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: Jun 24 2007
playing now

it just seems
I have to try again later
and then

Joined: Jun 24 2007
Hope you get them all to play

I am having trouble with the first clip, dunno, may bee next time it will work.
Hope my Hillbillie friend makes it here to check out that US Blues.

Again, streams are good online, but then I still have not acquired an IPOD.
I like discs, they are like frisbee cards with sounds and sometimes sights.

Streams, Well Bonus City!

Now to booggie woogie wag tag sha shag...

Joined: Sep 24 2007
tapers section

The Grateful Dead (or whomever is responsible) should, I believe, apologize and reinstate the MP3s on tapers section until a whole year has been covered. Then, after 52 weeks of tapers section, a change in format would probably be more readily accepted. I think they're treating their fans pretty crappy.

I kind of thought the whole point of Tapers Section was to appease those of us who became disgruntled after the fiasco, but now they've got a goodly number of fans upset again.

The only justification for the move is business (money), but is it good business to so profoundly alienate and basically insult the most devoted fans (customers)?

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Joined: Jul 2 2007

Very thoughtful list. Another Hal Golden Nugget. But please take out number 31. If you guys would "shut up" would be ALOT less enjoyable in this forum!!!!!!!!!!

AND you forgot the dilemma about whether we must say "feck" or can use the other f-word in our posts, and if we should all become fans of the lovely Lilly Allen or not!

Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you will still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Samuel Clemens

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Joined: Jun 13 2007
new topics

Since folks here just do not seem able to stay on topic, I would like to suggest the following topics be listed separately on this site.
1. Whiners
2. Whiners about whiners
3. Whiners whining about whiners whining about whiners
4. People who use correct spelling
5. People that can’t spell
6. People that don’t care about spelling
7. Those that use correct grammar
8. Those that use incorrect grammar
9. Grammar?
10. Discussion of hairballs
11. You mean we can’t download?
12. What is a cosmicbadger?
13. Real Deadheads
14. Pseudo Deadheads
15. Fake Deadheads
16. Uptight Deadheads
17. Serious Deadheads
18. What is a Deadhead?
19. Why the Grateful Dead owe me free music
20. Why are Rhinos mute?
21. Spinners
22. Spinning makes me dizzy and gives me a hairball
23. Clothing styles of the band members
24. Replacing our nice moderators with mean moderators
25. Should Bob be singing Jerry songs?
26. Phil and Bob’s guitar players sound too much like Jerry
27. Phil and Bob’s guitar players don’t sound like Jerry
28. Phil’s band is too jazzy
29. Bob’s band is too jazzy
30. Whatever happened to that beautiful girl or guy I saw at the show?
31. Why don’t Hal R, cosmicbadger, GRTUD, Timmy and the rest of them just shut up?
32. What AARP can do for a Deadhead
33. Ouch, that one hurt.
34. Why do all these Deadheads keep quoting Elvis Costello?
35. Should we really donate our abused organs?
36. This is Taper’s section, can’t you read?

Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.)
Walt Whitman-Song of Myself

Joined: Jun 4 2007

Never liked "Passenger" much but this one rocks. Jerry was on fire....another one I'd pay a buck for (hint, hint)

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Joined: Jun 7 2007
rip this

what's so funny about peace love and understanding.?!

ok i've done my share of shows... crossing the border for 75 shows was no small feat... now i just dumped all my downloaded music from this site a few weeks back, i didn't think that the policy would change about downloads off this 'tapers section'... i am pissed at my self for making a rash move and wiping what i had away(needed space, and had no time to back up)... no soundboards on the internet archieve, now this, on top of it there seems to be no official explanation as to why. this is not the Dead that i have loved for so many years. i turn forty this week and would have loved to have tripped around with some b-day tunes.. maybe Umphrey's McGee gets it. Podcast anyone!!
Commerce above music... sad day

Joined: Jun 5 2007
Decay relay

Relating to commentary, as this reporter has done, it seems to many that way-to-go strategies have never ever bought homliness. Homelessness, perhaps, but who here thinketh any minute now or later will be the then? I quote the words of The Late, Great Mr. Zappa: "There is not, not ought there be, nothing so exalted on the face of God's grey Earth, as that Prince of Foods; The Muffin..."

Joined: Jun 18 2007
"I see many negative comments about Rhino in this section...

...and I just want to point out that they are doing a fantastic job with the gd vault."

Thanks a lot. I just puked all over my keyboard.

Joined: Jun 4 2007
RHINOgate continues...

Brilliant MOVe...

No response... NO Excuse..!


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