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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road trips

The 2-26-90 would be a super road trips please.

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love the early West LA's...

This is a great one! Slippery groove and slippery lyrics (not nailed down quite yet) - and Jerry's tone, silky smooth and distorted - love it!

I'm lookin' for a chateau, 15 rooms, but 1 will do... I didn't wanna be mean about it, but I couldn't think of one good thing to say...

Here's what Ginger said, she walks like she ain't nobody's fool..."If you treat other people right, other people are gonna treat you cool"

I'm lookin' for a chateau, 25 rooms, but 1 will do - I don't wanna buy it, just wanna rent it for a second or two...

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Bonus Brown-Eyed Women...

...after Passenger :)

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Thanks for another super

Thanks for another super fine week here at the Taper's Section. 5/26/77- One of my favorite versions of The Music Never Stopped, on a tour filled with great versions. The jam is silky smooth perfect. It could be said they kept pushing this song further, and the version from Dick's Picks 18 is one of the climaxes of the musical exploration of this particular song. Though I suppose pushing the music further can describe a lot more than just this particular song from 1977. One last note- From 2/26/90-I always get a kick out of Bobby saying to the crowd before Tom Thumbs Blues, "Are you ready for Star Time?" Thanks DL, Europe '72 is blowing my mind!!!!

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There you guys go, popping

There you guys go, popping off the top of my head again:>

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Thanks 4 the Nuggets !!

Loving all this music, everyweek, as usual...

What Im waiting for is some real Primal GD... how about some 68-69 shows soon ??

They were at their best then and I just dont get to hear enuf of those years..

anyway, Aloha from Oregon

Josh E Bear !!

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