Grateful Dead

May 18 - May 24, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Hello and welcome back. This week at the Tapers' Section we have music from 1973, 1977 and 1981, each jam featuring some excellent playing.

First up this week is the second-of-three weekend shows in May, 1973, this one being from 5/20/73 in Santa Barbara, a wonderful jam consisting of Truckin'>The Other One>Eyes of the World. The late spring and summer of 1973 was somewhat odd in the Grateful Dead's touring history in that there wasn't any really big summer tour, aside from a short six night run on the west coast at the end of June (Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and three nights in Hollywood). Instead, the band played a few well-selected larger scale shows between 4/2/73 and 9/7/73, specifically: Des Moines on 5/13, Santa Barbara on 5/20, SF on 5/26, Washington DC on 6/9&10, Watkins Glen on 7/27&28 and Roosevelt Stadium on 7/31 and 8/1. The quality of these shows certainly made up for the lack of quantity.

From the first night of a two night run at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, on 5/18/77, we're very pleased to play the start of the second set, featuring Jack Straw, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World. The next night on 5/19/77 is a little more well known, thanks largely to its inclusion on the massive 6-CD Dick's Picks Volume 29, but this 5/18 show contains plenty of great music.

Lastly this week, 5/17/81 in Syracuse, we have the second set opener of Cold Rain and Snow>Samson and Delilah, Ship of Fools, Estimated Prophet. There was plenty of good music played on this tour, including the 5/6/81 show from Nassau that is Dick's Picks Volume 13, and for all of you video enthusiasts, the Tom Snyder Tomorrow Show with which you might be familiar was taped was on 5/7/81.

Be sure to check in next week for three massive jams, two from 1972 and one from 1977. See you then, we hope, and feel free to write with questions or comments to the email address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Mar 2 2010
Santa Barbara

I for one, would love to see a Road Trips from Santa Barbara! Vey commendable sounds, especially Truckin, so reminiscent of Europe '72.

Joined: Aug 7 2009
Taper's Sections


all of em.

You pick such great selections, man. THANK U is all I can say

well... and, uh... please keep it up!!


Joined: Jun 7 2007
Early 1980s

Thanks for this stuff David. I've really enjoyed just putting on something that I haven't selected myself because it means I can go down a different branch of Dead music for a while. I've completely engulfed myself in 1968 Dead and, while I'm not sick of it, it might do me some good to mix it up!

The more I hear from 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1982 (and even 1983 and 1984 at times) the more I think this period has so much to offer. Brent becoming more and more Gratefully Dead (or is that Deadly Grateful?), a strange hitherto unknown darkness coming over the band (with it's own unfortunate aspects too), new material, the mastering of the first set/second set distinction and the perfection of various song combinations.

I actually have a lot of time for the cassette recordings from this period. They have a weird sound and Jerry's guitar and the vocals sound unlike when the band was recording to tape or DAT.

I just can't get into 1986 - the stuff from then sound, well, bad to me (although the Garcia/Kahn Pure Jerry 8 release from February 1986 is great).

I hope the theory that the next release is 19 April 1982 (based on the semi-raven picture pop up) is accurate. It's time for a 1980s release, especially after what I consider to be one of the best Road Trips, the monster 1990 release.

Joined: Jun 12 2007
Under-rated Dick's of all time

Beautiful selections this week. I have always said DP29 was the best one, and still stand by that. Maybe even the best release of all time (for the money). Yet it's barely ever mentioned. It's two complete May of '77 show's for God's sakes, very kind. So thanks for the 5.18, a show I am not familiar with.

Joined: Oct 5 2007
thanks for all you do...

David, thanks again for some fine music,, nice mix from 73-81, 73 was such .a big year of changes for the band .Sitting.home recovering from some surgery that was put off till after the tour. great soundtrack you give us,.thanks again for your great posts and instant set lists from the shows..we are truly blessed to have ben able to see the boys again , and to have those shows available.. and as always the tapers section is the best you get ready for june there is a show of note, 6/23/76 tower theatre philly, my first road trip,(3rd show nj 74, paladium 76), put me on the bus.. superb second set..I have never come across a sdbd, from that show wich was also Hunters birthday,,, contains Bobbys yellow dog story also,, anyway food for thought,, thanks for keeping the joy of the Grateful Dead and their music so fresh.. be well

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Joined: Sep 4 2007
.. Syracuse 81

The sequence this week from that date is tremendously inspired . Powerful stuff indeed , Thanks host

Ive now become a fan of the May 17 , 81 show . Thanks for the very superior music this week ( !! } = )

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Good job DL

The last 2 years basically of TS , has made me value and examine closer many years of this band output , especially , included this week 1973 .

As DL points , out ; it could darn well be one the finest years of this band s music

February sounds one way , March / papril another . Summmer , yet another different dimension of sound added or molded into . The we have the omnipotent Fall tour . Great year , 1973 . Thanks DL for raising our awareness of this food for the soul --

The TS has been the finest history lesson on grateful Dead , or of complimentary value to all media , books etc available now a days

Joined: Jun 10 2007

i could be dreaming and completely wrong, but doesn't trucking>other> eyes fade out before stella begins? i think stella got cut off!

Joined: Jun 10 2007

thank you, david- i am really enjoying your selections for the week. thanks!


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