Grateful Dead

September 10 - September 16, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This week, as we roll toward the official start of Fall, we have 15 years of Grateful Dead history to cover, starting in 1972.

Our first track this week is the second set opening jam from 9/10/72 in Hollywood, featuring a well-jammed He’s Gone>Truckin’ combination. These two songs often segued into an Other One, but on this night, they left them together as a stand-alone jam, saving the night’s big jam for later in the set.

Next up are a couple of tracks from 9/16/72 at the Boston Music Hall, the second of a two night stand in Boston. Worth noting is that these two shows were scheduled to be performed at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY, but the local authorities didn’t sound too keen on having the Grateful Dead take over their venue, so the shows were re-scheduled for Boston. From this second show in Boston, we have a very pretty, early Stella Blue, as well as the first set closing Playing In The Band.

Moving up a year, we have a very nice pair of tracks from the excellent shows at William and Mary College, with the first being a typically good 1973 version of China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider from 9/11/73 and from 9/12/73, this nascent Weather Report Suite, complete with horn accompaniment.

Next up is some music from the Grateful Dead’s return to Madison Square Garden in 1987 after a four year hiatus from the venue Jerry famously called “juiced.” From the first night of the five night run, on 9/15/87, is this post-Drums sequence of The Wheel>Gimme Some Lovin’>Black Peter>Sugar Magnolia and from the next night, 9/16/87, is the second set opening jam of Bertha>Greatest Story Ever Told>Devil with the Blue Dress>Good Golly Miss Molly>Devil with the Blue Dress>He’s Gone. Check out Jerry’s stunning vocal flourishes at the end of He’s Gone; truly some unique stuff. These recordings are drawn from the Beta PCM digital tapes.

Check in next week, when we’ll have some more great music for you. As always, feel free to write with questions or comments.

David Lemieux
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Hal R's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
Hi Ed - about cool people and your ppppffft response

So what about the fight to end segregation in the U.S. or South Africa or anywhere else or those that fight child, elderly,sexual, animal abuse or destruction of the environment or battle hunger,malnutrition, or poverty.

Don't the actions or fight to end those come from a higher ground?
Is there no sense in having principles or morals and education?
Is ignorance bliss?
I think it is the attitude that one brings to the battle, one can fight the good fight and attempt to remain humble and not an elitist.
I can see frightening aspects to what GRTUD is saying because Nazis and KKK think they come from a higher moral ground.

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself

Joined: Jun 25 2007
Cool People... (cont'd)

On September 16th, 2007 GRTUD said:
"Cool people... ...are folks that not only stand on their higher moral and educational ground and principles but fight to help others share the view, not to look down on them."

ppppffft! Anyone who stands on "their higher moral and educational ground and principles but fight to help others share the view..." is nothing but an arrogant, smug elitist who is in fact patronizing, and forcing their misguided views on others.

Spare me the arrogance and elitism, please!

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
richard > principles

tj crowley

thnakyou sometimes the fingers can't keep up w/ the brain.....guess that why also there are sponser's/mentor's

Butterbean's picture
Joined: Sep 16 2007
love the tapers section!

Love the tapers section!

richard's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007

it says "..reminding place principles before personalities." - not "....practice principles..."


"...we claim spiritual progress, not perfection." - not "....before.perfection"

Small, yet significant differences in meaning - IMHO


miggon's picture
Joined: Jul 11 2007
Streams & Comments (Missing or Otherwise)

Why fewer comments? Pages less than before? I'd venture that once Taper's Section switched from MP3 to streams it lost many regular visitors. Perhaps it lost most of its weekly audience. That's what happens when the free download gravy train runs off the rails. (Pardon the forced metaphor.) So, all those conspiracy theories regarding nefarious acts of serial deletions need to be shelved. Please.

Next, I'd like to make one comment about MP3 vs. streaming audio. I miss the MP3s. I fervently anticipated every Monday's new batch of vintage Dead from the curatorial genius of David Lemieux, whose Podcast I used to grab from iTunes long ago. Alas, my one and only recourse has been to vote with my feet, er, mouse, er, fingers. I am among the many formerly dedicated TS visitors who've simply faded away since the streams arrived.

"The bottles stand as empty, as they were filled before. Time there was and plenty, but from that cup no more."

Oh well. The Internet is full of free stuff (if you know where to find it). Rhino's doing whatever it's been told by the surviving members of the band. The band has every right in the world to decide how it wants its music released. And we've all got many, many, many, many choices as it pertains to consuming the recorded works of the Grateful Dead.


Joined: Sep 5 2007
t jackjones

funny how some folks are the adults, agree with avery point but, and show a plain U.S view of what is and what is not capitalistic toilet paper.

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
got it!!!!!!!

tj crowley continued to break the code to access stream(ing). here in sit in my office (work sundays w/ families of clients) writing out treatment (Tx) plans and figured it out...not too it restricting? yes! but working on Tx plans (addiction) has been made easier

Golden Road's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Ah Memories, We Will Enjoy!

tjc - "I" consider myself "Classic" with illuminating qualities in a nostalgic style. At least that's what a friend says about "me".

alvaroj - Wasn't there but I feel your sentiment and can relate. I love that about music! I also like looking forward to some new music each week. Kewl.

"All energy flows according to the whims of the Great Magnet. What a fool I was to defy him."

Joined: Aug 18 2007
amazing memories!!!

I feel like I'm back at Alpine Valley sliding down that hill as Jerry sings Devil w/ the Blue Dress.


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