Grateful Dead

September 13 - September 19, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where this week we'll hear some tunes from 1972, 1986 and 1989.

Our first selection this week is from 4/16/72 at Aarhus University in Denmark, when the Grateful Dead performed their 5th show of the European tour in a small, wood-beamed university cafeteria. I've seen photos of the venue, and it's wonderful to think of the Dead playing in THAT place. From the second set, we have the big jam consisting of Truckin>Jam>Me and Uncle>Other One>NFA >GDRTFB>NFA, with a cut in the master reel during that final sequence. Of all of the great music played on the Europe '72 tour, I've always really liked this Truckin', particularly the jam before they return to the final verse.

Next up is an entire second set from 4/19/86 at Berkeley Community Theatre, featuring Crazy Fingers>Playing In The Band>Drums>Space>The Other One>China Doll>Playing In The Band>Sugar Magnolia; The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo). We don't often play entire second sets (but we do play a lot of entire first sets…) so we're very happy to bring you this chunk o' Dead. Quinn was still pretty new in the setlists, having debuted on 12/30/85 in Oakland.

Lastly this week have music from the Irvine run in April, 1989, from 4/29/89 specifically, featuring the end of the second set made up of I Will Take You Home > The Other One > Wharf Rat > Throwing Stones > Turn On Your Lovelight. That was a great run of shows, and we hope to feature more of it here at the Tapers' Section in the future.

Thanks for stopping by, and as always, we look forward to seeing you next week. Feel free to email the address below with any questions or comments about the Tapers' Section. And allow me to take this opportunity to say that your questions and comments are greatly appreciated, as they're all very interesting, and always very respectful. We try to get back to everyone in a timely manner, so don't be shy.

David Lemieux


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Joined: Nov 6 2007
Nice '86

Healthy portion of '86 there, David! Good sounds, jammed out, but moves along nicely. Very satisfying. Nice work keeping us on our toes with strong picks!!!!

Joined: Jun 7 2007

David -

There is an absolute GEM of a show that was played on 9/14/91. It was a Saturday night at MSG and although the set list was kind of pedestrian (save for the 6 songs before drums), the band was spot on. And I mean spot freakin' on. However, and correct me if i am wrong, I have yet to hear any of this show in the taper's section and/or the "This day in Grateful Dead History" show on Sirius. I actually have a nice soundboard of it, but for those who have never heard it, it would be nice if you could get some material out there.

Joined: Jul 17 2007
more late eighties

i'm glad that you like the mid to late eighties.'s picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
More 4/16/72

Here's a pic of the audience at Stakladen ('hay barn') cafeteria, at a later concert :

And here's a concert ticket from 4/16/72:

Joined: Jun 3 2008
Irvine Meadows

The 4/29/89 material here is nothing short of spectacular! I had never heard this show until now. Many thanks.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Flowers in the field...

I will take you home
ahhh -----------(-----@

So much to say, so little time,
so just can know,
I know you can. @ Crater


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Joined: Nov 19 2008
3 X the rose explodes

Digging the three TOOs. As we'd say backin theday, "Far out!"
Thanks as always for some heavy jams for a Monday at work.

~ I'll meet you some morning in the sweet by and by

Joined: Jun 4 2007
another good example of a compact '86 2nd set

is 6-28-86 Alpine Valley Set 2 Playing In The Band Uncle John's Band Drums China Doll Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad Turn On Your Lovelight Encore One More Saturday Night It's All Over Now, Baby Blue To my recollection not 'tight' but definitely 'compact' Set II fits on a 60 min tape. The BCT set included here to me sounds reminiscent of the same kind of playing and set structure if you could call it that. Very jammy...oh, the trouble ahead. Thanks for the nugs.

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Joined: Oct 20 2008
Stakladen~Aarhaus University ;-)

Man this is hot, I remember getting this tape a long time ago, and literally wearing it out from playing it so much. Thank God for, we are so lucky to have em!!! Click the pic to hear the whole show.


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Joined: Jun 6 2007
Aarhus, New York, Detroit...'s all the same street..."

Another E72 show that needs to be mixed and released! The Cumberland Blues from earlier in set 2 is amazing, Phil's playing is astonishing, he plays the song inside out.


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