Grateful Dead

June 21 to June 27, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week at the Tapers' Section we're going to check in on some Grateful Dead music that covers just about 20 years, with selections from 1969, 1979 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is at the Fillmore Auditorium on 12/19/69, when the Grateful Dead were wrapping up their Bay Area performances for the year. New Year's Eve 1969-1970 was the only Dead NYE show that took place outside of the state of California, with a monster show in Boston on 12/31/69. From this first of three Fillmore shows, we have a terrific late-1969 sequence of Good Lovin, That's It For The Other One>Uncle John's Band>Lovelight . The first live Uncle John's Band (with vocals) was just two weeks before this.

Next up is the first night of the Dead's NYE run in 1988, a rare three-night run (NYE runs were generally 4 or 5 night affairs 1979-1991, with the exception of the two nights in 1985). From that show in Oakland at the Coliseum, we have the entire first set, consisting of Iko Iko ; Walkin' Blues ; Jack-A-Roe ; It's All Over Now ; When Push Comes To Shove ; Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again ; Bird Song ; Jack Straw. This show also featured an excellent second set, with a particularly fine post-Drums sequence.

Finally this week, from Chicago on 12/5/79, we have a good chunk of the first set, made up of Alabama Getaway> Greatest Story Ever Told ; Dire Wolf ; Me And My Uncle > Big River; Cold Rain And Snow. We've played quite a bit of this tour here at the Tapers' Section, and with decent tapes of the whole tour in the vault, we expect we'll keep playing more as the years go by. These are from cassette masters, from the PA feed, and aren't quite of the same quality as the reels mixed specifically for later-listening by Betty 1976-1978, but they are very good nonetheless.

Be sure to stop by next week for some music from 1973, 1985 and 1989 as we roll into the 4th of July. Hooray for America! And, as always, we encourage you to write to the email address below with questions, comments, suggestions, or just to say hi.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Dave's Picks 6 whetting material

nice...Back to the future! whoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosh.

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
As Well to Count the Angels...


Many happy memories from that '88 NYE run. The band seemed in such a good mood, Jerry especially...

*sigh* This "Missing Jerry" thing is never going to stop, is it ?

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Youve got your facts right Dave

Glad to know your updated and upgraded on your facts D

It d be a shame for you to be doing otherwise

A warm greeting from Chile , where we re enjoying a stupendous world cup . Glad to know the US qualified today to the 2nd phase . And i hope that Canada gets on top of its game to GET to the next cup - Brasil 2014 . As always , thanks for your important efforts in informing us of the intriguing and meaningful history of this band . No one will ever do it better than you friend

Take care

much peace

Joined: Jun 10 2007
nye in the good ol summertime!

it's 95 in indianapolis, so i am thrilled to listen to nye in nyc-- i imagine a chilly breeze blowing outside msg- we need one here, now!
thanks for the excellend selections for the week- i am delighted to listen!

Joined: Jun 5 2007

I'm not sure what you're referring to, as the 3-night run referred to in the Tapers' Section this week is clearly mentioning a New Year's Eve run in 1988, not the 9-night MSG 1988 run. Am I missing something?

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uuuummmmm 3 Nights ?

The 88 MSG run was 9 nights sept 14,15,16,18,19,20,22,23,24 Check Out My Orignal Music at

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yes, the 88 sequence cuts in the middle of stuck inside of mobile, which is too bad, that bird song is one of the best cuts of that set.
I also have a question, when are we gonna get the second sets? There is a lot of fantastic stuff on those second sets, yet, we get the first set, thanks but I want the meat of these shows, not just the trimmins'
That rainforest Benefit show from 88 also has a very nice second set, including that rainforest drums and space, can we get some meat next week please, thanks David and I'm not complaining, you do a fantastic job, it just seems that the best of these shows we never get to hear. Are you saving them for some reason that I can't comprehend? Are they soon to be released and that's why they don't get played? Just tryin to figure it out. Keep on diggin David, and get us some second sets please.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
thanks and a question


thank you for the fine music you provide us week after week.

today the second sequence seems to end suddenly during 'Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again' and 'Bird Song ; Jack Straw.' seems to be omitted. Is the file what you intended or was part of it inadvertently dropped ?


Joined: Aug 19 2008
Many Smiles

Edwardsgr8fl2 Been on da Bus for over 40 years since Sunshine in Happy Hollow ( Bullfrog II.)It's always been about the music and family and sharing the Trip. I just wanted to take a minute and thank you David for bringing all those wonderful times back to us every week.Keep On Keepin' On.

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Shine on me...

Thanks, David, for the Fillmore NYE 1969 sequence: very powerful progression with Pigpen sandwiching the Other One > Uncle John. will check out the other 2 week features next!


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