Grateful Dead

October 5 - October 11, 2009

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings and welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll be excusively checking out music from the 1980s, with a good selection from throughout the decade.

Our first selection is from 10/10/81 in Bremen, West Germany. This little tour of Europe was the Grateful Dead's last trip overseas until the tour in 1990, and there was plenty of great music played on this 1981 tour. Most of you are likely familiar with the shows in Amsterdam a few days later, but this one also had some good stuff. From the opening of the second set in Bremen, we have Women Are Smarter>Suragee>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Eyes of the World.

From three years later on 10/5/84 in Charlotte, NC, we have the post-Drums sequence of the concert featuring The Other One>Black Peter>Sugar Magnolia>Johnny B. Goode, with the added coolness of something rocking coming out of Sugar Magnolia, a usual set-closer. There was loads of great music on this tour, including stops in Augusta, ME and Syracuse, NY that are excellent.

From five years after the above selection, we return to the Warlocks concerts from Hampton, VA, with music from the first night, 10/8/89, featuring the post-Drums sequence of I Need A Miracle>The Wheel>Gimme Some Lovin'>Morning Dew, We Bid You Goodnight. These two concerts are justifiably legendary amongst Dead Heads, partly due to what happened at this show, but mainly due to what happened the next night.

Speaking of the next night, from 10/9/89 in Hampton, we have the pre-Drums sequence of Playing In The Band>Uncle John's Band>Playing In the Band>Dark Star. Yes, the first Dark Star in more than five years. The crowd's reaction just about blew the roof off of the building.

Join us back here next week, when we'll again stick with music from 1980s. As always, we encourage you to write to the email address below with any questions or comments. We try to respond to most every email, so feel free to write in.

David Lemieux


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encdead's picture
Joined: Nov 7 2008
Hampton '89

those Warlock shows were my first Dead shows! The next five years were the best of my life!!!!!

as_I_can (not verified)
20 years ago tonight!

I was at this show. It was my 2nd!!! I was going to school at V.C.U. in Richmond and my friend (now my wife) heard about it the week before on the radio, which said we could get tix at the Richmond Coliseum. We went down and there was no one else there. Walked up and got 4 easy as ya please!

Noshed on shrooms before going in which really added to the X-perience for me. One of the guys we were with became so freaked out he split at the 1st notes of Rooster and later told how he huddled next to the car hiding from security for the entire show (poor bastard). We were on the floor at the back right of the sbd. There was an energy in that place from the get-go, maybe it just felt special because they went in with the assumed name, I dunno, but I tell you, you could feel the air crackling. Of course, what I remember most was the incredible release from the crowd at the 1st notes of Dark Star. It was overpowering and i think the band was a bit taken aback by it at first. Never felt that again at a show. It was just solid all the way round.

One freaky thing that stands out for me was heading back to Richmond in the car and hearing an NPR report that an alien space craft had been reported to have landed in Russia (Siberia I believe it was). Now, after coming down from the fungus and having just witnessed the show that I did I thought "Holy Crap! This is it!! The world changes from this point on!!!" Turned out to be a hoax, but was a perfect capper to an other-worldly show. Why hasn't this show ever been officially released I wonder?

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
Some folks up in treetops.....


That PITB thru DS from Hampton '89 is prolly the most listened to Dead that exists in my tired ol' brain. In a way, it's already downloaded permanently in my gray matter. Still, it's great to hear it again. Bobby sounds a bit more detailed than my best recording of this show, and everything sounds 'just exactly right'.

Now, (if not to be too greedy) if only the Miami '89 DS show would finally surface. Those of us who were there were never quite the same again...

beenwaytoolongatsea's picture
Joined: Aug 22 2007
what very good

selections from the eighties


shwack's picture
Joined: Apr 12 2008
MORE FROM '84 S'il Vous Plait

Hey Man,
The Other One from Charlotte 10/5/84 sure does get one's attention!
Been revisiting my old AUD. masters from that tour...some good set lists and
fine playing throughout. Augusta is commonly mentioned and for good reason!
For those who hanker for more '84, scroll back thru Taper's: Second set
opening sequence from Charlotte(week of 10/6/08)or nice Hartford stuff from
10/14/84 (week of 10/8/2007).Truly a treasure trove of amazing music at T.S.

Merci Beaucoup Monsieur Lemieux

shwack in nh

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Joined: Apr 25 2009
Augusta 84

I would love to hear some of the second show from Augusta 84. It was one of the best shows I was lucky enough to attend. Jerry was insistant on Bob singing "On the road again" and kept playing the opening chords until Bob gave in. Jerry also stayed on stage and played Brent's "I don't need love" with such feeling you could hear his guitar cry.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

...would be the word I would use to describe that Eyes. Although it's interesting, I would much prefer the laid back style of pre-75/post-89 to the hyper-charged romps such as this one. There can't be much listening and interaction going on when everyone is just trying to keep up w/ Jerry's riffing and shredding. Also of note, the 2nd and 3rd verses get switched in this version. I've never heard that before.

Very cool selections this week. I'm especially jazzed by that '84 jam. If fall tour '84 has "loads of great music", how about an official release on disc from that year a la Road Trips, seeing as how there is zero/zilch/nada from '84 to date. Pretty please?

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Is that my glass? Can you see it? Understand me? Another tale- Told and done.

Nolan's picture
Joined: Aug 1 2009
I cant seem to make myself

I cant seem to make myself like the tempo of the fast Eyes.....I need it much the intro to the Other One....pased and waitin for it, then when it hits, it explodes

Joined: Apr 17 2008
Grate stuff!

Nice mix of selections, David. Just a note; That is not the last Dark Star.

......And there were days I know when all we ever wanted was to learn and love and grow.


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