Grateful Dead

May 25 - May 31, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to what we hope is another great and interesting week here at the Tapers' Section. This week we have two major jams from the Europe '72 tour, as well as a big, typically hot jam from the May 1977 tour.

First up this week is the big second set jam from 5/24/72, the third-to-last show of one of the greatest tours in Grateful Dead history. From this excellent show, we have Mexican Hat Dance, Truckin'>Drums>The Other One>Sing Me Back Home. Ditties like this Mexican Hat Dance are quite common, but this is definitely one of the most well-developed tuning ditties the band ever performed.

Next we have, from the very next show, the penultimate concert on the tour, a completely unique, and very well-played jam of Uncle John's Band>Wharf Rat>Dark Star>Sugar Magnolia from 5/25/72. When we put together the 4-CD set Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead in 2002, we'd considered doing it as a 5-CD set, and this jam would have been the centerpiece of Disc 5, but it ended up as a majestic 4-CD release, with which we were very happy.

Finally this week, from the very last night of ALSO one of the greatest tours in Grateful Dead history, we have the second set sequence from Hartford on 5/28/77 featuring Estimated Prophet>Playing In The Band>Terrapin Station>Not Fade Away>Wharf Rat>Playing In The Band. This tour, from its very first show on 4/22/77 to this night, is one of the finest periods in Grateful Dead history, up there with April-May, 1972 and October-December, 1973. Every night featured something completely unique and interesting and inspired. This is really one of those tours from which I can grab any show randomly and be happy with what I selected. This Hartford show, of course, was recently released as a full-show, 3-CD set titled To Terrapin-Hartford '77.

Be sure to stop in next week for music from 1970, 1974 and 1980. Lots of great coming up as we end May and start June. See you next Monday, we hope.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Europe '72 download package, please.

hi David,
Thanks for the Memorial tunes. With the speedy smooth tranfer of recent DEAD tour from live performance to downloads, putting together a Europe '72 download package should be a good experiment, and offer old fans and NEW fans a good range of shows to collect.

Please don't slow us down with fancy packaging and long-awaited pre-orders, this summer Rhino's "European Vacation" and roll out the shows online. Let the fans spread the word...if you spill it, they will gather.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
I want Disc 5!!

For many years there has been the perception among GD fans that the best material gets left on the editing room floor, and the acknowledgment that 5.25.72 got excised from "Steppin' Out" further reinforces this perception. I suggest producing a second volume of "Steppin' Out," featuring the Dark Star > Other One from Bickershaw, the Dark Star > Dew from 5.23 in London, along with the two London sequences playable above. There may even be room left over for short songs like Playin In The Band and a China > Rider or two. ;-)

David- Thanks for the music, and for lending an ear.

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Joined: Feb 29 2008
Happy Summer 2009 David and Friends !!


some Tasty Sounding Nuggets of GD Music This Week, David ~ thanks Man ~

that 72 and 77 set of music is fantabolicious ~@}:=

rock on GD Family, everywhere,

Josh E Bear !!

Joined: May 17 2009
The roof caved in...

Thanks for these three. The sound quality is, as usual, excellent, and the 5/24/72 jam is really hot. The Hartford jam is very special as I was at that show with my brother. They opened 2nd set with Samson and Delilah, which is literally the only thing I remember from it, and only because the next year when the ROOF CAVED IN, we both indepedently recalled the line from S&D: "If I had my way I would tear this building down." Could have been complete coincidence, but you never know -- the set list includes Brown-Eyed Women too!

Joined: Jul 22 2008
Collection For Sale

I have a collection of Tapes that Have been in my family for years. I am moving and looking to get rid of the collection. Is anyone interested. There are over 200 tapes and a bunch of DAT tapes as well. recording quality is amazing for back then.....

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Joined: Jul 28 2008
lee420 awsome tunes on the

lee420 awsome tunes on the tapers section. happy memorial day to all. have a grateful day. thanks to all the vets .

Joined: Jun 10 2007
happy memorial day!

thanks for the tunes, david-

happy holiday all- esp to the vets out there! thanks to you, too!!


Joined: Jun 27 2007
tasty and sweet

DL, this is awesome tapers. Wow. sounds grate! *smilesmilesmile*

round and round


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