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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shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008

Once again ,fantastic vault gold from the year of '69!
the forward drums are a real treat during the 11
merci beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux
shwack in nh

Joined: Oct 13 2008
Agree with Eagle.

I'm also suprised they didn't post the MSG 83 show highlights -- especially the post Space segment.

Joined: Oct 13 2008
Benny Jakes...

I think it's on The Grateful Dead Movie Soundtrack.

You can get it in the stores or on Amazon. Don't know if it's still available on

Haven't seen a download for it in a while. Not even on Itunes.

Benny Jakes's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
uuhga uhhga

I will kneel if you wish. Please release this Playin as a download. I'll easily pay $10 or $9.99
retail speak for it. Magnificent.

Joined: Nov 8 2007
Thought for sure you'd have

Thought for sure you'd have Hartford 10/15/83 or a portion thereof:

China>Rider Playin> Long Cryptic jam> China Doll >D/Spacey space> SAINT STEPHEN> throwin stone> One mo' Psychotic night. Brokedown.

ONE OF THOSE (and ya know whatta mean) SHOWS!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

This show has always had a special place in my heart. It was the only show I actually had gumption enough to write in about (Yes, the old 'snail mail' way) to request for release. The set list really spoke to me.

I addressed the letter to S. Mouse, the only person I thought could help I guess. But, he could only invite me to his latest art expo. It's taken some time to pay off (the law of averages, maybe?) but we finally have represention of this fine show (See taper's section, and a 'snippet' in the So Many Roads box).

Thanks DL and S. Mouse for the nugs! :-)

P.S. Still waiting for the Dick's 'Dex for the Taper's Section, though...

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
October 1980 was a great month

...the sky was yellow and the sun was blue... thanks David! Any 10/18 or 19?

whirlwinddreamer65's picture
Joined: Jan 5 2008
68 dark star

wwd simply put 68 dark stars were the stairway to the universe,the gyroscope of life is turning!! nothing left to do but smile, smile,smile!!!!!!!!<<<>><>><<>****<>><<>>**** :)

Joined: Jun 10 2007
sounds great, david!

thanks for the selections!



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