Grateful Dead

May 19 - May 25, 2014

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have some Grateful Dead music from 1973, 1979 and 1987

Our first selection is from the excellent show on 10/25/73 in Madison, WI, where we have the end of the show, featuring Weather Report Suite, GDTRFB>One More Saturday Night, Uncle John's Band. This was the Dead's second appearance in Madison in 1973, and both shows are excellent.

Next is music from 5/4/79 in Hampton, VA, a show notable for two reasons: it was the Dead's first ever appearance at the Hampton Coliseum, and it was Brent Mydland's third show as a member of the Grateful Dead, after 4/22/79 and 5/3/79. From the second set we have Estimated Prophet>Eyes Of The World. This show was released on vinyl last month as part of Record Store Day. Don't forget, please support your local independent record store!

Our last selection this week of the fourth night of a five night run at Madison Square Garden in 1987, and continues out Madison-themed week here at the Tapers' Section (President James Madison was born in Virginia…). From the start of the first set we have Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo, It's All Over Now, High Time, Mexicali Blues>Big River, When Push Comes To Shove from 9/19/87. The previous night is widely considered one of the best shows of 1987, and the energy continues on to the night.

Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes from the vault.

David Lemieux


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olddeadhead_NFA's picture
Joined: Mar 28 2011
Brent 4.22.79

usher in the Brent ERA and the Brent Heads

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I suppose there's no way to eliminate that gibberish polluting the 10/25/1973 tape during the Let It Grow jam -- I notice that it's been somewhat muted here -- but Dave I'm very glad that it doesn't stop your giving us more gems from this show!

At the same time, I'm sad because I guess that it's the kind of flaw that nixes this "excellent" show from any official release consideration and that's really too bad.

Maybe we can still hope that Madison's Dark Star > Eyes > Stella Blue -- which is beyond "excellent," simply essential -- can perhaps be the subject of a Bonus Disc in some future Fall 1973 release (since it is unavoidable that there must be more Fall 1973 releases!)???

SaintSteveg's picture
Joined: Nov 19 2008
Thanks for Facebook post of this

It was nice to see this on my Facebook feed. I actually had not been in here for awhile. That 10/73 segment was gorgeous, and I'm just listening to the 79 Prophet>Eyes, one of my favorite pairings.

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Record Store Day Release

Hi David.

Do you know if the 5/4/79 Show from Hampton, that was released on vinyl for Record Store Day, will ever be released on CD or Digitally?

Would love a CD or Digital copy!

Thanks very much.



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