Grateful Dead

October 13 - October 19, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week, we're going to check in with three sequences of music, a little lighter than usual in number, but the scope of these jams should more than make up for it. One little thing to note is that all of the music this week is from San Francisco.

From 10/13/68 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, we have a typical-for-the-era sequence of Dark Star>St. Stephen>The Eleven>Death Don't Have No Mercy, a terrific sequence from an amazing year. In just about a month, Tom Constanten would join the band on keyboards, adding another layer of depth to this already-magnificent music.

Next up is a long, spacey, deep and dark version of Playing In The Band from 10/16/74 at Winterland in San Francisco. This is the version that was included in The Grateful Dead Movie, albeit in a very truncated arrangement, as film reels could only run about 20 minutes. We are pleased to include it in all its more than 30-minute glory here, mixed from the 16 track master tapes.

Lastly this week, from 10/14/80 at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, we have the opening of the third set, Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain>Estimated Prophet>Terrapin Station>Playing In The Band. This was the final night of a 15 night run of concerts, the longest uninterrupted residency the Grateful Dead had ever played at a venue.

Be sure to check back in next week for more great music. We'll have music from 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1989, including, by very popular request, an epic version of Playing In The Band from 1973. See you then.

David Lemieux


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beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007
just tuning in

and scarlett's sounding fiirey !!


Joined: Sep 4 2007
DL , you are blessed w good taste

That PITB sounds so freakin beautiful . The mix and the sound are so crisp . Thanks for the great musical dose

Talk about this bands sound in 74 being decades ahead of their sound . Sounds like music made in 2054 . F**k .. !! I hope the gods are being good to you DL , as you are very generous w us = ) Have a merry weekend & rest of october

Joined: Feb 4 2008
10/17/82 Santa Fe

really think you should have considered something from 10/17/82 Santa fe for this week. One of the best shows of the early 80s for certain, a really wonderful day of music. maybe some other time....

thanks for the goods as always!

beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007
high time

from richmond OR rochester from this tour would be HOT.


Joined: Aug 18 2008

Coming off the Monday rocker that was Change Rocks with the Dead, and plopping down to listen to this masterpiece of a taper's section... All I can say is WOW~!

Every week this little section of tunes just amazes me, and I am so GRATEFUL for the chance to listen to such awesome Dead music! Thank you so very much for making my school days a LITTLE less hectic!!!

- delaney
* Playing = All Time Fav of Mine too!!!!

"Don't be afraid to try something new.
Remember, a lone ameuter built the Arc.
A group of professionals built the Titanic."

Joined: Jun 20 2007
Playin' is rockin'

Holy cow that is smoking. I used to have these DATs years ago but haven't listened to them in ages.

My friend Casey and I use Playin' as an example of how to DROP OUT when our band is playing and getting ready to get into a jam. Such a wonderful progression and structure to the song, and then, the band just drops off the face of the world and out of their minds (and ours...)

If you get confused, listen to the music play.

Joined: Oct 12 2008
Dark star> St Stephen...

it's fabulous.. thankx

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

Wilfred - I have this show. Is it rare?
Grateful Dead
October 14, 1980
Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA

Set One and encores
unknown audience>?>CDR>EAC>SHN

Sets Two and Three

Disc Zero
Set One
1. Dire Wolf
2. Dark Hollow
3. It Must Have Been The Roses
3. Cassidy
4. I've Been All Around This World
5. Monkey and the Engineer
6. China Doll
7. Heaven Help the Fool
8. Bird Song >
9. Ripple

Disc One
Set Two
1. Alabama Get Away
2. Greatest Story Ever Told
3. Friend of the Devil
4. Me And My Uncle >
5. Mexicali Blues
6. Candyman
7. Little Red Rooster
8. Tennessee Jed >
9. Let It Grow >

Disc Two
Set Two (cont.)
1. The Wheel >
2. The Music Never Stopped
Set Two
3. Scarlet Begonias >
4. Fire on the Mountain
5. Estimated Prophet >
6. Terrapin Station >
7. Playin >
8. Drums >

Disc Three
Set Three (cont.)
1. Space >
2. I Need A Miracle >
3. Uncle John's Band >
4. Morning Dew
5. Playin' reprise >
6. Good Lovin'
7. E) US Blues
8. Brokedown Palace

As expected with an acoustic set, the audience is loud in the mix.
Since a soundboard source of the acoustic set and encores does
not circulate, I have included this source to complete the
show. The first disc is labeled as zero due to the electric set
being seeded first.

Please report any flaws to Tony Gardner (

Thanks to Paul Bottiglio for the soundboard discs
Thanks to Mario Mancilla for the audience disc
seeded to etree 4-01

Joined: Aug 21 2007
billkal et al

last i heard a sbd of 10/11/83 was not in the this true lemieux?

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Joined: Jun 8 2007
Right On billkal

Definitely on the expanded Movie ST box......

.....'in all its more than 30-minute glory'


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