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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FMLHRN's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Complainers suck.Get positive or shutup!

The only lame thing this week are the chronic complainers. Thanks for the 80's picks. Dave.

Joined: Aug 20 2007
Rip question


Love that W&M slice - thanks!

Has anyone had any luck with 'ripping' the streams? Can this do it?

Sorry I am not very techno.



DrFunky's picture
Joined: Aug 20 2007
Just left there to float

Still no comment or explanation from David Lemieux.

Don't need downloads, but how about some honesty?

Remember when the Grateful Dead had an ethic of respecting their audience?

Joined: Jun 5 2007
get a grip, folks...

I, for one, do not care that others see it as an inconvenience that some people have a need to capitalize on something we all probably got for free through trading and still want more.

If you have nothing nice to say then keep your fingers off the keyboard.

Wonderful selections. Now, work on making it more accessible to those who can't figure out how to make their browsers work properly.


estimatedprofits's picture
Joined: Sep 18 2007
"Feel free to write with

"Feel free to write with questions, comments or requests. Your input is always appreciated."
Don't you all just wish this dink Lemeiux would stop putting that at the end of his comments each week. I think he does it to piss people off on purpose. Ass....

gdradio's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
I wish I was at that Waterbury show

i was only 6 :(
Streaming Grateful Dead and more

Joined: Jul 9 2007
Great choices.

"Might As Well" certainly has lifted my mood this morning.

Joined: Aug 31 2007
It's stil LAME!!!!

Still no response from the money hungry on the decision to pull the downloads. Get a stream ripper to convert for your IPOD.

How $$$$$ is destroying what was a great entity.........two words that aren't happy birthday to Rhino and those that support them.

Joined: Jul 19 2007
DAVID, you monster

you fantastic monster! What a tour-de-fource you have lined up this week. If it weren't ridiculously annoying I would fill this comment with nothing but exclamation points. Brilliant selections. Bless you.

Joined: Sep 5 2007
September 1972 Dark Star

My two favorite Dark Star's 9/24/72 and 9/16/72.


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