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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grdaed73's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
instrumental heaven

thought i heard that before, just listened to this show yesterday, in the middle of ripple someone honks a harpo horn or gratefulmom was in the audience quacking, then the whole audience goes nuts... what happened, they kick the duck out?

grdaed73's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
didn't see that coming

snuck in a sugar magnolia betwen playin and mr goode in that 1st selection... lets go see what else might be hidden...
thx, david

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Isn't this from Dick's Picks 33?
Good choices this week, David.
Thank you

Joined: Sep 4 2007
healthy selection

Your inclusion of acousitc sets from Oct 1980 is wonderful .

Maybe a future proyect ll be maybe a relaease of much more material from then , than what we have in the LP reckoning .

I own 4 or 5 sets on tape , and there are strong performances

p.s. Why not comment this - The GD s vast amount of material could and can give them an infinite stream of releases - live . Thank god Dick L and all responsible got behind that in the early 90 s . If you can see , every major artist in this genre and others ( elctronic - Klaus Schulze , Tangerine dream ] , release their juiciest gems this way ..

p.s.s. kudos on all your selections this week . How about another ethereal PITB from 74 , like the one in July from Fresno . Thank you


Marshun's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Very enjoyable way to paint

the walls with these wonderful selections from DL. Dancin' with Stella and a paint brush on the ladder. Think we need several coats to playin'.
And there is so much more for later.

Thank you kindly!

"Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams to another land"

Robert Hunter

Joined: Jun 6 2008

NFA is amazing - thank you :o)

drumzNspace's picture
Joined: Oct 5 2007
Wowsers! A hall of fame

Wowsers! A hall of fame Taper's section today - as in, every selection is from the GD Hall of Fame of GD performances! Muchos Gracias!

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-enjoyin' the ride

-There'll never be another Jerry

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Crispy Fall Tunage

Very genorous selection this week. Thank you very much.

Had to hitch to the 89 Hampton show after the car we were riding in kinda blew up on the Interstate. I was in the way back of a station wagon looking back wondering " Why is there all this smoke coming from our car?"

Right as I thought it the car engine expired and all 10 of us got out of the car. We popped the hood and it was flame on. The gallon of water I had to bring into the show was quicky used to put the flames out and then the State Trooper showed up. He was sooooo nice and helpful instead of being the other way. After he left we had to get to the show.

There we were all thumbing rides to the show and every once and while some kind heads pulled over and one or two of us would squeeze into a nook in a car or van. I was one of the last 4 to get a ride. Myself and another gal whose name I can't remember caught a ride with two guys driving a car that looked like someone vomited 30 different color cans of paint on it.
They were really nice but their driving skills were a little suspect. Driving 60mph through toll booths while trying to flip a quater into the basket was a little hairy. This poor gal was going to her first show and just getting there was an adventure
We made it to Hampton and said a grateful thanks to the guys who had given us a lift. A quick trip through the parking lot for supplies which included a "$10 all you can grab with one hand" party favor stop and a look for our friends brought us to showtime!!
There was no predetermined spot for us to meet up so we went upstairs on Jerry's side and got ready for the show. It had been a frantic trip to get threre but we were in and primed for a great night. Next thing we see is our last two friends we had left with the car walking up the stairs right towards us!!!!!!! They had waited for the tow-truck and had somehow caught a ride to Hampton and were just looking for a place to sit down. They had run into the other six folks from our little pod in the lot so everyone made it.
We grooved to the first set and as the boys were tuning up for the start of the second set I thought I heard it?....I think it is!!!!!! Da Da....Da...DA...Yes!!!! HELP On the WAY SO excellent, so unexpected. Everything else was gravy after. An unbelievable night. And of course there was the next night as well but, for me this night was all the Greatful Dead were about. The friendship, the adventure, the danger, the unknown, the familiar, the surprises and of course the music, it was all there that one night.

Criptical Phil's picture
Joined: Oct 25 2007
hey is 10-8-89 from the cassette masters

or from the 24-track mix ? anyone ?

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Joined: Feb 29 2008
Patience Runs Out On The Junkie... Dark Star Hires Another Soul

Hi,, tasty lookin treats this week ...

love any set that goes China> Ryder > Estimated > Eyes !! oowowowowo

I have those Hampton Warlocks Shows on DVD,,,, AMAZING STUFF ~


Josh E Bear !!


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