Grateful Dead

November 21 - November 27, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, this week we'll cover a dozen years in the Grateful Dead's history, 1977-1989.

Our first stop this week is on 5/12/77 in Chicago, where we have the bulk of the first set, featuring Bertha, Me and My Uncle, Tennessee, Cassidy, Peggy-O, Jack Straw, TLEO, Minglewood. The end of the first set and the bulk of the second set was included as bonus disc in the Winterland, June, 1977 boxed set.

Next, from a year later in the same city on 5/16/78, we have the big second set jam, made up of Estimated>He's Gone>Rhythm Devils>Comes A Time>Sugar Mag, Johnny B. Goode. This is the first Comes A Time in a year (since 5/21/77) and the only version of 1978.

Lastly this week we have the start of the second set from Irvine Meadows, just south of LA, on 4/29/89, featuring China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Looks Like Rain ; He's Gone > Spoonful. This run of shows would mark the final Grateful Dead performances at Irvine.

Be sure to stop by next week for more great tunes from the vault. As always, we encourage you to write with questions or comments, to address below.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 23 2008
Bob's rhythm playing

the poor vocal mix at the start of Bertha allows you to hear the absolute brilliance of Weir's rhythm guitar playing - there can have been few better rhythm guitarists ever.

and, in passing, listening to Jerry's vocal on Peggy O makes me want to cry every time at his sad loss to us

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Joined: May 26 2007
um, no

it's right here

Joined: Feb 10 2008
Jam of the Week.

Is it me or has the Jam of the week feature been removed? This would be a shame as it was something I looked forward to every Saturday. Looked everywhere for it. Hope I am wrong.

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Joined: Apr 12 2008

Hey Man,
Yeah you right with that Rhythm Devils sequence.Right on!
Thankful for all of the music here and elsewhere on this site.
Drums always welcome in this house
Pass the gravy...

Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Nov 17 2007
More Jerry on pedal steel

I would love to hear more of this sound...any clues as to where to look? There's the "cryin' song" version of Looks Like Rain but what about other songs?

Joined: Nov 7 2010
Dick's Remasters

Someone mentioned in a post somewhere (can't remember where) that some of the early DP releases were being remastered and/or re-released. Anybody know what's up with that? I'd like to hear 5/22/77 in as good sound as possible. DP 3 sounds good, but not as clear as a Road Trips release.

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Just regaining that comfey feeling I had
on Tuesday>>>>>
I've listened to the Jam of the Week too
and that rocked my soul,
double thanks for what you do!
I wanted to wish you
AND to wish EACH AND
Eat. drink and be merry, xo
Love and Light!

Joined: Nov 1 2010
best set here is


Joined: Mar 17 2011
My ears are pleased ..

.. with the sounds I hear coming from my head phones while jamming to the Chi show- 5.16.78. The transition from estimated into He's gone is pretty nice- very spacey beginning to He's gone. You can hear people in the crowd expressing their complete and utter satisfaction .. though subtle (and at times, not so subtle).

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Been here all morning~
for the cool breeze of your labors.
Bobby sounds perfect in the '77 cut.
His sound is so clear and pure, oh yeah!
to who ever sounded that one!
Maybe the Taper and Sound Boarder of the
show ought???
to get a little mention?
@Loved that '77---it was incredibly delightful!
All the rest too, as always.
Well, I've had seconds and thirds
of the whole week, and I am feeling fine.
The band is in good hands with you picking
the hot licks!
Stay wonderful, xo.
Thanks for taking care of my ears on my day off.
---Love you--(---@


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