Grateful Dead

October 6 - October 12, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings and welcome to a mighty fine week of Grateful Dead music here at the Tapers Section. This week, we'll be listening to music covering a 13 year span in the band's recorded history, 1976-1989, with plenty of fine music in between.

Our first stop this week is at the Oakland Stadium in beautiful Oakland, California, on 10/10/76, the second of two massive concerts for 45,000 each day that featured the Grateful Dead opening for The Who. October usually meant a World Series trophy (1972, 1973, 1974) for the denizens of this stadium, but October 1976 featured a very different prize: two stunning Grateful Dead concerts. The first show, on 10/9/76, has long been a favourite of mine, but the 10/10/76 might just outperform its predecessor. From the second set of the second show, we have Playing in the Band>Drums>Wheel>Space>The Other One>Stella Blue>Playing in the Band, Johnny B. Goode, a monumentally well-played sequence by any standards.

Our next stop features another exquisite segment of music, including one of the all-time great versions of Not Fade Away. From 10/11/77 in (Jeffrey) Norman, Oklahoma, we have the post-Drums sequence of Not Fade Away>Wharf Rat>Around and Around. Check out those runs Jerry gets into during NFA. Wow!>

By popular request for more acoustic Dead, we are pleased to make our next stop at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, during the Grateful Dead's 15 night run of shows in 1980, which featured three sets per night. From the first set on 10/7/80, we have Monkey and the Engineer, To Lay Me Down, Heaven Help The Fool, Deep Elem Blues. I just love those acoustic, instrumental versions of Heaven Help The Fool.

From Charlotte, North Carolina on 10/5/84, we are pleased to play the second set opening sequence of China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider, Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World. This tour had some great concerts, including legendary stops in Augusta, Maine and Syracuse, New York, not to mention the six night run of shows at Berkeley Community Theatre October 27-November 3.

Lastly this week, we have another second set opening sequence, this time from 1989, from 10/8/89 specifically, at the Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. This, of course, was the first night of the two concerts that were billed as Formerly the Warlocks, with the Grateful Dead rising to that moniker's reputation with two shows that far surpassed everyone's expectations. From 10/8/89, we have Help on the Way>Slipknot!>Franklin's Tower>Victim or the Crime>Eyes of the World.

Be sure to stop back next week for more great music here at the Tapers Section. I expect we'll have music from 1968, 1974 and 1980.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Jun 4 2007
this China>Rider is where it's at...

...I really like this one. It is so jammy. They nail it. And oh yeah, free the Taper's Section!

Joined: Feb 11 2009
new member

this sight is the balls.I wish i was around for those early years.But you are giving me a taste of the absolute briliance of those young studs \

thank you

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Joined: Jun 5 2007

Just got around to listening to these juicy tidbits. Great selections this week DL.

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Joined: Sep 15 2007

The Norman show is one of my favorite. NFA>WR>AAA truly great. Could you please have the Rhythm Devils>NFA>AAA from 12-31-78?

Joined: Nov 10 2007
the 10/5/84 selection

the 10/5/84 selection demonstrates that the GD are the only band that matters. it starts out annoyingly clunk and then develops into a gooey bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
'84 Estimated

Brent is throwing down some weird synth layering in the '84 Estimated jam, very cool.

Will always love that 10'11'77 NFA ever since I heard it as one of the hidden tracks on DP 29.

The Playin' sequence from Day On The Green is cool indeed, but I'd much rather prefer to hear previously unreleased music from the archive.

The Help -> Eyes sequence goes without saying. Exquisitely played throughout. I don't mind the Victims. I tend to like those dissonant, crescendo Bobby jams.

Joined: Jun 15 2007
Phil Solo!

Check out the Phil solo at the end of Eyes my brothers and sisters!

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Joined: May 26 2007
I've gotta say

that Hampton "Franklin's" is one for the ages; Jerry is in awesome form. As for "Victim," the less said the better, but there's probably a lesson there.

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
i woke today

felt your side of bed, the covers were still warm...

did some one scream?

Whatever happened to his precious self control

Joined: Aug 18 2008
Gotta love the taper's section!

Man, what a great treat this week! Week after week, I get to have the privaledge of spending my computer class listening to some mighty fine Dead tunes, and this week the bar just was raised a bit!


Except for the last little bunch of songs with "Victim or the Crime" in it... I'm sorry, but I believe all recordings of this Bobby tune need to be destroyed and burn! It was such a buzz kill I just skipped ahead right into Eyes of the World!

- delaney
* Not a huge fan of Bobby tunes... If I hear another Looks Like Rain, I'll scream!

"Don't be afraid to try something new.
Remember, a lone ameuter built the Arc.
A group of professionals built the Titanic."


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