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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SaintSteveg's picture
Joined: Nov 19 2008
Seems like a lot of '86

Seems like a lot of '86 first set material for one week. Are we getting that close to the bottom in the old vault? I was kind of off the bus by then, but I'll still enjoy GD over most any other band even in the 80's. Have we already heard all there is from '73 or '69?

Thanks for keeping the music playing, anyway.

~ I'll meet you some morning in the sweet by and by

Joshua_me's picture
Joined: Jun 24 2007
It Crackled Like a Thunder Cloud...

I'm *astonished* at the audio quality of 4/1/86 ! (damned cut)

Where the HECK have these tapes been ???

Thanks, Dave !

Hows about the Help/Slip from 09/12/85 for Halloween ???

Pretty please ? :-)


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