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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D00Dah's picture
Joined: Jun 24 2007
Am I Allowed to do this?

I managed to d/l and burn a few things from the Taper's Section b4 they changed formats. I have 2 discs that I would be happy to burn for anyone who promises to stop trashing Dave and the work he does here. The discs I have are as follows;
Disc 1:
1. From 2/24/73, Jam>Bass Solo>Jam>Sugar Magnolia - 17:32
2. From 2/23/74, He's Gone>Truckin'>The Other One>Eyes Of The World - 60:46(!!)

Disc 2:
1. From 2/21/73, Mississippi Half-Step 8:22
2. From 6/10/73, Eyes>Stella Blue 30:07
3. From 12/01/73, Playin'>Uncle John's>Playin' 30:25
4. From 7/19/74, Scarlet Begonias 8:55

I didn't record the venue info on these bits, but it is not hard to find. The negativity from some here really blows. If live stuff is what you crave, there are MANY places to obtain it for little or no cost. To bitch about it solves nothing. PM me if interested, maybe I'll figure out how to answer a PM. You'll just have to send 2 blank CD-Rs and $$ to cover return postage.

richard's picture
Joined: Jun 7 2007
penultimate show cornell 77

Methinks you have have limited scope, or vision. A great show to be sure but I can think of a dozen or more that stack up very nicely against it.

Just my 2 cents.


jensenjohn's picture
Joined: Jun 18 2007
streaming songs

Thank you for putting this music up to listen to for free. I'm a long time dead head (almost 40 years), and I am so sick of the complaining dirtbags who want everything for free, A lot of work and artistry was put into making this incredible music available. I for one have been happy to trade in my old crappy tapes for the DP and vault releases. You can still get the penultimate show Cornell 77 for free if you have any sense at all. Unfortunately, most of the newer Dead fans have no sense. The broke, lazy bastards can all get lost.

estimatedprofits's picture
Joined: Sep 18 2007
Music No Stop

There are some great, lengthy Music Never Stoppeds out there. Try Dick's Picks 32 I think it is....also known as 8-7-82...nice Music-Sugaree-Music I believe....I have had that tape for many years.....also check out Boston Music Hall June 9,10,11, 22, 1976.....they played some interesting variations of Music Never Stopped all four nights in a row. There is also a great Music from Hershey Park I used to listen to....I will try to find the date. Also, the Music from Pembroke Pines, FL 1977 rips!

Joined: Sep 29 2007
longest version of the music never stops

Does anyone know where i can find a really long version of :The music never stops ,I've recently become afflicted.

Joined: Sep 10 2007
Yet another chop of good

Yet another chop of good music I'll probably never hear thanks to corporate.

I don't have time to rip streams.

For those with nothing better to do, the technology is easy and good on jah

Jack O-Roses's picture
Joined: Sep 29 2007
Nice Concept, Wrong Name

Why is this called the "Taper's Section" when one cannot "Tape" anything from it? Are the selections submitted by "Tapers"? Why not call it the "Streamer's Section"? This rings more true.

Joined: Jun 26 2007
Get Off


Get off Dave's Ass.

Get a ripper, take a ripper and relax.!!!!!!

Joined: Jun 26 2007
Get Real

I rip all the parts that I want. It is seamless.

Leave Dave alone.

Get a life.

Start ripping, both from the streams and the bong, get your lives in check!!!


Joined: Jun 25 2007
legalize freedom

been here to there for along time, always free music and vibes. THE MOST RECORDED BAND IN HISTORY! for a reason. What does it cost you? What will it cost me? money is not the answer. Let the music fill the air!!!


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