Grateful Dead

May 20 - May 26, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music spanning 11 later years in the Grateful Dead's history, 1982-1993.

We'll start things out with music from the Spring Tour of 1982, which featured plenty of great playing (plus Bob and Jerry's first appearance on Letterman). From Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY on 4/11/82, we have the start of the second set featuring Bertha>Samson and Delilah, Never Trust A Woman, He's Gone>Truckin'.

From the Spring Tour of 1988 we now have the entire first set of 4/3/88, the first of a three night run in Hartford, CT. Jerry lost his voice at this show, with the signs of this appearing early in the show, and by the end of the show, during Black Peter, his voice was totally shot. It seems appropriate that they opened the show with two Bob songs: Promised Land>Greatest Story Ever Told, Althea, Little Red Rooster, Cold Rain and Snow, Stuck Inside Of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, Box Of Rain, Don't Ease Me In.

From five years later, on 3/27/93 in Albany, NY, the first night of a three night run the Knickerbocker Arena, we have the start of the second set featuring Eyes Of The World>Estimated Prophet>Comes A Time>Corrina. It was in Albany on 3/25/90 that the Grateful Dead returned to the slower, more-1974-esque versions of Eyes Of The World, so it felt good when they played it in this arrangement again on their return three years later. Comes A Time had also become rare by the early/mid-1990s, so this was a real treat as well. I attended these shows and saw several songs that I'd only hear the Dead play once in concert (Comes A Time, Casey Jones, Here Comes Sunshine, Eternity).

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

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jan 13 2010
don't be hatin' on GD93

this Albany show is sweet!

almost 18 years since Jerry's departure...AND THE BAND KEEPS PLAYIN' ON!!!

Joined: Jun 13 2007

My gratitude is
here again
as I admit my
need for
this on My Monday.

Thanks for
This Monday.

Wind and Water
love to you and all, xo!

Joined: Jan 13 2010
4/3/88: I have heard it dissed on this web site and in Deadbase

probably in the compendium as well.

this first set sounds quite good, actually. I guess things sucked in the second set.

flinging a mic during Black Peter?

what a band.

Joined: Jan 13 2010
first sets from 88

you just keep doin' it to me with those things don't yah :)

If you are going to insist on playing first sets from 88, play 7/2/88's first set.

all together now, one more time..."dude, it's not in the vault."

Joined: Jun 7 2007
2nd choice

Think you've heard Bobby's best Memphis Blues?
Check this one out!

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Last night, I wanted to hear a Bob version of 'The Same Thing' so I checked the index and saw that it had been played the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6 2011. I ended up enjoying the first set from 3-10-93. I didn't make it all the way through the set to Let it Grow, and the reading of Stagger Lee was a little tepid (the first one of the year and the second song in the set, odd placement), but I really enjoyed the relaxed feel of the rest of the set. It absolutely hit the spot. It's nice to see you're going back the 'first half of '93' well this week with the Albany, too!


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