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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Joined: Jun 5 2007
no link to the 74...

The descriptions sounds great, but I am not seeing a link to the music for the '74 sequence

Joined: Jun 13 2007
1981 request

Hi again David & Friends.

In last year's heated haze I requested something from the second set Copenhagen oct 1981.

Estimated-Fire-Eyes-Terrapin-Wharf straight from memory. Hope you can dig that one from the vault.

And some heads even encouraged me via my mailbox. Help on the way scandinavians. Great job you do, and thanks for the new downloads and everything.

Joined: Nov 8 2007
SPAC Scratched!

That's interesting that the dead in '72 were slated to play SPAC. Wonder why they were scratched? In 1972, the scene was really small -- I'm guessin' it was small but notorious.

SPAC is by far my favorite venue on the east coast. Saw every show the boys played there and a couple of post GD incarnations of the (fake) Dead, further fest, etc. A humdinger for a future "Taper's section" might be the June, '83 post space sequence of:

Wheel (w/ mother nature's real thunder & lightening goiin nuts) > Playin Reprise > Morinin' Dew (Jerry screaming the lyrics) > Throwin Stones > NFA > Touch of Grey.

A great show burnt into the mind forever.

Joined: Jun 15 2007

Good Golly, He's indeed gone but this was incredible! Nuff said, another great choice; check out Jerry's leads on Jack...phenom.

Joined: Sep 15 2008
74 Selection

74 selection seems to be 9/20/74 Paris, France

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
thanks again

We seem to be missing a line here - what's the date on the 74 selection?
Digging into the Jack Straw right now, love the 72 sound!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
don't ease me in

I've been all night long coming home, don't ease me in!

Thanks for the tunes. Great way to start this wet week!

Joined: Jun 10 2007
early morning fun!

Thank you david! this is a great way to start the brain, the day, the week! i love to hear jack when it is still dark outside at 8am!

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
1972 is my favorite year!

You can ALWAYS start with that!
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