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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Joined: Aug 21 2007
Negative Nancys

I guess they found somewhere else to bitch about some other universal injustice. Yay!

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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Ashes to Ashes

Greg SC,
It seems to me that you're the person trying to polarize this issue, which is surprising to me. If you took the cliché personally, that's your problem.
As far as the download issue, no one even knows what the facts are, at present, so show some fucking maturity and give all a fucking break! OK?
Sorry 'bout that Greg, I just couldn't resist the temptation (and I vow to cease using the word in all posts that are not narrative stories, quotes or characterizations, from hence forth - as difficult as it will be for me).
I'm also up for an adult (with suitable warnings for strong language and age restrictions) debate section on this and other issues (although it may exist already, I'm not sure if "What's on Your Mind" is suitable), if anyone else is interested but this isn't the proper venue, imo. I feel we need to take these fights "outside" and have it out, once and for all. The folks here putting this work together are owed an honest opinion on the music and their efforts in that regard, not the bitterness (and childish tantrums) some feel toward the other issues, of which they are most likely not involved. I find it ironic that many of those folks threatening financial boycott are angry because they can't have something for free. No one else finds this ironic? I side with those that are asking for music for which they would gladly pay (I'd rather it be free like everyone else but that seems ridiculous in this day and age, sadly). Not providing such a product also seems ironic (to me) for a company needing to generate revenue but again we don't know what is ACTUALLY at issue. I also agree that information seems very slow in emerging but I also don't prescribe to rushing the guy working on my car's brakes. I'm more concerned about getting a good product and end result than the legal/technical minutia involved in such projects and endeavors.
Let's just concentrate on the enjoyment we get from being here and listening to all this awesome music, which has taken years to realize while visiting the Dead's web site. I've wanted steaming music for YEARS on their site. I always found it a terrible reality to come here and not hear their music playing in the background, at least. Which reminds me, I've got to write Phil....

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

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Joined: Jul 3 2007
Thank you for everything

great music.

Joined: Sep 15 2007

why are we not allowed to download and save these gems anymore? Why did it change?

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Joined: Sep 15 2007
Looking forward to listening

Looking forward to listening to many clips from Tapers Section. Sorry to read that there are Dead friends out there who can't even listen to the tunes. I'm having no problem.

Joined: Jun 7 2007
Mean People Suck

Again we see that pitiful saying so lacking in originality. Those types of things only polarize people. I find it interesting that anyone even offering the slightest opinion here, which goes against the grain, are ripped, yet someone else can use the "F" word all they want, yet nobody seems to find that offensive?

"Mean People Suck" is a pathetic saying that has a boomerang effect: it says more about the person saying it, than about the person it is aimed at.

Greg SC

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
sept 10-17

Another very excellent selection David! I'd rather be anywhere but at a Dead show!

Joined: Sep 14 2007

I was back visiting in California last month. My brother had on an old version of "Dancing in the Streets." "Could use a bit o' Donna," I'd remarked at the time. Good to hear her voice again!

Joined: Jul 16 2007
might as well

streaming's cool. downloading was better but as so many people say ..."it is what it is" and its good enough for us.the grateful dead are alive and well.thank you David

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

It's great to see that all the negative veiws are fading away. Let the music soothe your soul. Keep up the great work Dave!! MEAN PEOPLE SUCK


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