Grateful Dead

July 9 - July 15, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we have almost 25 years of Grateful Dead music for you to hear, including plenty of material from this week in the history of the band’s recorded legacy, as well as a few other bits that just simply should be heard.

Our earliest track from our featured week is from 1976, from the second night of the band’s six-night stand at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco, 7/13/76. From the middle of the first set is this long, focused Crazy Fingers, which opens up into some terrific spaces.

From 7/11/81, the band’s second visit to Alpine Valley in Wisconsin, we have this second set opening trio of Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Ship of Fools, all drawn from the cassette master. The entirety of this show does not exist, with the first chunk of set one missing, as well as the bulk of the post-Drums sequence, but there is a good hour that remains.

The very well-know show from 7/13/84 featured, of course, a rare and very special encore, and an interesting second set opener, but we’d like to play for you the rocking first set closing medley of Hell In A Bucket>Might As Well, a classic 1984 combination. This is drawn from the Beta PCM master.

We’ll next move forward with a trio of songs from the Summer Tour of 1989, widely considered to be one of the best of the last 10 years of the band’s performing career. From 7/9/89 at Giants Stadium is this opener of Shakedown Street-Jack Straw, both of which are packed with energy and inspired moments. A few nights later at RFK Stadium in Washington on 7/12/89, show-opening act Bruce Hornsby sat in with the band on accordion for this second set opener of Sugaree. And lastly from this tour is the post-Drums sequence from Deer Creek on 7/15/89, featuring Space>China Doll>All Along The Watchtower>Stella Blue>Sugar Magnolia. As anyone who followed that tour will remember, after seven shows in five of the biggest stadiums on the East Coast, arriving at Deer Creek for the band’s first performance there was like seeing the band in a tiny theatre. This entire tour was recorded to 24-track audio, so if a release is ever made from these shows, it’ll be mixed beautifully from these master reels.

We recently had a request for a nice, stand-alone version of Ship of Fools, so here’s one from 5/5/78 in New Hampshire. This is drawn from the reel-to-reel master running at 7.5 ips. Incidentally, to answer a recent question, “ips” stands for inches per second, the speed at which a tape runs. Standard speeds are 3.75, 7.5 and 15 ips. The faster the tape speed, the better the sound.

For a little taste of Denmark, this show-opening combination hits the spot: Greatest Story Ever Told-Sugaree from 4/16/72. Like all of Europe ’72, this show was recorded to 16-track tape, so a proper live album can be mixed if and when the time comes.

Also by request this week is a little bit more from 1967, a unique That’s It For The Other One suite from 10/22/67 featuring very different lyrics to Weir’s part of the song.

As promised a few weeks ago, we are pleased to bring you the second half of the magnificent 6/24/85 show featuring Space>Comes A Time>The Other One>Cryptical Envelopment>Wharf Rat>Around and Around>Good Lovin’. There was some exceptional music played in the summer of 1985, and this is just one of many examples.

Our penultimate track this week is another taste of Canada: the Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain from 11/2/77 in Toronto. Short, but very, very sweet.

Lastly, a little piece from 1991 featuring the two keyboardists, from 3/18/91 at the Capital Center in Landover: Me and My Uncle>Maggie’s Farm with each vocalist taking a verse of the latter song.

Be sure to check back next week when we’re not quite sure what we’ll be playing, but we are certain it’ll be good. As always, you are encouraged to write with questions or comments.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jul 29 2007
Thank You

Great Scarlet this week!! How about some Hampton '89. You know the October shows billed as The Warlocks.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Waaa hoooo

Hell in a bucket, Might as well, took a while to download from site but worth the wait YEAH!!!!

Joined: Jun 4 2007

sorry this is what i meant to post

Joined: Jun 4 2007

how about this little gem from you tube

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Joined: Jun 23 2007

Thanks a lot, David. Even with the hassle of dial-up (I live deep in the woods), I'm still really enjoying this feature. Keep the great tunes coming!

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Joined: Jun 16 2007

Nice! Two tapes from shows I experienced. Thanks!

Joined: Jul 9 2007
Previous Taper's sections

The other day I thought I clicked on a link to check out all the other previous taper sections, now I can only find a link to get to the week before, did this link dissapear, is it still here somewhere, or is my memory just playing tricks on me?
This new feature really does rock!
How about the TERRAPIN from 3-18-77 Winterland the only one I recall to have the Alhambra section of the song and a really great show alltogether. Its on the live music archive, but the copy isn't that good, I had about four copies of this tape and none were ever that good on sound quality, but for those of you who have never heard that show you should definately give it a listen. The whole show is great, but the terrapin should be in all the history books!

Thanks Dave for the killer tunes!
Hand me my old guitar and pass the whiskey 'round.

Joined: Jul 13 2007
Penultimate Dew

I second (or third) the request for the 9/18/87 MSG Morning Dew>Good Lovin'>La Bamba>Good Lovin'. The last guitar stetch in Morning Dew is just amazing!

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Joined: Jul 12 2007
more 90s!

I would love to hear more stuff from 92-95. There were a lot of great moments inside of some mediocre shows, I think this format could allow for a better understanding of this underrated era. Lots of great "Standing on the Moon", "Terrapin", "Althea", to name a few. Just a suggestion from a fan who only saw the band live in 94 & 95. (First show: Highgate, VT 7/13/94). Keep up the good work-

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Joined: Jul 4 2007
Another request

How about the Estimated-Eyes from Red Rocks... I believe the date is 7-7-78.... used to have an audience tape of the show. Beautiful delivery of these two songs... Also did I mention that I want the Mason's Children from West Hollywood, Florida (5-22/23 1970) Also a nice version of "The Rub" Ain't it Crazy would be good too.

Keep them coming brother!!!!


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