Grateful Dead

September 1- September 7, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers Section. This week we have a good selection of Grateful Dead music from this week in the Grateful Dead's recorded history, as well as some music from Jerry Garcia concerts that took place during this week many years ago.

Our first selection is Scarlet Begonias>Fire on the Mountain from 9/5/79 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. This was the Grateful Dead's second visit to the Garden after their two night run there in January, 1979, and it would always hold a place of high honour in the Grateful Dead's touring schedule.

From a year later, on 9/4/80 in Providence, RI, we have the very cool second set jam featuring Supplication Jam>Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World. These Supplication Jams are always so much fun to hear. From the same tour, two nights later, we have some music from an audience tape on 9/6/80 at the famous show in Lewiston, Maine, featuring Shakedown Street>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance>Althea. It's too bad that a soundboard tape of this concert has never surfaced in the vault, although we're very thankful the tapers were doing their job so well.

On to some Garcia material. From 9/1/74 at the Keystone in Berkeley, we have a couple of tracks from the incredible Pure Jerry album drawn from this concert, the Keystone Jam and Soul Roach. This was the Garcia-Saunders band featuring John Kahn, Martin Fierro and drummer Paul Humphreys, a precursor to the Legion of Mary, which, of course, would feature Ron Tutt on drums.

Finally this week, we have the Jerry Garcia Band playing Don't Let Go from 9/2/89 at Merriweather Post Pavillion in Columbia, Maryland. I distinctly recall a friend leaning over to me during this jam, while we standing in the 10th row, and commenting “this is how the Dead used to jam.” This one gets wayyyyyy out there. And, because it's such a great jam vehicle, here is another version of Don't Let Go from 7/29/77 with which to compare our 1989 rendition.

Be sure to stop in next week for more great September Dead. As always, we welcome and encourage you to write with questions, comments, requests or suggestions.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Sep 4 2007
Estimated jam in RI


I think Dead base 8 or IX have a jerry base . Thats DB from 94 or 93

Very engaging music this week Example > The Sept 4 RI , the 79 S F .

Time permitting , I ll be checking out the really cool Jerry band stuff this weekend

fare thee well

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Maine Trips!!!

There were so many great shows played in Maine. Seems like every time I listen to a Maine show it delivers the heat. Perhaps a Maine Road Trips would make a nice release.

Also would like to take a moment to remember last years LEGENDARY HAIR BALL shows by Ed's cats. Truly an inspiring mix of passion, worksmanship and pure magic. Ed if you're around, I hope the boys are doing well!!!

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
thanks for the brent

the tunes are good every week, but the brent stuff is always extra sweet, very nice supp>estimated>eyes

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Thank you! Ratdog and Phil too, please!
Streaming Grateful Dead and more

Joined: Aug 30 2007

I had just turned 17 just before the Jerry Merriweather shows, and was about to begin my senior year of high school in Northern Virginia. I had been to maybe a dozen dead shows, but had never caught the Jerry Band. Despite knowing very few the songs, Jerry and his band melted my heart down those nites...I remember bursting into tears during the Harder They Come and becoming self concious, only to look around and clearly see everyone was in abandonment and no one was watching. I never went back for my senior year and continued on Jerry tour and really never looked back.The Warlocks would play about a month later and by then I was completely on the bus for years to come. Hard to believe that was 19 years ago. I never have regretted not graduating high school...I got a good education by Jerry and the boys on tour.

Does God look down on the boys in the barroom
Mainly forsaken but surely not judged?
Jacks, kings, and aces, their faces in wine
Do Lord deliver our kind

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Joined: Feb 29 2008
Nice Lookin Nuggets !! Cant belive its Sept 1st ~

Hey Now David ,,,, back to school, kidzzz ~ haha how is it Sept 1st so soon ?? yow ~

1st off, I love anything from MSG, NYC !! That was my Jumping off point, my first Dead shows Ever where there...

All the shows i have from there always smoke ~ thanks for playing a 79 show ~

and whoa ,, 1980 Supp > Estimated,, cant wait to Hear this Jam ~!~

and a Spacey JGB " Dont let go" Cant wait to hear this, either,, one of my fav songs..
I caught about 30-40 JGB Shows in my day, and I know he love to play this ..

another song he took WAY out there was " Lonesome & a Long Way from Home " ,, the Jam on that is nice from certain shows ~


A BOOK or List of all the Shows / Songs He DID ?? I would Love to see this ~

it would help me figure out what shows and songs i caught...

I did the Whole" Mini" tour of summer of 92 ,,,

6 amazing JGB shows in Cali !!! anybody else see those ?? I did !!! yehaw !!!

I made it to all 6 : Expo, Shoreline, Hollywood(?), Irvine, Ventura, and Chula Vista ..

would love to see set-list of the shows i caught ~

ANYBODY KNOW THIS ??? JGB BASE ?!!?!! ?!!?e@$@!!#@!$!!!!

Thanks for making monday morning something to look forward to, Like a big bowl of yummie ceral and Saturday Morning Cartoons ~

anyway ,,, How about some END OF SummeR Songs ?? and a spacey Terrapin !!

Much Love !! Josh E Bear !!

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

day off, cicadas buzzing in the morning sun, and a cool-breeze scarlet-fire...
Can't wait to get to the JG stuff too, thanks again

Joined: Jul 20 2007
Grate tunes for a grate week...

The kiddies go back to school!! Weeeeeeee!!
Thanks for the tunes!!

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
More JGB!

Crazy stuff indeed from '89! The jam certainly does get out there - love Melvin's jazzy organ runs!
I remember seeing two shows on the JGB fall '89 tour - the lights went down the first night, and I thought, "Who's that other guy on stage?" Turned out to be Clarence Clemons. Wow!

"Folk rock for groovin families!"


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