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: Jun 4 2007
Aarhaus University - photos?

Hi David,
Would love to see a photo linked here of the timbers that shook in Denmark. Folks that visit here for our weekly "tune-up" at the tapers section might enjoy some visual accompaniment to your great audio vault.

It would be especially nice to get a documentary glimpse of the oddball and smaller venues, as we listen along each week. Maybe there are photos elsewhere on Dead.Net, for postings down the road? Hope so.

Thanks for your continued postings, and "sound" work,

lamagonzo (not verified)
Excellent picks this week!

Europe 72, 86 (under-rated year in my opinion) and 89 - with something other than NFA after Passing Stones. Yeah, that combo got worn out.

Anyway, glad to see these kind of serious picks week after week as we head into our new season!

~ Summer time done come and gone, my of my! ~'s picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
4/16/72 Aarhus University

Great call, David! I was there for a 25-year reunion/memorial concert featuring 3 Danish cover bands, videos, and lots of beer. And you're right: it's a very special venue. One set of wooden roof supports stand just 3ft. in front of the stage, so most spectators only have an unobstructed view of the middle 1 or 2 performers!

It's a rare occasion when the small but deadicated congregation of Danish deadheads get the chance to meet. Like, I went to an outdoor show with Neil Young backed by Pearl Jam just a few weeks after Garcia's demise, and I have never seen such a turnout of Grateful Dead T-shirts in this country before or since. It was a very low-key but sincere tribute to Jerry.

Bjorn Lindstrom, Denmark


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