Grateful Dead

November 24 - November 30, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers’ Section. This week have some tasty selections from 1973, 1979 and 1980.

You may recall we left off last week with two stunning jams from November, 1973, with music from 11/17 and 11/21. This week we’ll continue that journey with music from 11/25/73 at Feyline Field in Tempe, Arizona. This classic 1973 sequence features Around and Around, Eyes of the World>Weather Report Suite, with these latter two tunes being brand-spanking-new to most ears in the crowd, as Wake of the Flood had been released just six weeks previously, on 10/15/73.

From San Diego on 11/24/79, we have the first-set opening sequence of China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Mama Tried>Mexicali Blues. This concert was recorded at the tail end of Betty’s live two-track recording period with the Grateful Dead, with the December, 1979 shows at Oakland Auditorium Arena (later Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center) being the end of that era of recordings. But we sure are grateful to have mid-1976 through late-1979 represented by these stellar recordings.

From the next show (and the same recording source…), we have Shakedown Street>Bertha, Looks Like Rain on 11/25/79 at UCLA. Another stellar sequence heard in amazing quality.

From a few days later, but from the “new” recording source of decent quality PA soundboard recordings, we have the second-set opener from 11/29/79 in Cleveland, Shakedown Street>Samson and Delilah. We hope you don’t mind two versions of Shakedown Street in the same week. It’s not like we’re playing two versions of Me and My Uncle (you know, like two weeks ago…).

Lastly this week, from 11/26/80 in pembroke pines, florida, we have the first-set closing jam of Althea>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Deal, all played with a terrific energy that was common in late 1980.

Be sure to check back in next week as we begin our December run here at the Tapers’ Section with music from 1971, 1973 and 1979. Lots of great stuff is coming up in the month ahead, so we’ll look forward to seeing you back here.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jan 27 2009
UCLA recording kicks ass!

Thank you, David! This UCLA 11-12-79 recording is one of the finest I have heard, and I know the high end is much cleaner on the source tape than the internet compression exhibited in the posted data file. Garcia sounds very inspired, and Brent is THE MAN with his bluesy vocals and soulful Hammond B-3 licks.....he made the band soooo much better. No disrespect to Pig, who raps and growls better than any man I have heard. Betty Cantor was soooo dialed, especially with Phil's bass, and her work is a tremendous asset to THE VAULT. Is UCLA under consideration for Dick's Picks?

Joined: Dec 1 2008
Good Morning.

Around and round...and Eyes of The World....and Weather Report. Nice way to wake up.
Wishing every one a Good Morning, and a special day.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Doin' The 2 Track Boogie!

Loving the China/ Rider right now and I can't wait to get to the Shakedown x 2!
Thanks, David!

Joined: Aug 27 2008
a lovely group of songs:)

chillin' which is what i needed ;most....

thank you

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Joined: Feb 1 2008
looks like rain!!!

Yowsa! Check out Jer-Bear's spidering lead lines doing a tango with Bobby's vocal lines on this LLR, especially the "I only want to hold you" verse. Jerry is doing a call-and-response thing reacting rythmically and tied in emotionally, almost as if he's emulating the very words with his licks. One of the coolest little moments I've ever heard. Chills up and down the spine remembering what it was like to experience those moments in the flesh. I guess in the spirit of the week I'm thankful that the GD has been and will continue to be part of my life, from the many miles traveled, the friends old and new, and of course the music, flowing through my blood and firing synapses in my brain "to rock my soul". Thanks David for all your hard work to bring Just A Little Light to every week online.

If you get confused, listen to the music play!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Great Stuff!

Excellent, excellent material. Always loved that UCLA Shakedown.

Great to see the November 1980 mini-tour represented as well. A great pity that the soundboard cassette of Gainesville, FL 11/29/80 has mysteriously disappeared from The Vault; that is one of the great shows of the early Brent era. Jim Wise's audience recording of the night is excellent, capturing the perfect mix of band and audience, but the bass is just a touch thin. It would have been nice to have a soundboard document of that evening. Ah well... sometimes they get away...

Gracias, Senor Lemieux.

Joined: Nov 8 2007
Intersting initials of 1980 set closer

Hey David:

Couldn't help but notice the initials of that 1980 1st set closer of:

Lost sailor
Saint of circumstance

Hmmmmmmm, interesting. (Wink, nod, grin)

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
java hounds

A mi me gusta el cafe negro...como mis mujeres.

Another stupendous week of music, David. Thanks a lot! I don't mind at all the repeat selection of Eyes > WRS from Tempe. It's just that good to hear again :^)

And I definitely don't mind the two Shakedowns this week. It's interesting to hear the different recording sources, just days apart.

If you get confused, just listen to the music play!

Joined: Apr 22 2008
just gotta poke around

Awesome 79 Shakedown from U.C.L.A!!

Thanks, DL!

Joined: Jun 10 2007

i like my coffee dark dark dark with a bit of cream. the rest i will leave to you two--



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