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: Sep 23 2008
New Haven

Great stuff, but weren't the 1972 shows in Waterbury not New Haven? I was born in Waterbury so I feel some pride in those shows.

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
nice picks

Thanks Dave!

Joined: Jun 5 2007

The Grateful Dead did indeed play Supplication in 1993, on 5/22/93 at Shoreline, complete with vocals. No Lazy Lightning, unfortunately, and Bobby had a bit of trouble with the lyircs. It wasn't the greatest version ever played but it was cool nonetheless.


Joined: Sep 4 2007

Hello all , someone enlighten me please . When did the band play Supplication with vocals in 1993 ?

Sounds like an engrossing piece of Dead history to look for .

I know the band did a supplication jam in the 2nd set in Albany in 95 , June 21 . But in 1993 , had no idea . Thank you for the Tomorrow is forever from 1972

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Joined: Feb 29 2008
orange tango jam ?!! tommorrow is 4 ever ??

wow, all new stuff 4 me to check out !! yipppie

Josh E Bear !!

Joined: Aug 16 2007
I think I know what you mean......

"This tour never seems to amaze me....."
I bet you meant to say '...never ceases to amaze....?'

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
LOVE the 72

New Haven! thanks Dave
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