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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Coconut Phil's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
still can get it

Check out Great Chinacat>rider/

BarefootMechanic's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007

Is there some way that these files could be made streamable for someone using a Linux operating system? I'm drooling at these songs and even though I can't put them on CDs (I guess that really does make sense and its OK) I'd like to listen to them.

Joined: Sep 10 2007
I wonder what these selections sound like

A wise sage named Garcia once said "Once we play the music it belongs to the audience. They can have it. We're done with it"

It sure would be nice if this were still true.

Steve-O's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
I agree

Awesome 87 selections!!! Keep them comming!!! Thanks

Joined: Jun 8 2007
Thanks David

Great Selections!

cactuswax's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
1972 + 1973 + 1987 = ...

Kickass selections this week DL! Thanks again!

sixstringsmoreorLesh's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

tj crowley

i hope these gifts will be available while i figure out how to

Joined: Jul 19 2007
Those w&m shows are tremendous..

I would love to hear more '73.... thanks for the treats david....look forward to listening to the rest.
Grateful Drewstar

P.S. i could never get enough of the 73 eyes and ujb.

lopez's picture
Joined: Jun 12 2007
Great tunes!

Love the He's Gone>Truckin' combo! Thanks David

TomBanjo's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
tapers section

Love everything from the wall of sound days. Thanks David and dont let the other complainers get you down.


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