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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shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
Listen and remember at TS

Hey Man,
I have been calling up memories into visions all week with great intention
regarding this Providence run.I listen-I remember...
I recall a memory of cases of iced down bottles of Molson Golden Ale in
the bath tub at the Howard Johnson's Seekonk.Adjoining rooms.
I remember the Bass response inside the Civic Center just as I hear it here
on Shakedown 4/1/86.I could go on.Don't let me commence...
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

Joined: Jun 7 2007
unkle sam

Man, you are spot on about that Dew from 3/24/86. That riff that Jerry does before the final "fanning" is one of a kind. And Brent's keyboard swells are out of this world. I was at this show. Only the 2nd or 3rd Box of rain since it's resurrection and it's the final Sailor->Saint. Also nice pre drumz tune selection. David, where is the soundboard?

Joined: Jun 8 2007
Radio City Music/Warfield


Any chance of a 1980 Radio City or Warfield Box, being its the 30 yr. Anniversry ?

unkle sam's picture
Joined: Oct 3 2008

no ramble on rose, brown eyed women instead but that's ok, any first set that starts with half step is usually some great stuff, and this one is no exception, check out that west LA fadeaway, played long before it was released on lp, and what a fantastic reading, got to be up there in the top five. Too bad about might as well being dropped from the playlists, what an up tune, and Jerry really nails it here.
4-1-86 - What a night this was, the entire gang just up up up, that shakedown>estimated is awesome and very well played, with lots of Bobby weirdness and Jerry and Phil right on top of it.
Hey David, since you're playing March in October, how about 3-24-86, that Morning Dew after Space is the only song played after Space and before the encore, that would be nice to see here, plus, Jerry gives his all on this one and it is off the charts.

Joined: Aug 16 2007
Re: maybe you had too much too fast...

Weir's so weird... tipsy or not? ...who can ever tell?

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Re: maybe you had too much too fast...

Yeah, Bobby's definitely "ready for the show" at the beginning of Shakedown. He, Phil and Jerry sound great right from the git-go. Providence, April Fools...must have been a great show.

claney's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
Hay ha hey aaah

Thanks Dave, loving the 4/1/86 sequence (yes it does sound great, especially Phil). Once and awhile one of these coke-fast Eyes really hits the spot.

Gotta say though, whoever thought it was a good idea to take Bobby's "Hoo! ...HEY!! ...HAA's!" from Estimated and put it on an echo effect loop.....was seriously disturbed.... :-)

direwolf13's picture
Joined: Jul 20 2007
My First Show!

3/31/86 my First show, though I did not "get it" until Worcester '87. No encore this night as someone threw a bottle on stage and Billy K. was not happy.

Weird stat - GD played Hand Jive this night and 4/4/87- my first 2 shows.

Thanks Dave!

mp51's picture
Joined: Sep 19 2007

i was just listening to phil during shakedown. he just doesnt sound like that in the 70's. no offense, i'm just saying to those who poo poo the 80's, maybe you're just not listening close enough. dont get me wrong, i love 72-74. i love just one drummer, but i think this era has some damn fine music going on.

Joined: Jun 6 2007
maybe you had too much too fast...

just an observation - doesn't Weir sound a bit tipsy speaking/slurring to the audience before Shakedown?

thanks David - nice Shakedown :)


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