Grateful Dead

March 22- March 28, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we're going to check in on 11 years of Grateful Dead history, from 1972, 1982 and 1983, a good mix of great music.

Our first stop this week is on 8/25/72 at Berkeley Community Theatre, where we'll check out the two big non-Dark Star, non-Other One jam vehicles of the era, Bird Song, Playing In The Band. Both of these tunes were usually played in the first set at the time, allowing the first set a good dose of jamming before the real second set fireworks began. Both of these versions stretch way out there. The very next show, on 8/27/72, would be the very famous Veneta show.

Next up is music from 8/29/82 in Seattle, a show that took place a day after the second decedenal Veneta show. From Seattle we have the end of the first set, featuring West L.A. Fadeaway ; Little Red Rooster ; Loser ; Cassidy ; It Must Have Been The Roses ; Let It Grow. West LA had been debuted the previous night at Veneta, and is quite a bit peppier and less structured than it would be a year later, as we'll hear in our next selection.

Which brings us to 8/31/83 at the Hult Center in Eugene, OR. From the final night of a three night run of shows at the Hult, we have some first set material divided into two parts, the first featuring West LA Fadeaway, Hell In A Bucket and the second featuring Cassidy, Don't Ease Me In. This is one of my favourite West LA Fadeaways, long and extremely well played. These early versions of Hell In A Bucket are quite a bit different than the later 80s versions, but they rock nonetheless.

Stop by next week for more tunes here at the Tapers' Section. And feel free to email any questions, comments or suggestions to the email address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 27 2007

well, I was going to complain that there weren't any March 27th shows..(you know this is my birthday week and I like to see what they played for me) !but David! You played a great selection of tunes for my birthday week. You're off the hook! Thanks again for the sweet tunage. XO

round and round

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Joined: Nov 19 2008

Forgive my lack of discernment, but how does one tell from listening that the channels are switched? Just curious; I probably won't be able to tell even when I know how. I just love music.

~ I'll meet you some morning in the sweet by and by

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
Decedenal, NOT the new penultimate

for a minute I thought maybe it would be... but close inspection reveals it to not be a word at all...
Hmmmmm..... please reveal these mysteries, Mnsr. Lemieux...

(killer selections as usual this week by the by)

Joined: Jun 27 2007

i haven't been on here for a good long while...thought i'd check in....i see the picky deadhead syndrome is still prevalent. yeah, well. i see DL is still posting show snippets which are backwards, that is the channels are switched (the example from this week is hult). Yeah, well. AND i am most appreciative of all of it. i love grateful dead -- zits, rooster, forgotten lyrics, backwards tapes and all. got shut out once -- realized what a blessing it was that they played ANYTHING and what a blessing to be in attendance. good ol'.......

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
Totally Cool '72

I woke up this morning to a superb delight Birdsong, Playin from 8/25/72 at Berkeley Community Theatre. Coincidence? Cosmic reality has swept me away. It just so happens that last night, I re-listened to arguably one of the greatest shows ever play from two days later 8/27/72 Veneta, Oregon....WOW, simply inspired, penultimate playing by our beloved band.

I'm going to let these two gems sink in b4 moving on this week.

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!

Joined: Jun 5 2007
I agree.................

I cant listen to lttle red rooster or hell in a bucklet, way tooo overplayed in the 80's, I know it's not on here but also cc rider was also over played, like someone above to each their own.

Only the '72 show here is it for me........

Joined: Jun 4 2007
what's with the...

...non-date specific offerings? Were they supposed to be? This week would really fit about 5 months hence. Not complaining, just wondering. I'll call for Boise 9-83 next week then.

Joined: Oct 1 2007
snowy Mon. morning

Made all the more expressive by a dreamy Bird Song and a filigreed Playin', love it! Alas, not sure I want to lose this mood by listening to a Little Red Rooster, and a Hell in a Bucket! I know, I know, to each their own! Thanks for the tunes!

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songs changed

The band changed and some of the songs changed with them. A lot of it was for the sake of making it easier and more seamless and polished.


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