Grateful Dead

October 22- October 28, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week we have some music from 1968, 1982 and 1984

First up this week, from 9/23/82 in New Haven, we have the magnificent closing twosome of Althea-Let It Grow. This space is getting hot, indeed. Drawn from the cassette master on the final big tour before Healy began recording to Beta PCM digital tapes in December, 1982.

Next we’ll jump back a little ways to 1968, to the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. This would be the Grateful Dead’s final show at the Greek until 1981, but thankfully they made a habit of it throughout the 1980s. From this cool little show in 1968, we have the opening Pigpen twofer, Good Morning Little Schoolgirl-Lovelight. You’ll notice we faded out early in the third song, but worry not, as we plan to have more of this show later in the year on the Tapers Section. There’s a bit of a buzz on the right channel which mostly disappears by Lovelight. Regardless, the music’s certainly worth a listen.

Moving ahead 15 years to 1983, we have the second-set opener from 10/21/83 in Worcester, Mass. This is a nice Scarlet Begonias>Fire On The Mountain. Drawn from the Beta PCM digital masters, the tape does exhibit some signs of the limitations of this format, specifically some minor distortion on the low end stuff.

Lastly this week, we’ll stop into 1984 to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, NY on October 20. From the end of the first set, we have the trio of My Brother Esau-Bird Song-Jack Straw, and from the start of the second set, Shakedown Street>Samson and Delilah. We’ve had a lot of requests to hear some moments from this show, so here you go.

Be sure to check back in next week, when we really don’t know what we’ll be playing, but hopefully something from 1971. Feel free to get in touch with questions or comments.

David Lemieux


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On the ripper mentioned by lethedoom, I am interested in knowing the following:

1) Has anyone REALLY gotten one of these programs to work?

2) If so, exactly how? Like a step by step process including naming files, info, conversion, whatever.

3) This is probably not kosher with as they have taken away the mp3s you could download. If it is figured out how to rip these streams and make mp3s, I assume they will not want us to do that? Or would that be ok with them and the lawyers?

4) I do not even want to persue it if they tell us not to. If they do not put up a policy, is that implicitly telling us it is ok?

5) If one of these programs costs $$, I would rather just pay for the downloads than pay for and deal with complicated software.

I hope this does not put me in the whiner category, I would just like to know what they think and if it can really be done.



Joined: Oct 24 2007
carrier dome!

thanks for the Carrier Dome show!! This was my first show. 15 years old and wide eyed!!

Joined: Jun 27 2007
hey now

Carrier Dome! Nice

round and round

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Great Pig Stuff

I would have loved to hear him do Lovelight and Alligator live. Thanks for the music, everyone!

That sound really tied the room together.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
RHINOgate continues...

Brilliant MOVe....

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Joined: Jul 9 2007
Pop-Up Blocker

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Looking forward for a return to the 70's!!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
tip for fellow whiners

I am trying a freeware stream ripper for windows pc that uses the sound card and rips to the hd and converts in real time (no fast download for later use)--it seems ok.
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Hey Folks - Can't get the player to come up

Does anyone else have this problem...
When I make my choice of either Qicktime (I have the latest version) or Media Player I get a rectangle box with part of the big Q in the center.. Then nothing happens No sound
Somtimes it works and i get the black player. Any help would be much appreciated


Joined: Jun 4 2007
sweet leaf raking music

The carrier dome 1st set tunes were a welcome treat and sweet leaf raking music. Check out the energy in Straw. Truly one of the dead's underrated classics. Now David, how about holloween '85 in SC and a nug or two from 11-1 (killer dp btw)? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm?

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
The jig is up?

Seems like this thing is coming to an end, slows down each week, Always dig the tunes. No word on any new releases, maybe next year, the lawyers will let us have a taste of some Winterland jam.

Coconut Phil, living Free.


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