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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Grateful_nirvanA's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

Just a FYI for everyone, that's Joe Ellis (trumpet) and Martin Fierro (sax) on thw WRS from 9/12/73.

Joined: Jun 11 2007
Please let us stream all at once.

Thanks for the great music. It would be so nice to be able to do one click and stream this as a contimuum.

In case other readers missed it, check out the interview with Donna.

Keep up the good work, David. Watch out for those wild African animals. Their horns are sharp.

Joined: Aug 20 2007

"and the "haters" must have overlooked the stellar 11 disc complete fillmore west 1969 box set....yes 11 cds (including the bonus disc) of the most stellar GD shows ever. Every single note of a best ever run of GD shows from 69. I guess that wasn't enough...."

OH REALLY? This sounds great! Where can I buy it?


Joined: Aug 20 2007
Interesting Compilation

Random but a great 8-CD collection at


TigerLilly's picture
Joined: Jul 2 2007
it is indeed

izzie! I think our friend Badger should write this into the Uncyclopedia Grateful Dead page. He is at least as talented as those guys are!

as for cosmic weirdness, is far from over, but that is another topic! ;-)

Gr8fulTed's picture
Joined: Jul 9 2007
Thanks for the tunes

Good day all! I've enjoyed the China>Rider from 9/11/73, along with other snipets from the past. The sound thru Windows Media is reliably good. Looking forward to more treats from fall tour stops in 1972 & 1973. Having hundreds of hours of shows on cassettes, DAT's and cd's, streaming and listening is just fine with me. Thanks for the chance to listen!

izzie's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
cosmic weirdness

....from this morning for TigerLilly and the 'Badge has been corrected. thanks for playing. There will look like a little duplication, but I thought we should all see badger's original post because it is a thing of beauty!

Joined: Jun 5 2007
oh, yea...


Joined: Jun 5 2007

I- well, I just gotta say this, in all honesty: but I LUV Cosmic Badger.

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
inside info part 4

Now on to the serious business. Focus group discussions conducted by RICHER DONORS with their target demographic have revealed that potential consumers are significantly uncomfortable with the word ‘Dead’. It has therefore been decided to re-brand the band as ‘The Grateful Passed’ or for short ‘The Gratefuls’.

What then to do with the name ‘Deadhead’, especially given the current rebellious mood. A special committee consisting of distinguished retirees Donald Rumsfeld and Margaret Thatcher (for she still lives!) has recommended that DeadHeads be renamed Grate-Heads (G-Heads for short) and that if we will accept this and achieve the following BENCHMARKS for our conduct on this website, we should be rewarded with the RETURN OF THE MP3s!!.
- No taunting of RICHER DONORS its staff, consultants, partners or owners (we can badmouth eachother as much as we like)
- No more whining, whinging, bitching, moaning, griping, bellyaching, cry-babying, groaning or other inappropriate expressions of ingratitude.
- Ceding of rights to the words DEAD, FECK and ENTITLEMENT and their derivatives to RICHER DONORS
-No more not-very-subtle clues about how to get stuff for free. A special hotline will be established for reporting illegal activity; informants will receive a free SIRIUS Receiver.
- Appointment of an UBERMODERATOR to ensure the current mods stop being so damn NICE
- No more quoting of Grateful Dead lyrics out of context in order to support spurious arguments.
- Acceptance of new message screening software for detecting and removing sarcastic comments, ironic or satirical observations and bizarre fantasies used as a way to get round Benchmarks Numbers 1 and 2

Should we let that Deal go Down ? (ooops!) My hope is that achievement of just a few of these benchmarks might eventually be considered a success....... ;-)


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