Grateful Dead

March 3 - March 9, 2014

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be playing some music from 1973, and a double dose of early Brent-era Dead from 1981 and 1983.

Our first selection this week is from 11/25/73 in Tempe, AZ, where we have three tracks, the later two of which were brand new to most ears, as Wake Of The Flood had only been released a few weeks earlier on 10/15/73. From Tempe, we have Around and Around, Eyes of the World>Weather Report Suite.

Next up is music from the Capital Center in Landover, MD on 9/27/81, the last show of a very short three night tour that preceded the start of the Dead's Europe '81 tour, which began on 9/30/81 in Scotland. From the last US show for a little while, we have Spanish Jam>Wharf Rat>I Need A Miracle>Good Lovin', It's All Over Now Baby Blue.

Our last selection this week the entire first set from 10/21/83 in Worcester, MA, where we have The Music Never Stopped, Loser, C C Rider, Cumberland Blues, Cassidy, Ramble On Rose, My Brother Esau, Big Railroad Blues > The Promised Land. This has long been a favorite show of mine from 1983. Some mighty inspired playing.

Be sure to stop by next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Tour Download Idea for mid-'80s

If they offered this, I would buy every show.

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80's Dead

I too agree with Spacebrother's comments about the 80's While I think the band's acme was in the 70's in terms of consistently great performances, it is hard to believe that there are only 2 releasable shows in the timeframe from August '82 (Dick's Picks 32) until July '87 (VV4).

I often return to the 70's as I love that decade the best--but it is a thrill to find a great show that I haven't heard or am generally unfamiliar with from the 80's, particularly the first half of the decade. The Atlanta release from Dave's Picks was a start, although that is a pretty well known show (but a great choice for those unfamiliar with it or biased against the time period).

I also would like to see the return of the download series--take a page from the book of Furthur, Mule, Allmans and many others who offer all shows from a tour for download, scaled by quality/price.

Finally, it seems that the 83-84 period would be well-suited to the original concept of the Road Trips series given the unevenness of tours and shows--cherry picking tours would work in this case (and I say that as a completist who greatly prefers complete shows).

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ahhhhh Brent.....

Brent. Brent. Brent.... such a sweet soul. Such a sweet sound!

Why'd you have to fly away so soon....so young?

(and goodness gracious that slide on CC Rider!)

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pss...

i'm new here so please do forgive my naivete, but why can't i get the clips to open up??

am i missing something? a link or a plug-in?

thx!

oopssss...figgered it out!

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yay Charlottesville!

Such a sweet gem of a town...an oasis of sorts in the area, at least for me growing up in the Shenandoah Valley...VA is beautiful and will always be my home, but it ain't always everywhere for Lovers, and I always loved C-ville...24 minutes away on the Other Side o'Afton from Wayne'sWorld...and in many ways the Other Side of the Planet...but always a great place....a bit snooty-patoo and aristochristerfuss perhaps...but a liberal haven in a Conswervative Whirrrl....

Go UVA...

Wahoowa!

ps...i still remember being like 15 or 16 - before moving to Cali - and seeing a sweet Dylan-Steel Pulse show! at one of the University venues...whoa bro!

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Critter

Hope you get your Esau!

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Agreed about the Kick Drum, Isn't that what it was?

I completely agree about how the 83 show was recorded and distributed....I mean krimeny christmas we can't hear Phil in all his glory without Billy's/Mickey's damn rhythm....BUT I must say, this is how I've always liked it. It was a damn good performance to boot.

Granite, we all can't go throwing this stuff in Buy-able form.

The best part of it all for me, is knowing the quirks and snafu's of the tape/cd/digi/mix/ROAD/SHOW/SITU AND being able to adjust accordingly....isn't that how we did it on the road? AND furthurmore, sometimes....just sometimes, or perhaps a plethora of times, that kick drum or phil bomb, or Jerry drool just hit you at the exact moment in time and space that you needed right then and there and in that car or van or apartment or house or forest or campsite or river....was the one really needed and were in-tuned too at the time and system you were listenin' to.

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Besides run-on sentences with meaning...Sometimes, I really, really like the quirks of the tapes and recordings just the way they are.

My four cents minus tre.

~Critter

Oh and Johnny, although I won't be partaking in the Mickey way of doing things, not that I'm opposed to a little cap page. I will be seeing Ratdog and Bobby at Chicago Theater and Milwaukee in the next weekend. I am GONNA hear an ESAU and my ears are Looking Forward to it (~);-)

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Esau

What a song. I ingested a cap and a big white stem drenched in electric blue stripes at the Bobby Acoustic show in Charlottesville, VA on 4/26/12. It was just enough to make the stage lights glow a little brighter! Bobby played Esau while I had the Joker grin!!! Good times!

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Very true

I am pulling for an 83-84 release. Hopefully the comments from Rolling stone when Dave says he is immersed in 83-84 Dead will prove to be a sweet box for all to enjoy. That review just gives me a little insight as to what they are looking for. I guess ?

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Tape Mix

From an audiophile viewpoint, this '83 recording sounds far better than Dave's Pick #6, it's bonus disc and the last Record Store Day release.

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