Grateful Dead

March 9 - March 15, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, and an extra big Happy Birthday to Phil this coming Sunday. This week we'll be playing four pre-Drums sequences, not by design but by coincidence, all four of which come from 1981 and 1993.

It's been a while, so we figured we'd focus this week on some shows that took place at the Oakland Coliseum Arena in February, 1990. These shows were in the middle of a string of concerts recorded to 24 track analog tape by John Cutler and Le Mobile, a recording truck the band used for many recordings, including the bulk of shows that happened May, 1989 through April, 1990. Several commercial releases have been produced from these recordings, including Without A Net, Dozin' At Knick, Nightfall Of Diamonds, Terrapin Limited, as well as some parts of the So Many Roads boxed set. Not only are the recordings phenomenal, but the band was playing particularly well in 1989-1990, so there are hopefully more releases to come from these shows.

Our first two jams this week are the pre-Drums parts of the shows from March 9 and 10, 1981 at Madison Square Garden. From the first night, on 3/9/81, we have China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider>Samson and Delilah, Ship of Fools, Estimated>Uncle John's Band. This latter combination is quite rare, but it works beautifully here. From the second night, 3/10/81, we have the classic early 1980s pre-Drums sequence of Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance, and this is one of the more powerful examples of this sequence.

Next we'll jump forward exactly 12 years to the Rosemont Horizon near Chicago in 1993. From the first night of a three night run on 3/9/93, we have China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Victim or the Crime>Ship of Fools, Playing In The Band. It's been a while since we played Victim here, and it could get so dark and raunchy that it's certainly a change of pace from Scarlet>Fires. From the third show at Rosemont, on 3/11/93, we have the pre-Drums sequence of Iko Iko, Wave To The Wind, Truckin'>Spoonful>He's Gone. Wave To The Wind is much maligned, but I always found they did some very interesting things in the jam in the middle, reminiscent of the jam in Unbroken Chain or Eyes of the World.

Be sure to stop back next week for some superb jams from 1971, 1990 and 1991. Some really tasty treats coming up.

David Lemieux


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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

you may wish to avail yourself of the Requested topics in the forums--one for shows, box sets and DVDs.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
flipped Chinacats

according to our intrepid folks behind the scenes, this has been corrected, but please speak up if you continue to have the problem.

Joined: Jun 10 2007

thanks, david-

i'm enjoying today's offerings-- it's been a long morning with the start of saylight saving's time and springing forward an hour-

but iko is giving me a spring to my step that i can get used to-


Joined: Aug 20 2007
switch a roo!

Hi David,

You have the two China Cat files flipped. I mean like you click 81 and get 93. It was only after hearing Victim or the Crime slap me from 81 for the second time that I was like "hey dat ain't right"!

Also, what about the Taper's Section Jukebox Stream?! Take all these nuggets and archive them in a stream that we can play forever rather than a nugget at a time. Nice for those of us with the stereo hooked to the computer that just want to let it play all day. If you do please make it 128kb stream otherwise not worth listening to.



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Joined: Sep 18 2007

Great stuff - Thanks. I hope it is not just me (have I gone that far downhill?) but it seems that the links for the two jams that begin with China-Rider are reversed. A minor inconvenience for another major Monday treat.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
any chance this could become a democracy? (repost)

Hey Now:

Lovin' the tunes and never any complaints from me. But, an idea just struck me like a lightning bolt. What if you asked us faithful deadheads what we'd like to see released? It would be real fun, you could call it "For the Faithful II" (smiles). I just listened to 10-12-84 Augusta, Maine and that's potentially where my vote'd be now. It's just an idea, but I know it'd catch fire. Thanks DL for all you do. A personal reply on the likelihood of a project like this happening would be appreciated. Many thanks again. Can't WAIT for 5-28-77!

P. S. I'm reposting this since I originally posted this message on last week's late Sunday night. Let me know what you think...

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Joined: Jul 1 2007

Once again, Thank You David!

"Music is Love"


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