Grateful Dead

March 28 - April 3, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be covering a relatively short period in the Grateful Dead's history, 1977-1982.

Our first selection this week is from 4/22/77 at the Philadelphia Spectrum on opening night of one of the best tours in the Grateful Dead's long history. We've got the bulk of the first set, featuring Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, Looks Like Rain, Deal, El Paso,Tennessee Jed, Estimated Prophet,Peggy-O, with that Estimated being in its early, pre-second-set-jam placement.

Next up is music from the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ on 4/1/80, where we have the end of the first set, All Over Now, Don't Ease, LL Rain, Deal. This was a time when Don't Ease could occasionally be found outside of its set-closing position.

Lastly this week is music from the third show of 1982 on 2/19/82 at Golden Hall in San Diego, where we have the first set's opening chunk of music, Bertha>Greatest, Dire Wolf, Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women. This is Side A of the cassette master, with 1982 being recorded virtually only on cassette, with the exception of the New Year's run, 12/27-31/82, which was recorded onto Beta PCM digital.

Be sure to join us next week for more great music from deep within the Grateful Dead's vault. Thanks for listening, and feel free to write to the email address below with questions or comments.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Mar 28 2011
Phil's raspy bass tone

Gd Prof -

Very interesting that the bass was frequently inaudible at the shows themselves. Uneven equipment typified the era and this makes the splendescence of 76-77 (not to mention 73-74!) all the more remarkable.

The Bertha above is soup of strange mix adjustments, including some amusing Phil tweaks. Were the board operators experiencing the same troubles you had?

When I got involved in 89 (13 y.o.) the equipment was straight but the acoustics of the venues, well, some things can't be helped.

One of the things I like most about 82 is the return to the sort of garage band-feel of the early years. The repertoire had taken on mostly its final form, but the self-seriousness of the 70's melted away a bit. The looseness, humor, and tomfoolery are always refreshing. Also, I just love the patina that crept into Jerry's voice, captured so beautifully in his Garcia-Kahn work of that year, and especially the Jerry solo show that is a singular gem and gift from heaven.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Loving the hook up of sounds this week

a rose for the DJ

Joined: Jan 13 2010
82 was a nice exploratory year

I would love a release of 4/18 & 19/82.
Greek 82
Ventura 82
the shows wilfredtjones mentions

you get the picture.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

One of my favorite Sugarees is from 1982. It's from Alpine Valley in good 'ol East Troy Wisconsin 8-7-82. It has one of those Jerry riffs that I can immediately call to mind - kind of like that turnaround in Half Step 9-3-77. There are a ton of great shows in 1982. 4-3-82 The Scope has a unique Scar>Fire, 10-10 is a classic. 10-17-82 New Mexico @ The Downs of Santa Fe has a nice, nice set list. How about Phil's Earthquake Space, or the Raven Space: 4-18 & 4-19-82? Not to mention one of my faves 7-28-82. 7-31 Manor Downs is a great show. There's a lot to hear in 1982. Definitely better than it gets credit for in my opinion.

Joined: Apr 10 2008
Straight to '82!

Upon viewing the selections posted above I felt the 1982 San Diego set would sound uplifting and inspiring. It is a year I have not heard very much of and am enjoying now. Interesting segment of Bertha when the guitars drop out and you hear Brent and Phil jamming with Billy and Mickey. Now, a bright Dire Wolf, with Jerry sounding energetic. Argh.....wish I was there in the early 80's. It would be cool to see more shows released from '82 to '86. There were unpredictable set lists and unique cover songs in those years. I know, it's not for everybody. I'm even enjoying Rooster right now! Love Brent's Hammond sound. Thanks to all who share music and memories.

Joined: Oct 1 2007
mia culpa

on the Winterlands, perhaps Jerry had a one month hangover! One problem with '82 shows for me is that many of the venues they played had terrible sound. Phils raspy tight tone, almost never heard it live, I took to trying different kind of ear plugs to try to hear the attack on Phils bass. Still for me '82 (and I saw A LOT of shows that year) was pretty much by rote, to each their own!

Joined: Mar 28 2011
First Post Ever

Never before have I posted to a chat, here or anywhere, but must reply to my fellow head, grateful prof. I registered express for this purpose.

1982 was one of the finest years ever for the dead! Please listen to Manor Downs, eve of Jerry's birthday, Scar>Fire, and understand the error of your ways! Then perhaps the Hartford 4/17 (18?) in it's entirety. Phil's raspy bass sound from 82 is so freakin' tight.

Perhaps we'll be treated to some more gems from 82 in these very pages, to help me persuade grateful prof of the splendor of early 80's Dead. I, for one, hope so.

Thanks for the music.

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Joined: Jul 4 2007
spectrum 77

i've been waiting a long time to find/hear my first show...amazing too that I just recently reconnected with an old friend I went to that show with. left for california right after englishtown and "I've been all around this world" since.. thank you David

Joined: Mar 18 2010
Always Grateful

Thanks for the tunes DL, as always. grateful prof said:
"For me it is worth comparing this show with the previous show two nights earlier at Winterland."-- The Winterland run was one month earlier, in mid-March. Be sure to check out the second set to 4/22/77- Notably the Scarlet-Fire, and Dancin-Mojo-Dancin-Wheel- Terrapin. Very, very inspired '77 music. Thanks David

Joined: Aug 3 2009
was there

april fools capital in passaic nj that goffey promised land.Loved that show it would make a nice cd.I was there won a ticket had a great time.This tappers section is really cool.Thanks and peace.


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