Grateful Dead

October 31-November 6, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Happy Halloween everyone! Always a fun night in Grateful Dead history…

Our first sequence this week is the first set closing sequence from 5/1/81 in Hampton, VA, recorded from the cassette master tapes, the format of choice for PA board tapes from 1981. From that show we have Tennessee Jed>Let It Grow>Deal.

Next up is the opening sequence from the 6/29/84 in akron, oh, featuring Bertha > Greatest Story Ever Told ; They Love Each Other ; C C Rider ; Bird Song. Please note that the master cassette cuts during Bird Song, so that's where our sequence will wrap up today.

Our final sequence this week is the second set opening batch of songs from 6/25/88 at Buckeye Lake Music Center in Hebron, OH, featuring Victim of the Crime, Blow Away, Foolish Heart, Terrapin Station>Drums. Those first three songs had been debuted the previous week in Bloomington and Alpine, and all three songs would become a huge part of the repertoire the next three years.

Thanks for stopping by, and be sure to visit next week, where we expect to have more great stuff from deep within the vault. As always, we welcome you to write to us with questions, comments or suggestions, sent to the email address below.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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I'm sure I'm not the first to ask, but...

David, have you guys ever thought about doing "Taper's Section" as a weekly podcast? I know I (along with many others, I'm sure) would love to have a weekly dose automaticly downloaded every Monday for me to listen at my convenience. There are others out there, but to have one officially sanctioned by GD would be sweet!

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The Grateful Dead doing the theme from the Adams Family is priceless. The imagery blows my mind every time. I wasn't much into that show -- it's just a perfect fit!.

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David as usual great choices and a large span HOWEvER

YOU couldnt hook the tapers section up with ONE WEREWOLCVES or even a couple of em to compare, the lylrical flubs are usually as funny as it gets and they always seemed to enjoy the fact that they sounnded like a bar band doing a cover.......IM surprised at you, hehehehe thaniks for the Great choices, and some of those Victims have such an aggresive Jam with those weird tonalities I love the really long endings, Please play us some of the GREAT VICTIMS and of course also love Foolish Heart to start, than drool for that VICTIM OR THE CRIME, to me the most inventive tonality since Blues for Allah BUT love it all, no complaining just sharing thougts,,,, NO Werewolves, tsk tsk tsk

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Buckeye

Hotter than hell, the Heinekens were warm before the first sip. Victim and Blow Away were (are) lame songs. Thank goodness Bruce Hornsby played earlier.

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First Virginia Show

This was my first show of the 2nd spring 81’ tour and my first show in Virginia. My Saab broke down in NYC, so we took a Greyhound down to Virginia, chatting with an off-duty bus driver who had a zip lock full of vodka for the 8-hour overnight bus ride. I have very vivid memories of most of the shows from this tour and Hampton is no exception. Strong first set, with the closing of the set represented here. I remember the house lights coming on during Let it Grow, the band was startled at first but then feed off the energy. The entire show is very good, especially the pre-drums segment. I was with my buddy who was taping, but I never got a copy, too many other great shows from this tour, both Philly shows, Glens Falls and Nassau (05-06-81 Dick’s Picks #13) to pick from at the end of the tour. We meet some ski bum friends from Pa, which is how we made it to the Philly shows and then back by train to pick up the Saab in Long Island City and off to the rest of the tour. Just needed to hear the entire show and will now download this audience recording. http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-05-01.wise.clugston.2218.sbeok.shnf
Thanks for the memories.

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Hampton 5-1-81

Yes you Va Deadheads were very spoiled indeed. Great shows down there every year...Saw my first in 1980...Met some life long friends that first show...Hampton Roads Coliseum rocked...

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Hampton 5/1/81

my first show!! I remember standing next to a naked Asian who claimed that his friends had abandoned him at the show and told him it was going to be the Boss!!! fortunately he drifted away....... ?wonder if he heard the AWESOME show? we lower VA Deadheads were very spoiled!!!

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Buckeye

I remember this being a decent show, but getting out of the venue was a bitch. One small exit space for a large crowd was quite the drag.

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Let it Grow smokes!

Jerry's got lightning in his fingers - hot hot hot!!

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no Werewolves or Addams Family?

After the opening sentence, I thought we might get some Halloween shows - that DL, always a Prankster ;)

now, if Furthur doesn't play The Eleven on 11/11/11, I suspect that prank might not go over so well - we'll see...

Thanks for the 80s goodness, looks like some tasty jams!

Zeb

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