Grateful Dead

October 07 - October 13, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week check in on some fine Grateful Dead music from 1972, 1982 and 1989, all from iconic Grateful Dead performance venues.

Just a few days before the famous Veneta, Oregon show on 8/27/72, the Dead were playing the third night of a four night run at the Berkeley Community Theater on 8/24/72, and from that beauty of a show, we have Promised Land, Sugaree, Jack Straw, China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider.

From a decade later on 7/27/82 at Red Rocks, the first night of a three night run, we have the show-opening sequence of Jack Straw>Sugaree, On The Road Again, It Must Have Been The Roses, Me and My Uncle>Big River. The sound is a little rough to start out during Jack Straw, but it settles in nicely. This is the first Red Rocks show since 8/12/79, which was meant to be the start of a three night run, but the 8/13 and 8/14/79 shows were moved to Denver to the indoor McNichols Arena due to bad weather.

Our final selection this week is from 8/5/89 at Cal Expo in Sacramento, CA, where we have the start of the second set, featuring Hey Pocky Way, Playing In The Band>I Know You Rider>Terrapin Station. I was fortunate to attend this show, and the transition from Playing into Rider is one of those live Dead moments that I'll never forget, catching virtually everyone in the building off guard, a rare Rider without its partner China Cat Sunflower.

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

David Lemieux


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Joined: Dec 25 2009
Two other shows

In the 79-92 post-Keith era had unusual treatments of I No U Rider'. My personal favorite was the 1/2 Step>Rider>Playin' at the Meadowlands on 11/10/85. Memory escapes me on the 3rd show, may have been in 91... Anybody else out there know?

11/10/85 is worthy of release, at the very least the Charlie Miller treatment
(@):~} Cleaner Than A Betty Board {~;(&)

Anybody else have a handle on the date of the third one???

Joined: Jan 13 2010
this GD82 recording has me asking:


GD82 has some great suff, but I frequently find myself wondering why Phil is so difficult to hear and feel in that year's recordings?

One of the reasons I like pre75 GD so much is because there is such a prominent presence of Phil. Later on he turned himself way down, or the mixer (Healy?) turned him down.

I want that grindy crunchy Phil like you hear in GD71.


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