Grateful Dead

September 12 - September 18, 2011

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we have music from a 13 year span in Grateful Dead history, 1977-1990.

Our first selection this week is from 5/26/77 in Baltimore, the penultimate show on one of the greatest tours in Grateful Dead history. This show is occasionally a little under-the-radar in terms of this tour's popularity, but it is one of the most excellently-played shows on the tour, filled with small, nuanced moments that put it up there with the best of the tour. From the first set, we have The Music Never Stopped, Sugaree, Mama Tried, Sunrise, Deal, Passenger.

Next up is music from 8/29/82 in Seattle, with first set music including West LA Fadeaway>Little Red Rooster, Loser, Cassidy, Roses, Let It Grow. This is the second-ever West LA, which had been debuted a night earlier in Veneta, OR.

Lastly this week we have a classic 1990 sequence, Playing In The Band>Terrapin Station, from 2/26/90, the middle night of a three night run in Oakland to start 1990. These shows, as were most shows 6/18/89 through 4/3/90, were recorded to spectacular-sounding 24-track analog tape in preparation for the production of Without A Net.

Be sure to stop by next week for more hot music from deep within the Grateful Dead's vault.

David Lemieux
vault@dead.net

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Excuse me....was this a

Excuse me....was this a commentary on whatever the frakkin hell the current music on display is about?????????????? No sorry's here......this one's a great track.

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Just exactly right

Since I'm always wrong, here's a guess- a May 1974 Box Set. 6 shows, each one is excellent, and none have been released. There's also something to be said about April of 1978- Haven't seen any music released from this tour. Although if I'm always wrong...

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You never can tell

Even though I'm always wrong when trying to guess future releases, I'm almost sure we haven't seen the last of music released from the Spring of '77. Makes me wonder about the next Road Trips...

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I stand corrected...

...if 5-8-77 is not in the vault. I highly doubt we'll ever the the entire Spring Tour '77 released. Boy, that feeling was fleeting... Oh well, there's always the advent of another Winterland box. They played good shows there a lot!

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Those '77 Sunrises!

Donna never fails to satisfy with her vocals on Sunrise that year. I feel it is her best work with the Dead, even though I know a lot of heads would rather she only be seen and not heard.

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Yay

Yay spring '77, except David has said in interviews that the famed and over-hyped (oops) Cornell show isn't in the vault. Not that he couldn't get his hands on a good copy. In any case, the whole tour must be released at some point. How about starting us off with a 5/7, 5/8, and 5/9 box set? (I didn't say I don't like the show, but how do you pick a best Dead show?).

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Woops

I tried to say only a portion of 4/29 was released. And a fantastic portion for sure. 4/30 was released in it's entirety, thanks to the wonderful Download series. If there was a release for every mistake I made, the entire vault would be available.

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Do I hear

a hint of a possible forthcoming release from the year 1990? No, I'm probably making that up, but it would be nice. A whole show would be especially nice. I wasn't familiar with any part of this '90 show until now...sounds like it would make a nice release. I mean, since these shows were recorded on such stellar recording equipment anyway, the masters probably don't need a whole lot of work, right? Do you want my bank account info now? And how about official releases of any of the shows with Branford?

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Wilfredtjones

I would tend to agree with you- Spring of '77 is certainly worth of a Box Set release. A couple points- There are 26 shows on this tour. I'm not sure about the sound quality of all 26 of these shows. Also, 7 of these shows have been released, and 4 of these 7 completely. Only portions of 4/30, 5/12, and 5/22 are released. All that said, I hope this entire tour is released as a Box Set- It would be so exciting!!! Next to Europe '72, this tour is a prime candiate. Who knows what will happen, it sure is fun trying to guess...

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I just have the feeling...

Now that the cat's outta the bag with the complete E72 box, someday (and hopefully soon) we'll be seeing the entire Spring Tour '77 released as a box set. Maybe it's just me, but as evidenced by the rapid sales and excitement over the E72 box the demand seems to be there...

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