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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Joined: Jul 9 2007
let it grow

let it grow rocks this week sweet music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Jul 9 2007
alumi rings

sorry but alumi rings !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $250+ if i see anyone wearing one know you will be laughed at for a long time. scary what may come next

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
One more request...

...for a fall tour '84 Road Trips release (please!). Everything I've heard in this TS these past few weeks from Oct-Nov '84 has been golden.

Thanks for another fantabulous week of trips, DL

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I was there for that BCT unveiling of Gimme Some Loving, and it's still one of those priceless memories. Headphones here I come...

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Joined: Jan 24 2009
Feel Like a Stranger

This is probably the best Feel Like a Stranger I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. Thank you for sharing.


vw_deadhead's picture
Joined: Oct 9 2007
thanks for the tunes

and have a happy birthday tomorrow - Peace

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Joined: Nov 14 2007
1985 Grateful Dead

1985 was a banner year for the band. After a couple of difficult growing years with Brent with Easy To Love You and Go To Heaven songs the band let loose with classic cover songs and old favorites revisited. Along with the new lighting and digital sound and Jerry's red T shirt wardrobe.
Even though Jerry physically looked awful he played so well. By the end of this tour we knew trouble was ahead for Jerry. Any tape of an "85 show is a winner.


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