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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miggon's picture
Joined: Jul 11 2007
Taper's Delight

I've taken every Taper's Section track into iTunes and specified gapless playback. It's like an endless show that never stops while blending eras of sets. Try it, you'll like it.

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Phil Lesh

tj crowley

is it just my ear OR..are these (as well most of previous sets) loud phil OR are you adjusting the volumne's and bringing Phil up?
thnaks for YOUR work (?) tom crowley c/o w e s s 90.3fm
fried-days 6pm - midnite (e.s.t.)
'six strings...more or Lesh'

special_ed's picture
Joined: Jul 10 2007
i LUV the taper's section!

i LUV the taper's section!

pomo1's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Donna Filter

I really enjoy listening to this feature every week, but has anyone invented a filter to eliminate Donna's voice? I also think DL purposely sneaks in a horrid example of Donna ruining a song every once in while (listen to some of last week's selections for example).

BTW, without trying to come across as too cynical, does David read these comments? David, give us a sign!

Thanks again for your efforts.

PikesPeak's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Great Stuff

Ship of Fools. THank YOu


GaryHartman's picture
Joined: Jul 4 2007
Holy Shit!!

Tapers section??? This is GREAT!! .........Request??? You got to be kidding me??
David who??????????????? JK.
How about in the near furture Rutgers 5-15-81 That Estimated-Eyes was smoking!!
I remember Jerry with a little new rift before Eyes.
Orrrrrrrrrrrrrr How about.......The second set opener of the Sportatorium in "85" Morning Dew.
This is Great!! A deadhead's dream come true!!
Thanks David!!!

Gary H

BarefootMechanic's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
That is a lot of sweet music this time!

You didn't mention that sweet Cryptical on The Other one! Nice suprise.
Maggies farm is grate too! I'd never heard that before and I ussually don't listen to dead in the 90's-- but that sounds awesome (now I've got to wrap my head around good post-brent dead...)
And I second the request for Mason's Children!

Joined: Jun 10 2007
the usual thanks--

thank you again. i so appreciate getting new stuff to listen to each week! i know the kids at the record store down the street are starting to wonder what happened to me...

thanks for the great selection- have a great week!


Joined: Jun 4 2007

thank you

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

... but this is the best and the Crazy Fingers I've never heard. In other words, I never heard one better than say One from the Vault. A complete musical piece that I knew they must have played several times. Well, thanks a lot David and keep 'em coming.


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