Grateful Dead

March 15- March 21, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking in on three full first sets from 1987 and 1988.

Our first stop this week is on 9/16/87, the second of the five night run at Madison Square Garden, the Grateful Dead's first appearance there since 1983. The first set this night was quite standard for the time, with one rather glaring exception: Scarlet Begonias was the second song of the night, popping out of a joyous Touch of Grey. Now THAT caught everyone off guard. We're pleased to present you with Touch Of Grey > Scarlet Begonias; Little Red Rooster; Dire Wolf; My Brother Esau; High Time; Let It Grow > Don't Ease Me In. the next night, on 9/17/87, jerry and bob made their famous appearance on letterman in which bobby, dave and biff attempted to levitate jerry, an old parlor trick.

From a little less than a year later, on 9/5/88 at the Capital Center in Landover, MD, we have the first set consisting of Iko Iko; Walkin' Blues; Ramble On Rose; Mama Tried > Mexicali Blues; Row Jimmy; Stuck Inside of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again; When Push Comes To Shove; The Music Never Stopped. This is the show after the breakout of Ripple on 9/3/88, and the crowd was pumped by Saturday's developments.

Lastly this week, from 9/8/88 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia to start a four night run of shows, we have the first set, made up of Let The Good Times Roll > Shakedown Street ; Walkin' Blues ; To Lay Me Down ; It's All Over Now ; Loser ; Let It Grow. This was a real hit-and-miss tour, and this set is certainly one of the hits.

Be sure to join us next week for more great stuff here at the Tapers' Section. As always, we encourage your emails at the address below.

David Lemieux


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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

love the idea of a trainwrecks installment. I mean, they famously occurred and were part of the charm, etc.

Joined: Oct 1 2007
thanks uncjhn

yup, my opinion is just one of many, as valuable, or value-less as anyone elses! Love the new road-trips too! The opinion of the many or the majority sure does not determine the truth, that is the tyranny of the mob...
I sure hope I do not offend, just trying to speak my mind quickly while preparing a lecture, and listening to Colgate '77 at the moment (ah, here comes Playin' again!)
Yea Vermont, I saw some fun shows there, Further on the museum lawn this July, great place for shows!

uncjhn's picture
Joined: Dec 5 2007
The music never stopped

I look forward each week to the music David posts on this site. I just recieved Road Trips Austin 71 and just started listening. Can't wait for the Dark Star!! I don't mean to offend anyone I have just found that to keep a very open mind when it comes to music. I have also learned from great teachers that if 1000 or 10,000 people think lets say May of 77 was the best for the Band or 94 the worst that doesn't mean this is so. More opinions dosen't make it true. I love the community and the sharing of ideas that occur. Keep an open mind/heart and the possabilities are endless!
Thanks for the Tunes D. and see some of you in Vermont sooon!!
Still on the Bus.

cosmicbadger's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
the acid test

In order to test the theory that everything Grateful is just great, may I suggest some new Tapers' Section selections for future weeks

1. A Taper's Section that consists entirely of versions of 'Seastones'
2. A selection of David's favourite train wreck shows

should provoke some more lively discussions ;-)

Joined: Oct 1 2007
hey uncjhn

Hey, everyone's opinion is just that, including mine, of course! Yet is not this site about talking about our opinions, particularly when they may differ? What's the point if all there is to say is "every show is fuckin' great--then our friend David might as well randomly decide what to play in this section, in fact, why likit yourself to the Dead, might as well post random music/sounds--or is it something about the Dead that has it that is all of value, but not other musics? When you say "Every era of the dead has its virtures/sounds" is THAT just an opinion (yours) or not open to debate?? There is SO MUCH more to think about here than just the banal "we all have our opinion"--of course we do, its WHY we have the opinion we do that matters, and might produce interesting conversation. I know comments here have had me give Dead music I might have overlooked a second listen, but the Dead has always been about community, and community is based on dialogue and interaction, and the simply claim "I like what I like, and that is it" is an invitation to cut off community and the friendly discourse that grounds community. As for the question of "expertise"--that is related, but distinct..... Keep on Truckin' here in the tapers section-- "comes a time, when the blind man, takes your hand, and says 'Don't you see?'"

Joined: Mar 18 2010

I was reading the comments listed below this weeks Taper's Section, and I don't know man. For me, I'm grateful anytime there is more Grateful Dead we can listen to. Like if we only get one more release this year, I'm greatful we got one more. I know every fan has their wishes of what they want to hear, but I wish the fans would be happy they get to hear anything at all. What does grateful really mean anyways? And yeah, I know I spelled grateful wrong, but atleast I know what it means.

uncjhn's picture
Joined: Dec 5 2007
Good Times!

Thanks for the Music David.
I am a Dead Head of the 80's. It was my era. I saw over 150 shows half on the east coast and the other half mostly in the Bay Area. More fun and good times than any person should have!! One thing I have found is that one person may love a show and another may not. We all experience things individually. You are entitled to your opinion but a Phd does not make anyone an expert on this bus. Every era in the Grateful Dead has it's Virtues/Sounds. I listen to all of them but relate to the music on this page because this was the band I knew. Thanks for posting and Let the good times roll.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Let It Grow


No one wants to learn by mistakes, but we cannot learn enough from success to go (then) beyond state of the art...Such is the nature not only of science and engineering, but of all human endeavors.
-Henry Petroski

Experience isn't what happens to you.
It's what you make out of what happens to you.
-Aldous Huxley


krs10's picture
Joined: Mar 25 2009
High Time

Love it - Nice singin' Jer! Quite the musical transition btwn High Time and Let it Grow - just shows the scope of material this band was capable of. From slow ballad singing to quick rolling riffs - Jerry is so versatile.

Canyon Critter's picture
Joined: Oct 20 2008
There's only on Kind of Ball

The extra kind Gooey Goo Ball~

Going Down to Eugene

Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!


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