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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now that we're all friends again

How 'bout a virtual group hug!

LOLt, just had to say that in a ccjoe-style moment.

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Yeah, no hard feelings...

Glad to see you make that post, I understand how you must have felt seeing such a beautiful thing getting ugly.

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Freeloader?

I started dead tour in 89 when I was 17 and stayed on till the end in 95. I never asked antone for anything and always worked. Sometimes I was foolish about what I did and sometimes I just sold sandwiches or sodas. Either way I survived without being a freeloader and never once crashed a gate to get in. I lived out of my backpack for the first two years, and then managed to get a truck, which was my home. I take offense at being called a freeloader when what I learned from older deadheads at that point in my life was that to be strong was to be self sufficent.

Thanks for the apology Pilgrim.

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all is forgiven. we all jam our feet in our mouths at some point. i know i have. it's a great learning experience that i've learned over and over and over and over and over and over and ...

as for keith losing inspiration, i've never noticed that, but perhaps it had to do w/ his marital struggles at that time. donna has stated that they left the band in order to save their marriage. maybe his heart wasn't in it so much. or maybe it was drugs. i've never known a musician to perform well on any substance whatsoever. take the beatles: for all of their drug experimentation, ringo has said that if they ever went into the studio high on anything, when they listened to it after coming down, it was just "shit."

just speculating, of course.

monday is just 3 days away! i can't believe that i actually look forward to mondays now. thanks, lemieux, you've made that least favorite day into a most anticipated day.

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Keith is all over this Franklin's! He's eclipsing Jerry as I listen.... Beautiful keys, just beautiful. 76 is getting close to being my top year! Oh Keith, why did you lose inspiration in 77, never to recover?

God is good.

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Peace and good livin '

The music is great . But hey friends - who insist on the materialistic caprice of the downloads and MP 3 s and whanot . Lets let GDP and Dave do the work they have to do . And realize that its not very Dead scenish be griping so much about such materialistic ' nonsense ' .-

Stick with a more down to earth outlook . Its nice to have the streaming music . And enjoy = )

J G

p.s. The 1981 tunes are wonderful

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Be Grateful everyone. We are not listening to "The Whiny Dead".

Anyway I am really happy that Dave put up a Franklins, and from a great year for slower, sweeter Franklins, 1976! Thanks Dave!

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After your last post, absolutely no hard feelings. All "virtual friends" again. :-)

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relating to your mea culpa

I recall getting on the bus in '74 and having some people telling me I missed the whole trip because I never saw Pig. Well, I definitely missed Pig Pen creating that tornado and the Dead amping us up into the eye of that spectacle! BUT luckily I ran into tapes and even DVD's to help get me there. That summer I did get to catch the "wall of sound' and my first scarlet and china>rider and much else that I am thankful for during the next 21 years. My touring dropped off in the mid '80's when a lot of you got on and I was grateful that people were going to shows to keep the trip alive. I'd make a show that was geographically close, but with kids and $uch, I didn't get to travel much, until the boys got older. I got confused (justlistentothemusicplay) when there were conflicts/comparisons/competitions about the 'stratification' of deadheads.
I didn't pay too much attention to what people said when they get into pontificating. What I do know is: when it is me shooting my mouth off, about something or other, a friend usually points it out to me. And then I realize that, when I get on my soapbox-on my high horse, I usually fall off. Welcome to the club, brother. Grouch Marx said "I'd never want to join a club who would have a person like me as a member".
Mark Twain (or as Tigerlily notes Samuel Clemmons) said "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble, it's what you know for sure, that ain't so."
Lesson learned. Now if I could just remember that!
Shit, I have to learn it again. again. again. again
Take care.

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Hey Buddy

"Yes I was one of the a-holes that screwed up the scene by living in my car, vending and showing up without tickets, also known as the faithful."

You almost cost them their jobs. Faithful? More like freeloader.

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