Grateful Dead

October 11 - October 17 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we're going to do something we've never done here, a full week's programming from 1986, specifically from a three night run in Providence, RI. Please note there are a few minor dropouts on these recordings owing to the occasionally fragile PCM recordings (these are BetaMax video tapes, with the digital audio recorded to the video track).

Our first selection is from the first night on 3/30/86 in Providence, consisting of the entire first set. Hell In A Bucket ; Sugaree ; El Paso ; Cumberland Blues ; Tons Of Steel ; C C Rider ; Dupree's Diamond Blues ; Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues ; Deal. We don't play too many versions of Tons of Steel here, so that's a cool thing, as is the early-set unusual duo of El Paso and Cumberland Blues.

Next up is the first set from the middle night, on 3/31/86, featuring Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ; (I'm A) Roadrunner ; West L.A. Fadeaway ; My Brother Esau ; Ramble On Rose ; Desolation Row ; Might As Well, with a rare Roadrunner, and one of my favorite Weir tunes, My Brother Esau. Might as Well was getting close to the end of its life as part of the regular repertoire. After 1987, there were occasional versions here and there, but not like the mid-1980s common first-set closer it had once been.

Lastly this week is the second set opening sequence from the final night in Providence on 4/1/86, with Shakedown Street>Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World, as part of the April Fool's festivities.

Join us next week for more great music from deep within the Grateful Dead's vault. Thanks for stopping by, and as always, we encourage you to write to the email address below with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 13 2007
It's October 16, 2010!

Might as well....
October 16 is here AND
it's a Saturday... :)
A special day indeed, to me~
it's like Christmas!
Oh Happy Day You Were Born!
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear Bobby
Happy Birthday TO YOU.

This week were doing something we've NEVER done before
here in the tapers section....

What a week folks...what a week!

May your weekend be rockin' and the good times rollin'!
Best wishes for a special year ahead :)
10/16/10 has a smile in every second of the day~ for me.
I have x~~~~~nothing left to do...
In joy, love, light, peace and lovingkindness,

Joined: Jun 4 2007
@ jpreston

A cursory look at the gdhour archives shows part of 2-25-95 was played on gdhour no. 885.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

does anybody have a soundboard of the 2-25-95 oakland show my 18th birthday show would love to here that again?

Joined: Jan 13 2010
What must have it been like to BE AT a show like 12/11/72?

was it, "wow, good show." or was it "OH MY GREAT GOODNESS, THE ESSENCE OF DIVINE JOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

anything after 1974 is good, yes, but it just DOESN'T and CAN'T compare to what came earlier.

In heaven, we can time travel, and I will attend all those glorious shows of 1974 and before.


Joined: Jan 13 2010
cute, yes...

but this sho' ain't 12/11/72.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
awesome '86

Thanks for the wonderful, obscure early '86 tunes here, DL! Lovin' 'em. Shadow boxing the epocalypse, wandering the land. Tons of Steel, EARLY Desolation Row...great, great tracks here. Thanks so much for all that you do!


Joined: Jun 5 2007
NYE tix's

TY KFOG SF radio staion , i just bought my NYE Further tix's & iam a happy DEAD HEAD, KFOG had a presale today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
uh oh

I just realised I'm missing these recordings too:
stranger from 12-11-17-06
everything 1-1-07-07
everything 1-8-14-07
everything 1-15-21-07
everything 2-12-18-07
Jam>Bass Solo>Jam>Sugar Magnolia and Me and My Uncle from 2-19-25-07
Alligator>Drums>The Other One>Mason’s Children>Lovelight, Uncle John’s Band
and both Dancin's from 2-26-3-4-07
Gimme Some Lovin’>Little Red Rooster and Supplication>My Brother Esau from 3-26-4-1-07

Any help would be highly appreciated.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
hey now

Remember back in the day when we could download the mp3's? It seems the only week I seemed to have missed was February 5- February 11, 2007. If anyone would be interested in burning those selections onto disc for me, I'd happy to set up a trade. Please pm me if you are interested and have that week's material. Thanks!


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