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
vault [at] dead.net

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I for one, would like to see a seperate forum created for people

...who cannot spell SEPARATE correctly. Yeesh.

www.dictionary.com Give it a try.

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My 2 cents

As far as the big debate on whether the Taper section choices should go back to being downloadable. Well obviously I think they should. I was putting together some nice little playlists on thumb drives that I can plug into a USB port on my car stereo.
But I also don't think people should be bashing DL (not too hard). Is he the only one responsible. I doubt it.
They obviously screwed up by having them out there as mp3's to begin with. Why it took them so long to realize we were downloading is a mystery. Or was there just some kind of corporate shake up?
There are ways around it but they are time consuming. I can record the streams to wav using my CoolEdit software. But it's real time and you take a chance with other garbage screwing up the recording. (I'll have to check out the stream ripper though)
The big question is why they haven't released any NEW stuff since Rhino got in the picture?
I already had most of the tunes they were putting up anyway. But I know if they would put up some new shows to download, we'd buy them. And what the hell ever happened to the Veneta movie?

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9/26/81

Great show at the Aud!!!! Thanks for getting that in there. My 2nd show and 1 of my favorites. Morning dew rocked!!!! Thanks Dave

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Capital Centre

Was on my way back to college after seeing the Rolling Stones in Philly the day before. This was a Sunday night if I'm not mistaken. I also think the GD did this small tour as a warm-up before heading to Europe. What memories. David, do not let the "Where's my free gimme gimme" crowd bother you. This section is still a blessing. I do enjoy listening to my mp3 player as I ride my bike. Just figure something out sooner rather than later to quiet the negative talkers. Thanks again to you David, and to all who are helping. Al

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wrong date fixed

thanks for pointing it out, bermanart.

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1976

1976 has recently become one of my favorite years.
It's probably the combination of the rich and crispy sound and the material from Blues for Allah that do it for me.

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Jerry Goes Easy on Us

Tropical Storm Jerry poses no threat to land:

12:02 p.m. Tropical Storm Jerry picked up speed far out in the Atlantic Ocean early Monday, but forecasters said the storm's days are numbered and it poses no immediate threat to land.

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Dick's Picks Volume 5

If you like the Alabama Getaway>Promised Land sequence check out DP 5. It is an early Brent show from 79 and the boys are rockin'. Jerry just smokes. Alabama Getaway will rattle your teeth. One of the best second sets you will ever hear with a killer Estimated Prophet. Check it out.

Thanks David. Great selection as usual. Speaking of Estimated Prophet, wouldn't mind hearing a few more. Jerry's guitar just cry's in this song.

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Grrrrrrrrrreat!

Thanks for the selection from the "Aud" in '81. What a night!

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Rhino Accomplishments

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. They have remastered the entire library in HDCD and put out two incredible box sets with loads of additional material. They are also releasing vault concerts such as Cow Palace and 3FTV, not to mention Rockin' the Rhein, etc, etc at a fairly rapid rate. This adds up to hundreds of CD's and thousands of hours of music. And it all sounds fantastic. To say they don't care about the Grateful Dead is ludicrous.

I am also bummed that all you can do is stream this music, but is it really necessary to bash these guys every week. Aside from this issue David and Rhino are doing a fantastic job. I, for one, would like to see a seperate forum created for people who want to debate this issue, and focus comments in this forum to the music provided each week. I love to read what people say about whether or not they were able to make a show, what their favorite versions of songs are, etc, but I do not like having to work my way through all the debating about streaming or not streaming.

Set this site free from the harping and let's focus on the music. :-)(

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