Grateful Dead

September 15 - September 21, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Like last week, we’re going to start out this week at the Tapers Section with music from 1972, followed by material from 1974, 1987 and 1994.

Our first piece of music this week is from 9/15/72 at the Boston Music Hall. While digging through the archives in the newspaper clippings, we realized that these two shows, on 9/15 & 16/72, were originally scheduled to take place at Saratoga Performing Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Evidently, though, the city fathers decided at the last moment to cancel the shows, hence the two shows in Boston. And what a couple of shows they were. From the end of the first set on the first night, we have Jack Straw, Friend of the Devil, Playing In The Band. This was the start of an east coast run of shows that went to October 2 and would feature some of the finest music the Grateful Dead ever performed.

From just over two years later, on 9/20/74 in Paris on the short but very good European tour, we have the second set jam featuring Truckin’>Eyes of the World>Not Fade Away>GDTRFB>One More Saturday Night. I’ve always found this jam interesting due to the dynamic shifts in the music. The band seemingly loses focus as they go into Eyes of the World, but by the time of the first solo, it’s completely inspired and turns into a powerhouse version.

Next up, from 9/16/87 at Madison Square Garden, we have the very cool pre-Drums sequence of Bertha>Greatest Story Ever Told>Devil with a Blue Dress>Good Golly Miss Molly>Devil with a Blue Dress>He’s Gone. Aside from the unique tunes in the middle of that jam, the He’s Gone features one of the coolest vocal outros Jerry ever did on this song. Haunting and dark and bluesy and intense. Just the way we like it. This was the second show of the Grateful Dead’s return to Madison Square Garden after a four year absence, and they came back in style. This bit of music was drawn from the Beta PCM digital master tape. Please note that there is a little drop out during the first part of Devil with a Blue Dress.

Finally this week, an all-too-rare taste of 1994 here at the Tapers Section. From 9/17/94 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California, we have the end of the first set, featuring Eternity>Don’t Ease Me In. As was quite common in this era, Bobby’s playing an acoustic guitar on these tunes.

Be sure to check back next week for music from 1972, 1976 and 1981. Lots of good stuff on the horizon. Feel free to write the email address below with questions, comments, suggestions or requests. Thanks for stopping in.

David Lemieux
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amdew122's picture
Joined: Sep 25 2008

Enjoyed the '94. David those boards sound killer we got to hear more. The MSG was very nice too. I missed that run complety only saw one show in Provindence that tour.

Joined: Jun 13 2007
Garden Shows.

I was there for most of those shows and this was the first time i heard the 'Detroit Medley' It was another great addition to the bands repetoire thanks to the late great Brent Mydland.
Thanks for playing it...
On the bus since '77

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
9/20/74 eyes

Lose focus, indeed. But from such moments are magic made. Beautiful.

Bruce K

Joined: Nov 10 2007
rick Wright checked out? bummer.

harry blotter
i think Echoes is the right thing to listen to right now.

Joined: Sep 4 2007

This is probably not the most popular Subject to analyze or discuss , but nonetheless a good composition by Bobby and the late W dixon .

My favourite version is Shoreline June 3 95 . Since the song came into rotation , the Chapel hill 3.25 93 comes to mind as worthy of mention or discussion . As is the Chicago 7.24.94 between Eyes and hes gone in the 2nd set .

And obviously this one posted by Sr Lemieux , and the July 2 94 in mtnview

But the June 3 , 95 gets me for Vinnie s majestic piano on his solo . Check it out . I have a great Nakamichi 300 audience tape of it

p.d. While on audience tapes , i cant get enough of my AKG June 5 93 Giants St with the Easy answers > Music never stoppped set closer . Thank god for the talented tapers back in the day

p.d.d. Fare thee well Rick Wright .. fare thee well friend . The pain is too big in relation to Wrights passing . Thank god God put him on earth to play and compose such beautiful melodies , and be the great and charismatic person he probably was

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Joined: Aug 28 2007
Great He's Gone Jam and Eternity

Always enjoy the selections each week. How 'bout some ATL 1991-92 ?

Joined: Sep 16 2008
song lyrics

does anyone know what room i need to go to if i want to talk about song lyric interpretation?

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Joined: May 26 2007

send me a PM if you're still having trouble; the link is there and works fine for me, but your mileage may vary...

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

Love that jam in Eternity - goes to show that the last coupla years held some true diamonds.

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Joined: Jun 7 2007

Do believe yr right, HamHead, thanks!


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