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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marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

I think you'll find last week's TS section, comments intact, is still there. This one, being new today, hasn't accumulated that many pages.

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007

head over to the Got Linux topic and ask there. There's a player we think will work, but we don't have the equipment to test it!

izzie's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
removed posts?

Them's fightin' words if you can't back it up. There have been no removed posts except confirmed duplicated (or sometimes quadruplicated) posts. We'll accept your apology when you're ready.

Greg Macfarlane's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Removed posts?

It’s probably a date thing.

17 pages on September 3d to the 9th, but when 'the clock struck one''s September the 10th.

New material for some :-)

Not accessible for others :-(

lestatkatt's picture
Joined: Sep 10 2007
Removed Posts !

I noticed that at 1:00pm there were 17 pages of comments today, and now there's only 2 pages.

Anyone who can stream the songs, can always just record the songs by plugging in a mini-disc, DAT, or cassette recorder to your soundcard. Trust me, it works.........

It would be nice if more comments (like this one!) were kept online, and not removed like earlier today!

Joined: Jun 5 2007

Awwww, stop complaining about the good ol' days, when everyone was happy. It's just so much BETTER now, that we are under control. Why force yourselves into a needless stuper of relentless yearning for the way things were when everything was so easy & friendly. Be Devo'ed. It's fun to be resigned. Loose all will. There ya go, seeeeeeee how nice it is, now?

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Same here...

Yep, looks good but can't listen to the stream since I don't want my comp infected by Media Player and certainly not itunes/Quicktime....

Guess I'll just have to listen to what I have...

Thanks thought for all your hard work putting this all together....saw the Starbucks compilation and recognized alot of great music there....

Joined: Jun 14 2007
I too cannot listen to

I too cannot listen to anything since they changed the format. The songs look real nice on my computer screen. I wonder how they sound?

Joined: Jun 25 2007
A majesterial PITB!!!!!!!!!

A truly majesterial PITB! (9/16/72). Interesting Weather Report Suite.

All good shtuph!

Joined: Jun 4 2007
My 2 Comments

1. Nice selections this week.

2. I wish that these would be released instead of just streamed. Why the lack of releases lately? At first Rhino was putting out good stuff but seems to have put the breaks on. It's already the middle of September and there has'nt been any new product since last December/January (excluding the Starbucks compilation disc). Theres enough material to put out a release at least once every 3 or 4 months.


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