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: Jun 7 2007
smaller maybe

The words "mean people suck" has a nasty ring to it.

It makes you think that the person who is saying it is no better than the one it is aimed at. Hey, as with anything, I think many folks have left for good is the obvious conclusion to be drawn here.

I only come to read the history, and then go away till next Monday. I do not like the way this stuff sounds on my computer sounds. I have been downloading some '73-75 Little Feat shows from, which is excellent stuff! Great to listen to when driving around in the car.

Mean people can be nice if they are not riled.

Greg SC

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Joined: Jun 4 2007

Wednesday and there are only 5 pages. I think things are finally quieting down. Keep up the great work Dave. Mean People Suck

Joined: Aug 30 2007
That MSG show is nuts...

Today for the first time I attempted to listen to one of the links since the initial format change. When I first tried weeks ago to access the music, I found it impossible to do, It wouldnt work and honestly I was kinda miffed and I didnt put in much effort. Before the change, I would load the song and stream it direct to my stereo aross the room and get up and do my house chores and jam out. Well, the Bertha>Greatest was just too hard to pass up. So I loaded up the new quicktime and made it work. I had to click on the link then load it to stream, and of course I cant stream it to my stereo (not sure why) so I had to get my lazy ass up walk across the room and plug it in direct...but hey it worked!

The boys are ON this night. The Bertha is unreal as well as the Hes Gone....and the rest? Well theres enough energy there that to say they were juiced is by far an understatement.
Thanks David--good job. I get the impression maybe your between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, you are trying to satisfy our tastes, which as a deadhead, I know is impossible. And on the other you are trying satisy your bosses who would like a return on their investment. On that, I have to say, I think they are realizing this is prob more of a pain than its worth. Didnt Rhino ever hear the saying "Never Trust a Prankster". The boys are pirates and always will be, and they sold Rhino a beached ship and Rhino is starting to realize it. My point is theres nothing much left to sell or market. Sure maybe I want to buy a sticker here or there, (although Im still to paranoid to put in on my car) but I have hundreds of gigs of dead on my external hardrive, alot of it amazing quality, why would I buy anything from Rhino? Therefore why should they give any more of it away?
"If you aint got a hinge you cant close the cant close the door when the walls caved in!" The door to alot of the vault is wide open in this day and age...thats not to say they David doesnt have access to some real gems though that I have never had the opportunity to buy...and that I just might.
The one thing that is really missing on this board is a intellectual or spiritual or historical conversation about what David is posting. There is alot going on in this music my friends...and with David posting every week it would be really cool for us all take a listen and discuss whats happening...How the Eyes intro has changes...How this Scarlet Fire was a off year for a Scarlet but this one was amazing...etc etc
So it is what it is folks. I dont need to remind you that Jerry is dead and he was the ONLY one in the band with a sense of humor.
"You get what you come for, youre ready to go"

Joined: Aug 31 2007

Still no answer about the biggest money making whores (Rhino) demanding these songs be pulled for download.

To those giving their righteous response of us so called "freeloaders" as one has posted. Think about archive and all other sites. What is the reason to stop something like this. Should Gans stop dead hour too?

I stand by my decision to F** Rhino and I will NEVER purchase anything from them.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Taper Section

It's a sad thing that a few little computer heads had to be spoiled by the use of FREE. I personally ride a bike to and from work everyday. The MP3 downloads were a blessing. David, I only know you from these media things and think your doing the right thing. The world is forever changing, and we all have to change with it. I disagree with much of the Grateful Dead's political ideas, but love the music. I hope that all the thinking caps are on over there, and you all will figure out a happy medium for everyone.

Joined: Aug 22 2007
good golly mr Lemieux

i could listen to that greatest story>devil w/ a blue dress> good golly miss molly from the early early morning to the early early night. thanks Dave for another wise choice. also at the end of that jam to start he's gone, when Jerry mentions that "there's nothing left to do but smile, smile, smile." You can hear the MSG crowd elatedly taking his advice

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Joined: Jun 15 2007

What a fantastic bunch of selections. Thanks David.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
Limited Edition

I got the 11 disc Fillmore Set too, # 9758. Almost missed it.
Be prepared for Rhino to possibly have limited edition also. They do it with other artists, but none of these have the base the Dead too, so we will see. And most of the Rhino limited editions are not reissued. So if it is limited act immediately.
I have more than a sneaking suspicion that there is going to be some really great Dead coming out from Rhino.
It is hard for me to believe all the impatience shown. Remember there were years in the 80's when nothing came out from the band. But there were all these great tapes flying around.

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

Joined: Jun 5 2007
you snooze,you lose

as for the 11 disc complete fillmore west box was a LIMITED EDITION. I ordered mine the day i saw it advertised for pre-sale. thats what Limited Edition is all about.
In fact i ordered two and gave one to my brother for a birthday present. When something says LIMITED EDITION of 10,000 you dont wait around for 6 months contemplating if you should buy or not buy. Anyone who knows anything would have seen the red flags go up...fillmore west 1969 = greatest run of GD shows possibly ever = don't think just order.
there is however, the mini box set still available. Everyone was given the opportunity to do the pre-order...something to think about for the next LIMITED EDITION release.

"aint no time to hate, barely time to wait"

Joined: Jun 6 2007
free taper access

I recall seeing lots of tapers get their dats confiscated (but not their equipment) for taping where the band had not invited them. Jerry's crew, with guys like Parish, were the toughest; they would stand on stage with binocculars looking for tapers. They were all very friendly, as far as that part goes, taking an interest in your gear, etc., but even back in the day, no one ever said 'Anything Goes' They still retained rights over how the music got out there.
I think we are pretty damn lucky to have as much music as we do. In fact, I think the whole damn scene is pretty lucky to have as much freedom as it has.
And I think David does a great job of getting new renditions and stories out to us.


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