Grateful Dead

November 2 - November 8, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to our first full November week of music here at the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll listen to music exclusively from 1984 and 1985.

Last week, we mentioned the Berkeley Community Theatre shows in the Fall of 1984, and from the six night run, we have the second set opening sequence from 11/2/84 featuring Help On The Way>Slipknot!>Franklin'sTower>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Wharf Rat>Gimme Some Lovin'. This was the first ever live Grateful Dead version of Gimme Some Lovin', and although Phil had started singing a little bit earlier in the year, adding some vocals to Why Don't We Do It In The Road, this night featured what is widely considered Phil's return to active singing duties. Soon Tom Thumb Blues would be added to Phil's vocal repertoire, followed by Box of Rain 1986, and slowly but surely he would add songs, from covers such as Broken Arrow to originals such as Childhood's End and the return of Unbroken Chain, not to mention his very fine backup vocals on songs such as Built To Last.

From the very next show, the final night at BCT on 11/3/84, we have another remarkable second set sequence, featuring Feel Like A Stranger>Cumberland Blues, Gloria>Why Don't We Do It In The Road>Jam. The Fall of 1984 had some pretty darn good music at times.

Our next selection is from a year later on 11/7/85 at the Rochester War Memorial, where the Dead would continue a very good tour that included a few very good two night runs (Richmond, Worcester, Meadowlands, etc). For this first night in Rochester, we have the second set opening sequence of Touch of Grey>Samson and Delilah, High Time>Let It Grow, with this being a very rare second set Let It Grow.

Lastly this week, we have more music from Rochester, NY, on 11/8/85. This was very nearly my first show, as many of my friends' older brothers were going to these concerts and we almost tagged along, being huge Dead Heads already but a bit young for such a long road trip (or so the older brothers thought…). This night was my 15th birthday. Instead my friends and I got mugged this night. I think going to Rochester would have been the better choice. From the end of the show, we have The Other One>I Need A Miracle>She Belongs To Me>Sugar Magnolia, Satisfaction.

Just as this week featured music exclusively from the mid 1980s, next week we'll only be hearing material from 1971 and 1972. And it's reeeeeaaaallllly good. See you next week. And feel free to write the email address below with any questions or comments about the Tapers' Section

David Lemieux


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lamagonzo (not verified)
Dead classic: Fall 84

Yeah, Wavy was right at Kingswood that summer -- these (those, sigh) were the good'ole days.

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
Ain't no point in lookin' behind us

There's *something* in that Stranger from 11/3/84 that's always amazed me...

That entire BCT run has such an odd, compact energy to it. Everything is sort of restrained, and yet totally "out there" at the same time.

Thanks SO much for posting these tunes !

Joined: Nov 2 2009
Thats what i'm saying.

Thats what i'm saying. Jerry's emotion through comes through so incredibly through his playing and singing. I love those moments where Jerry is just a mastermind on the guitar, tearing your soul in half, such passionate playing that no guitar can compete with.

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Joined: Aug 1 2009
Yeah, I must say, Jerry

Yeah, I must say, Jerry really lays it down for us during she belongs to me.

Thanks for the picks David, I hadn't realized you were so was 9 in 85.

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Joined: Jan 4 2009
AHHH '85.... back in the

AHHH '85.... back in the day! Stranger into Cumberland? SWEET!!!! Yet another fantastic selection DL. Thanks for the treat. Oh, & happy birthday!

"Night comes so quiet, it's close on the heels of the day"

Joined: Oct 5 2007
good choice..

Thanks again David for some real tasty treats.. there were some real strong shows from the fall 84> 85 tours..The boys were trying to mix it up for sure..Healy was doing some odd/ cool mixing back than also. taking liberties with the vocals for sure...Gloria, Do it in the road..She belongs to me.. nice suprises back than, all done well here.. I recall listening to the BCT shows here on the east coast, a few weeks after, through my good friend Mikes pipeline and diggin those audience recordings,, but I also remember the rumor mill about Garcias health, and concern after seeing him play, but thats in the past, these sbds here are crackiling.. thanks again and a very happy birthday to you... be well.. till furthur..

Joined: Aug 6 2007

Awesome...I feel like this may be the best Tapers Section I've seen in a couple of years...thanks for these nuggets!!

Joined: Jan 6 2009
The Mugging

Were you on your way to get a shawarma at Mama's?

Joined: Jun 5 2007
She Belongs To Me

An impeccable She Belongs To Me from 11/8/85.

Joined: Nov 2 2009

Awesome stuff, that spacey intro in the other one is so stellar, the other one itself is top friggin notch for the 80s. So glad you chose to play these, must say i prefer the matrix version but its cool to see you show it for others to enjoy. The she belongs to me is an all time favorite, the Sugar mag is nothing less than stellar, and the satisfaction is good fun.

11-5-85 has my all time favorite Looks Likes Rain (battling 3-31-84), check it out!

Thanks for the tunes! keep 'em coming


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