Grateful Dead

September 22 - September 28, 2008

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

Greetings, and welcome back to the Tapers Section. This week we’re going to check out some music from 1972, 1976 and 1981, some great years in the Grateful Dead’s recorded history.

Our first stop is on the consistently great September, 1972 tour, specifically to the second of two shows in Waterbury, Connecticut. This tour never ceases to amaze me with its greatness, with night after night of inspired playing, performing at a variety of venues including small theatre shows (Boston, Waterbury, Jersey City), hockey arenas, both NHL and AHL (Philadelphia and Baltimore) and larger stadiums (Roosevelt Stadium). From Waterbury on 9/24/72, we have a good chunk of the second set, featuring Greatest Story Ever Told>Bertha>Promised Land, Friend of the Devil, Jack Straw, Tomorrow is Forever. This last tune in this sequence is the first ever version of this song that the Grateful Dead would play, with nine more to follow, all but one in 1972 (the other was in 1974 at the Farewell shows in October, 1974).

Our next stop is on the Fall Tour of 1976, at William and Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia on 9/24/76. From the end of the first set, we have the very unique medley of songs Playing In The Band>Supplication>Playing In The Band. This is a very rare Supplication that is not attached to Lazy Lightning (although the vocal-less Supplication Jam would be played through the 1980s on and off, plus the attempt in 1993 with vocals).

From just a few nights later, on 9/28/76 in Syracuse, NY, we have the closing of the first set featuring Let It Grow and Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad. The second set of this concert is one of my favourite hours of Grateful Dead music from 1976, featuring excellent versions of The Wheel, Comes A Time and the magnificent Orange Tango Jam. Check it out as part of Dick’s Picks Vol. 20

Our last selection this week is from 9/25/81 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. This was a short three show “tour” of the east coast before the band headed over to Europe for their second overseas working vacation of 1981. From the start of the second set, we have Might As Well>Samson and Delilah . Terrific 1981 energy on these tracks.

Be sure to stop by the Tapers Section for music from 1976 and 1980 as well as some other cool stuff. We always welcome and encourage your emails to the address below.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Jun 5 2007
Reruns indeed!

Great art is worth seeing/hearing again and again ;-)

David L.

Joined: Jul 20 2007

Thanks David!! I'm digging the jams :)

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Joined: Jun 6 2007
Reruns, David?

I thought there was something familiar about that Samson from Lehigh 9/25/81 (Brent going wild!) and sure enough: We heard it last year!

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
streaming success

I don't have enough bandwidth the listen to these streams at home, so I gave up on the Tapers' Section when they stopped the MP3s. Anyway that's history. One of the advantages of travelling for work is that I occasionally get to stay in hotels with wireless good enough for streaming. So here's a thank-you for this weeks TS from the Holiday Inn, Skopje, Macedonia. Rocking out at my desk to Waterbury 72.

Joined: Sep 4 2007
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It s great Bobby did that in May 93 . I wish hed performed Brother esau or Lasy L , before July 95 .

Anyhow , its great to have Bobby playin in any format .

W out , looking at Dead base in may 93 there were 9 shows ( 3 vegas , 3 Mtnview , 3 Sacramento ] .

I ve heard the 3rd vegas nite . None of the Shorel . And have 5.26. & 27.05 .

Being a very demanding and exigent fan of this band , i wonder how those other 5 or 6 shows i havent heard were . 1993 was a great year for this bands music .

In the summer , the 2nd Chicago show is pretty upbeat . I used to own a mediocre audience analog of most of it .

The spring tour was a very underrated time frame of GD . Shows like Rosemont March 11 , or Nassau Col 3.31 should be more discussed . We begin to see , after some time , that there were sleeper moments at shows , that are not worth of comercial release . And there were stellar moments . And those are the ones that should be focused on for releases . And i know that the folks who are in charge of determining that , know that very very well .

My opinion of hot moments in spring 93 .3_10 1st set . 3.11. all show . 3.24 & 25 NC both shows . 3.31 1st set

Spring 95 ( !! ) is a very ON tour , beginning in Philladelphia PA . The band is in very high performance during great percentage of the tour . Jerry was on sometime , and sometimes uninspired . We all know he had a weird spring tour .

Its good , i think to make these conjunctions .

Joined: Jul 15 2007

here is a site that gives basically every song the dead ever played.

very useful.
very user friendly.
lots of cool links.

Joined: Sep 10 2008
Dave, I wrote you about a

Dave, I wrote you about a lightning>supplication.... (77-78) This was FANTASTIC!!! Thank you. The transition from "playin">"supplication" is strange yet so familiar. Thanks again.

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Playing > Supplication > Playing???

Gross...totally it.

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Great Playin>Supp>Playin.

Great Playin>Supp>Playin. Thanks!

Joined: Jun 5 2007

Indeed the shows were in Waterbury. Sorry for any confusion, and thanks for pointing this out. The page has been updated to reflect the proper city.



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