Grateful Dead

October 29 - November 4, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

We have often been asked how we’d go about selecting the year from which the next Dick Pick or Vault Release was selected. It was always a very involved process, but the key factor was walking outside in the morning and seeing what the temperature was that day. Today, it was 71 degrees, so we figured we’d bring you a nice selection of music from 1971, October specifically, Keith’s first tour, and the tour from which the magical Dick’s Picks Vol. 2 was drawn. That Pick is rightfully called a one-disc wonder.

Our first selection from that mighty little tour is from 10/22/71 in Chicago. From that great show we have the rare pairing of That’s It For The Other One>Deal. It might look a little odd on paper, but it certainly does work in practice.

From a couple of days later in Detroit, on 10/24/71, we have the other quintessential 1971 second set jamming vehicle, Dark Star. Although this rendition doesn’t quite reach the peaks as the version from 10/31/71 (Dick’s Picks Vol. 2), it still goes to some amazing places, and is certainly a worth companion to that of 10/31/71.

Finally from our brief foray into October, 1971, we have the show-closing jam of Not Fade Away>Drums>Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad>Not Fade Away from 10/27/71 in Syracuse, complete with a nifty China Cat jam. Be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for another stunning NFA>GDTRFB>NFA from late 1971.

Lastly this week, also from October, but a year later, is the second set jam from 10/24/72 in Milwaukee. This is a classic 1972 jam featuring Truckin’>The Other One>He’s Gone>The Other One. Inspired, deep and interesting.

Be sure to check back next week when we’ll have some music from 1973, amongst some other great stuff, we expect. As always, feel free to write with questions or comments. It’s always nice to hear from you.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 6 2007
Is this the end or the beginning?

I have this nagging suspicion that the Road Trips announcement marks the end of the Taper's Section as we know it. Please prove me wrong!

(better yet: Bring back Taper's Section as we used to know it)

JeremyP's picture
Joined: Jun 8 2007
All good stuff

But I have all these tracks already :-( Lets have more rare tracks please!

strangetrip's picture
Joined: Sep 15 2007
the music

great selection from Syracuse. There seems to be a lot of belly aching going on about streaming, no downloads, etc. It's all good, some is just better than others. I really love the '78 shows, especially 12-31-78 at Winterland. I have a "bootleg" vinyl album of this show. Simply awesome.

Joined: Aug 16 2007
Truckin’>The Other One>He’s Gone>The Other One =.....

......GDH #670.

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Thanks again

For another grate week :)

Joined: Nov 3 2007
Great selections. How about

Great selections. How about something from the 85' Richmond shows in November. Great content.


Joined: Jun 10 2007
no complaints here!

thanks for the selections, david. my new jammin' computer speakers and i love to come visit you once or twice a week and hear something fun and new- it's like going over to a friend's house to listen to his records!

i think the road trips selections sound pretty cool too- i'll be in to pick one up this week-


beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007


man this '71/'72 stuff is MOH FOHIN' AAWWEESOOMMMEE!! already have nice 24 bit aiff files of these streams in itunes, wow, this is good stuff

GRTUD's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Grateful Pumpkin?

Don't feel bad enjoyingtheride, I waited in my pumpkin patch for The Grateful Pumpkin all night on Halloween, and NOTHING. Well, maybe next year?

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to my underground lair.

Joined: Jul 9 2007

interest waning... boredom setting in... last gasp of hope... going, going...

anyone noticed how the postings in this section have declined? i'm liking the music, but interest has surely fallen off. i really feel as though the last nail will be driven into the coffin soon. i'm not really into posting anymore myself. the bloated whale of the tapers section should be pushed back into the sea. either downloads need to be re-instituted, or let's just give up on this whole charade. yeah, i can record the stuff with various software, but i'm noticing more and more glitches every week. sometimes it seems as though the pages are merely an afterthought. give me some good news soon, or i'm giving up.

this just isn't fun anymore.

bye. perhaps for always.


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