Grateful Dead

March 7- March 13, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're going to be spanning almost two full decade of Grateful Dead music.

Our first stop this week is at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, where we have music from the first of a six night run, featuring Bertha, Truckin', Hurts Me Too, Loser, Greatest Story>Johnny B. Goode. a few things to note are that these are the debuts of bertha, loser and greatest story, and more importantly, this would be mickey's last show with the grateful dead for more than three years.

Next is music from Chicago on 2/26/81, featuring the first set: Feel Like A Stranger; Althea > Little Red Rooster ; Bird Song; Me And My Uncle> Big River ; Peggy-O ; Passenger ; Tennessee Jed ; The Music Never Stopped. Please note that there is a fade out at the end of Music Never Stopped, on the reference material we sourced from, but rest assured the master is intact, should we ever decide to release these terrific shows on CD.

Lastly this week is the end of the second set from 2/6/89, the second-last show ever to take place at the Kaiser in Oakland. Enjoy this excellent sequence of The Other One > Stella Blue > Turn On Your Lovelight, Black Muddy River.

Be sure to stop by next week for more great material from the Grateful Dead's vault. And as always, we encourage you to write to us with questions or comments, sent to the email address below. Be sure to include “Grateful Dead” in your subject line to make sure it gets through our state-of-the-art spam filters.

David Lemieux


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dark.starz's picture
Joined: Aug 28 2010
Uptown Theatre Chicago Feb 26th - Feb 28th 1981

Good call on the 02/26/81 first set. This recordings potential is exceptional even though it drops out in places, loses/reverses a channel or two along the way and fades in general throughout Stranger and Althea. Is it the tape aging or are the levels/channels being manipulated via a mixing board? Things begin to settle @ Rooster > Bird Song. Perhaps a feed from Harry's on-stage board? The second set from this evening is stellar as is the rest of the run.

The PA sound delivered in the hall that evening did not reflect these inconsistency's.

Listened to your stream last Monday evening and found it difficult to get involved with the music because the recordings sounded dark and removed, just an observation.

Upon completion of the upcoming "June - July 1976" Box project, when y'all are scratching your heads saying "what's next?" there's this tidy lil run down through the Rocky Mountains in September 1983 stretching from Boise through Red Rocks ending up in Santa Fe. Poignant and compelling performances to say the least.

Should you ever decide to deliver this run (Uptown 1981) to the public on CD, terrific indeed, Just let us know how to proceed with our "pre-order".

God Bless

Joined: May 17 2010
Great Stuff!

As always, the tapers section is certainly a delight to check out. The 2/6/89 segment is simply sublime! Thanks for posting! It is always a highlight of my week to see what snippets will appear next. I love the "Other One's" with the crazy modulated Bobby Vocals, always excellent:)

shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
Loose Gear Monday a.m.

Hey Man,
Yeah GProf, now I'm getting the pitch on the 2/26/81 piece.
Just some loose gear here on Monday morning I guess...
Nice to have a complete 1st set to get the week rolling.
A choppy start then the house is up and running.
Fantastic Jam on Birdsong
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Aug 31 2009
pitch is on...

guess it's a mellow set then :)
passenger is pretty hot!

Thanks David!!

Joined: Oct 1 2007

Very mellow and relaxed first set, more so than I remember. Is it just my Monday morning ears that are a bit slow, or is the recording slow? Any perfect pitch folks out there? (I really enjoyed the Stanley Theatre shows of the next week, complete with Jerry's guitar breaking down, a Passenger jam without him, and a very sublime To Lay Me Down in the first set.)

Joined: Nov 1 2010
Capitol Theater

Port Chester, NY - 2/18/71

First songs of set 1 are here. What was to follow later in the set was the first version of a little ol' song called Wharf Rat, which was placed in the middle two verses of a short, sweet Dark Star.


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