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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ThePilgrimShadow's picture
Joined: Jun 23 2007
An Apology

OK, I screwed-up.. BIG TIME. Not the first time; definitely won't be the last time. Just a lot of left-over animosity from seeing so much, in my eyes, "ungratitude." I could be right and I may be wrong; I don't know. The post-'86 reference was a result of the a bunch of trouble that I saw go down first-hand ...stuff I never would have believed (i.e., counterfeit tickets being produced by those who you would least expect, the disrespect towards the norms of society --- prompting Hunter to write a 'Letter to Deadheads" in 1988(?) asking people to please respect each city and to not show up without a ticket in hand.)

I had no intention of upsetting so many people. Really. Whatever crumbs fall from the table are enough for me --- in whatever format and regardless of whether I can download them or not. One way or another, the music still fills the air.

I sincerely apologize to anyone I offended. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me, however I understand human condition sometimes needs time for such a request to be fulfilled.


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Joined: Sep 16 2007
hey tiger lilly!

thanks tiger lilly!
nice to make your aquaintance!
I think you have a beautiful user name! It matches your beautiful photo! I'm sure you are a beautiful person all around!

TigerLilly's picture
Joined: Jul 2 2007

Is a wonderful user name, I think. Have to smile whenever I see it!!

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 4 2007
that Cap Centre 81 stuff is tight

had the tape for almost 25 years.. A SMOKIN hot show


“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”

Butterbean's picture
Joined: Sep 16 2007
your most certainly welcome!

Your Welcome EnjoyingTheRIDE!!!!
Glad i could help you out!
thanks for the good vibes for my exams...i'll need them!

marye's picture
Joined: May 26 2007
the Deader Than Thou phenomenon...

My first show was 12/31/80, which is just about the midpoint. And believe me, even then there were people with a superior attitude for having gotten on the bus earlier. Not to mention untold hordes who had gotten OFF the bus already.

There were also lots of kind souls ready to welcome newbies. Saw some of 'em at Phil the other day.

It's always seemed to me, having gotten the whammy during Ripple at the end of the acoustic set (not that I knew what the song was called, but the last line seared its way into my DNA), that if you're a Deadhead, you know it from the core of your being and you sure don't need the validation of somebody with too much attitude. If you think you are, you are.

Joined: Jul 9 2007

good luck with those exams!

Joined: Jul 9 2007
butterbean ...

is god.

thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you ......................

Butterbean's picture
Joined: Sep 16 2007

9-24-76 is quite a passage of quality music!!! WOW!
drums>slipknot>franklins tower is exquisite!!!

thanks for the hook up of quality tunes!
see ya next week!

Joined: Jul 20 2007

Might As Well always makes me smile :)
Good ole Jerry!


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