Grateful Dead

November 23 - November 29, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers’ Section. This week we’re going to check out music from 1973, 1979 and 1980, a good selection from three very good years in Grateful Dead music.

Our first stop this week is in El Paso, TX, on 11/23/73, when the Grateful Dead were about the midway point of one of the finest stretches in their performing history, October 19, 1973 to December 19, 1973. The exceptional shows around this period are many, and this one had some good music throughout, including this tasty batch o’ Dead, featuring China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, El Paso, Tennessee Jed, Big River, Row Jimmy, Weather Report Suite. This show is one of those underrated shows, mainly owing to the fact that it's surrounded by such great nights of music, specifically the Denver shows that preceded it, and the Boston shows a week later (aka Dick's Picks 14).

Next we'll jump forward six years to 11/29/79 in Cleveland, where the band was starting the second Eastern leg of their fall tour of 1979. From that show, we have the end of the first set, consisting of Easy To Love You, Brown-Eyed Women>Looks Like Rain>Don't Ease Me In. This entire stretch from late October to mid-December, 1979 had some really great shows.

From a shade under a year later, on 11/26/80 in Pembroke Pines, FL, the band was starting out a very short run of shows in Florida and Atlanta. These were the first concerts since the final night of Warfield-Radio City shows on 10/31/80, and they picked up right where they left off, with good, inspired Grateful Dead music. No acoustic sets, but they had brought in a few of the acoustic songs into the electric sets after Radio City (On The Road Again, Race Is On, Bird Song). From the first set at the Sportatorium, we have On The Road Again, Jack A Roe, Minglewood Blues, It Must Have Been The Roses, Race Is On, Althea>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Deal. These shows at the end of November were mostly exceptional.

And speaking of the four shows to end the month, we have music from the final night, on 11/30/80 in Atlanta. We've played some of the second set here, but this week we're going to play you some excellent first set material, specifically Bird Song, Me and My Uncle>Big River, It Must Have Been The Roses, Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance.

Be sure to stop by next week when we end November and start December with music from 1973, 1979 and 1981. There's some good stuff coming up. The e-mail address below is always welcoming of your comments and questions, so feel free to write anytime.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 14 2009

far far intricate and interlocked and full of surprises, boundless energy here truly indeed, thank you!!

Joined: Sep 4 2007
small spelling clarification ..

Final paragraph , i wrote . Im glad that at esat 2 really good ' , i meant to write Im glad that at Least 2 really good ..... '

Thanks for your comprehension . Peace

Joined: Sep 4 2007
Its dizzy .. The possibilities ..

Friends & David L

I enjoy the fact that the releases we get ( DP S , road trips etc ] ,also let us focus in on the time periods of the band . Making our personal tape collections , in their content , and with an occasional heightened state of awareness , hardy harr harr .. : )

DP 28 , one pick i enjoy , has swell moments from the late Feb stops in the middle west and in Utah . DP 1 aditionally , since the beginnning has made me check out as much of that sublime tour between Oct and Dec 73 ( i own a tape of denver 11.20 that gets into my stereo time and time again , especially a pretty BT wind , among other noteworthy highlights ]

.. Cal expo 93 has made me delve into my Primal Dead shows of 1993 , where there , to me ,are about 4 , maybe 5 worthy of a mass distribution . 2 in Audience format ( absolutely godsent recordings ] . The others , nice SDB s done by D Healy . But since Expo came out i ve been paying attention to the hot moments of the year ( Why not , right ? ] . The 5 nights i mentioned are probably the best of the year , And in Dead Base its cool to read what people really thoguht of the bands performances that night I used to own the Duprees Diamond news magazines that would document all of 1993 , 1994 and on .. and the highlights they would recommend , where soon favourites of mine . Macrh 11 , 1993 is a show in which the band goes into the best Help - slip frank i ve heard on tape . Followed by an even hotter red rooster . And an even god like Althea . A soulful masterpiece and quality so may roads follow ; to end with a Music never stopped that had the band and crowd completely in synch .

The 2nd set is gold . A trippy , hot Aiko Aiko get off to a start , which gives in to Phils Wave .. The finest fersion of the Phil song i think is on live media ; thatbthen sinks into a hot ,angry truckin ' . That Truckin jams incesantly into a better Spoonful , and finally HEs gone caps off a predrums for the ages . Post drums features An over the top O1 , nice Days between ; and a well played , bluesy anhd energetic Around .

The type of enthuiasm that a show like that gives me only tells me to share my thoguhts with you friends , and maybe .. just maybe sometime the Dead may give in , and See the actual value that these Aud tapes have , and that they can perfectly compete with other recordings in the music industry . I think these types of recordings are part of the Deads experience . Peolple ,massively should have access to a show like i juts mentioned

Soldier field June 19 , 1993 , is similar only better . Im glad that at esat 2 really good Aud tapes where creatd in that year , to be able to debate , discuss and objectively pinpoint why heads would really enjoy having a nicely cleaned up and remastered aud tape like these in our colection I d get it , and make many gifts of it for friends Itd be pure kick a++ quality

Thanks for reading friends

over and out

Jaime Andrés G

' The only good head is a dead head '

Joined: Jun 4 2007
very nice...

Thank you.

Joined: Sep 29 2009
Taper's Section Indexing

Ask and ye shall receive, my sisters and my brothers!

Here is an index of all recordings posted at the Taper's Section in its 3 years of existence, courtesy of a kind brother, lightintoashes, from the Live Music Archive.

enjoy :)

Joined: Sep 11 2007

Great point wilfredt. And I would vote for indexing each song by show. With all these files/streams of multiple songs, it would be hard to know for example (and this is hypothetical), that x thousands of fans have listened to Deal from 11-26-80 and have rated it among the best EVER. Which it is. Seriously folks, these four nights 11/26-30/80 are shows you want to hear. Jerry sang sweetly and with gusto, and seemed to have high ideas for every solo. He killed. Amazing energy, don't delay, hear it all.

Dave L., this is obvious Road Trips territory. I know you love Spring '81, this is close enough. But if you want to do both that would be cool too.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
remember dick's 'dex?

Boy, with all the stuff having been played here on the Taper's Section it'd sure be nice to have an index to consult...*hint, hint*. By the way, thanks for the nuggets, esp. 11-23-73 which I'd never heard before.

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Joined: Jul 4 2007
Roses, must have been

Well, I figure it must have been the roses, the roses or..... Althea. Both greatly loved. Thank you.

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Joined: Jan 15 2009
Florida Gym Gainsville 80 Thanksgiving week!

That Sheriff jad a big hat pacing up and down the isles.Good thing he did'nt see clearly!The dead played the same day the Gator played the Semoniles! Wow what a scene!(at night )

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that florida run, fall 80

was exceptional, I went to a few spring 80 shows and these fall shows were every bit as good if not better, I was at the lakeland show that fall tour, not represented here, and it was a doozie, can't wait to revisit this exceptional music from a great tour. Thanks David and Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone.


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