Grateful Dead

September 20- September 26, 2010

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Welcome back to the Tapers' Section, where you're always welcome to come and listen to some prime Grateful Dead music for free. This week, we have music from 197, 1983 and 1989.

Our first selection is from 4/14/72 in Copenhagen, Denmark. This was the first Europe '72 show I got on tape back in the mid-1980s, and I instantly fell in love with the tour's sound. The Europe '72 album was already a favourite, but to hear a complete show was a blast. From this, the 4th show on the tour, we have Bertha, Me and My Uncle, Mr. Charlie, You Win Again, Black-Throated Wind, Chinatown Shuffle, Loser.

Next up, from the Broome County Arena in Binghamton, NY (home of Harpur College!), we have the opening of the second set, consisting of Help On The Way>Slipnot!>Franklin's Tower>Lost Sailor>Saint of Circumstance. There was some pretty good much played on this tour.

Lastly this week is more music from the Irvine 89 run we've played the past couple of weeks, specifically the start of the second set on 4/29/89, China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider ; Looks Like Rain ; He's Gone >Spoonful, a classic late-80s sequence, played extremely well.

Join us next week for more great tunes from the exact same years we've heard this week. As always, we encourage you to write to the email address below with questions or comments about the Tapers' Section or all things Grateful Dead.

David Lemieux


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.
ortise's picture
Joined: Oct 7 2007
Red Rocks

Too many shows to list...last one was@Red Rocks @26 Sept.2010. The band massages my worldview. But, "they'd" be the first to agree: there's just too much great music to miss if you use "their" genius to limit rather than expand. Lastly, study Robert Hunter.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
Phil in the early 80s

The '83 stuff is pretty intense. But what I hate about the soundboards from approx. '80-early '83 was Phil's bass sound. It just never came through well on the soundboards. Around '84 it started to finally get some definition. It's hard me to dig the '83 soundboards because of that. He's all muffled and boomy. Not playing very well either I'm afraid....

Old School Chuck's picture
Joined: Feb 3 2009

Sorry, David, I guess you did write that it was from 1983...and thanks for the bonus Terrapin after Saint. Does it get any better?

Old School Chuck's picture
Joined: Feb 3 2009

Thanks for the date, there, stoltzfus. I was gonna guess 1984. The awesome BCT show with the same line-up in the first half of the second set was one of my first tapes (crisp soundboard). That show had an amazing first set as well. But, really, how can anyone not like a HelpSlip Franks into Lost Saint?
Not to be critical, David L., but not only did you forget to post the Binghamton date, but you wrote "There was some pretty good much played on this tour"...I assume you meant "music", not "much". Maybe you spent too much time working on that video ad for the sweet new Warner Bros. vinyl box (just kidding!)?
As usual, thanks for the great tunes...
I remain grateful.

lamagonzo (not verified)
The Grateful Dead in 197

One has to wonder what iteration the boys were part of in197 a.d.. Perhaps playing the Roman Coliseum with a few dozen stray lions chasing the gate-crashers.

~ Oh the hours I've spent inside the Coliseum
Dodging lions and wasting time ~

Joined: Jun 13 2007
September 24, 2010

Are you ready?
All aboard!
There's gonna be a party tonight!
Love to you ALL, xoxox

Joshua_me's picture
Joined: Jun 24 2007
"There was some pretty good

"There was some pretty good much played on this tour."

Indeed. ;-)

smallz's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007

Sweet, thanks bro!

falcstubs's picture
Joined: Jun 13 2007
love the tapers section

Thank you for the great insights and pointers on the fine music in this Taper's Section.
Anyone have shn discs from the Workingman's Dead tour era say 71 or was it 72 ... not up on numbers much

Have regard for your covenant, because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land. Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace; may the poor and needy praise your name. Psalm 74

Joined: Jan 13 2010
FURTHUR 9/18/10

Wow. What a show. Did any of you go? What a nice small outdoor venue. Yes it rained, but that's OK. It made for a great light show, and added nicely to the weirdness.

They tore it up nicely. THANK YOU Furthur for putting a major smile on my face. I haven't moved that much in a long time.

Let's do it again SOON.


Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.