Joined: Aug 3 2009
box set of merriweather

I conducted that shakedown street fred garvin going insane right in front of the sound board dan healy laughed his head off.My buddy was on stage that night when he looked out at the crowd he said the first thing he saw was me going mental on that shakedown bob and jerry were cracking up to watching fred garvin with the shirt over his face and head doing the asid conduction.Oh those were the days.Should be a box set.

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
KC Municipal 7/7/81

I muscled my way up front to get a good position for FOB recording, only to encounter hostile ushers intent on stopping anyone from taping the show. Needless to say, my recording won't be up on LMA anytime soon.
I took my current boss, Bill, and his ex-girlfriend to their very first GD show! At the time, he was unemployed.....
The 1st set opened strong with a Minglewood>Bertha>Dancing.

...she was too pat to open and too cool to bluff

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
These are the 80' most underrated

These 2 years (especially 81 which by the way was my first Dead show year, although late NYE when I was 6 years old) are some of the most underrated and best of the 80's decade. I'm really excited to hear the different temp/styles these things have to offer. Especially when they come from the vault!

~Clicking play on Let it Grow~ Letting the Music Play the Band...As is tradition to start the week, because it always puts a smile on my face.

Thanks David.

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Joined: Aug 1 2009
Excellent Candyman It's all

Excellent Candyman

It's all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago

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Joined: Nov 14 2007
Merriweather Post

I often flashback on this show and this tour.

New sound equipment, new lights, new red t shirt. Lets go on the road and and show them what we can do.



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