Grateful Dead

October 14 - October 20, 2013

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers’ Section, where this week we’re going to check out music from 1981, 1982, and 1989, a plethora of Brent-era Dead.

Our first selection this week is from 8/14/81 in Seattle, when we have a bit of a different sequence featuring Playing In The Band>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. This comes on the heels of playing the Playing>Rider from 8/5/89 here at the Tapers’ Section, an even more different sequence.

Next, from a year later on 7/28/82 at Red Rocks, we have a second sequence of Althea, Let It Grow, He's Gone>Truckin', featuring two songs usually found in the first set in Althea and Let It Grow.

Our final bit of Grateful Dead music this week is the start of the second set from the final show of a three night at Cal Expo on 8/6/89, featuring Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain, Samson and Delilah, Ship Of Fools, Man Smart Woman Smarter. This was my first time attending shows at Cal Expo, and because of how great music was, and how much fun I had, it wasn’t the last. What a great place.

Be sure to join us here next week for more tunes form the vault.

David Lemieux


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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
I'll look into this

thanks for the heads up.

Anna rRxia's picture
Joined: Dec 25 2009
10/21-10/27 slipped into the Twilight Zone


What the hell happened to the comments as well as the segment?
And this week's segment? As I recall, last week was late too.
It's The Tunguska Event all over again!


You have just entered "The Taper's Twilight Zone"

Joined: Jul 29 2009

Thanks for your comments grateful prof & PonchoBill RE: the Truckin' jam.
Hmmmm...guess I should simply remain grateful for all things, but can't help but wonder: where's the next Taper's ? Could it be that we've grown so accustomed to these royal treats, that we didn't see the end coming. Well, if that's all's been a great ride remembering & replaying the wonderful tunes :) {Maybe before Halloween we get a Tapers encore ?! Let's stomp & clap loudly, now}

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Joined: Oct 20 2013
right on tennessee john.


You are right on (tennessee john). When playing this on a Bose SoundLink bluetooth speaker through my macbook pro, this sounds just right. nobody is over the top, and I can follow Phil just fine. I'm a bass player, and I'm almost disappointed that I can't hear more Brent just because that's how this was advertised.

Keep on keepin' on.

dire_wolf in Virginia.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Red Rocks and the lack of Phil

The Red Rocks '82 is an absolute classic that I bet would have been released by now were it not for the lack of Phil in the mix. An uneven mix, or better said lack of Phil is found on the '81 tape here too. I noticed it right away and thought it was peculiar.

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Joined: Jul 29 2013
'72 through the end of the wall

I agree with your opinion PonchoBill.

Joined: Oct 1 2007
Truckin' Jam..

Often when the Truckin' would fade into drums a jam with this structure would ensue. Many times The Other One would be hinted at prior to drums, even if it were not to be played after drums. Bobbie plays a longer and more melodic solo line at the end that was often the case, but, in general, the jam is characteristic of the year in its general form.
Cheers, Eric!

Joined: Jan 13 2010
like: 6/10/73, or 9/11/73, or 11/19/72,

or _____________________.

Many to list.

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Joined: Jul 29 2009
Phil was King...

from 72 thru to the end of the Wall of Sound. In my opinion.

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Joined: Jul 29 2013
I understand

I also like to zone in on Phil sometimes. That's why I love SSDD. The bass is amazing on that release. Just getting back into the collecting game, so I'm sure there are some good releases I've missed, but I love that one.


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