Grateful Dead

September 24 - September 30, 2007

Tapers Section By David Lemieux

This is another busy week in the Grateful Dead’s performing history, with music spanning another relatively short span, but containing some exceptional jams.

From the second Waterbury, CT show, on 9/24/72, we have the heart of the second set, which features Dark Star>China Cat Sunflower>I Know You Rider. Unfortunately, the Rider gets chopped at the very end due to a cut in the master reel. But fortunately, the Dark Star contains just about everything you want from a 1972 Dark Star: introspection, deep space, melodic turns and chaos.

Four years later, on their second big tour after the hiatus, in September-October, 1976, we have a great second set sequence from 9/24/76 at William and Mary College, featuring Drums>Slipknot!>Franklin’s Tower>The Music Never Stopped>Stella Blue>Around and Around, U.S. Blues. There’s a tape reel cut in Stella Blue, but to balance that flaw out is this absolutely incredible double speed Slipknot! that leaves the listener breathless.

In 1981, the band did a short three night tour before embarking on the fall tour of Europe. We have a little taste of each of these three American shows, with a couple of tracks from the first show on 9/25/81 at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA: from the first set, a rocking Passenger, and the second set opening combination of Might As Well>Samson and Delilah. From the next night, on 9/26/81, at The Aud in Buffalo (or, more properly, the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, if you’re not into the whole brevity thing), we are pleased to play the post-Drums sequence of Jam>Not Fade Away>Morning Dew>Playing In The Band>One More Saturday Night. And finally, from the third show on the mini-tour, on 9/27/81 at the Capital Center in Landover, MD, we have the show opening trio of Jack Straw, Alabama Getaway>Promised Land.

That’s about it for this week, but check back next week when we’ll venture into October with more great music. Feel free to write with questions, comments or requests. Your input is always appreciated.

David Lemieux
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Joined: Aug 15 2007
stop your bitchen

new to the site love the dead but have been reading a bunch of bullshit ! just pay the money for the downloads or get a job .but really stop cryin and start hearing the music .GO RED SOX......

Joined: Aug 15 2007
just keep on keepin on ha ha

just keep on keepin on ha ha ha

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Joined: Jun 24 2007
Thanks for the tip, Marye

With all the complaining going on here, would you believe that NO ONE took me up on my offer? Seems some folks complain just for the heck of it, eh?

Joined: Jun 7 2007
A pattern?

Let's see, Rhino released Cow Palace Dec/Jan 07, then 3 From the Vault in June 07, is it possible that they are on a 6 month schedule for releasing shows? Hey, could be? If the first two releases are any indication, watch this Dec for another release.

Greg SC

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Joined: Jun 4 2007
Love 'Round & 'Round

Love that damn song, even if it wasn't "their" song, it certainly fit what they did (like a glove). Thanks again, David L. See you all tomorrow for another "round" of Grateful Dead!

Give me Five;
I'm still Alive!

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Joined: Jun 21 2007
Re: Oroboros

Re: Ouroboros

Well put, Ouroboros. : )

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Joined: Sep 16 2007
tapers section to end in november :(

is it true that the taper's section will end in november? If so that is sad news :(

Anyhoo....its been a pleasure to have had the service available. I've learned a lot since i've been here!

Hey ENJOYINGTHERIDE!!! tomorrows the day! you ready? Psyched? Play them as LOUD as possible when you get them!

Anyone out there in deadland know of any morning (AM) dead shows besides the US festival in jamaica that took place in the early 80's? Saw a pic of micky hart barefoot in a stream playing a hand drum and surrounded by a huge drum circle...the quote said something like "pre-show warm up before a early morning show"......any clue which show this was??

TigerLilly....stay beautiful darling! :)

Joined: Jun 4 2007
I seem to repeat myself, tapeloop, tapeloop, tapeloop

On September 17th, 2007 Oroboros said:
The sentiment of this current flap reminds me of some of the rancor that various (and specific) persons subjected all of us to, on the 'old site'. Anger, testosterone, name-calling, and even threats, first veiled and then specific, were hurled about as if that might make some real difference when there are true differences of opinion.
You will never be able to convince someone by use of an aggressive tirade. They MAY listen to you, IF you make your point in an articulate and respectful manner. And then they still could disagree and/or state that things are just the way they are. There can be more than one 'truth" on such issues. People can honestly hold opposite opinions, and genuinely see things very differently.
Once upon a time persons out of control (by choice) decided to topple a fence and invade a Dead concert. The band didn't take that incident lightly, and indicated to all of us that they expected people to treat each other better, or they could take the show off the road. (See their letter published in GD Almanac Summer issue 1995.)
Nobody is making you visit this site, if it incites you so. (Did that rhyme, or did I just sound like Dr. Seuss. Shit, my parenthood is showing). There are people that participated in that 'old site' that decided to not visit or contribute here. They did not and do not like the changes with this site. So they decided to go elsewhere. Fair enough. It just comes down to your truth.
Are you convinced by someone holding another opinion that rails and spews venom at you?
I bet not.
For a while, back in the day, the Grateful Dead were touring often. Back in my day, they would even play 3 sets. Years later some changes were made. Not playing shows as often, and not playing as long a show, as I was used to. I could have decided to not go see them anymore because they weren't giving me all I wanted. I could have went to the show and complained long and loud to anyone and everyone that would then have to hear me (instead of the MUSIC). But I didn't, and I continued to see them for what they would and could share.
And I continue to gratefully drink from that cup.

There is a West African proverb "You see the Hut, yet you continue to ask 'Where shall I go for shelter?'" Take care.

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Joined: May 26 2007

The only issue I've got with your post is that you might have more takers if you posted here. Thanks.

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Joined: May 26 2007

As we've said on more than one occasion, this board's TOS make it quite clear that we can and will remove responses for any reason. That said, we err on the side of not removing them, to the occasional detriment of the local quality of life.

Said TOS also require treating other members with respect, and we will boot those who do not do so. If there is a visible attack on an individual person not in this board's employ that you think should be removed, please call it to my attention in a PM and we will take it under advisement.

Ranting about people who do X when they should do Y does not qualify as a personal attack, however tired we may be of hearing this or that variation on the theme.


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