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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"Great Tennessee Jed" in 77

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1978 - last year of real exploring

I'm listening to the Rhytm Devils right now and it's clear there was a period of change that I think many people attribute to other factors than the real one. They were out there pushing the envelope in different directions.

Perhaps that burning-out of the old had something to do with Keith leaving and the acceleration of a canned way to do shows. Indeed there were other crowd things that used to be seen in 78 and earlier that went away.around this time.

With the end of this passage of Rhythm Devils Jerry has a long, noodling lead-in to Comes A Time that makes him the unmistakenly great guitar player that he is.

Only Comes A Time of '78? Somebody was in a mood

(*&*) ; = }

Joined: Mar 18 2010
Thank You!

I love the double dose of Chicago Fantazmo this week, Thanks David! And a big Thanks for the always excellent selections here at the Taper's Section. I'm very excited to hear what's planned for Dave's Picks!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
previous taper section not there still

Where is the old taper section? It's gone still :-(

Thanks for another week's installment DL!

Enjoy the turkey (or tofurkey if you swing that way) everyone. Happy turkey day!

Joined: Jun 6 2007
Jerry's Mutron workouts...

are my favorite sounds from 1977-1978 - he sounds like he's having so much fun with his new toy - and it's alot more listenable than Bobby's onstage slide guitar musings... :)

Joined: Jul 17 2007
Tenn. Jed - perfect monday morning song!

You almost made it this week by putting together selections without a representation from the 80s and 90s. You can do it. That friday jam a couple weeks ago of early acoustic music was extraordinary.

Thanks Dave and have a grateful Thanksgiving!

Joined: Nov 1 2010
that irvine he's gone

is very soulful! jerry, brent and bobby combining nicely in the latter part of the song. rest of the 89 set is also lovely

Joined: Jun 13 2007

Lord, You can see that it's true!
Sweet Monday Morning, David@.
Have a grate week. Thank you so much.
As Always,


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