Grateful Dead

November 10 - November 16, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be checking out music spanning virtually the full breadth of the 1970s, from early 1970 to late 1979, specifically 1970, 1971, 1973 and 1979.

Our first stop this week is not exactly date-appropriate, meaning will step out of mid-November mode to plunk down in early 1970, at the great little show on 2/23/70 in Austin, Texas. From this show, we have some acoustic Grateful Dead followed by some meaty electric material, featuring Me and My Uncle, Black Peter, Season>Uncle John's Band, Not Fade Away>Mason's Children. The version of Me and My Uncle is very unique as it is Bobby playing solo while Jerry fixes a string on his guitar. Jerry does chime in toward the end of the song, but it's pretty cool to hear Bobby play a solo tune. The rest of this sequence is mighty fine as well.

Next up, from a year and half later on 11/14/71 in Fort Worth, Texas, we have the great second set jam, featuring a classic sequence from the era: Truckin'>Drums>The Other One>Me and My Uncle>The Other One. This might be the first time we've ever played two versions on Me and My Uncle in one week here at the Tapers' Section. Up next week: two versions of Keep Your Day Job…

We'll now stop into one of the most impressive jams from 1973, and that's saying a lot due to the great quality of the jamming in 1973. From 11/14/73 in San Diego, we have Truckin'>The Other One>Big River>Other One>Eyes of the World>Other One>Wharf Rat. I always had a bit of a theory of why they played The Other One so prominently in this set: with the three previous shows being November 9-11, 1973 at Winterland, and featuring no Other One on any of those three shows (which was unheard of in 1973 when The Other One would normally be heard at every second show), they made up for the lack of Other One at Winterland by playing it with a vengeance at San Diego. Likely not, but it's a good story, no?

Finally this week, we'll stop into Ann Arbor, Michigan to the show on 11/10/79, where we'll check out some great second set material, featuring Samson and Delilah, Terrapin Station>Playing In The Band. This was a mighty fine tour, with some of the best material heard on Road Trips Vol. 1 No. 1.

Be sure to check back in next week for music exclusively from 1972 and 1973.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Sep 4 2007
again ..

Another great week

great Terr from 79

And that Me & my uncle . Hwo do you find such excellently selected music ? Your Dave Lemieux for a reason Dave . Take care

Joined: Jun 15 2007
"Dont overwhelm us..."

I love how Jerry tells Pig, "Don't overwhelm us..." referring to the keys on Black Peter. The result of Jerry's conduction? MAGIC.
"Paging Phil and Pigpen...Paging Phil and Pigpen"
Nice Stuff! thanks again

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
broke another string

Some serious goodies this week... Seasons?! Wow!
Thanks again DL

Joined: Nov 14 2007
A-squared '79

Oo! Oo! Ann Arbor ' Very First Show!
thanks for the memories

Canyon Critter's picture
Joined: Oct 20 2008
Lot's of Other One Nugs

Thanks David for yet another great week of nugs!
Will you come with me? Once in awhile you can get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right!

Joined: Jun 10 2007
thanks for acoustic

i always love that acoustic stuff.

thanks, david-

Joined: Jun 7 2007
I've got a good idea

How about a special 35th anniversary download release of the 14 Nov 73 show? You've still got a few days to master it...

beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007
to foid and sally rose

was a time all taper's section selections were downloadable 192k MP3's. then they stopped. suddenly. and only streamed. but you can set up a little rig via firewire or usb and some cables and download one of numerous simple recording programs, and you can easily record very good quality digital recordings of all of taper's section on your computer, every week, once you have it set up it is very very easy and you get a file that sounds great. doing it reminds me of the olden days of actually taping stuff, hitting pause, fades and all that, brings back fond mem's ....

i have recorded every single taper's section item since they started streaming and have them all as files in itunes. it's cool, nobody knows why they took away the downloads it was a monstrous uproar.

this samson-terrapin is beast. wowie !!


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Joined: Feb 29 2008
bigger than a drive-in movie, ooo eee

Happy late Birthday, David... greeting from north oregon,, where Harvest has been abundant and Obama winning has brought smiles to the folks up here ~ yippie kai ya ~

my fav all time "other 1" is from 12-26-79 ,, or, well, 6/18/74 is nutz .. there is another great "other 1 " from the 90's ,,, a few of them, actually ,..

...where the soundboard guy would take Bobby's voice during the verses and put them thru a high speed blender .. not sure the shows, but the results are fun and psychedelic ~

ahhh, yes, the Other 1 ,,,, havent WE ALL FELT LIKE THE " Other 1 " , at times ~ yes !

I just got lucky enuf to recieve some DVD downloads recently, of some GD shows.. some i was even at , like Hartford, 3/19/90, it nice to sit down and sip a brew, and be front row of a Dead show on a Sat. nite , watching the boys on DVD ..

thanks all to those who keep posting these great Dead DVD Shows ~

ok ,,, How about next week a sweet and smoking " Lazy River Road " !!

much love from the great pacific northwest, in the shadow of the moon

Josh E Bear !!

Joined: Jul 19 2007
What a collection of mind boggling tastiness

And let me second to the post of foid2001, the texas run from nov.'72 would be an absolutely spectacular choice for a Road Trips collection.
It seems that the more the weather cools things down, the more this section turns up the heat! Can't wait to see what next week brings!
Thanks for the great work. Hear ya tomorrow morning on Sirius David.
All the best!!


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